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Owners of Pass-Through Entities Electing the NY PTE Tax – Your NY Personal Estimated Tax Payments Must Be Calculated Without a PTET Credit

New York State (NYS) second quarter Personal Income Tax Estimated Payments are due on June 15, 2021. This year, for owners, partners and shareholders of Pass-through Entities (PTE) that are considering electing to be subject to New York State’s Pass-through Entity Tax (PTET), there’s an important wrinkle in the calculation of these estimated payments.

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New York’s Pass-through Entity Tax – Potential Lower Federal Tax Benefits to S Corporation Shareholders

New York’s Pass-through Entity Tax (PTET) may result in significantly lower Federal tax benefits for certain electing S corporations. The potential Federal tax benefits of the New York State (NYS) PTET for resident shareholders of S corporations with low NYS Business Apportionment Percentages (BAP) may be significantly lower than initially expected. Why? The PTET provisions’…

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The DOL Has Withdrawn the Independent Contractor Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it has withdrawn the “independent contractor rule” to maintain workers’ rights to the minimum wage and overtime compensation protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The rule was enacted by the department under the Trump administration and would have generally considered “gig economy” and certain…

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New York’s Budget Decouples From Federal Opportunity Zone Tax Benefits – Is It a Big Swing and Miss for New York Taxpayers?

As detailed in our previous post, Governor Cuomo signed the 2021-22 New York State (NYS) Budget (The Budget) last month with little fanfare. The Budget contains numerous tax provisions that have broad implications to New York taxpayers. However, one of The Budget’s potentially unfavorable tax provisions, as set forth in Section DDD of…

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Should a tax apportionment clause be in your estate plan?

Even though the federal gift and estate tax exemption is currently very high ($11.7 million for 2021), there are families that still have to contend with significant federal estate tax liability. Plus, the exemption is scheduled to drop significantly in 2026, and reducing it sooner has been proposed. Even if you aren’t subject to federal…

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Batter up – The NYS 2021-22 Budget – Is It a Home Run or Strike Out for New York State Taxpayers and Businesses?

Spring has officially arrived – flowers are blooming, baseball has begun, and Governor Cuomo signed the 2021-22 New York State (NYS) Budget on April 19, 2021. This year, Albany has been quite engaged in its attempt to enhance New York State’s “field of taxes.”

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If you run a business from home, you could qualify for home office deductions

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are working from home. If you’re self-employed and run your business from your home or perform certain functions there, you might be able to claim deductions for home office expenses against your business income. There are two methods for claiming this tax break: the actual expenses method and the…

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The cents-per-mile rate for business miles decreases again for 2021

Updated: June 1, 2021 This year, the optional standard mileage rate used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business decreased by one-and-one-half cents, to 56 cents per mile. As a result, you might claim a lower deduction for vehicle-related expenses for 2021 than you could for 2020 or 2019. This is…

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Family business owners must weave together succession and estate planning

It’s been estimated that there are roughly 5 million family-owned businesses in the United States. Annually, these companies make substantial contributions to both employment figures and the gross domestic product. If you own a family business, one important issue to address is how to best weave together your succession plan with your estate plan. Rise…

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Do you want to withdraw cash from your closely held corporation at a low tax cost?

Owners of closely held corporations are often interested in easily withdrawing money from their businesses at the lowest possible tax cost. The simplest way is to distribute cash as a dividend. However, a dividend distribution isn’t tax-efficient, since it’s taxable to you to the extent of your corporation’s “earnings and profits.” And it’s not deductible…

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Inventory management is especially important this year

As year-end draws near, many businesses will be not only be generating their fourth quarter financial statements, but also looking back on the entire year’s financials. And what a year it’s been. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic fallout have likely affected your sales and expenses, and you’ve probably noticed the impact on both. However,…

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