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Employment Taxes for Household Employees

CLG Professional Services
June 22, 2011
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Household employees include housekeepers, maids, baby-sitters, gardeners, and others who work in or around your private residence as your employees. Repairmen, plumbers, contractors, and other business people who work for you as independent contractors, are not your employees. Household workers are your employees if you can control not only the work they do but how they do it. Social Security and Medicare Taxes (Federal...

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Basis of Assets

CLG Professional Services
June 22, 2011
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Basis is generally the amount of your investment in a property for tax purposes. Use your basis to figure depreciation, amortization, depletion, casualty losses, and any gain or loss on the sale, exchange or other disposition of the property. The basis of property you buy is usually its cost. The cost is the amount you pay for it in cash, debt obligations, and other property or services. Cost includes sales tax and other...

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Home Mortgage Points

CLG Professional Services
June 22, 2011
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The term "points" is used to describe certain charges paid to obtain a home mortgage. Points are prepaid interest, and may be deductible as home mortgage interest, if you itemize deductions on Form 1040, Schedule A. If you can deduct all of the interest on your mortgages, you may be able to deduct all of the points paid on the mortgage. If your acquisition debt exceeds $1 million or your home equity debt exceeds $1,000,000, you...

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