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TAX CONSIDERATIONS WHEN HIRING HOUSEHOLD HELP

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If you employ someone to work for you around your house, it is important to consider the tax implications of this type of arrangement. While many people disregard the need to pay taxes on household employees, they do so at the risk of paying stiff tax penalties down the road. Continue reading

IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO CHECK TAX WITHHOLDING

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While it might seem like tax season just ended, it is never too early to do a “Paycheck Checkup” to make sure the right amount of tax is withheld from earnings – and avoid a tax surprise next year when filing your 2020 tax return. As a reminder, because income taxes operate as a pay-as-you-go system, taxpayers are required by law to pay most of their tax as income is received. Continue reading

SMALL BUSINESS UPDATE: PAYROLL TAX DEFERRAL

On August 8, 2020, the President of the United States issued a Presidential Memorandum allowing employers to defer withholding and payment of the employee’s portion of the Social Security tax if the employee’s wages are below a certain amount. Medicare taxes are not covered, only FICA taxes (i.e., the 6.2% portion of the federal payroll tax on employees). The deferral also applies to the employee portion of the Railroad Retirement Act Tier 1 tax. Let’s take a look at what this means: Continue reading

PROTECT TAX RECORDS BEFORE DISASTER STRIKES

DisasterNatural disasters such as hurricanes are more common in summer, but tornadoes, floods, and fires can strike at any time. As such, it’s always a good idea to plan for what to do in case of a disaster. Here are some simple steps you can take right now to prepare: Continue reading

EXITING A BUSINESS: WHICH OPTION IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Exiting a BusinessSelecting your business successor is a fundamental objective when planning your exit strategy and requires a careful assessment of what you want from the sale of your business and who can best give it to you.

There are only four ways to leave your business and the more you understand about each one, the better the chance is that you will leave your business on your terms and under the conditions you want. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know about each option: Continue reading

DIRTY DOZEN TAX SCAMS: 2020 EDITION

Tax ScamsThe “Dirty Dozen” is a list of common tax scams that target taxpayers. Compiled and issued annually every year by the IRS, this year it includes many aggressive and evolving schemes related to coronavirus tax relief, including Economic Impact Payments. The criminals behind these bogus schemes view everyone as potentially easy prey and everyone should be on guard, especially vulnerable populations such as the elderly. Continue reading

Q & A: RETURNING AN ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENT

Stimulus PaymentAccording to the Treasury Department, more than 159 million individuals have already received their Economic Impact Payments; however, a recent audit found that the IRS sent $1.4 billion in stimulus checks to deceased individuals. As such, many people may have received a payment for a deceased family member or another taxpayer who is not eligible to receive a payment and may have questions about what to do. Here are some answers: Continue reading