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March 2, 2017
As you file your 2016 return and plan your charitable giving for 2017, it’s important to keep in mind the available deduction. It can vary significantly depending on a variety of factors. What you giveOther than the actual amount you donate, one of the biggest factors that can affect your deduction is what you give: Cash. This includes not just... Read More
March 2, 2017
If your business involves the production, purchase or sale of merchandise, your inventory accounting method can significantly affect your tax liability. In some cases, using the last-in, first-out (LIFO) inventory accounting method, rather than first-in, first-out (FIFO), can reduce taxable income, giving cash flow a boost. Tax savings, however,... Read More
March 2, 2017
The owners of many companies launch their enterprises with a business plan — a written document outlining the company’s strategic objectives and practical means of accomplishing them. Likewise, many owners leave their businesses via a succession plan, a written document outlining how the company’s ownership will transition. Often, however, these... Read More
February 23, 2017
Simplified Employee Pensions (SEPs) are sometimes regarded as the “no-brainer” first choice for high-income small-business owners who don’t currently have tax-advantaged retirement plans set up for themselves. Why? Unlike other types of retirement plans, a SEP is easy to establish and a powerful retroactive tax planning tool: The deadline for... Read More
February 23, 2017
Rather than keeping track of the actual cost of operating a vehicle, employees and self-employed taxpayers can use a standard mileage rate to compute their deduction related to using a vehicle for business. But you might also be able to deduct miles driven for other purposes, including medical, moving and charitable purposes.   What are the... Read More
February 23, 2017
Most business owners spend a lifetime building their business. And when it comes to succession, they face the difficult decision of whether to sell, dissolve or transfer the business to family members (or a nonfamily successor). Many complicated issues are involved, including how to divvy up business interests, allocate value and tackle complex... Read More
January 31, 2017
The IRS has announced decreases in the standard mileage rates that taxpayers will use for calculating business, medical, and moving expenses in 2017. Use of the standard mileage rate is a popular alternative to using the actual expense method, which requires taxpayers to keep track of specific costs for maintenance, repairs, tires, gas, oil,... Read More
December 14, 2016
The Social Security Administration and the IRS have announced the cost-of-living adjustments that apply to the Social Security tax and retirement plan contribution limits for 2017. The most notable increase affects Social Security taxes. Social Security Wage Base Wages and self-employment compensation are subject to a 6.2% Social Security tax.... Read More
September 30, 2016
The IRS has released new guidance to help taxpayers avoid taxes and penalties for late rollovers of distributions from employer-sponsored retirement plans and individual retirement accounts (IRAs). Ordinarily, such rollovers must be completed within 60 days to be considered valid. The new guidance establishes a process for taxpayers who miss... Read More
July 7, 2016
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health insurance issuers and sponsors of self-insured health plans to pay Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute fees (PCORI fees).  The fees are reported and paid annually using IRS Form 720 (Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return).  Issuers and plan sponsors are generally required to pay the... Read More

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