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Significant Tax Provisions of the CARES Act

On March 27, 2020 President Trump signed into Law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. The sweeping legislation gives substantial relief to business owners and individuals. It is the third stimulus package passed this year to help the country recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which, for some states, has forced…

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New Employment Tax Credits Under Families First Corona​virus Response Act

President Trump has signed into Law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA requires that certain employers provide expanded paid leave and/or emergency family leave to certain employees. The requirements vary based on several factors including the employer’s number of employees, the length of time the employee has been employed by the employer…

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Has the TCJA Lowered Your Taxes?

We now have two years of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) changes under our belts: 2018 and 2019. Are your taxes lower than before the law went into effect? Not surprisingly, the answer depends on your specific situation. Perception vs. Reality After most people filed their 2018 tax returns, only 40% believed that…

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New Law Provides Manufacturers With Tax-Saving Opportunities

Tax legislation signed at the end of last year as part of a federal spending package includes significant breaks for manufacturers. Notably, the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 extends various incentives, repeals a tax specifically aimed at manufacturing companies and creates a new credit for employers in disaster areas. Here’s a…

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Five Payroll Tax Developments for 2020

Along with a new year comes new payroll rules. Here are five highlights: 1. Significant revisions have been made to Form W-4 The IRS redesigned Form W-4, beginning with the 2020 tax year. The form was revised to take into account changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. That law suspended personal exemptions and…

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The Deductible Mileage Rate for Business Driving Decreases for 2020

The IRS has announced the 2020 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Background: If you use a vehicle for business driving, you can generally deduct the actual expenses attributable to your business use. This includes expenses such as gas, oil,…

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FAQs about Home Office Deductions

In the past, home office deductions were available to a wide range of taxpayers, including certain employees who worked from home. But the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has effectively eliminated home office deductions for employees through 2025. Fortunately, many self-employed individuals can still claim deductions — even if they don’t itemize deductions on…

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Should You Pay Down Your Home Mortgage Early?

If you routinely have extra cash on hand after paying off your monthly bills, you might want to consider paying down your home mortgage balance faster than is required under your loan agreement. This can be a powerful way to invest surplus cash. But it’s not right for everyone. Here are some hypothetical scenarios to…

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Qualified Opportunity Zones: Caution or Full Steam Ahead?

The groundbreaking 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act legislation sent shock waves through the real estate industry when it introduced qualified opportunity zones. These federal zones help real estate investors and developers alike save taxes and expand their operations – but not without some challenges. Here are some tips to shed some light on this…

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FAQs About Self-Employment Tax

Do you owe self-employment (SE) tax on non-wage income that you collect only occasionally or in a one-off circumstance? Some sources of income may not be subject to the dreaded SE tax. Here’s what you should know if you earn income from “irregular” sources. What Is SE Tax? SE tax is the way the U.S.Treasury…

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Plan Now to Reduce AMT Exposure

First the bad news: Despite passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the individual alternative minimum tax (AMT) is still in place. But there’s some good news: The law has made AMT rules more taxpayer-friendly through 2025. In addition, other TCJA changes reduce the odds that you’ll owe the AMT for those years.…

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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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