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Important Tax Figures for 2019

The following table provides some important federal tax information for 2019, as compared with 2018. Many of the dollar amounts are unchanged and some changed only slightly due to inflation.

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Keys to Successful Private Equity Real Estate Partnerships

Today’s real estate market holds win-win opportunities for both private equity and closely held property owners. As with any business arrangement, however, successful partnering requires that both types of entities understand the nuances of their agreement up front. Here’s what to keep in mind to ensure a mutually profitable outcome.

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IRS Employer News: 2019 Calendars Released and Deadline Extended

The IRS Has Released the New IRS Publication 509, “Tax Calendars for Use in 2019” The publication includes an “Employer’s Tax Calendar” with deadlines for federal income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes (FICA taxes), and federal unemployment (FUTA) tax. The calendar lists due dates for filing returns and for making deposits of the…

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Low-Hanging Fruit for Year-End Tax Planning

With two weeks to go until the New Year, now is the time for businesses and individuals to reach for low-hanging fruit in end-of-year tax planning. While the new tax law reduced the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent, many small- and mid-size businesses still benefit from pass-through entity status. The tax ramifications…

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Financing Options for Middle-Market Businesses

With slowly rising interest rates, many middle-market businesses are reevaluating their borrowing options. Before closing the deal, it’s important to fully understand the differences between traditional and alternative funding sources. Here’s a look at each. Alternative Lending While the market is still strong, many businesses are considering selling before valuations dip. For prospective buyers, nontraditional…

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IRS Ups the Ante on Retirement Contributions

Every year, the IRS releases cost-of-living adjustments to qualified retirement plan amounts. For tax year 2019, many of the limits applicable to pensions and other retirement plans will increase. But some will remain unchanged from 2018.

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IRS Issues Guidance Deducting Meals Bought During Entertainment

The IRS recently provided transitional guidance about the deductibility of expenses for business meals that are purchased in an entertainment context. (IRS Notice 2018-76) The Basics Businesses can deduct ordinary and necessary expenses paid or incurred during the tax year in carrying on a trade or business. Before it was amended by the Tax Cuts…

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