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  • October 26, 2021
  • 4:43 pm

Thinking about participating in your employer’s 401(k) plan? Here’s how it works

Employers offer 401(k) plans for many reasons, including to attract and retain talent. These plans help an employee accumulate a retirement nest egg on a tax-advantaged basis. If you’re thinking…

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  • October 26, 2021
  • 4:36 pm

Employers: The Social Security wage base is increasing in 2022

The Social Security Administration recently announced that the wage base for computing Social Security tax will increase to $147,000 for 2022 (up from $142,800 for 2021). Wages and self-employment income…

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  • October 19, 2021
  • 4:28 pm

Get your piece of the depreciation pie now with a cost segregation study

If your business is depreciating over a 30-year period the entire cost of constructing the building that houses your operation, you should consider a cost segregation study. It might allow…

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  • October 12, 2021
  • 8:55 pm

New per diem business travel rates became effective on October 1

Are employees at your business traveling again after months of virtual meetings? In Notice 2021-52, the IRS announced the fiscal 2022 “per diem” rates that became effective October 1, 2021. Taxpayers…

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  • October 5, 2021
  • 8:52 pm

IRS Temporarily Expands List of Tax Forms Eligible for E-signatures

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS expanded its electronic signatures program to include many more forms that historically needed a wet signature. The expansion is intended to make things easier for tax professionals and their clients, while in-person interactions may…

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  • October 5, 2021
  • 8:42 pm

Chart a course for your business’ future with forecasting

Managing cash flow is essential to business management. Revenue can fluctuate, and expenses need to be paid on time to maintain a positive working relationship with vendors, utility companies, and employees.   Thankfully, there’s…

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  • October 5, 2021
  • 4:46 pm

2021 Q4 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 fourth quarter of 2021. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may…

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  • September 27, 2021
  • 5:32 pm

M&A transactions: Be careful when reporting to the IRS

Low interest rates and other factors have caused global merger and acquisition (M&A) activity to reach new highs in 2021, according to Refinitiv, a provider of financial data. It reports…

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  • September 21, 2021
  • 3:58 am

Tax depreciation rules for business automobiles

If you use an automobile in your trade or business, you may wonder how depreciation tax deductions are determined. The rules are complicated, and special limitations that apply to vehicles…

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  • September 13, 2021
  • 5:07 pm

Tax breaks to consider during National Small Business Week

The week of September 13-17 has been declared National Small Business Week by the Small Business Administration. To commemorate the week, here are three tax breaks to consider. 1. Claim…

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  • September 7, 2021
  • 5:29 pm

Claiming a theft loss deduction if your business is the victim of embezzlement

A business may be able to claim a federal income tax deduction for a theft loss. But does embezzlement count as theft? In most cases it does but you’ll have…

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  • August 31, 2021
  • 5:13 am

Want to find out what IRS auditors know about your business industry?

In order to prepare for a business audit, an IRS examiner generally does research about the specific industry and issues on the taxpayer’s return. Examiners may use IRS “Audit Techniques…

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  • August 24, 2021
  • 4:18 pm

Getting a divorce? Be aware of tax implications if you own a business

If you’re a business owner and you’re getting a divorce, tax issues can complicate matters. Your business ownership interest is one of your biggest personal assets and in many cases,…

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  • August 18, 2021
  • 9:11 pm

Why you shouldn’t overlook the Employee Retention Credit

Note: We are closely monitoring H.R. 3684, known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Senate has approved the infrastructure bill and now goes to the House of Representatives for…

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  • August 16, 2021
  • 10:17 pm

Possible tax consequences of guaranteeing a loan to your corporation

What if you decide to, or are asked to, guarantee a loan to your corporation? Before agreeing to act as a guarantor, endorser or indemnitor of a debt obligation of…

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  • August 11, 2021
  • 3:39 am

Large cash transactions with your business must be reported to the IRS

If your business receives large amounts of cash or cash equivalents, you may be required to report these transactions to the IRS. What are the requirements? Each person who, in…

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  • August 2, 2021
  • 10:39 pm

Is an LLC the right choice for your small business?

Perhaps you operate your small business as a sole proprietorship and want to form a limited liability company (LLC) to protect your assets. Or maybe you are launching a new…

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  • July 29, 2021
  • 1:59 pm

California Governor Signs Assembly Bill 150

The California Governor signed Assembly Bill 150 on July 16, 2021. The AB150 budget trailer bill creates an elective pass-through entity tax, revises and expands the small business hiring credit…

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  • July 27, 2021
  • 4:21 pm

The deductibility of corporate expenses covered by officers or shareholders

Do you play a major role in a closely held corporation and sometimes spend money on corporate expenses personally? These costs may wind up being nondeductible both by an officer…

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  • July 21, 2021
  • 9:02 pm

HHS releases Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting portal for HHS Cares Act payments

Did your company receive funds from the Human Health Services (HHS) Cares Act stimulus? If so, you may be required to submit supporting documentation for how the funds were used….

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  • July 20, 2021
  • 5:11 am

Getting a new business off the ground: How start-up expenses are handled on your tax return

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, government officials are seeing a large increase in the number of new businesses being launched. From June 2020 through June 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau reports…

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  • July 6, 2021
  • 9:25 pm

10 facts about the pass-through deduction for qualified business income

Are you eligible to take the deduction for qualified business income (QBI)? Here are 10 facts about this valuable tax break, referred to as the pass-through deduction, QBI deduction or…

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  • June 29, 2021
  • 5:05 am

Eligible Businesses: Claim the Employee Retention Tax Credit

The Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) is a valuable tax break that was extended and modified by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), enacted in March of 2021. Here’s a…

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  • June 29, 2021
  • 5:00 am

IRS releases website to manage child tax credit deposits

The IRS has released a website where parents, including eligible non-filer parents, may make their designations concerning the child tax credits and scheduled deposits. We’ll discuss what you need to know about…

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  • June 21, 2021
  • 8:25 pm

Traveling for business again? What can you deduct?

As we continue to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be traveling again for business. Under tax law, there are a number of rules for deducting the cost…

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  • June 15, 2021
  • 4:27 pm

2021 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 2021.

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  • June 7, 2021
  • 10:14 pm

Recordkeeping DOs and DON’Ts for business meal and vehicle expenses

If you’re claiming deductions for business meals or auto expenses, expect the IRS to closely review them.

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  • June 3, 2021
  • 12:17 pm

Why outsourcing your accounting needs may be what your business needs to grow

However exciting or successful your new business may be at marketing and sales, it’s hard to know what you don’t know about the finance functions and find the time to…

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  • June 2, 2021
  • 10:07 am

Nine financial KPIs construction firms should be tracking

Most industries came to a halt last year when the pandemic shut down businesses around the world. Amidst all the uncertainty, it may seem easier to ignore performance metrics. In…

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  • June 1, 2021
  • 3:54 pm

Understanding business meal and entertainment deduction rules

Since the pandemic, the IRS has temporarily changed the tax-deductible amount allowed for some business meals to encourage increased sales at restaurants. Here’s a guide on tracking business meal and…

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  • June 1, 2021
  • 3:53 am

Tax implications for cryptocurrency owners

Approximately 14 percent of Americans own at least one share of virtual currency. Therefore, it’s essential to understand the tax implications associated with receiving, buying, and selling these currencies.

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  • May 17, 2021
  • 4:59 pm

An S corporation could cut your self-employment tax

If your business is organized as a sole proprietorship or as a wholly owned limited liability company (LLC), you’re subject to both income tax and self-employment tax. There may be…

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  • May 11, 2021
  • 9:27 pm

Revenue, cash flow, and how they affect your business

As a business owner, increasing sales can be a great mood lifter. But what happens if you get a large order and have no way to pay for the supplies?

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  • May 11, 2021
  • 9:16 pm

Like-Kind exchange updates: Clarifying real property and escrow policies

If you are in possession of business or investment property, or looking to exchange real property for others, you might want to get acquainted with “like-kind exchanges,” also known as…

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  • May 3, 2021
  • 9:44 pm

Providing education assistance to employees? Follow these rules

Many businesses provide education fringe benefits so their employees can improve their skills and gain additional knowledge. An employee can receive, on a tax-free basis, up to $5,250 each year

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  • April 27, 2021
  • 3:59 am

Claiming the business energy credit for using alternative energy

Are you wondering whether alternative energy technologies can help you manage energy costs in your business? If so, there’s a valuable federal income tax benefit (the business energy credit) that…

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  • April 23, 2021
  • 10:41 pm

IRS Fact Sheet provides new details about tax credits available to eligible employers who provide paid vaccine leave

The IRS released new information on how to take a tax credit for employee PTO related to COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccinations. Learn what businesses and activities are eligible.

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  • April 19, 2021
  • 9:58 pm

Know the ins and outs of “reasonable compensation” for a corporate business owner

Owners of incorporated businesses know that there’s a tax advantage to taking money out of a C corporation as compensation rather than as dividends.

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  • April 13, 2021
  • 1:14 pm

Simple retirement savings options for your small business

Are you thinking about setting up a retirement plan for yourself and your employees, but you’re worried about the financial commitment and administrative burdens involved in providing a traditional pension…

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  • April 6, 2021
  • 2:47 pm

Tax advantages of hiring your child at your small business

As a business owner, you should be aware that you can save family income and payroll taxes by putting your child on the payroll. Here are some considerations.

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  • March 25, 2021
  • 9:33 pm

PPP extension passes House and Senate

A measure to extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline from March 31, 2021, to May 31, 2021, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. It…

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  • March 23, 2021
  • 3:50 pm

Is an S corporation the best choice of entity for your business?

Are you thinking about launching a business with some partners and wondering what type of entity to form? An S corporation may be the most suitable form of business for…

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  • March 15, 2021
  • 6:01 pm

Business highlights in the new American Rescue Plan Act

President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) on March 11. While the new law is best known for the provisions providing relief to individuals, there are…

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  • March 12, 2021
  • 9:35 pm

Key tax provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) has been signed into law by President Biden and makes significant updates to several tax provisions to alleviate some of the pandemic’s financial burdens…

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  • March 12, 2021
  • 9:34 pm

American Rescue Plan Act signed into law

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 passed Congress and President Biden signed the bill into law on March 12, 2021. The ARPA approves $1.9 trillion in spending for…

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  • March 5, 2021
  • 5:30 pm

IRS clarifies employee retention credit eligibility for PPP loans and 2020 claims

The IRS has released additional guidance in Notice 2021-20 on the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERC) with clarifications on the retroactive changes for expanded eligibility applicable to 2020. Employers who…

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  • March 5, 2021
  • 5:28 pm

New PPP calculation released for Form 1040, Schedule C filers

Form 1040, Schedule C taxpayers received an updated interim final rule (IFR) on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from the Small Business Association (SBA). The IFR clarifies guidance released on…

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  • February 24, 2021
  • 10:10 pm

Smallest businesses get PPP updates, special filing period

The nation’s smallest businesses are getting revamped Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) rules and a special filing period announced in recent changes from the Biden-Harris administration. Small businesses with fewer than…

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  • February 16, 2021
  • 4:49 pm

What are the tax implications of buying or selling a business?

Merger and acquisition activity in many industries slowed during 2020 due to COVID-19. But analysts expect it to improve in 2021 as the country comes out of the pandemic. If…

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  • February 9, 2021
  • 8:03 pm

Businesses closed due to COVID-19 restrictions may be eligible for the employee retention credit

Last spring, the CARES Act created the ERC for businesses that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the CARES Act disallowed the credit for businesses that received a Paycheck…

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  • February 9, 2021
  • 6:55 pm

Why virtual outsourced accounting is more important than ever

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many businesses and entire industries to move their operations remotely in the interest of employee and customer safety, and this has caused these businesses to change the…

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  • January 20, 2021
  • 6:44 pm

PPP loans have reopened: Let’s review the tax consequences

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) reopened the week of January 11. If you’re fortunate to get a PPP loan to help during the COVID-19…

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  • January 19, 2021
  • 8:53 pm

IRS announces 2021 standard mileage rates for business, charitable, medical, and moving purposes

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued the 2021 optional standard mileage rates. These rates, which adjust every year to account for inflation of fuel costs, vehicle cost and maintenance, and insurance rate increases, will…

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  • January 19, 2021
  • 8:49 pm

Everything you need to know about the expanded ERTC

The employee retention tax credit (ERTC) is intended to provide liquidity to employers during the pandemic and was greatly expanded in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 thanks to Sections 206 and 207…

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  • January 14, 2021
  • 8:39 pm

Application dates for second round of PPP funding announced

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury has announced that lenders with $1 billion or less in assets will be able to open applications for the next round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding starting Friday,…

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  • January 8, 2021
  • 6:17 pm

Treasury issues interim final rules on updated PPP guidance

Two new interim final rules for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) have been released from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury in response to the changes and second round…

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