Category: Retirement PlanningTags: IRA, Retirement Article Highlights: Early-Withdrawal Penalties Reduction in Retirement Savings Exceptions from the Early-Withdrawal Penalty If you find yourself looking for a quick source of cash, your retirement savings may look like a tempting option. However, if you are under age 59½ and withdraw money from a traditional IRA or qualified retirement account, you will likely pay both income tax and a 10% early-distribution tax (also referred to as a penalty) on any previously untaxed money that you take out. Withdrawals you make from a SIMPLE IRA before age 59½ and those you make during the 2-year rollover restriction period after establishing the SIMPLE IRA may be subject to a
Category: Tax Central Tags: Tax Planning It has been a busy time for tax-related news and upcoming changes. We have compiled many of the tax changes, deductions and tax rates for easy reference year round. It is more important than ever to plan ahead and review your options to maximize your financial results. Also please visit our side-by-side comparison of 2017 tax law and the recently enacted “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CHANGES AFFECTING 2018 Congress in December of 2017 passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that made sweeping changes to the tax laws. The issues impacting individuals and small businesses are included throughout this pocket tax guide.
Category: For BusinessTags: Tax Planning, Taxes Article Highlights: Paying Independent Contractors 1099-MISC Reporting Threshold Form W-9 Benefits Penalties Due Date If you use independent contractors in your business and pay them $600 or more during the calendar year, you are required to issue them a 1099-MISC after the close of the year. If you fail to do so, and your (if you operate as a Schedule C sole proprietor) or your business’s income tax return is subsequently audited, you could lose the deduction for those payments and end up paying taxes on that income yourself, not to mention potential penalties. A big tax trap for businesses is the $600
Category: For BusinessTags: Business Expenses, Employee Article Highlights: Reporting employees as independent contractors Not reconciling bank accounts regularly Forgetting to record payments against open invoices Not understanding the differences between cash flow and profit When you decided to open for business, you had a vision for the future. You identified a need and came up with a solution you could provide and sell, and you invested your time, your money, your knowledge, and your drive to make it into a reality. The only problem in this scenario, if you’re like a lot of small business owners, is that you did not anticipate having to handle your business’s accounting needs.
Category: For Business, Health Care ReformTags: Insurance, Medical Article Highlights: Under the 50-Employee Threshold Determining the 50-Employee Threshold Full-Time Employee Equivalent Full-Time Employees Information Return Requirements SHOP Marketplace Small Business Health Care Credit When Congress came up with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they carved out two basic categories of businesses, those with 50 full-time employees and/or full-time equivalent employees (FTEEs) and those with fewer than 50 employees. Under the ACA, businesses in the first category have a requirement to offer affordable insurance to their full-time employees and their dependents. If you are an employer with fewer than 50 full-time employees or FTEEs, you are not subject to the insurance
Category: For Business Tags: QuickBooks QuickBooks is ready to use when you install it. But you can change its settings to make it work the way your company needs it to. There are some features that all small businesses need in their accounting software. Everyone needs a Chart of Accounts and a good set of report templates. There must be tools to bill customers and to document income and expenses. Some companies need payroll management, and some need the ability to create purchase orders. These days, many businesses want to accept payments online. But what does your company need? It’s unlikely that you would use absolutely every feature that QuickBooks
Article Highlights: 60-Day limit New interpretation New one-per-12-month-period rollover rule Types of plans included The tax code allows an individual to take a distribution from his or her IRA account and avoid the tax and early distribution penalties if the distribution is redeposited to an IRA account owned by the taxpayer within 60 days of receiving the distribution. Early in 2014, in a tax court case, the court ruled that taxpayers could only have one IRA rollover per 12-month period. This was contrary to the IRS’s long-standing one rollover per every IRA account every 12 months. This far more liberal position was also included in published IRS guidance. However, contrary
Article Highlights: CP2000 Series Notices Automated Frequently Issued In Error What You Should Do hen the IRS thinks it has found an issue with your tax return, it will contact you via mail with a CP series notice (most commonly CP2000). Please note that the IRS will never call or e-mail you initially about a tax delinquency. This is a trick used by scammers that has become quite prevalent. Most commonly, these notices will include a proposed tax due and any interest or penalties. The notice will include an explanation of the examination process and how you can respond. These automated notices are sent out year-round and are quite
Article Highlights: Advance premium tax credit (APTC) Repayment avoidance Things you should report Special enrollment period f you get health insurance coverage through a government Health Insurance Marketplace, it is very important that you keep the Marketplace aware of any changes in household income, marital status, and family size. If you are receiving advance payments of the premium tax credit, it is particularly important that you report changes in circumstances, including moving, to the Marketplace. There’s a simple reason: reporting these income and life changes lets the Marketplace update the information used to determine your eligibility for a Marketplace plan, which may affect the appropriate amount of advance payments of
Article Highlights: 2015 standard mileage rates Business, charitable, medical and moving rates Possible mid-year adjustments The Internal Revenue Service recently issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven (includes a 24 cent per mile allocation for depreciation); 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes; and 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations. CAUTION: With the recent substantial