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2019 Q3 Tax Calendar: Key Deadlines for Businesses and Other Employers

Posted by on Jun 24, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | Comments Off on 2019 Q3 Tax Calendar: Key Deadlines for Businesses and Other Employers

2019 Q3 Tax Calendar: Key Deadlines for Businesses and Other Employers

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the third quarter of 2019. Please, keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to your situation. Contact us to ensure you meet all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing requirements. July 31 Report income tax withholding and FICA taxes for the second quarter of 2019 (Form 941) and pay any tax due. (See the exception below, under “August 12.”) File a 2018 calendar-year retirement...

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Is An HSA Right For You?

Posted by on Jun 20, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | Comments Off on Is An HSA Right For You?

Is An HSA Right For You?

Many people now contribute to, or are thinking about setting up, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to help defray health care costs. With these accounts, individuals have the ability to pay for certain medical expenses on a tax advantaged basis. The basics With HSAs, you take more responsibility for your health care costs. If you’re covered by a qualified high-deductible health plan, you can contribute pretax income to an employer-sponsored HSA — or make deductible contributions to an HSA which you set up yourself. You own the account, which can...

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Donating Your Vehicle to Charity May Not Be a Taxwise Decision

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | Comments Off on Donating Your Vehicle to Charity May Not Be a Taxwise Decision

Donating Your Vehicle to Charity May Not Be a Taxwise Decision

You’ve most likely seen or heard ads urging you to donate your car to charity. One organization states you can “Make a difference and receive tax savings.” But donating your vehicle may not result in a big tax deduction. It may not result in any deduction at all. Trade in, sell or donate? Say you’re buying a new car and want to get rid of your old one. Among your options are trading in the vehicle to the dealer, selling it yourself, or donating it to charity. If you donate the vehicle, the tax deduction depends on whether you itemize and what...

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Hiring This Summer? You May Qualify for a Valuable Tax Credit

Posted by on Jun 13, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | Comments Off on Hiring This Summer? You May Qualify for a Valuable Tax Credit

Hiring This Summer? You May Qualify for a Valuable Tax Credit

Is your business planning to hire this summer? If the employees come from certain “targeted groups,” you may be eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). This includes youth whom you bring in this summer for two or three months. The maximum credit you can claim is $2,400 to $9,600 for each eligible employee. 10 targeted groups An employer is generally eligible for the credit only for qualified wages paid to members of these 10 targeted groups: Qualified members of families receiving assistance under the Temporary Assistance for...

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Thinking About Moving to Another State in Retirement? Don’t Forget About Taxes

Posted by on Jun 10, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | Comments Off on Thinking About Moving to Another State in Retirement? Don’t Forget About Taxes

Thinking About Moving to Another State in Retirement? Don’t Forget About Taxes

You may consider moving to another state when you retire for the weather or to be closer to your loved ones. Don’t forget to factor state and local taxes into the equation. Establishing residency for state tax purposes may be more complicated than it initially appears to be. Identify all applicable taxes It may seem like a no-brainer to simply move to a state with no personal income tax. But, in order to make a good decision, you must consider all taxes that can potentially apply to a state resident. In addition to income taxes, these might...

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Employers: Be Aware (or Beware) of a Harsh Payroll Tax Penalty

Posted by on Jun 6, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | Comments Off on Employers: Be Aware (or Beware) of a Harsh Payroll Tax Penalty

Employers: Be Aware (or Beware) of a Harsh Payroll Tax Penalty

A harsh penalty can be imposed if federal income tax and employment taxes (including Social Security) are withheld from employees’ paychecks and not handed over to the IRS. This penalty can be assessed personally against a “responsible individual.” There are escalating penalties if a business makes payroll tax payments late. And if an employer fails to make them, the IRS will crack down hard. With the “Trust Fund Recovery Penalty,” also known as the “100% Penalty,” the IRS can assess the entire unpaid amount against a responsible person who...

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The Chances of IRS Audit Are Down but You Should Still Be Prepared

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | Comments Off on The Chances of IRS Audit Are Down but You Should Still Be Prepared

The Chances of IRS Audit Are Down but You Should Still Be Prepared

The IRS recently released its audit statistics for the 2018 fiscal year, and fewer taxpayers had their returns examined compared with prior years. However, even though a smaller percentage of tax returns are being chosen for audit these days, that won’t be much consolation if yours is one of them. Latest statistics Overall, just 0.59% of individual tax returns were audited in 2018, compared to 0.62% in 2017. This was the lowest percentage of audits conducted since 2002. However, as in the past, those with very high incomes face greater odds....

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Tax-Smart Domestic Travel: Combining Business With Pleasure

Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | Comments Off on Tax-Smart Domestic Travel: Combining Business With Pleasure

Tax-Smart Domestic Travel: Combining Business With Pleasure

Summer is just almost here, so you may be thinking about getting some vacation time. If you’re self-employed or a business owner, you have a golden opportunity to combine a business trip with a few extra days of vacation and offset some of the cost with a tax deduction. But be careful, or you might not qualify for the write-offs you expect. Basic rules Business travel expenses can potentially be deducted if the travel is within the United States and the expenses are: “Ordinary and necessary” and Directly related to the business. Note: The tax...

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It’s a Good Time to Check Your Withholding and Make Changes, if Necessary

Posted by on May 27, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | Comments Off on It’s a Good Time to Check Your Withholding and Make Changes, if Necessary

It’s a Good Time to Check Your Withholding and Make Changes, if Necessary

Due to the massive changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), there were a lot of surprises during the 2019 filing season. Some filers who were accustomed to getting a refund wound up owing money. The IRS reports that the number of refunds paid this year is down from last year — and the average refund is lower. As of May 10, 2019, the IRS paid out 101,590,000 refunds averaging $2,868. This compares with 102,582,000 refunds paid out in 2018 with an average amount of $2,940. Of course, receiving a tax refund shouldn’t necessarily be your...

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Hire Your Children This Summer: Everyone Wins

Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Blog, General, Management, Tax Tips | Comments Off on Hire Your Children This Summer: Everyone Wins

Hire Your Children This Summer: Everyone Wins

If you’re a business owner with children (or grandchildren) and you hire them this summer, you can obtain tax breaks and other nontax benefits. The kids can gain on-the-job experience, save for college, and learn how to manage money. And you may be able to: Shift your high-taxed income into tax-free or low-taxed income, Realize payroll tax savings (depending on the child’s age and how your business is organized), and Enable retirement plan contributions for the children. It must be a real job You get a business tax deduction for employee wage...

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