The Equifax Breach & Protecting Your Identity | Minnesota

After the Equifax breach, our office received numerous calls for advice from clients on what to do should their identity been stolen (since it can be difficult to verify who exactly was impacted).  Identity theft can also extend a bit farther than immediate charges to your bank account – although this is a concern so … Read more

Return to College | Southern Minnesota

Q:  I’m a returning college student, what can I claim on taxes? A:  For the first four years of college (meaning cumulative in your lifetime), you may qualify for the American Opportunity Credit of up to $2,500 if you spend $4,000 in books and tuition.  Also if your adjusted gross income is less than $90,000 … Read more

Different Sales Tax Rate for Different Counties | Southern Minnesota

Q:  My business does sales all over the state.  Do I have to collect sales tax for all those locations or can I just use Faribault’s rate because it is only 7.375%? A:  Sorry, but if you are working in different locations, then you have to pay the sales tax for those locations.  The easiest … Read more

Lowering Health Costs with MNSure / Obamacare | Southern Minnesota

Q:  Is there anything that I can do to help lower our health costs with MNSure/Obamacare? A:  Yes, actually, there is.  If the health plan that you picked is an HSA eligible plan, you are eligible to put money into a Health Savings Account or HSA, and take a front-page tax deduction for it.  Then … Read more

A High School Graduate & A W-4

With recent high school graduates getting ready for the next stage in their lives, I’ve been asked the following question by a few parents: “My child always had a part-time job and we had him claim exempt because he wouldn’t earn more than $6,300.  But he is graduating this year and will be making more money now.  What should he … Read more