Numerous questions are whirling because of the changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Plenty of those queries involve misconceptions about applying the new tax rules and finding tax savings opportunities.
Glassman is urging his clients to take the necessary time to do some year-end tax planning to figure out if their itemized deductions will be enough to exceed what they get via a standard deduction.
He suggests using a tax software program to get a handle on the impact. “It will show you what this year’s tax will look like, based on last year’s information,” Glassman said.
Stringfellow believes there will be a great deal of confusion as taxpayers start to get closer to tax season.
For example, he said, “I don’t think a lot of taxpayers actually realize that they’re probably going to have to use the standard deduction this year.”
There are definitely a variety of tax changes coming, so taxpayers really need to start planning now to be ready for April 15, Stringfellow said.