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Congress passes biggest tax bill since 1986

Dec 21, 2017 6:58:02 PM / by Rachel Lane posted in tcaj, congress, tax bill

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On December 20, the House passed the reconciled tax reform bill, commonly called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” (TCJA), which the Senate had passed the previous day. It’s the most sweeping tax legislation since the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Read more.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2017 11:39:24 AM / by Rachel Lane posted in With you for you, Thanksgiving, Thankful, Clients

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Frazer, LLP is full of thanks for our friends, families, colleagues, and clients. 

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Feed the Children

Nov 17, 2017 4:51:36 PM / by Rachel Lane posted in Community Involvement, With you for you, Feed the children, Cal Poly-Pomona

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Frazer, LLP and Cal Poly-Pomona join forces to support Feed the Children

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Retirement Savings for the Self-employed

Nov 6, 2017 2:35:00 PM / by Jonathan Smeragliuolo, CPA posted in Retirement Planning, SEP, Self Employed

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Did you know that if you’re self-employed you may be able to set up a retirement plan that allows you to contribute much more than you can contribute to an IRA or even an employer-sponsored 401(k)? There’s still time to set up such a plan for 2017, and it generally isn’t hard to do. So whether you’re a “full-time” independent contractor or you’re employed but earn some self-employment income on the side, consider setting up one of the following types of retirement plans this year.

Which retirement plan is right for you? Please contact us. 

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How can a cash balance plan turbocharge retirement savings?

Oct 31, 2017 11:10:27 AM / by Christopher Pham, CPA posted in Cash Balance Plan, Retirement Planning, Savings

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Business owners may not be able to set aside as much as they’d like in tax-advantaged retirement plans. Typically, they’re older and more highly compensated than their employees, but restrictions on contributions to 401(k) and profit-sharing plans can hamper retirement-planning efforts. One solution may be a cash balance plan.

Please contact us to learn more about a cash balance plan. 

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Should you bunch your medical expenses in 2017?

Oct 16, 2017 1:14:00 PM / by Jamie Fortin, CPA posted in Tax, Tax Savings, Medical Expenses

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Various limits apply to most tax deductions, and one type of limit is a “floor,” which means expenses are deductible only if they exceed that floor (typically a specific percentage of your income). One example is the medical expense deduction.

Because it can be difficult to exceed the floor, a common strategy is to “bunch” deductible medical expenses into a particular year where possible. If tax reform legislation is signed into law, it might be especially beneficial to bunch deductible medical expenses into 2017.



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Tax-Saving Ideas for Your Investments

Oct 9, 2017 11:00:00 AM / by Cindy Lim, CPA posted in Tax, Investments, Tax Savings

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A tried-and-true tax-saving strategy for investors is to sell assets at a loss to offset gains that have been realized during the year. So if you’ve cashed in some big gains this year, consider looking for unrealized losses in your portfolio and selling those investments before year end to offset your gains. This can reduce your 2017 tax liability.

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Increase Your 401(k) Contributions Before Year End

Sep 25, 2017 11:03:26 AM / by Kaylene Edwards, CPA posted in 401k, Retirement Planning

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One important step to both reducing taxes and saving for retirement is to contribute to a tax-advantaged retirement plan. If your employer offers a 401(k) plan, contributing to that is likely your best first step.

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2017 Q4 tax calendar: Key deadlines for businesses and other employers

Sep 19, 2017 9:07:00 AM / by Jane Warren, CPA posted in Tax

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Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the fourth quarter of 2017. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing requirements.

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Can I undo my Roth IRA conversion?

Sep 15, 2017 9:34:56 AM / by Jonathan Smeragliuolo, CPA posted in Roth IRA, Tax

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Converting a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA can provide tax-free growth and the ability to withdraw funds tax-free in retirement. But what if you convert a traditional IRA — subject to income taxes on all earnings and deductible contributions — and then discover that you would have been better off if you hadn’t converted it? Fortunately, it’s possible to undo a Roth IRA conversion, using a “recharacterization.”

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