Insights: Client Accounting Services

The 2020 tax filing deadline is coming up: Do you need an extension?

May 13, 2021

“Tax day” is just around the corner. This year, the deadline for filing 2020 individual tax returns is Monday, May 17, 2021. The IRS postponed the usual April 15 due date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you still aren’t ready to file your return, you should request a 2020 tax filing extension. Anyone can…

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Help ensure the IRS doesn’t reclassify independent contractors as employees

May 10, 2021

Many businesses use independent contractors to help keep their costs down. If you’re among them, make sure that these workers are properly classified for federal tax purposes. If the IRS reclassifies them as employees, it can be a costly error. It can be complex to determine whether a worker is an independent contractor or an…

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Business highlights in the new American Rescue Plan Act

April 30, 2021

President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) on March 11. While the new law is best known for the provisions providing relief to individuals, there are also several tax breaks and financial benefits for businesses. Here are some of the tax highlights of the ARPA. The Employee Retention Credit (ERC). This…

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Small Businesses: Cash in on depreciation tax savers

December 3, 2020

As we approach the end of the year, it’s a good time to think about whether your business needs to buy business equipment and other depreciable property. If so, you may benefit from the Section 179 depreciation tax deduction for business property. The election provides a tax windfall to businesses, enabling them to claim immediate…

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Business website costs: How to handle them for tax purposes

October 8, 2020

The business use of websites is widespread. But surprisingly, the IRS hasn’t yet issued formal guidance on when Internet website costs can be deducted. Fortunately, established rules that generally apply to the deductibility of business costs, and IRS guidance that applies to software costs, provide business taxpayers launching a website with some guidance as to…

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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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