If you got a big tax refund or owed the IRS a lot of money when you filed your 2014 tax return, it may be time to adjust your income tax withholding.
Many people like to receive a refund from the IRS, thinking of it as a form of forced saving. If you’re of this opinion, that’s fine. But too big a refund means you’re wasting your money, giving an interest-free loan to the government.
On the other side, if you underpay your taxes by more than $1,000 and don’t meet certain exceptions, you could be hit with a penalty.
Adjusting your withholding is as simple as filing a new Form W-4 with your employer. The form comes with a worksheet to figure out how many allowances you should claim. Or you can increase withholding by specifying an extra dollar amount to be withheld from every paycheck.
When reviewing your 2015 tax payments, keep a couple of general rules in mind. Generally, you must pay (through withholding or quarterly estimated payments) at least 100% of last year’s tax liability (110% if your prior year’s adjusted gross income is over $150,000), or at least 90% of what you’ll owe for this year.
However you do it, you should adjust your withholding to match the taxes you expect to owe. If you need assistance figuring out your 2015 tax payments, please give us a call.
Reminder: Tax-exempts have filing requirement coming soon
Tax-exempt organizations are required to file annual reports with the IRS. Those with gross receipts of $50,000 or less can file an E-postcard rather than a longer version of Form 990.
The deadline for nonprofit filings is the 15th day of the fifth month after their year-end. For calendar-year organizations, the filing deadline for 2014 reports is May 15, 2015. Contact us if you need details or filing assistance.
Schedule a midyear tax review soon
As summertime approaches, tax planning is probably the last thing on your mind. The problem is that if you wait until December, there’s little time for changes to take effect. But if you take the time to plan now, you still have seven months for your actions to make a difference on your 2015 tax return.
Making time for 2015 tax planning now not only helps reduce your taxes, but also helps to put you in control of your entire financial situation. Tax planning should be a year-round process, but it’s especially effective at midyear. Give us a call for guidance in implementing the best moves for your particular situation.