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Small business owners still have time to set up a deductible contribution to a SEP retirement plan for 2018

Small Business Owners Still Have Time to Set Up a Deductible Contribution to an SEP Retirement Plan for 2018

Business owners who don’t yet have a tax-advantaged retirement plan still have time to establish one and reduce their 2018 tax bill. For example, a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) can still be established for 2018, allowing you to make contributions that can be deducted on your 2018 income tax return. Contribution Deadlines A SEP can […]

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A Hidden Gem for Startup_Emerging Companies_ Utilizing the R&D Credit Against Payroll Taxes

A Hidden Gem for Startup/Emerging Companies: Utilizing the R&D Credit Against Payroll Taxes

Companies of all sizes can benefit from the Research and Experimentation tax credit (R&D Credit) which has been around since 1981. This credit aims to reward businesses for increasing the amount of investment it puts toward research expenditures during the current tax year. In a 2012 study, it was found that one-fourth of businesses claiming […]

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What’s the Difference? Actual Home office expenses vs. the simplified method

What’s the Difference? Actual Home Office Expenses vs. the Simplified Method

Small business owners who work from home could save money on their taxes by taking the home office deduction, as long as they meet the requirements set forth by the IRS. There are now two methods to choose from when considering your home office deduction: the actual expenses method and the simplified method. Basics of […]

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LLC members & self-employment taxes

LLC Members & Self-Employment Taxes

When it comes to self-employment taxes, an LLC member is not necessarily in the same boat as a limited partner. The IRS is cracking down on LLC members who underreport their SE income by erroneously claiming they are similar to a limited partner of a Partnership. Facts and circumstances play a key role in making […]

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Good News for the Craft Beverage Industry

Good News for the Craft Beverage Industry

A recently proposed bill could make the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017 permanent. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) had good news for the craft beverage industry on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. The Senators announced a bipartisan bill, which if passed, would amend the Internal Revenue Code to make permanent […]

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Understanding C Corporations Post TCJA

Understanding C Corporations Post TCJA

With the recent changes under the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA), tax rates for C corporations have come down to a flat 21%, making it very appealing for many business owners. However, there are still several important factors that need to be taken into account before making the decision to become a C corporation: […]

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What’s Your Business Exit Plan_ Make It Part Of Your Tax Planning.

What’s Your Business Exit Plan? Make It Part Of Your Tax Planning

It may seem odd to develop a business exit plan this soon, but you must look out for your own financial future. You have to consider your company’s income and expenses and applicable tax breaks (especially if you own a pass-through entity). For example, you need to develop an exit strategy so taxes do not […]

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Upcoming Changes to Accounting for Lease Arrangements

Upcoming Changes to Accounting for Lease Arrangements

Update published on June 5, 2020: FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2020-05, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (ASC 606) and Leases (ASC 842) Effective Dates for Certain Entities, as part of its efforts to support and assist stakeholders as they cope with the many challenges and hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Update published on December […]

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What do the 2019 Cost-of-Living Adjustments Mean for You?

What do the 2019 Cost-of-Living Adjustments Mean for You?

The IRS has announced its 2019 cost-of-living adjustments to tax items that might affect you. Many of the amounts increased to account for inflation, but some remained at 2018 levels. As you implement 2018 year-end tax planning strategies, be sure to take these 2019 adjustments into account in your planning. Bear in mind that under […]

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Should You Prepay Your Property Taxes?

Should You Prepay Your Property Taxes?

Prepaying property taxes related to the current year that are due the following year has long been one of the most popular and effective year-end tax-planning strategies. But, does it still make sense in 2018? The answer, for some people, is yes — accelerating this expense will increase their itemized deductions, reducing their tax bills. […]

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There is still time: Consider setting up a retirement plan for 2018

There is still time: Consider setting up a retirement plan for 2018

When the majority of your liquid assets are tied up in your business, saving for retirement can be difficult. However, setting up a tax-advantaged retirement plan can help plan for your future and reduce your tax liability today. If this could help you, consider doing so this year, there’s still time to set up a […]

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Is now the time to sell? Consider the 4 P's of a successful transition process

Is now the time to sell?

Consider the 4 P’s of a Successful Transition Process There’s a well-known saying, “A rising tide lifts all boats,” suggesting as improvements in the general economy occur so will the fortunes of those who – both directly and indirectly – participate in said economy. On September 20, 2018, the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones […]

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Decision Making for Companies with Multiple Owners

Decision Making for Companies with Multiple Owners

How do you handle success? Construction companies have been good at tightening their belts to survive the lean times. However, now that financial results for most companies have improved, these times can be just as scary for the business owners, as they want to make sure they are making the right decisions about the future. […]

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Using Key Performance Indicators to Monitor and Benchmark Your Company’s Financial Results

Using Key Performance Indicators to Monitor and Benchmark Your Company’s Financial Results

With so much financial data at your fingertips, what are the key performance indicators (KPIs) that are most relevant in assessing your company’s financial situation? While one KPI alone cannot be used to get the full picture of a company, there are a handful that are most commonly relied on by sureties and lenders. These […]

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Selecting the Correct Tax Accounting Method for your Business

Selecting The Correct Tax Accounting Method For Your Business

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) opened up the eligibility guidelines for using the cash method of accounting, making the cash method available to more businesses than was previously allowed. The IRS has provided procedures a small business taxpayer can use to obtain automatic consent to change its method of accounting under the TCJA. […]

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Webinars

Blue & Co.'s December 2020 Webinars | Free webinars | Financial services and consulting | PPP | Paycheck Protection Program Webinar | Manufacturing Webinars | Cybersecurity Webinars

Blue & Co. December 2020 Webinars

It’s webinar season at Blue & Co., LLC.! Check out all of our upcoming events for the week of December, 14. Monday, December 14 Panel Discussion Regarding Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Webinar – Free to attend On Monday, December 14 from noon – 1 p.m. EST, Blue & Co., LLC will be hosting a panel […]

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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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