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Medical expenses: What it takes to qualify for a tax deduction

Timothy King

Posted By: Timothy King

Posted November 26, 2019 / No comments

As we all know, medical services and prescription drugs are expensive. You may be able to deduct some of your expenses on your tax return but the rules make it difficult for many people to qualify. However, with proper planning, you may be able to time discretionary medical expenses to your advantage for tax purposes.

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What is your taxpayer filing status?

Timothy King

Posted By: Timothy King

Posted November 19, 2019 / No comments

For tax purposes, December 31 means more than New Year’s Eve celebrations. It affects the filing status box that will be checked on your tax return for the year. When you file your return, you do so with one of five filing statuses, which depend in part on whether you’re married or unmarried on December

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The tax implications if your business engages in environmental cleanup

Cynthia Petschke

Posted By: Cynthia Petschke

Posted November 18, 2019 / No comments

If your company faces the need to “remediate” or clean up environmental contamination, the money you spend can be deductible on your tax return as ordinary and necessary business expenses. Of course, you want to claim the maximum immediate income tax benefits possible for the expenses you incur. These expenses may include the actual cleanup

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Small businesses: Get ready for your 1099-MISC reporting requirements

Cynthia Petschke

Posted By: Cynthia Petschke

Posted November 13, 2019 / No comments

A month after the new year begins, your business may be required to comply with rules to report amounts paid to independent contractors, vendors and others. You may have to send 1099-MISC forms to those whom you pay nonemployee compensation, as well as file copies with the IRS. This task can be time consuming and

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Thinking about converting from a C corporation to an S corporation?

Robert Tighe

Posted By: Robert Tighe

Posted November 6, 2019 / No comments

The right entity choice can make a difference in the tax bill you owe for your business. Although S corporations can provide substantial tax advantages over C corporations in some circumstances, there are plenty of potentially expensive tax problems that you should assess before making the decision to convert from a C corporation to an

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The net investment income tax is alive and well: How it can affect your estate plan

Cynthia Petschke

Posted By: Cynthia Petschke

Posted October 31, 2019 / No comments

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) reduced individual income tax rates, but it left the 3.8% net investment income tax (NIIT) in place. It’s important to address the NIIT in your estate plan, because it can erode your earnings from interest, dividends, capital gains and other investments, leaving less for your heirs. How it

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IRA charitable donations are an alternative to taxable required distributions

Timothy King

Posted By: Timothy King

Posted October 29, 2019 / No comments

Are you charitably minded and have a significant amount of money in an IRA? If you’re age 70½ or older, and don’t need the money from required minimum distributions, you may benefit by giving these amounts to charity. IRA distribution basics A popular way to transfer IRA assets to charity is through a tax provision

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Selling securities by year end? Avoid the wash sale rule

Timothy King

Posted By: Timothy King

Posted October 23, 2019 / No comments

If you’re planning to sell assets at a loss to offset gains that have been realized during the year, it’s important to be aware of the “wash sale” rule. How the rule works Under this rule, if you sell stock or securities for a loss and buy substantially identical stock or securities back within the

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Accelerate depreciation deductions with a cost segregation study

Cynthia Petschke

Posted By: Cynthia Petschke

Posted October 21, 2019 / No comments

Is your business depreciating over a 30-year period the entire cost of constructing the building that houses your operation? If so, you should consider a cost segregation study. It may allow you to accelerate depreciation deductions on certain items, thereby reducing taxes and boosting cash flow. And under current law, the potential benefits of a

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Understanding and controlling the unemployment tax costs of your business

Keith Orr

Posted By: Keith Orr

Posted October 19, 2019 / No comments

As an employer, you must pay federal unemployment (FUTA) tax on amounts up to $7,000 paid to each employee as wages during the calendar year. The rate of tax imposed is 6% but can be reduced by a credit (described below). Most employers end up paying an effective FUTA tax rate of 0.6%. An employer

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