Using a Car for Business: New Rules under TCJA

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Many of the tax provisions under tax reform were favorable to small business owners including those relating to using a car for business. Here’s what you need to know. 1. Section 179 Expense Deduction If you bought a new car in 2018 and use it more 50 percent for business use, you can take advantage of the Section 179 expense deduction when you file your 2018 tax return. Under Section 179 you can immediately deduct (rather than depreciating) the cost … Read More

Selling your Small Business

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Selling a small to medium-sized business is a complex venture, and many business owners are not aware of the tax consequences. If you’re thinking about selling your business the first step is to consult a competent tax professional. You will need to make sure your financials in order, obtain an accurate business valuation to determine how much your business is worth (and what the listing price might be) and develop a tax planning strategy to minimize capital gains and other … Read More

2017 Corporate Year-End Tax Info and Checklist

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Checklist for preparing your records to conform with IRS compliance requirements. How organized is your paperwork? For your corporation to be complete, you need a corporate record book, complete with corporate applications, corporate charter, bylaws, stock certificates and minutes of meetings. These items are all evidence that your business is a legitimate corporation. Do you loan your corporation money? You must be careful to document debt. Short term unwritten advances of less than $10,000 are acceptable if you treat them … Read More

Traditional IRAs vs. Roth IRAs in 2017

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Withdrawals from Roth IRAs may be taken out penalty and tax-free before age 59 1/2 as long as they are contributions (not earnings). Withdrawals that are earnings are subject to the same 10 percent penalty tax as traditional IRAs. There is an exception for qualified first-time home-buyers: A maximum of $10,000 of Roth IRA earnings may be withdrawn penalty-free to pay for qualified first-time home-buyer expenses as long as at least five tax years have passed since your initial contribution.Withdrawals … Read More

Energy Tax Credits Expire at the end of 2016

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Certain energy-efficient home improvements can cut your energy bills and save you money at tax time; however, these energy-related tax credits expire at the end of 2016. Here are some key facts that you should know about home energy tax credits: Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit Part of this credit is worth 10 percent of the cost of certain qualified energy-saving items you added to your main home last year. This may include items such as insulation, windows, doors, and roofs. … Read More

Tax Tips for Separated or Divorced Individuals

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If you are recently separated or divorced, taxes may be the last thing on your mind; however, these events can have a big impact on your wallet at tax time. Alimony, or a name or address change, are just a few items you may need to consider. Here are a few key tax tips to keep in mind: 1. Child Support. Child support payments are not deductible and if you received child support, it is not taxable. 2. Alimony Paid. … Read More

ACA Requirements for Employers

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The health care law contains tax provisions that affect employers. The size and structure of a workforce–small or large–helps determine which parts of the law apply to which employers. Calculating the number of employees is especially important for employers that have close to 50 employees or whose workforce fluctuates during the year. Two parts of the Affordable Care Act apply only to applicable large employers. These are the employer shared responsibility provisions and the employer information reporting provisions for offers … Read More

2016 Year-End Tax Planning for Businesses

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There are a number of end of year tax planning strategies that businesses can use to reduce their tax burden for 2016. Here are a few of them: Deferring Income Businesses using the cash method of accounting can defer income into 2017 by delaying end-of-year invoices so payment is not received until 2017. Businesses using the accrual method can defer income by postponing delivery of goods or services until January 2017. Purchase New Business Equipment Section 179 Expensing. Business should … Read More

2016 Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals

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Tax planning strategies for individuals this year include postponing income and accelerating deductions, as well as careful consideration of timing related investments, charitable gifts, and retirement planning. General tax planning strategies that taxpayers might consider include the following: Sell any investments on which you have a gain or loss this year. For more on this, see Investment Gains and Losses, below. If you anticipate an increase in taxable income in 2016 and are expecting a bonus at year-end, try to … Read More