Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals

year-end tax planningWith the end of the year fast approaching, now is the time to take a closer look at tax planning strategies you can use to minimize your tax burden for next year. Continue reading

Be Prepared When Natural Disasters Strike

preparing for natural disastersWhile Fall is the prime time for Atlantic hurricanes, natural disasters of all kinds can strike at any time. As such, it’s a good idea for taxpayers to think about–and plan ahead for–what they can do to be prepared. Continue reading

Tax Advantages of S-Corporations

s-corporationsAs a small business owner, figuring out which form of business structure to use when you started was one of the most important decisions you had to make; however, it’s always a good idea to periodically revisit that decision as your business grows. For example, as a sole proprietor, you must pay a self-employment tax rate of 15.3% in addition to your individual tax rate; however, if you were to revise your business structure to become a corporation and elect S-Corporation status you could take advantage of a lower tax rate. Continue reading

Small Business: Tips for Ensuring Financial Success

small business accountingCan you point your company in the direction of financial success, step on the gas, and then sit back and wait to arrive at your destination? While you may wish it was that easy, the truth is that you can’t let your business run on autopilot and expect good results, and any business owner knows you need to make numerous adjustments along the way. So, how do you handle the array of questions facing you? One way is through cost accounting. Continue reading

New Tax Rules for Divorce and Alimony Payments

divorce paymentsDivorce is a painful reality for many people both emotionally and financially, and quite often, the last thing on anyone’s mind is the effect a divorce or separation will have on their tax situation. To make matters worse, most court decisions do not take into account the effects divorce or separation has on your tax situation, which is why it’s always a good idea to speak to an accounting professional before anything is finalized. Continue reading

It’s Not Too Late to Check Paycheck Withholding

check paycheckDid you know that the average tax refund was $2,729 for tax year 2018? While some taxpayers may find it advantageous to get a large tax refund, others may wish to have more of their money show up in their paychecks throughout the year. No matter which preference taxpayers choose, they should remember that they can make adjustments throughout the year that will influence the size of their refund when they file their tax return next spring. Continue reading

October 1 Deadline to Set Up Simple IRA Plans

Simple IRAsOf all the retirement plans available to small business owners, the SIMPLE IRA plan (Savings Incentive Match PLan for Employees) is the easiest to set up and the least expensive to manage. The catch is that you’ll need to set it up by October 1st. Here’s what you need to know. Continue reading

Homeowner Records: What to Keep and How Long

homeowner recordsKeeping full and accurate homeowner records is not only vital for claiming deductions on your tax return, but also for determining the basis or adjusted basis of your home. These records include your purchase contract and settlement papers if you bought the property, or other objective evidence if you acquired it by gift, inheritance, or similar means. You should also keep any receipts, canceled checks, and similar evidence for improvements or other additions to the basis. Continue reading