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Author: Joan Halter

After a hectic tax season, you may wonder what your New Jersey CPA does the rest of the year. The answer may surprise you – CPAs are busy year-round, providing a variety of services to individuals and businesses. At Halter CPA, we offer a full range of accounting and tax services to our clients. We also provide financial consulting and […]
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For many people, mid-April is the usual time to file taxes. But if you need more time to gather your paperwork or get your affairs in order – is it possible to get a 2021 tax extension? The good news is that the IRS allows for an extension of the filing deadline in certain circumstances. And, in even better news, […]
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Gifting stock is a great way to introduce a friend or family member to the benefits of investing. Young children are the ideal recipient because they have the benefit of time to maximize the value of the stock before they cash out. A question we’re frequently asked when a client receives stock as a gift or as part of an […]
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The 2021 tax deadline has just passed. Still, you may be concerned about a few common issues taxpayers tend to deal with. To help, I’ve developed the following answers to the FAQs I hear from my clients after tax day. Q: I owe taxes. What are my payment options? A: You have several payment options for your 2021 tax dues: […]
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The final tax deadline is nearly here, which inevitably leads to questions regarding whether or not certain circumstances preclude one from having to file a state or federal tax return. Today, we’re answering one of the more common questions we’ve fielded: “Do I have to file a tax return if my income is less than the standard deduction? What if […]
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How to Help Your CPA, Especially During Tax Season For the vast majority of Americans, tax season is stressful. Our tax code, which all taxpayers must strictly follow, is complicated and changes often. The good news is that I’m on your side, and I want to make your tax season as low-stress as possible. You can do several essential things […]
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Due to its complexity, density, and constantly-changing details, the American tax code is incomprehensible to the majority of the population. Even tax experts can struggle to understand the rules governing the system. For 2022, I want to share the top causes of taxpayer pain and how Halter CPA can help. 1. Paying Your Taxes Within the bounds of legality, we […]
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For the 2021 tax year, there are two significant tax breaks for college students (or parents who are paying their tuition). These credits are designed to offset your tax payment directly rather than reducing the percentage of your income that is taxable. Please note that you may only claim either the Lifetime Learning Credit or the American Opportunity Credit per […]
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Divorce is one of the most stressful events a person can experience. Life becomes more complicated. From finances to living arrangements, relationships with others, and NJ child support, hardly an aspect of one’s life escapes the effects of divorce. So, what about your taxes? Today, let’s talk about the tax implications of divorce, alimony, and NJ child support. You may […]
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The following Q&A describes our 2021 tax filing process in detail. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated and necessary as we continue to navigate this pandemic and work to keep everyone healthy. Q: How will I communicate my tax situation to the office?  We have adopted a technology platform, Canopy, that includes a secure client portal for the electronic sharing of […]
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