Insights: Tax Services

2021 Q3 Tax Calendar

July 29, 2021

2021 Q3 tax calendar: Key deadlines for businesses and other employers Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the third quarter of 2021. 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…

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Employee Retention Tax Credit

Claiming the Employee Retention Tax Credit

July 22, 2021

The Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) is a valuable tax break that was extended and modified by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), enacted in March of 2021. Here’s a rundown of the rules. Background Back in March of 2020, Congress originally enacted the Employee Retention Tax Credit in the CARES Act to encourage employers…

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IRS scams

“Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2021

July 9, 2021

The IRS is releasing its “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2021. See below for information from the IRS on the top tax scams and how to recognize them. For more information visit the complete Dirty Dozen list.  Fake charities Scams requesting donations for disaster relief efforts are especially common on the phone. Taxpayers should always…

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hobby income

When does a hobby become taxable?

July 8, 2021

Do you have a hobby that pays the bills? During the uncertainty of the last year and a half, many people have turned a hobby into a source of income. If so, that income must be reported on tax returns. Deductions & Reporting The extent to which you can deduct expenses related to the activity…

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Employee Retention Credit

Employee Retention Credit Summary

June 29, 2021

2020 Highlights: An employer becomes eligible if they: can demonstrate a 50% or more decline in gross receipts in any quarter of 2020, compared to the same quarter in 2019 eligibility ends the last day of the first subsequent quarter when gross receipts return to at least 80% compared to the same quarter in 2019…

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Tax-favored ways to build up a college fund

June 17, 2021

If you’re a parent with a college-bound child, you may be concerned about being able to fund future tuition and other higher education costs. You want to take maximum advantage of tax benefits to minimize your expenses. Here are some possible options. Savings bonds Series EE U.S. savings bonds offer two tax-saving opportunities for eligible…

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Plan ahead for the 3.8% Net Investment Income Tax

June 16, 2021

High-income taxpayers face a 3.8% net investment income tax (NIIT) that’s imposed in addition to regular income tax. Fortunately, there are some steps you may be able to take to reduce its impact. The NIIT applies to you only if modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) exceeds: $250,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly and surviving spouses…

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Recordkeeping DOs and DON’Ts for business meal and vehicle expenses

June 10, 2021

If you’re claiming deductions for business meals or auto expenses, expect the IRS to closely review them. In some cases, taxpayers have incomplete documentation or try to create records months (or years) later. In doing so, they fail to meet the strict substantiation requirements set forth under tax law. Tax auditors are adept at rooting…

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Hiring your minor children this summer? Reap tax and nontax benefits

June 4, 2021

If you’re a business owner and you hire your children this summer, you can obtain tax breaks and other nontax benefits. The kids can gain on-the-job experience, spend time with you, 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,…

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Who qualifies for “head of household” tax filing status?

May 17, 2021

When you file your tax return, you must check one of the following filing statuses: Single, married filing jointly, married filing separately, head of household or qualifying widow(er). Who qualifies to file a return as a head of household, which is more favorable than single? To qualify, you must maintain a household, which for more…

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