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Taking Early Withdrawals From Retirement Accounts

early withdrawalWhile taking money out of a retirement fund before age 59-1/2 is usually not recommended, in certain cases, it may be unavoidable, especially during times of economic crisis. If you need cash and have a retirement fund you can tap, here’s what you need to know. Continue reading

TAX TIPS FOR WORKERS IN THE GIG ECONOMY

Gig Economy

The gig economy, also called sharing or access economy, is defined by activities where taxpayers earn income providing on-demand work, services, or goods. This type of work is often carried out via digital platforms such as an app or website. There are many types of sharing economy businesses including two of the most popular ones: ride-sharing, Uber and Lyft, for example, and home rentals such as Airbnb. Continue reading

TAX CONSIDERATIONS WHEN HIRING HOUSEHOLD HELP

Help

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

Paycheck

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

JULY 15 DEADLINE FOR REPORTING FOREIGN INCOME

CheckIf you live or work outside the United States, you generally must file and pay your tax in the same way as people living in the U.S. This includes people with dual citizenship. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, people who live and work abroad have until Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to file their 2019 federal income tax return and pay any tax due. The deadline is normally June 15. Continue reading

PASS ON WEALTH TO HEIRS USING THESE STRATEGIES

HeirsIndividuals with significant assets who want to transfer wealth to heirs tax-free, as well as minimize estate taxes, should take advantage of proven tax strategies such as gifting and direct payments to educational institutions; however low interest rates and a volatile stock market are creating additional opportunities. Let’s take a look at some of the strategies available: Continue reading

SMALL BUSINESS: TAX CONSEQUENCES OF CROWDFUNDING

CrowdfundingWith the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter and GoFundMe have become an increasingly popular way for small business owners to stay afloat. The upside is that it’s often possible to raise the cash you need; the downside is that the IRS considers that money taxable income. Let’s take a closer look at how crowdfunding works and how it could affect your tax situation. Continue reading