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Getting help with a business interruption insurance claim

February 19, 2020

To guard against natural disasters and other calamities, many companies buy business interruption insurance. These policies provide cash flow to cover revenues lost and expenses incurred while normal operations are limited or suspended. But buying coverage is one thing — making a claim and receiving the funds is quite another. Depending on the scope of…

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Do you want to go into business for yourself?

February 15, 2020

Many people who launch small businesses start as sole proprietors. Here are nine tax rules and considerations involved in operating as that entity. 1. You may qualify for the pass-through deduction. To the extent your business generates qualified business income, you are eligible to claim the 20% pass-through deduction, subject to limitations. The deduction is…

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Do your employees receive tips? You may be eligible for a tax credit

February 10, 2020

Are you an employer who owns a business where tipping is customary for providing food and beverages? You may qualify for a tax credit involving the Social Security and Medicare (FICA) taxes that you pay on your employees’ tip income. How the credit works The FICA credit applies with respect to tips that your employees…

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Numerous tax limits affecting businesses have increased for 2020

February 3, 2020

An array of tax-related limits that affect businesses are annually indexed for inflation, and many have increased for 2020. Here are some that may be important to you and your business. Social Security tax The amount of employees’ earnings that are subject to Social Security tax is capped for 2020 at $137,700 (up from $132,900…

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Can you deduct charitable gifts on your tax return?

January 31, 2020

Many taxpayers make charitable gifts because they’re generous and they want to save money on their federal tax bills. But with recent tax law changes, you may no longer get a tax break for your generosity. Are you going to itemize? The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), signed into law in 2017, didn’t put new…

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Contingency Funding Plans: What to Expect from Examiners

January 28, 2020

By Kelly Shafer, CPA With liquidity remaining a regulatory hot button, many examiners are taking a harder look at the areas of contingency funding plans (CFPs) and the stress testing of those plans. This article discusses the key elements that go into developing an effective CFP along with some of the more common exam findings…

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4 new law changes that may affect your retirement plan

January 24, 2020

If you save for retirement with an IRA or other plan, you’ll be interested to know that Congress recently passed a law that makes significant modifications to these accounts. The SECURE Act, which was signed into law on December 20, 2019, made these four changes. Change #1: The maximum age for making traditional IRA contributions is…

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Why You Need to Know the Value of Your Business

January 21, 2020

By Chris Lambert, CPA, CGMA, CCIFP According to The Exit Planning Institute (EPI), a national educator for those who specialize in helping business owners sell or transition their businesses, an estimated 4.5 million businesses representing more than $10 trillion in value will transition over the next decade or so.  Of those 4.5 million businesses, only…

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New law helps businesses make their employees’ retirement secure

January 9, 2020

A significant law was recently passed that adds tax breaks and makes changes to employer-provided retirement plans. If your small business has a current plan for employees or if you’re thinking about adding one, you should familiarize yourself with the new rules. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) was signed…

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Your home office expenses may be tax deductible

January 6, 2020

Technology has made it easier to work from home so lots of people now commute each morning to an office down the hall. However, just because you have a home office space doesn’t mean you can deduct expenses associated with it. Regularly and exclusively In order to be deductible for 2019 and 2020, you must…

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