Category: For Business, Tax Central Tags: Tax Planning, Tax Reform Article Highlights: Increase In Standard Deduction Loss of Personal Exemptions Changes to Itemized Deductions Bunching Strategy Employee Business Expenses Business Expensing 20% Flow-through Income Deduction Change in Treatment of Alimony Casualty Losses, Home Equity Interest and Moving No Longer Deductible Tax reform has changed the way most taxpayers need to think about and plan for their taxes. It is no longer business as usual, and those who think it is are in for a rude awakening come tax time next year. For most taxpayers, the most significant change is the increase in their standard deduction, which on the surface seems like a big benefit.
Category: For Business Tags: Tax Planning Article Highlights: Independent Contractors 1099 Filing Requirement Due Dates Penalties Form W-9 and 1099 Worksheet If you operate a business and engage the services of an individual (independent contractor) other than one who meets the definition of an employee, and you pay him or her $600 or more for the calendar year, you are required to issue the individual a Form 1099-MISC soon after the end of the year to avoid penalties and the prospect of losing the deduction for his or her labor and expenses in an audit. The due date for mailing the recipient his or her copy of the 1099-MISC that reports 2017
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: Education Planning Tags: Tax Credit Article Highlights: Sec. 529 plans Coverdell Education Savings Accounts American Opportunity Tax Credit The Lifetime Learning Credit Qualified Education Loan Interest Figuring out how to pay for your child’s trade school or college education can be challenging, and the earlier you create your plan and begin executing it, the greater your chances are of having the needed money set aside to pay for it. The government provides a variety of tax incentives to help defray the cost of education. Some require long-term planning to provide the most benefit, while others provide current tax deductions or credits. The benefits generally apply to both vocational schools and colleges.
Category: Tax Central Tags: Home and Mortgage, Tax Planning Article Highlights: Home Sale Gain Exclusion Home Sale Loss Rule Mortgage Interest Deductions When individuals buy new homes, they often consider turning their old homes into rentals rather than selling them. All too often, that decision is made without considering the tax implications. Converting a former residence into a rental may also happen when two individuals who each own a home get married or when individuals move to a new area but don’t want to sell their former homes. Whatever the reasons, the following tax circumstances should be considered before making that decision. Home Sale Gain Exclusion – When an individual has owned and occupied
Category: For BusinessTags: Growing your Business According to the Tax Foundation, 90% of United States (US)-based businesses are pass-through entities, such as S corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships. These businesses employ the majority of the private-sector workforce and provide nearly half of all business income. Income from these entities is passed through to the owner’s individual tax returns. With the change in leadership in Washington, several proposals will most likely change the way in which these entities are taxed, making it more advantageous to be a small business owner. Types of Business Structures A number of pros and cons exist for each type of business structure depending on the
Category: Looking to Invest, Tax CentralTags: Investment, Tax Planning Article Highlights: Zero Capital Gains Rate Offset Gains With Losses Wash Sales If you invest in publicly traded securities, here are a couple of tax-saving possibilities you shouldn’t forget to consider before year-end. Zero Capital Gains Rate – If you are having a low-income year, there may be a way for you to take advantage of it. There is a zero long-term capital gains rate for those taxpayers whose regular tax brackets are 15% or less. This may allow you to sell some appreciated securities that you have owned for more than a year and actually pay no or very
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