Gerri's Spotlight

  • May 05, 2015

    User’s Guide to Spring Real Estate

    Remember when getting a mortgage was easy as fogging a mirror? Buyers this spring buying season will find that getting the perfect loan is harder, and the range of options slimmer.

  • April 09, 2015

    Beware of the IRS Audit

    The IRS has scaled back. It’s not answering most taxpayer’s questions. It’s even printing fewer of its instructional booklets and it’s operating with a smaller budget. Does that mean this is the year to cheat on your taxes? The simple answer is no. The IRS may decide to look back at returns filed in the last three years when it audits a taxpayer and for what it deems a substantial error, the IRS may go back six years. So, even if you shade the truth or outright lie on this year’s return and you get away with it, the IRS can still come back years later and penalize you.

  • April 08, 2015

    User's Guide to Tax Deductions

    Still haven’t filed your taxes? You’re part of the 28 million Americans still scrambling to do so. The good news is that there are still ways to save money. Deductions reduce your taxable income and allow you to pay less. And, while you may be familiar with commonly used deductions, like the home mortgage and charitable giving tax breaks, there are literally hundreds more breaks you may not be familiar with. In 2012, the most recent year for which information is available, the 45 million filers of the long form reduced their gross income by $129 billion. Now do I have your attention?

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