Q. Do I have to pay
capital gains taxes on the sale of my
A. You do not have to pay capital gains taxes on the sale of your primary residence if the gain does not exceed $250,000 for a single taxpayer or $500,000 for married filing joint tax payers. For 2017 the house must have been your primary residence for at least 2 of the last 5 years. For 2018 going forward that has been changed to 5 of the last 8 years. It does not matter whether or not you buy another house. NOTE: The capital gain is calculated by subtracting the original purchase price plus the cost of major improvements from the selling price. The balance you owe on any loans has NO direct bearing on your gain or loss.
Q. How much money can my
child make before they have to pay taxes?
A. Many children hold summer jobs but do not work during the school year. If you claim them as a dependent they can earn up to the standard deduction amount, $6,350 for 2017, without paying taxes. In 2018 the exemption has been increased to $12,000. If that is the case they should claim "exempt" on their W4. NOTE: If they are paid on a 1099 they will be held responsible for the social security taxes. Make sure they are filling out a W4.
Q. I'm a single taxpayer. How much can I make before I have to file a return?
A. If you are under 65 you must file if you make over $10,4000 for 2017. If you are a dependent of someone else see above.
Q. What is the Standard Mileage Rate for my business vehicle this year?
A. 2017 53.5 cents business miles, 19 cents medical and moving miles and 14 cents charitable miles.
A. 2018 54.5 cents business miles, 17 cents medical and moving miles and still 14 cents charitable miles.
Q. When do I have to make my IRA contribution?
A. Any IRA contributions you wish to be counted for 2017 must be posted by April 16, 2018 even if you choose to file for an extension.
Q. How much can I contribute to my IRA?
A. Except for rollover contributions the maximum amount you can contribute to an IRA in 2017 is $5,500, assuming you have that much in earned income. If you turn 50 before the end of the tax year you may increase the amount by $1,000.