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Use a Coverdell ESA to Help Pay College, Elementary, and Secondary School Costs

Posted by on Oct 21, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | 0 comments

Use a Coverdell ESA to Help Pay College, Elementary, and Secondary School Costs

One way to save for your child’s or grandchild’s education is with a Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA). Although for federal tax purposes there’s no upfront deduction for contributions made to an ESA, the earnings on the contributions grow tax-free. Additionally, no tax is due when the funds in the account are distributed, to the extent the amounts withdrawn don’t exceed the child’s qualified education expenses. Qualified expenses include higher education tuition, fees, books and room, as well as elementary and secondary school...

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Setting up a Health Savings Account for Your Small Business

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | 0 comments

Setting up a Health Savings Account for Your Small Business

With the escalating cost of employee health care benefits, your business might be interested in providing some of these benefits through an employer-sponsored Health Savings Account (HSA). HSAs offer a tax-advantaged way to set aside funds (or have their employers do so) to meet future medical needs for eligible individuals. Here are the key tax benefits: Contributions participants make to an HSA are deductible, within limits. Contributions employers make aren’t taxed to participants. Earnings on the funds within an HSA aren’t taxed, so the...

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Watch Out for Tax-Related Scams

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

Watch Out for Tax-Related Scams

According to the IRS, thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams. Criminals have been known to contact victims through regular mail, telephone calls, and email messages. Here are just two of the scams the tax agency has seen in recent months. 1. Fake property liens. A tax bill from a fictional government agency is sent in the mail. The fake agency may have a name that sounds legitimate, such as the Bureau of Tax Enforcement. The bill is accompanied by a letter threatening an IRS lien or levy...

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Understanding and Controlling the Unemployment Tax Costs of Your Business

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

Understanding and Controlling the Unemployment Tax Costs of Your Business

As an employer, you must pay federal unemployment tax (FUTA) on amounts up to $7,000 paid to each employee as wages during the calendar year. The tax rate imposed is 6% but this can be reduced by a credit (described below). Most employers end up paying an effective FUTA tax rate of 0.6%. An employer taxed at a 6% rate would pay FUTA tax of $420 for each employee who earned at least $7,000 per year, while an employer taxed at 0.6% pays $42. Tax credit Unlike FICA taxes, only employers (not employees) are liable for FUTA tax. Most employers pay...

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Take Advantage of the Gift Tax Exclusion Rules

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

Take Advantage of the Gift Tax Exclusion Rules

As we head toward the holiday season, you may be considering giving gifts of cash or securities to loved ones. Taxpayers can transfer substantial amounts free of gift taxes to their children and others each year through the use of the annual federal gift tax exclusion. For 2019, the exclusion is $15,000 and the amount is adjusted for inflation annually. The exclusion covers gifts that you make to each person each year. Therefore, if you have three children, you can transfer a total of $45,000 to them this year (and next year) free of federal...

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The Chances of an IRS Audit are Low, but Business Owners Should Be Prepared

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

The Chances of an IRS Audit are Low, but Business Owners Should Be Prepared

If you’re like most business owners you’re asking: How can I avoid an IRS audit? The good news is the odds against being audited are in your favor. In fiscal year 2018, the IRS audited approximately 0.6% of individuals. Businesses, large corporations and high-income individuals are more likely to be audited but, overall, audit rates are historically low. There’s no 100% guarantee you won’t be picked for an audit, because some tax returns are chosen randomly. However, completing your returns in a timely and accurate fashion certainly works in...

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When Is Tax Due on Series EE Savings Bonds?

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | 0 comments

When Is Tax Due on Series EE Savings Bonds?

You may have Series EE savings bonds that were bought several years ago. If so, you probably store them in a file cabinet or safe deposit box and rarely give them a second thought. You may wonder how the interest you earn on EE bonds is taxed. And if they reach final maturity, you may need to take action to ensure there’s no loss of interest or unanticipated tax consequences. Interest deferral Series EE Bonds dated May 2005 and after earn a fixed rate of interest. Bonds purchased between May 1997 and April 30, 2005, earn a variable...

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How to Treat Your Business Website Costs for Tax Purposes

Posted by on Sep 25, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | 0 comments

How to Treat Your Business Website Costs for Tax Purposes

These days, it’s an easy decision to set up and maintain a website because most businesses need a one to remain competitive. But determining the proper tax treatment for the costs involved in developing a website isn’t as easy. This is because the IRS hasn’t released any official guidance on these costs yet. Consequently, you must apply existing guidance on other costs to the issue of website development costs. Hardware and software First, let’s look at the hardware you may need to operate your website. The costs involved fall under the...

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Uncle Sam May Provide Relief from College Costs on Your Tax Return

Posted by on Sep 23, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | 0 comments

Uncle Sam May Provide Relief from College Costs on Your Tax Return

We all know college is expensive. The latest figures from the College Board show the average annual cost of tuition and fees was $10,230 for in-state students at public four-year universities — and $35,830 for students at private not-for-profit four-year institutions. This is just tuition. These amounts don’t include room and board, books, supplies, transportation and other expenses a student will likely incur. Two tax credits Fortunately, the federal government offers two sizable tax credits for higher education costs you may be able to...

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Getting a Divorce? There Are Tax Issues You Need to Understand

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | 0 comments

Getting a Divorce? There Are Tax Issues You Need to Understand

In addition to the difficult personal issues that divorce entails, there are several tax concerns that need to be addressed to ensure taxes are kept to a minimum and important tax-related decisions are properly made. Here are four issues to understand if you are in the process of getting a divorce. 1. Alimony or support payments. For alimony under divorce or separation agreements that are executed after 2018, there’s no deduction for alimony and separation support payments for the spouse making them. And the alimony payments aren’t included...

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