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3 Big TCJA Changes Affecting 2018 Individual Tax Returns and Beyond

Posted by on Feb 14, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | 0 comments

3 Big TCJA Changes Affecting 2018 Individual Tax Returns and Beyond

When you file your 2018 income tax return, in addition to the much-discussed tax rate cuts and reduced itemized deductions, you’ll probably find some big tax law changes that affect you. For 2018 through 2025, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has made significant changes to personal exemptions, standard deductions, and the child credit. The degree to which these changes will affect you depends on whether you have dependents and, if so, how many. It also depends on whether you typically itemize your deductions. 1. No more personal exemptions...

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When Are LLC Members Subject to Self-Employment Tax?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | 0 comments

When Are LLC Members Subject to Self-Employment Tax?

Limited liability company (LLC) members commonly claim that their distributive shares of LLC income (after deducting compensation for services in the form of guaranteed payments) aren’t subject to self-employment (SE) tax. But the IRS has been cracking down on LLC members it claims have underreported SE income, with some success in court. SE tax background Self-employment income is subject to a 12.4% Social Security tax (up to the wage base) and a 2.9% Medicare tax. Generally, if you’re a member of a partnership (including an LLC taxed as a...

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait to File Your 2018 Income Tax Return

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | 0 comments

Why You Shouldn’t Wait to File Your 2018 Income Tax Return

The 2018 income tax return filing season was opened by the IRS on January 28. Even if you typically don’t file until much closer to the April 15 deadline, this year you might consider filing as soon as possible. Why? You can potentially protect yourself from tax identity theft as well as reaping other benefits. What is tax identity theft? In a tax identity theft scheme, a thief uses your personal information to file a fraudulent tax return early in the filing season and claim a bogus refund. You only discover the fraud when you file your...

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Fundamental Tax Truths for C Corporations

Posted by on Feb 7, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | 0 comments

Fundamental Tax Truths for C Corporations

The flat 21% federal income tax rate for C corporations under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has been great news for these entities and their owners. However, some fundamental tax truths for C corporations largely remain the same: C corporations are subject to double taxation. This occurs when corporate income is taxed once at the corporate level and again at the shareholder level as dividends are paid out. However, the cost of double taxation is now generally less because of the 21% corporate rate. And double taxation isn’t a problem when...

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There’s Still Time to Get Substantiation for 2018 Donations

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | 0 comments

There’s Still Time to Get Substantiation for 2018 Donations

If you’re like many Americans, letters from your favorite charities have been appearing in your mailbox in recent weeks acknowledging your 2018 year-end donations. But what do you do if you haven’t received such a letter? Is it still possible to claim an itemized deduction for the gift on your 2018 income tax return? Basic requirements To support a charitable deduction, you need to comply with IRS substantiation requirements. This generally includes obtaining a contemporaneous written acknowledgment from the charity stating the amount of the...

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Many Tax-Related Limits Affecting Businesses Increase for 2019

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | 0 comments

Many Tax-Related Limits Affecting Businesses Increase for 2019

A variety of the tax-related limits that affect businesses are indexed annually for inflation, and many of these have gone up for 2019. Here’s a look at some that may affect you and your business. Deductions Section 179 expensing: Limit: $1.02 million (up from $1 million) Phaseout: $2.55 million (up from $2.5 million) Income-based phase-ins for certain limits on the Sec. 199A qualified business income deduction: Married filing jointly: $321,400-$421,400 (up from $315,000-$415,000) Married filing separately: $160,725-$210,725 (up from...

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What Will Your Marginal Income Tax Rate Be?

Posted by on Jan 24, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | 0 comments

What Will Your Marginal Income Tax Rate Be?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) generally reduced individual tax rates for 2018 through 2025, but some taxpayers could see their taxes go up due to reductions or eliminations of certain tax breaks. Additionally, some cases taxpayer’s rates may go up due to their filing status, while some may see additional tax savings due to their filing status. Unmarried vs. married taxpayers In an effort to further eliminate the marriage “penalty,” the TCJA made changes to some of the middle tax brackets. As a result, some single and head of household...

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2 Major Tax Law Changes for Individuals in 2019

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | 0 comments

2 Major Tax Law Changes for Individuals in 2019

Most provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) went into effect in 2018 and apply either through 2025 or are permanent, but there are two major changes under the act for individuals that begin in 2019. Here’s a closer look. 1. Medical expense deduction threshold With rising health care costs, claiming whatever tax breaks related to health care that you can is more important than ever. But there’s a threshold for deducting medical expenses that was already difficult for many taxpayers to meet, and it may be even harder to meet this year....

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A Review of Significant TCJA Provisions Impacting Individual Taxpayers

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | 0 comments

A Review of Significant TCJA Provisions Impacting Individual Taxpayers

There isn’t too much you can do to reduce your 2018 income tax liability now that 2019 has begun. But it’s smart to begin preparing for filing your 2018 return. Because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which was signed into law at the end of 2017, will likely have a major impact on your 2018 taxes, it’s a good time to review the most significant provisions impacting individual taxpayers. Rates and exemptions Generally, taxpayers will be subject to lower tax rates for 2018. But a couple of rates stay the same, and changes to some of the...

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A Refresher on Major Tax Law Changes for Small-Business Owners

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | 0 comments

A Refresher on Major Tax Law Changes for Small-Business Owners

The 2018 income tax filing season will soon be upon us. After the end of the year, it’s generally too late to take action to reduce 2018 taxes. Therefore, business owners may want to shift their focus to assessing whether they’ll likely owe taxes or get a refund when they file their 2018 returns this spring, so they can plan accordingly. With the biggest tax law changes in decades under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), most businesses and their owners will be significantly impacted. So, refreshing yourself on the major changes is a good...

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