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This edition of our client newsletter includes the consequences of procrastinating around the April 15th deadline, Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) planning strategies, tax breaks for grandparents, retirement planning tips and much more.

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Haven’t Filed an Income Tax Return?

If you have been procrastinating on filing your 2013 tax return or have other prior year returns that have not been filed, you should consider the consequences. The April 15 due date for the 2013 returns is just around the corner. That is also the last day to file a 2010 return and be able to claim a refund. Taxpayers should file all tax returns that are due, regardless of whether or not full payment can be made with the return. Depending on an individual’s circumstances, a taxpayer filing late may qualify for a payment plan. All payment plans require continued compliance with all filing and payment responsibilities after the plan is approved.
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Getting Hit With the Alternative Minimum Tax?

There are two ways to determine your tax—the regular way that most everyone understands, and the alternative method. Your tax will be the higher of the two.
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Don't Overlook the Spousal IRA

One frequently overlooked tax benefit is the “spousal IRA.” Generally, IRA contributions are only allowed for taxpayers who have compensation (the term “compensation” includes wages, tips, bonuses, professional fees, commissions, alimony received, and net income from self-employment). Spousal IRAs are the exception to that rule and allow a non-working spouse who files a joint return to contribute to his or her own IRA, otherwise known as a spousal IRA.
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Clock is Ticking for Retirement Plan Contributions

Did you know that you can make tax-deductible retirement savings contributions after the close of the tax year? Well, you can and with April 15th looming, the window of opportunity to maximize retirement and other special-purpose plan contributions for 2013 is closing. Many of those contributions not only build the retirement nest egg, but also deliver tax deductions for the 2013 tax return. Let's take a look at some of the ways a taxpayer can benefit.
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Tax Breaks for Grandparents

More and more individuals who thought their child-rearing days were over are now raising their grandchildren. The U.S. Census Bureau has found that there were 7 million grandparents whose grandchildren younger than 18 were living with them in 2010. Another study found that the number of grandchildren living with their grandparents has increased 50% over the past ten years. Grandparents in this challenging situation should be aware that a variety of tax breaks may be available to ease the financial burden of becoming primary caregivers for grandchildren.
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Don’t Get Scammed, They Are Very Clever

You may think we harp a lot on protecting yourself against identity theft. You are right…because having your identity stolen becomes an absolute financial nightmare, sometimes taking years to straighten out. Identity thieves are clever, relentless, and always coming up with new schemes to trick you. And all you have to do is slip up just once to compromise your identity and your nightmare begins
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Spring-Clean Your QuickBooks Company File

There are a lot of clues that indicate trouble with your QuickBooks company file. Is it time for a check-up and tune-up?
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Circular 230 Disclosure, United States Treasury regulations effective June 21, 2005 require us to notify you that to the extent of this communication, or any of its attachments, contains or constitutes advice regarding any U.S. Federal tax issue, such advice is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by any person for the purpose of avoiding any penalties that can be imposed by the Internal Revenue Service.
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