Insights: Tax Services

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Navigating the Qualified Business Income Deduction

July 2, 2019

One of the most talked about provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is the Qualified Business Income Deduction, a new tax benefit allowing entrepreneurs, self-employed individuals and investors to deduct 20 % of their business income in calculating their income tax.  This was a significant change to the taxation of flow-through…

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If your kids are off to day camp, you may be eligible for a tax break

June 30, 2019

Now that most schools are out for the summer, you might be sending your children to day camp. It’s often a significant expense. The good news: You might be eligible for a tax break for the cost. The value of a credit Day camp is a qualified expense under the child and dependent care credit,…

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Accounting Method Alternatives for the Construction Contractor

June 26, 2019

Generally, a contractor’s chart of accounts for their accounting system is significantly different than other businesses and is oriented towards the method of accounting selected by the contractor. This article will explain some of the differences and why they are important. Two of the differences explored below are: Completed contract vs. Percentage of Completion Cash…

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2019 Q3 tax calendar: Key deadlines for businesses and other employers

June 17, 2019

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the third 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 requirements. July…

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Hiring this summer? You may qualify for a valuable tax credit

June 11, 2019

Is your business hiring this summer? If the employees come from certain “targeted groups,” you may be eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). This includes youth whom you bring in this summer for two or three months. The maximum credit employers can claim is $2,400 to $9,600 for each eligible employee. 10 targeted…

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Tax-smart domestic travel: Combining business with pleasure

June 5, 2019

Summer is just around the corner, so you might be thinking about getting some vacation time. If you’re self-employed or a business owner, you have a golden opportunity to combine a business trip with a few extra days of vacation and offset some of the cost with a tax deduction. But be careful, or you…

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The chances of IRS audit are down but you should still be prepared

June 2, 2019

The IRS just released its audit statistics for the 2018 fiscal year, and fewer taxpayers had their returns examined as compared with prior years. However, even though a small percentage of tax returns are being chosen for audit these days, that will be little consolation if yours is one of them. Latest statistics Overall, just…

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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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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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