Financial Cents

Don’t pay more in taxes than you have to. Take full advantage of all deductions and credits available. Planning is the key to successfully and legally reducing your tax liability. The author, Juanita Farmer, is the Managing Partner of J.D. Farmer & Associates, LLC, a public accounting firm, located in Germantown.

Rely on this blog for tips and strategies to survive tax season.


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Blog: Year-end Tax Planning Strategies for Business Owners


Several end-of-year tax planning strategies are available to business owners to reduce their tax liability. Let’s take a look: Deferring Income Businesses using the cash method of accounting can defer income into 2022 by delaying end-of-year invoices so that payment is not received until 2023. Businesses using the accrual method can defer income by postponing […]

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Blog: Individual Taxpayers: Year-end Tax Planning Strategies


With the end of the year fast approaching, now is the time to take a closer look at tax planning strategies that could reduce your tax bill for 2021. General Tax Planning Strategies General tax planning strategies for individuals include accelerating or deferring income and deductions, as well as careful consideration of timing-related tax planning […]

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Blog: IRA Terms to Know

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IRAs, or Individual Retirement Arrangements, provide tax incentives for people to make investments that can provide financial security for their retirement. To help people better understand this type of retirement savings account, here’s a basic overview of terms to know: Contribution. The money that someone puts into their IRA. There are annual limits to contributions depending […]

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Blog: Use These Strategies To Pass on Wealth to Heirs


Individuals with significant assets should take advantage of proven tax strategies such as gifting and direct payments to educational institutions to transfer wealth to heirs tax-free, as well as minimize estate taxes. Additional opportunities are available as well, thanks to low interest rates and a volatile stock market. Let’s take a look at some of […]

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Blog Small Business: Tips for Ensuring Financial Success


Can you point your company in the direction of financial success, step on the gas, and then sit back and wait to arrive at your destination? Probably not. While you may wish it was that easy, the truth is that you can’t let your business run on autopilot and expect good results. Every business owner […]

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Blog: Marginal Tax Rate

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The United States has a progressive tax system. The more money you earn, the higher your tax rate is and the more taxes you pay to the IRS. In 2021, there are seven tax brackets ranging from 10% to 37%. If you earn $35,000 a year as a single filer, you are in the 12% […]

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Blog: Tax Relief for Those Affected by Natural Disasters

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Recovery efforts after natural disasters can be costly. With floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters affecting so many people throughout the U.S. this year, many have been left wondering how they’re going to pay for the cleanup or when their businesses will be able to reopen. The good news is that there is […]

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Blog: Start Planning Now for Next Year's Tax Return


This year’s tax deadline may have come and gone, but it’s never too early to start planning for next year. With that in mind, here are five things you can do now to make next April 15 easier for everyone. 1. Review your paycheck. Make sure your employer is properly withholding and reporting retirement account contributions, […]

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Blog: Retirement Plan Options for Small Businesses


According to the US Small Business Administration, small businesses employ half of all private-sector employees in the United States. However, a majority of small businesses do not offer their workers retirement savings benefits. If you’re like many other small business owners in the United States, you may be considering the various retirement plan options available […]

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Blog: Minimizing Capital Gains Tax on Sale of a Home

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If you’re looking to sell your home this year, then it may be time to take a closer look at the exclusion rules and cost basis of your home to reduce your taxable gain on the sale of a home. The IRS home sale exclusion rule allows an exclusion of gain up to $250,000 for […]

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