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Hire your children this summer: Everyone wins

May 21, 2019

If you’re a business owner and you hire your children (or grandchildren) 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…

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The simple truth about annual performance reviews

May 15, 2019

There are many ways for employers to conduct annual performance reviews. So many, in fact, that owners of small to midsize businesses may find the prospect of implementing a state-of-the-art review process overwhelming. The simple truth is that smaller companies may not need to exert a lot of effort on a complex approach. Sometimes a…

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Revenue Recognition for Royalty Payments

May 14, 2019

Do you receive royalty payments from lessees? The way you account for these transactions could be changing if you follow U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to prepare your financial statements. Beginning in 2019, nonpublic businesses will need to implement Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09 Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) and the related…

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It’s a good time to check your withholding and make changes, if necessary

May 8, 2019

Due to the massive changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the 2019 filing season resulted in surprises. Some filers who have gotten a refund in past years wound up owing money. The IRS reports that the number of refunds paid this year is down from last year — and the average refund…

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What type of expenses can’t be written off by your business?

May 6, 2019

If you read the Internal Revenue Code (and you probably don’t want to!), you may be surprised to find that most business deductions aren’t specifically listed. It doesn’t explicitly state that you can deduct office supplies and certain other expenses. Some expenses are detailed in the tax code, but the general rule is contained in…

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Employee vs. independent contractor: How should you handle worker classification?

May 2, 2019

Many employers prefer to classify workers as independent contractors to lower costs, even if it means having less control over a worker’s day-to-day activities. But the government is on the lookout for businesses that classify workers as independent contractors simply to reduce taxes or avoid their employee benefit obligations. Why it matters When your business…

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Plug in tax savings for electric vehicles

April 30, 2019

While the number of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) is still small compared with other cars on the road, it’s growing — especially in certain parts of the country. If you’re interested in purchasing an electric or hybrid vehicle, you may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. (Depending on where…

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Check on your refund — and find out why the IRS might not send it

April 29, 2019

It’s that time of year when many people who filed their tax returns in April are checking their mail or bank accounts to see if their refunds have landed. According to the IRS, most refunds are issued in less than 21 calendar days. However, it may take longer — and in rare cases, refunds might…

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West Virginia Steam Coal Severance Tax Decrease

April 24, 2019

In the closing moments of the recent legislative session at the West Virginia Capitol, Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill that will decrease severance tax on thermal (steam) coal from 5% to 3%.  This decrease will be implemented over the next three years and works out to about 40 cents per ton.  Additionally, this savings…

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Casualty loss deductions: You can claim one only for a federally declared disaster

April 23, 2019

Unforeseen disasters happen all the time and they may cause damage to your home or personal property. Before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, eligible casualty loss victims could claim a deduction on their tax returns. But there are new restrictions that make these deductions much more difficult to take. What’s considered a casualty for…

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