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Year-End Tax Planning Moves for Small Businesses

It’s hard to believe 2019 is almost over! It’s been a busy year in many sectors, often forcing small business owners to put tax planning on the back burner while they’ve tended to daily business operations. But procrastinate no longer. Consider the following moves to lower your 2019 business tax bill before ringing in the…

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New Overtime Pay Rules Finalized for 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued the long-anticipated final version of its overtime eligibility rules. The changes will take effect on January 1, 2020. As a result, the DOL estimates that 1.3 million workers will be newly eligible for overtime pay. Are any of them on your payroll? Read on to find out.

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Tax Considerations for Cannabis Business and Investment

as seen in The growing cannabis industry has piqued the interest of many business owners and investors who predict it could become a multi-billion dollar industry. Legal developments bolster this enthusiasm, as more than 30 states and the District of Columbia have thus far legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational…

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Bonus Depreciation for Your Business: Let’s Review Your Options

First-year bonus depreciation has been around for a while now. However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) set forth more-generous, but temporary, rules for 2018 through 2026. Recent IRS guidance gives you additional flexibility to fine-tune the bonus depreciation break to suit your specific business and personal tax circumstances. Here’s what you need to…

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Tax Implications of Refinancing Your Home

You may be thinking about refinancing this year to take advantage of falling interest rates. Or you may have refinanced your home mortgage last year and have yet to file your 2018 return (because you filed an extension). Either way, there are important federal income tax implications. Here’s what you need to know.

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To Capitalize or Expense: How to Treat Website Costs for Tax Purposes

For most small businesses, having a website is a necessity. But what’s the proper tax treatment of the costs to develop a website? Unfortunately, the IRS hasn’t yet released any official guidance on these costs. Therefore, you must extend the existing guidance on other subjects to the issue of website development costs.

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Expanding Retirement Plan Options for Small Businesses

A new final rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) clarifies some of the ins and outs of multiple employer plans (MEPs). These are defined contribution retirement plans — such as 401(k) plans — that are sponsored by an association or employer group on behalf of member employers.

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Tax Consequences of Borrowing From a Retirement Plan

If your company has a qualified retirement plan or you have set one up in self employment — such as a 401(k), profit-sharing, or Keogh plan — the participants might be allowed to borrow from their accounts. (This option is not available for traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, SEPs, or SIMPLE-IRAs.)

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Hot Midyear Tax Planning Ideas for Individuals

The summer months are a good time to brainstorm tax planning strategies. Some ideas will help cut your tax bill for the current year; others will allow you to minimize future taxes. Here are various short- and long-term strategies to consider. They factor in changes included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Perform…

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Business Partnerships with e-Commerce Giants Pose Tax Risk

by: Michael Barg, Tax Supervisor E-commerce sites hold tremendous growth potential for small and mid-size businesses. Partnering with online marketplaces and facilitators can expand customer reach in ways traditional sales channels often can’t match. These new opportunities come with new challenges. In practical terms, an established New York-based business may sell products regionally and have nexus…

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Going Mobile in the Manufacturing Sector

Industry 4.0 is shorthand for all the technological innovations fundamentally altering the manufacturing sector — including smart factories, the Internet of Things, cloud and hybrid computing, and augmented reality. Mobile devices are the gateway to Industry 4.0. Manufacturing managers still working with decade-old computers — or pencil and paper — will likely be left in…

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Multistate Resident? Watch Out for Double Taxation

Contrary to popular belief, no federal law prohibits multiple states from collecting tax on the same income. This article raises some important points to keep in mind for those who maintain residences in more than one state (or may soon do so). We’ll also look at some ways an individual can establish domicile in a…

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Fiduciary Income Tax Traps to Avoid

as published in Trust and estate issues are always complex. While fiduciary and individual income tax matters in the past have generally been dissimilar, the new tax law compounds the differences. In contrast to individuals, trusts and estates can still claim certain deductions between now and 2025 that will save…

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