Will Your 2018 Withholding Be Right?

February 8th, 2018

Article Highlights: Tax Cuts & Jobs Act Wage Withholding Tables W-4 Be Cautious with Adjusted Withholding Note: The is one of a series of articles explaining how the various tax changes made by the GOP’s Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (referred to as the “Act” in the article), passed late in December 2017, might effect […]

New Tax Law Cracks Down on Home Mortgage Interest

February 5th, 2018

Article Highlights: Acquisition Debt Interest Equity Debt Interest Consumer Interest New Tax Law Changes Note: The is one of a series of articles explaining how the various tax changes made by the GOP’s Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (referred to as the “Act” in the article), passed late in December 2017, might affect you and […]

2018 Standard Mileage Rates Announced

February 1st, 2018

Article Highlights: Standard Mileage Rates for 2018 Business, Charitable and Medical Rates Important Considerations for 2018 Switching Between the Actual Expense and Standard Mileage Rate Methods Employer Reimbursements Employee Deductions Suspended Special Allowances for SUVs As it does every year, the Internal Revenue Service recently announced the inflation- adjusted 2018 optional standard mileage rates used […]

Medical Deductions & The New Tax Law

January 25th, 2018

Article Highlights: Medical Deductions Retained by the Tax Reform Law Adjusted Gross Income Floor Dropped to 7.5% The Standard Deduction Bunching Medical Deductions Unusual Medical Deductions Medical Dependents Divorced Parents Note: The is one of a series of articles explaining how the various tax changes in the GOP’s Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (referred to […]

How Small Businesses Write Off Equipment Purchases

January 16th, 2018

Article Highlights: Depreciation Materials & Supplies De Minimis Safe Harbor Expensing Routine Maintenance Unlimited Expensing Bonus Depreciation Sec 179 Expensing Mixing Methods From time to time, an owner of a small business will purchase equipment, office furnishings, vehicles, computer systems and other items for use in the business. How to deduct the cost for tax […]

Better to Sell or Trade a Business Vehicle?

May 10th, 2016

From time to time business owners will replace vehicles used in their business. When replacing a business vehicle, the tax ramifications are different when selling the old vehicle and when trading it in for a new vehicle. If the vehicle is sold, the result is reported on the taxpayer’s return as an above-the-line gain or […]

Take Advantage of the IRA-to-Charity Provision

May 3rd, 2016

Individuals age 70.5 or over—who must withdraw annual required minimum distributions (RMDs) from their IRAs—will be pleased to learn that the temporary provision allowing taxpayers to transfer up to $100,000 annually from their IRAs to qualified charities has been made permanent. If you are age 70.5 or over and have an IRA, taking advantage of […]

Proving Noncash Charitable Contributions

April 26th, 2016

One of the most common tax-deductible charitable contributions encountered is that of household goods and used clothing. The major complication of this type of contribution is establishing the dollar value of the contribution. According to the tax code, this is the fair market value (FMV), which is defined as the value that a willing buyer […]

Asset Sales Versus Stock Sales: What You Need to Know

April 19th, 2016

Selling a business is never a decision that should be made lightly. A business is something that you’ve likely worked hard to build from the ground up into the entity that you always hoped it could be – you don’t want to sell yourself short now that you’re moving onto bigger and better things. When […]

Household Help – Employee or Contractor?

April 12th, 2016

Article Highlights: Household Employee Definition Employee Control Factors Self-employed or Employee Withholding Requirements Reporting Requirements Frequently taxpayers will hire an individual or firm to provide services at the taxpayer’s home. Because the IRS requires employers to withhold taxes for employees and issue them W-2s at the end of the year, the big question is whether […]

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