While inflation is not at the high levels seen in the last couple of years, if you haven’t elected LIFO previously, now is the time to look at Last-In-First-Out (LIFO) accounting. If you have inventories of machinery and equipment, glass products or any concrete or cement inventory, there could be tax savings available for 2023. Whether you are already on LIFO or not, analyzing the IPIC LIFO method could be a great opportunity. IPIC LIFO uses indexes published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to measure inflation on your inventory. In 2023 these indexes show inflation is still on the rise in many industries, which means businesses of all sizes could experience tax savings using LIFO.
Whether you are a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer, you have the opportunity to mitigate the negative impact of price increases and annually save money by using the LIFO inventory method. Adopting LIFO removes the phantom profits caused by inflation, lowering your tax liability and creating cash for reinvestment in your business. Any business with over $2M in inventory that is experiencing inflation is a qualified candidate for electing LIFO. Depending on the inflation rate and the inventory level, the cash savings can be quite substantial.
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Taxpayers who have a tax deferred retirement plan (e.g., a 401K, 403B, 457B) or an IRA must take a required minimum distribution (RMD) when they reach age 70 ½ which is reported as ordinary income. In the year you become 70 ½, you can defer the first distribution until April 15 of the following year.
Your 2016 taxes may increase because the amount allowed for exemptions is reduced as AGI increases above certain amounts, depending on filing status. You may also have to pay an additional Medicare tax of .9% on wages and an additional 3.8% tax on net investment income (investment income less related expenses) for taxpayers with MAGI (adjusted gross income plus non taxable foreign income). The threshold amount depends on your filing status. If you expect your income to be in these ranges, increase your withholding or 4th quarter estimated tax payment—due by January 15—to avoid the underpayment penalty.
American Opportunity Credit The tax law passed by Congress in December 2015 extended many provisions retroactive to January 1, 2015 and made many of them permanent. Taxpayers who qualify for the deductions and credits but did not take advantage of them on their 2015 return, can file an amended return to use them. They should also be aware of the ones made permanent and use them in preparing future returns.This article discusses the major provisions to help taxpayers save taxes.