Child Tax Credit | Southern Minnesota

Q:  How come when I filed my taxes this year, I only got a $3,000 child tax credit–when I have 3 kids?  They are 14, 17 and 18?  They radio told me I get $2,000 per child!  What did I do wrong? A:  First of all, you didn’t do anything wrong.  The $2,000 child tax credit […]

Starting A Business: Part 1 | Minnesota

Q:  I’m looking into starting a business—exactly what do I need to do? A:  First, what kind of an entity do you want to be?  A Sole Proprietor?  A Corporation?  A Partnership?  Are you going to have large expenses the first year so you want to deduct them?  Are you going to need to take out […]

Fake IRS Letters | Rice County, Minnesota

Over the past couple of days, my office has received phone calls and clients stopping in with a letter from the IRS.  While this is fairly normal, these particular letters are, in fact, completely fake.  For one, the letter asks for a BLANK money order of $5,000 within ten business days.  The IRS would not […]

Financial Help Tips | Southern Minnesota

Things to Think of When You Need Financial Help! No matter if you’re married, divorced or widowed.  A farmer or business owner.  A person trying to sell their business or starting a new one.  A recent college graduate or a retiree.  Someone planning to retire in 20 years or 2 months.  You need financial advice–so […]

Extensions for Income Taxes | Southern Minnesota

Q:  I filed an extension in April, do I have to wait until October to file my taxes for 2017? A:  No – you don’t have to wait to file your taxes, you can file them at any time.  It’s probably better that you file them sooner rather than later.  This is because, if you […]

Gifting Money | Part 3 (Distribution of Estate Assets)

Q:  My mother has a large estate well over $10 million.  What’s something simple we can do to start getting her assets distributed while she’s alive?   A:  There are several investment options that I could suggest, but it all depends on individual situations and details (for that call our office and schedule an appointment […]

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 […]

Gifting Money | Part 2 (Gifting More to Multiple People)

Q:  You talked about gifting your kids money last month, and my husband and I want to give our son and his wife more than $50,000 so they can buy a house.  Can we do that and not have to file anything? A:  Yes, actually you can.  The gift limit is $14,000 per person per […]

Gifting Money | Part 1 (Inheritance Distribution)

Q:  I want to give my kids some money that I received since my mother passed away.  Someone told me I couldn’t give them over $10,000 or they’d have to pay tax on it.  Is that true? A:  No, you can gift anyone up to $14,000 per year per person without having to file a […]

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 […]