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COVID-19-Related Relief Is Signed Into Law

Updated: January 7, 2021 On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“The Act”). This was the fourth stimulus package passed in 2020 and comes after months of protracted negotiations. The Act contains numerous tax and nontax provisions and includes several extensions of popular provisions of earlier COVID relief…

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Should You Buy or Lease Equipment?

If your business is in a position to acquire equipment or machinery, management faces a tough decision: Should you lease it, or should you buy it? There’s no universal “right” answer. Here are some factors to consider.

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Beware: Several CARES Act Tax Provisions Will Soon Expire

The CARES Act granted several valuable federal tax breaks for individuals and businesses. But most will expire at the end of 2020 or at the end of tax years that begin in 2020. Here’s a roundup of tax breaks scheduled to go off the books soon, unless Congress extends them.

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Spotlight on Individual Tax Matters in the 2020 Election

Election season 2020 is almost over. As you continue to watch social media ads and listen to interviews and past debates, pay close attention to the candidates’ federal tax plans. Their stances could have a major impact on the amount of taxes you’ll owe in the future and how much you can transfer to loved…

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7 Expiring Tax Breaks for Individuals

Several significant federal tax breaks are set to expire at the end of 2020, unless Congress renews them. Lawmakers customarily extend these so-called “extender” provisions for another year or two, sometimes retroactively. However, in this tumultuous time, nothing is certain.

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Salvaging Tax Benefits from New NOL Rules

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many small and mid-sized businesses expect to have significant net operating losses (NOLs) in 2020. What makes this prospect more discouraging is that some companies are still recovering from NOLs suffered in recent years.

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5 Mid-Year Tax Planning Ideas for Small Business Owners

The second half of 2020 has begun. What steps can small business owners take today to lower taxes for the current tax year? Alternatively, would it make more sense to maximize taxable income this year if you expect higher income and/or unfavorable changes to the tax law starting in 2021?

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Hobby or Business? How to Treat COVID-19 Sideline Activities for Taxes

Today, many people sell homemade products online or work on some unincorporated sideline venture outside of their regular day jobs. Such activities can generate extra spending money. This can be especially helpful for retired people and stay-at-home parents — or for those who been laid off or taken a pay cut, during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Demystifying Casualty Loss Deductions

The days when you could claim deductions for run-of-the-mill casualty and theft losses of personal property are gone — at least temporarily. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) generally suspends write-offs for such expenses for 2018 through 2025. However, you can still claim deductions for personal property losses caused by certain federally declared disasters,…

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Last-Minute Strategies for Businesses that Deferred Filing Tax Returns

During the COVID-19 crisis, some key tax deadlines were postponed until July 15, 2020. If your business and/or personal federal income tax return is still awaiting completion, you may have significant retroactive tax-planning flexibility. The same holds true for individuals who own interests in pass-through business entities and haven’t yet filed their personal tax returns.…

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