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09.11.20 Payroll Tax Deferral

Payroll Tax Deferral

The most significant tax-related executive action is the “Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster.” Taxpayer be wary, this order does not revoke your obligation to pay payroll taxes; it merely postpones the taxes to be due at a later date. The tax deferral period is from September 1, […]

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Remote Workers and Nexus

Remote Workers and Nexus in 2020

COVID-19 has added several new tax challenges to everyone’s plate this year. One of the less commonly discussed problems has been the impact of the sudden increase of remote workers on the company’s various state income and sales tax obligations. Nexus, a business’s economic connection with a tax jurisdiction, is determined by several different factors […]

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Do I have a Hobby or a Legitimate Business?

Do I have a Hobby or a Legitimate Business?

For most individuals, a hobby is a great way to spend free time, and if you are fortunate, you might even make some money while enjoying your hobby. Determining whether your activity is considered a “hobby” or “legitimate business” can have an impact on your tax strategies and savings. Before the TCJA, individuals could deduct hobby […]

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Qualified Improvement Property Guidance (Revenue Procedure 2020-25)

Qualified Improvement Property Guidance (Revenue Procedure 2020-25)

On April 17, 2020, the Treasury Department released additional guidance for taxpayers seeking to take advantage of recently passed legislation included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  A long-awaited fix for Qualified Improvement Property was retroactively provided for in the CARES Act, and taxpayers have been eager to find out […]

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Ways Your Taxes will Change in 2020

Ways Your Taxes will Change in 2020

Even though the New Year is just upon us, and we are working diligently to get our taxes filed for 2019, it is also time to start looking ahead to the 2020 tax year. As it happens, just before the holidays, two important pieces of tax legislation were passed as part of a year-end appropriations […]

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Research and Development Credits Could Impact Your 2019 Tax Savings

Research and Development Credits Could Impact Your 2019 Tax Savings

Income taxes can be a major driving force in key business decisions on a daily basis. Income taxes have significant impact on cash flow, can influence decisions on how to price jobs, and can impact how much employees are paid. Taking advantage of tax credits can help strengthen cash flow and increase the ability to […]

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Highlights of Spending Package’s Tax Law Changes

Highlights of Spending Package’s Tax Law Changes

The federal government spending package titled the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, does more than just fund the government. It extends certain income tax provisions that had already expired or that were due to expire at the end of 2019. The agreement on the spending package also includes the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement […]

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IRS Update: Rules for Using Per Diem Rates

IRS Update: Rules for Using Per Diem Rates

The IRS recently issued guidance on how businesses, self-employed individuals and qualified employees can use the per diem rules to substantiate their business travel expenses for tax purposes. The guidance in Revenue Procedure 2019-48 modifies 2011 guidance to reflect changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). In a nutshell, the per diem […]

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Spending Bill Extends Tax Breaks & Adds Retirement Account Provisions

Spending Bill Extends Tax Breaks & Adds Retirement Account Provisions

Congress reached an agreement on a massive government-wide spending package titled the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020. The legislation extends certain income tax provisions that had expired, as well as some that were due to expire at the end of 2019. Congress traditionally passes so-called “extenders” annually, but it neglected to do so for 2018. […]

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Updated rules for mileage-related deductions

Updated Rule for Mileage-Related Deductions

The IRS has issued new guidance updating the rules for using optional standard mileage rates when calculating “above-the-line” deductions for the costs of operating an automobile for certain purposes. IRS Revenue Procedure 2019-46 also lays out rules for establishing the amount of an employee’s transportation expenses that are reimbursed using the optional standard mileage rates. […]

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2 valuable year-end tax-saving tools for your business

Two Valuable Year-End Tax-Saving Tools for Your Business

At this time of year, many business owners are trying to do what they can to save tax for the year. Under current tax law, there are two valuable depreciation-related tax breaks that may help your business reduce its 2019 tax liability. To benefit from these deductions, you must buy eligible machinery, equipment, furniture, or […]

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What to do with my Required Minimum Distribution

What to Do with My Required Minimum Distribution

Are you 70 ½ or older and charitably minded with investments in an IRA? With fewer taxpayers itemizing because of the doubling of the standard deduction, using your required minimum distribution as a charitable donation could be a great way to lower your tax burden. IRA Distribution Basics A popular way to transfer IRA assets […]

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Year-end tax planning for businesses struggling with the TCJA

Year-End Tax Planning for Businesses Struggling with the TCJA

During the first tax-filing season under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), many businesses wrestled with how the law’s sweeping changes would impact their bottom lines. Before the beginning of the next tax season, you can integrate the information you learned into your year-end tax planning. The areas discussed below have opportunities to reduce […]

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TCJA and 2019 Tax Law Issues

TCJA and 2019 Tax Law Issues

By Miranda Aavatsmark Make no mistake, Congress did not come together and pass any new tax laws or make other changes to the existing tax laws in 2019. Although there was much talk of “Tax Reform 2.0” and the need for a few technical corrections, it simply did not happen. However, some of the changes […]

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There's Still Time to Trim Your 2019 Tax Bill

There’s Still Time to Trim Your 2019 Tax Bill

Fall is in the air and that means it’s time to turn your attention to year-end tax planning. While several clear strategies and tactics emerged during the first tax filing season under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), 2019 and subsequent years bring potential twists that must be considered, too. Let’s take a closer […]

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