When Can You Dump Old Tax Records?

August 5th, 2014

Taxpayers often question how long records must be kept and the amount of time IRS has to audit a return after it is filed. It all depends on the circumstances! In many cases, the federal statute of limitations can be used to help you determine how long to keep records. With certain exceptions, the statute […]

Audit-Proofing Your Meal & Entertainment Expenses

December 15th, 2012

When looking for deductions to add to your taxes, don’t overlook your meal and entertainment expenses. These types of expenses must be “ordinary” and “necessary” to your business or trade and must be “directly related to” or “associated with” the active conduct of business. In order for the IRS to allow these deductions, documentation is […]

Are You Required to File 1099s?

December 3rd, 2012

If you use independent contractors to perform services for your business and you pay them $600 or more for the year, you are required to issue them a Form 1099-MISC after the end of the year to avoid facing the loss of the deduction for their labor and expenses. The 1099s for 2012 must be […]

Do You Have a Financial Interest in or Signature Authority over a Foreign Financial Account?

June 4th, 2012

Every U.S. person who has a financial interest in or signature or other authority over any foreign financial accounts (including bank, securities and other types of financial accounts in a foreign country), if the aggregate value of these financial accounts exceeds $10,000 at any time during the calendar year, must report those relationships to the […]

Tips to Avoid a Tax Audit

March 22nd, 2011

An IRS tax audit can come in a number of forms.  The most demanding are the face-to-face audits, which require sitting down with an auditor and reconciling income and deductions.  Others are the less demanding correspondence audits where the IRS has reason to believe that the taxpayer failed to include reported income or has overstated […]

Small Business Expenses 101

February 14th, 2011

For small business owners, tax breaks often come in the form of tax deductions – which can offer a nice little instant cash savings – if you know how to navigate tax law and claim the deductions you deserve (not what you believe you are entitled to). Large tax deductions are a notorious red flag […]

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