Is a Tax Trap Lurking in Your Paycheck?

Posted on 21. Oct, 2020 by in Small Business Tips, Tax Tips, Tax Updates

Does your paycheck look a little higher than normal? If so, it could be a tax trap. The ProblemA payroll tax holiday, effective September 1, was recently signed via a presidential executive order. Payroll tax holidays typically provide forgiveness of Social Security and Medicare taxes that are normally withheld from your paycheck. This year’s tax […]

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IRS Announces Common Tax Scams

Posted on 16. Sep, 2020 by in Identity Theft, IRS, Small Business Tips, Tax Tips

The IRS recently announced its 2020 edition of its annual Dirty Dozen list of tax scams. This year includes a special emphasis on aggressive and evolving schemes related to COVID-19 tax relief, including Economic Impact Payments. Here are six of the more common scams. Phishing. Phishing refers to potential fake emails or websites looking to steal your personal […]

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NEW Tax Rules for 2020!

Posted on 11. Sep, 2020 by in Charitable Contributions, Charitable Giving, IRS, Small Business Tips, Tax Tips, Tax Updates

Here are several new tax laws to consider as you start planning your 2020 tax obligation. Make up to $300 of charitable contributions. For the 2020 tax year only, an above-the-line deduction of $300 is available to all Americans who want to make a charitable contribution. You can donate to more than one charity, but the […]

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Should You Incorporate Your Business?

Posted on 09. Sep, 2020 by in IRS, Small Business Tips, Tax Tips

You may have started your business as a simple sole proprietorship that files its taxes as a Schedule C on your Form 1040. As your business grows, you may want to change the structure. Here are several scenarios where it may make sense to do just that. Reasons to Create Business Entities Establishing limited liability. The […]

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How to Eliminate a Tax Surprise

Posted on 01. Sep, 2020 by in IRS, Small Business Tips, Tax Tips

What is normally a reliable estimate of your taxes – the amount of money withheld from your paychecks by your employer – may be an unreliable estimate this year thanks to the current pandemic. Even worse, using the safety net of paying in what you did last year may not be practical if your financial […]

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Be Prepared for Pandemic Tax Surprises

Posted on 14. Jun, 2020 by in COVID-19, IRS, Retirement Accounts, Small Business Tips, Tax Tips

Numerous new laws provide economic relief to individuals and businesses hardest hit by this year’s pandemic. This much-needed financial assistance, however, comes with a few strings attached. Here are three potential surprises if you use the available economic relief packages: Getting a tax bill for unemployment benefits. While the $1,200 economic impact payments most Americans received […]

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Get Your Money: Ensure You Receive a Stimulus Payment

Posted on 12. May, 2020 by in COVID-19, IRS, Small Business Tips, Tax Tips

Your COVID-19 stimulus checks are in the mail! Find out how much you qualify for and when to expect the money. The IRS has two websites to help with stimulus payments: One for non-tax filers to register to receive their economic impact payment and a new “Get My Payment” tool. BackgroundAs a response to the […]

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Finding the Balance of Income vs. Spending: The IRS primer every voter should know

Posted on 12. Mar, 2020 by in Tax Tips

Every year the IRS publishes instructions to prepare your Form 1040, individual tax return. The publication for 2019 is a whopping 108 pages! On page 103 of the IRS booklet is a summary of collections (income) and spending (outlays) by the federal government. Given the election year, here is a summary of this recap and […]

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Five Tips to Make Tax Time Painless

Posted on 02. Mar, 2020 by in Small Business Tips, Tax Tips

Tax time is probably not your favorite time of year, especially if you have to pay the government your hard-earned dollars. Here are five tips on how we can make it just a bit less painful.  Have patience.  Practicing patience will go a long way when you’re dealing with taxes. Keep in mind that for tax professionals, […]

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New Rules Mean Saving More for Retirement

Posted on 27. Feb, 2020 by in Managing Finances, Misc. Articles, Retirement Accounts, Tax Tips

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, also known as the SECURE Act, was passed by Congress in late December 2019. Here are some of the features in the new legislation that will help you save more for retirement: Money can continue to grow tax deferred If you turn 70½ in 2020 or […]

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