Insights: Client Accounting Services

IRS releases 2021 amounts for Health Savings Accounts

May 27, 2020

The IRS recently released the 2021 inflation-adjusted amounts for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). HSA basics An HSA is a trust created or organized exclusively for the purpose of paying the “qualified medical expenses” of an “account beneficiary.” An HSA can only be established for the benefit of an “eligible individual” who is covered under a…

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Heathcare Plans

FSA and Section 125 Changes

May 18, 2020

On May 12, 2020, the IRS released Notice 2020-29 and Notice 2020-33.  Notice 2020-29 provides temporary flexibility for mid-year election changes under a Section 125 cafeteria plan during the 2020 calendar year, allowing employers to respond to changes in employees’ needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The major changes allowed are: Make a…

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Hiring independent contractors? Make sure they’re properly classified

May 11, 2020

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, your business may be using independent contractors to keep costs low. But you should be careful that these workers are properly classified for federal tax purposes. If the IRS reclassifies them as employees, it can be an expensive mistake. The question of whether a worker is an…

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FAQ: CARES Act Employee Retention Tax Credit

May 7, 2020

The recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides a refundable payroll tax credit for 50% of wages paid by eligible employers to certain employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The employee retention credit is available to employers, including nonprofit organizations, with operations that have been fully or partially suspended as a result…

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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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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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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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Business Value

Why You Need to Know the Value of Your Business

January 21, 2020

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 20% to 30% of them that…

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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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