Insights

Understanding how taxes factor into an M&A transaction

March 29, 2019

Merger and acquisition activity has been brisk in recent years. If your business is considering merging with or acquiring another business, it’s important to understand how the transaction will be taxed under current law. Stocks vs. assets From a tax standpoint, a transaction can basically be structured in two ways: 1. Stock (or ownership interest). A…

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Be vigilant about your business credit score

March 27, 2019

As an individual, you’ve no doubt been urged to regularly check your credit score. Most people nowadays know that, with a subpar personal credit score, they’ll have trouble buying a home or car, or just getting a reasonable-rate credit card. But how about your business credit score? It’s important for much the same reason — you’ll have…

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Family businesses need succession plans, too

March 26, 2019

Those who run family-owned businesses often underestimate the need for a succession plan. After all, they say, we’re a family business — there will always be a family member here to keep the company going and no one will stand in the way. Not necessarily. In one all-too-common scenario, two of the owner’s children inherit…

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2019 Q2 tax calendar: Key deadlines for businesses and other employers

March 25, 2019

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines that apply to businesses and other employers during the second quarter of 2019. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing…

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Could your business benefit from the tax credit for family and medical leave?

March 20, 2019

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a new federal tax credit for employers that provide qualified paid family and medical leave to their employees. It’s subject to numerous rules and restrictions and the credit is only available for two tax years — those beginning between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2019. However, it…

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Stretch your college student’s spending money with the dependent tax credit

March 18, 2019

If you’re the parent of a child who is age 17 to 23, and you pay all (or most) of his or her expenses, you may be surprised to learn you’re not eligible for the child tax credit. But there’s a dependent tax credit that may be available to you. It’s not as valuable as the child…

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Still working after age 70½? You may not have to begin 401(k) withdrawals

March 15, 2019

If you participate in a qualified retirement plan, such as a 401(k), you must generally begin taking required withdrawals from the plan no later than April 1 of the year after which you turn age 70½. However, there’s an exception that applies to certain plan participants who are still working for the entire year in…

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The 2018 gift tax return deadline is almost here

March 14, 2019

Did you make large gifts to your children, grandchildren or other heirs last year? If so, it’s important to determine whether you’re required to file a 2018 gift tax return — or whether filing one would be beneficial even if it isn’t required. Filing requirements Generally, you must file a gift tax return for 2018…

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Overview of West Virginia Coal Association 2019 Winter Symposium

March 12, 2019

On January 30th, the West Virginia Coal Association held its 46th annual Coal Symposium to recognize safe producers, provide legislative updates, and discuss the global and statewide industry forecast.  While the overall tone of this year’s Symposium was more optimistic than in previous years, an air of caution persisted among the 400+ in attendance. We’ve…

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Vehicle-expense deduction ins and outs for individual taxpayers

March 8, 2019

It’s not just businesses that can deduct vehicle-related expenses. Individuals also can deduct them in certain circumstances. Unfortunately, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) might reduce your deduction compared to what you claimed on your 2017 return. For 2017, miles driven for business, moving, medical and charitable purposes were potentially deductible. For 2018 through…

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