Attention California Residents: The IRS and California have postponed the tax filing and payment deadline to 11/16/2023 for residents of disaster zones. The postponed deadline applies to tax returns, tax balance payments and estimated tax payments for Quarters 1-3. For more information please visit the IRS Website.


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Personal tax and finance can be complex

What does it mean to file a tax extension?

When filing a tax extension, the taxpayer is requesting to extend the deadline for filing tax returns without accruing a penalty. Once an extension is received, the new deadline for submitting a tax return is October 18.

What is the 2022 IRA contribution limit and contribution deadline?

For persons 50 or younger, the contribution limit is $6,000 per person. For persons 50 or older, the contribution limit is $7,000 per person. Contributions for each tax year can be made up to the tax filing deadline for that year, provided it is claimed on the tax return.

What are the different types of individual retirement accounts?

An IRA is an account set up at a financial institution that allows individuals to save for retirement with tax free growth or on a tax deferred basis.

What do I need to consider when selling a home?

  • Tax implications and planning
  • Updates to residency status