Erickson, Brown & Kloster, P.C. Newsletter for Thursday, July 01, 2021
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  • Gather All Your Papers for Taxes

    Don't find yourself frantically searching for information you need to file your tax return at the last minute. Click through to reduce filing difficulties and possibly your tax bill by knowing what documents to have at your fingertips.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Wondering About a 1031 Exchange

    If you have an investment property, you might be eligible to reap the benefits of a 1031 exchange. Click through to learn how this tax code loophole may be able to save you money on capital gains taxes and more.

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  • How to Handle Student Loans

    If you're like the great majority of students (or their parents), you might not have read all the fine print regarding how your student loans are structured or how repayment works. Click through to understand the inner workings of student loans.

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  • Real Estate in Your IRA: A Good Idea?

    Many people want to invest in real estate. Why not do so within your IRA? It's possible, but there are a lot of restrictions. Click through to see how to do it, and decide if it's really worth all the risks.

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  • 401(k) and IRA Contribution Limits Increase

    The IRS has announced cost of living adjustments for various pension plans for 2019. There are other retirement-related changes as well. Click through for the details, to learn how these changes may affect you.

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  • Have Service Employees? Here's How to Use the Tip Credit

    If you're in the service industry, you may be able to claim the tip credit, which reduces your minimum wage obligations toward tipped employees. Click through for a closer look at the tip credit.

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  • Medical and Dental Expenses: What Can You Deduct?

    Yes, the tax code gives you some deductions for medical and dental expenses, but the rules can get complicated. Click through for an intro to this key deduction, to help figure out where the IRS draws the line.

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  • Internal Controls

    When proper, consistent procedures are not in place, employees can learn to manipulate the accounting system to their benefit. Whether they take money from the company or their mistakes are undiscovered, the end result can greatly impact your company's management discussions, financial reports and tax filings. Click through to find information on how you can implement proper internal controls to protect you and your business.

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  • Social Security Administration Announces Changes for 2019

    As is usual this time of year, the SSA has published critical information on benefit changes and maximum taxable income. Click through to see the details, so you can consider how they will affect you.

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  • What is D&O Insurance -- and Who Needs It?

    Directors and officers (D&O) liability insurance helps cover costs arising from legal actions brought against an organization's officers or board of directors. Click through to see if it's something you need.

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  • How to Launch a Business

    Are you planning to start your own business? You probably have a limited budget and need to watch every dime until you start turning a profit. Click through for some tips that can help you reach your goal.

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  • New Hire Reporting: Are You In Compliance?

    You've added a new member to the team or rehired an employee. You've done the onboarding and made sure the employee will receive all the necessary training. But have you performed new hire reporting? Click through for details on this essential step.

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  • How to Handle Supplemental Wages

    Supplemental wages do not qualify as regular income and are subject to special withholding rules. Click through for an introduction to what items fit into this group, and how they should be taxed.

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  • Key Tax Issues for Small Businesses

    If you're running a small business, it's always tax season! In short, you don't want to scramble before each due date, and you certainly don't want any last-minute surprises. Click through for a primer on your small-business tax responsibilities.

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  • Taking Care of Your Heirs

    You've worked hard and saved your money, but that wasn't an end in itself. It was to take care of your loved ones, perhaps even generations not yet born. Click through for some insights into leaving assets for your descendants.

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  • Reminder

    Greetings! We hope you had a great 2017 and are looking forward to 2018.

    To ensure a smooth tax season we are requesting everyone to have their tax information in to us no later than March 16, 2018, otherwise it will be very likely that we will need to file an extension for you.

     

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  • We are celebrating 34 years at EBK! 

    We recently had our annual employee outing to celebrate our 34th anniversary.

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  • How OSHA Can Affect Your Business

    No matter what kind of business you run, you have to know something about OSHA, which oversees workplace safety. Click through for some insights into how OSHA works and why you need to be familiar with its rules.

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  • Know the FMLA Notice Requirements

    To receive FMLA-protected leave, eligible employees must provide adequate notice to their employers. If they don't, the leave could be delayed or denied. Click through for details on FMLA notice requirements.

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  • Do You Have to File an Information Return?

    If you made or received a payment in a calendar year as a small business or self-employed individual, you most likely are required to file an information return to the IRS. Click through to learn what this means.

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  • New Standard Mileage Rates For 2019

    The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

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  • Know the New Expensing Rules

    Tax reform laws changed various expensing rules, as the IRS explained in guidance updated at the end of 2018. Click through to make sure your business is in sync with the regs, so you're not leaving any money on the table.

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  • Should You Honor All W-4 Requests?

    Employees' W-4 forms show what they want withheld from their paychecks. It's their responsibility to complete the forms, but do you have to accept each form no matter what? Click through for some insights into your responsibilities.

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  • Can You Still Deduct Meal Expenses?

    Tax reform passed at the end of 2017 made some important changes regarding the deductibility of meals. Some time-honored deductions are gone. Click through to see what's changed and what hasn't.

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  • Long-Term Care Insurance: Something You Need?

    Long-term care can range from assistance with simple activities to skilled care provided by nurses and therapists. Is it right for you? Click through for more details and to discover the variety of coverage options.

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  • What Is an Offer in Compromise with the IRS?

    To resolve IRS debt, should an offer in compromise be the right next step? What are the advantages? Click through to peruse the many factors to consider before attempting to settle with the IRS.

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  • What To Do When You Get an Audit Notification

    You’ve opened the mail and your heart sinks. Your business just received an audit notification from the IRS. Click through to learn how to keep your cool and prepare for what happens next.

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  • Audits, Reviews and Compilations: A Summary

    Timely, accurate and understandable financial statements are necessary to gauge how well your business has performed and to assess the strength of its financial position. Click through for an intro to levels of overview for these statements.

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  • Yes, Home Equity Loans May Still Be Deductible

    Interest on home equity loans and similar products still can be deducted under the new tax law, says the IRS, even though early readings of the law suggested otherwise. Click through to see how you may still be able to claim a deduction.

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  • How Does Crowdfunding Work?

    As an alternative source of finance, crowdfunding has huge potential to help startup businesses. Click through to learn how to grow faster and even test-market an idea or product without spending much money.

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  • The 4 QuickBooks Reports Small Business Owners Need

    Yes, QuickBooks takes charge of your data, but the real value is in the reports the program generates from all that information. Click through for insights into the key reports and how they can help you.

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  • Just What Is Blockchain?

    It's the latest buzzword—everyone is getting into "blockchain." But what is it, really? In brief, it's a cunning system that allows the creation of digital ledgers in a secure and yet decentralized financial system. Click through for a peek at the magic.

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  • The IRS and Private Tax Debt Collection

    As we head into tax season, taxpayers should know that the IRS continues to use several private collection agencies. How may this affect you? Click through for the details on how the program works and what your rights are.

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  • Padding Your Tax Deductions? The Consequences Are Serious

    It can be a seductive trap: adding an item here or there to reduce your taxes. But even aside from the morality, it's illegal, and the penalties are steep. Click through to learn about the consequences of lying on your return.

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  • Capital Gains, Losses and Sale of Home

    The IRS has issued some important new guidance on capital gains and property basis, especially as the rules apply to homes. There's a chance here to save on taxes. Click through for an intro to this key guidance.

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  • The IRS Looks Into Executive Compliance

    The IRS is taking a special look at the tax situation surrounding executive compensation. This may sound simple, but there are a lot of complexities you need to know about. Click through for an introduction to the key issues.

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  • Inherited IRAs: Not Safe From Creditors

    IRAs have many advantages, including legal protection from creditors when the owner files for bankruptcy. But there's a chink in the armor. Click through to learn about how the situation may be different with inherited IRAs.

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  • Steps to Choosing a Charity

    These days, you want to donate with your head as well as your heart, making sure a charity is legitimate, well-run and aligned with your values. Click through to learn how to effectively make a charity a worthwhile part of your legacy.

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  • Take Advantage of the Small Business Administration

    What can the Small Business Administration do for your business? Probably more than you imagined! Click through for an introduction to the SBA and the many programs it offers to businesses like yours.

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  • Qualified Retirement Plans: Know the Rules

    Periodically, the Internal Revenue Service issues a notice describing changes in its qualification requirements for retirement plans, including deadlines. Are you up to date? Click through to see the list of required amendments.

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  • Capital Gains and Losses: How Do They Work?

    Realized capital gains and losses occur when an asset is sold, which triggers a taxable event. Those are the basics, but the details can get confusing. Click through for an introduction into what these gains and losses can mean for you.

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  • Child and Dependent Care Credit

    You may be able to claim child and dependent care credit, which can put a lot of extra money into your pocket. But the rules can be complicated. Click through to help determine whether you might be eligible.

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  • EBK Announcement!

    Follow us on social media!

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  • Artificial Intelligence: Has It Come to Accounting?

    Artificial intelligence has been much in the headlines recently, often in the context of self-driving cars or robots. But will it change accounting and finance? Click through to see how AI is already affecting your life and business.

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  • S Corporations -- Know the Advantages

    S corporations elect to pass corporate income, losses, deductions and credits through to shareholders for federal tax purposes. Click through to see how S corporations avoid double taxation, and learn whether they're the right format for your company.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Facing Problems in a Family-Owned Business

    You're running a family business, and it's progressing well, but you are facing special management problems. Click through to learn how to address these types of issues.

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  • Alternative Minimum Tax -- What's It Like Today?

    The controversial alternative minimum tax has been around for years, even though politicians argue about it. Has it changed recently? Click through to see how the AMT may apply to you as we approach the next tax season.

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  • Beware the Taxes of Self-Employment

    You're self-employed if you're in business for yourself -- including a part-time business. That means you're also your own tax manager! Click through for a brief run-through of your tax obligations.

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  • How to Handle Disagreements with the IRS

    Even if you're mired in the tax audit process, the IRS doesn't have all the power. You have options when faced with disagreements with your IRS examiner. Click through for a look into the process and your options.

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  • Should You Establish Payable-on-Death Accounts?

    It's a little-known but very effective technique for leaving your money, and it doesn't require a lot of paperwork. Click through for the inside story on establishing payable-on-death accounts, why they might be right for you, and what the drawbacks are.

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  • Noncompete Agreements: What's the Deal?

    Noncompete agreements are designed to keep confidential business information safe, and in this infotech world, that's essential. Click through to find out exactly what these entail and what they mean for someone's future employment prospects.

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  • Living Wills -- and How to Use Them

    A living will is a legal document -- also called an advance health care directive -- that can make life immeasurably simpler for your loved ones. Click through for details on expressing how you'd like to be cared for if something happens to you.

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  • Is Your Homeowners Insurance Up-to-Date?

    You bought homeowners insurance when you bought your home, but then you probably forgot about it except for the bills, and that's a mistake. Click through to learn why you should continually review your insurance.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Confused About Energy Credits

    Trying to figure out the state of tax credits, and energy credits in particular, can be confounding, especially as the government keeps letting them expire, only to revive them at the last minute. Click through for the latest news.

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  • When Employees Cross State Lines

    Even small companies can find themselves with employees who have to commute across state borders to work. This can make payroll difficult. Click through for an introduction to the complex tax rules.

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  • Opportunity Zones: Doing Well By Doing Good

    An opportunity zone, located in an economically distressed community, spurs investments via preferred tax treatment. Click through for an introduction to the specific conditions for this useful but complicated provision.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Identifying the Right Time to Start Taking Social Security

    At what age should you start collecting Social Security benefits? This is an important question that requires more thought than simply making a knee-jerk response. Click through to get a full understanding.

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  • EBK Announcement!

    Congratulations to our newest tax manager!

     

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  • Understanding Your Payroll Tax Liabilities

    Although the payroll taxes you’re liable for as an employer may seem obvious, some taxes are not so easy to identify. Click through to learn the common and not-so-common employer payroll taxes, including associated liabilities.

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  • When Is a Child Truly a Dependent?

    When is your child a child, at least in the eyes of the IRS? To claim your child as your dependent, your child must meet either of two tests. Click through to learn what the tests are and whether you meet them.

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  • Is This Your Situation: You Don't Understand Your Own Financials

    You may be reluctant to admit that you don't understand your financials, but it is essential to wrap your mind around them if you want to grow your business. Click through for some tips on taking charge of the essentials.

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  • Supreme Court Ruling on Online Sales Tax Sows More Confusion

    The Supreme Court has ruled that a company does not need to have a physical presence in a state to be subject to its sales tax. Click through to find out what this really means, and who is affected.

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  • How to Improve Your Credit Score

    Everyone talks about credit scores, and how they can make a huge difference in your life -- with home purchases, for example. But what really affects the numbers? Click through for some steps to take now to get on the path to a better score.

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  • Passwords: Making Them Hard to Crack

    Consider all the passwords you use, in your personal and business lives. Passwords secure all the resources on your computer and phone -- your email and important online accounts. Click through to learn how to choose strong passwords.

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  • What to Know About the SEP-IRA

    Small businesses and self-employed workers can use SEP-IRAs to help save for retirement. They're powerful and flexible plans that many don't even know about. Click through to find out how one might work for you.

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  • Moving and Mileage: Roundup of TCJA Changes

    The new year brings a suspension of moving expenses, but higher depreciation limits for cars, trucks and vans. Click through for IRS information on tax reform changes to expenses for moving, mileage and travel.

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  • The Ins and Outs of the Earned Income Tax Credit for 2018

    The EITC can be a powerful hand up for working people with low incomes, but the details are often misunderstood. Click through for the provisions of this important credit and a chart with the latest numbers.

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  • How Much of a Raise Should You Give?

    If you have good employees, how do you compensate them for their work? Click through for tips on how to give raises based on market averages while making sure your best people feel appreciated each and every payday.

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  • How to Manage the Home Office Deduction

    Many people work at home in the age of the telecommuter. Do you fall into that category? Have the rules changed? What are the limitations? Click through for an introduction to this valuable but complicated tax break.

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  • A Tax Essential: the Percentage-Withholding Method

    The IRS has developed multiple methods that employers may use to withhold federal income tax from employees' wages. One of those methods is done on a percentage basis. Click through for insights into the percentage-withholding formula.

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  • How to Pick Insurance Deductibles

    High premiums for low deductibles? It can be a hard decision, and sometimes it might feel like a gamble. You need to understand the full picture. Click through to educate yourself on why one type of plan might be more suitable than another.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Considering Outsourcing Accounting Tasks

    Although you may not be accountant, your company still will have intense accounting needs essential to your day-to-day business operations. Click through to learn more about outsourced accounting and find out whether it is right for you.

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  • Federal Laws That Prohibit Job Discrimination

    Job discrimination has long been an issue, and the federal government has passed substantial legislation to address it. Are you fully in compliance? Click through for an annotated list of the major rules.

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  • Business Interest Expense: The New Rules

    The IRS has issued final regulations about deductions for business interest expense under the TCJA. Click through to see how the agency tackles the definition of interest and learn about exceptions that may apply to you.

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  • Trusts: What You Need to Know

    A trust lets you distribute your assets to others, while minimizing estate, income and gift taxes. Trusts have scores of uses for a variety of families. Click through for a basic primer on this essential component of estate planning.

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  • Bitcoin: What's Happening?

    Bitcoin, the digital currency, has been in the news a lot recently. What's it all about and how does it work? Is it something you should invest in? Click through for a quick review about this controversial financial product.

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  • Is a 1031 Exchange Right for You?

    A properly structured Section 1031 exchange allows an investor to sell a property, reinvest the proceeds in a new property and defer the tax on the potential gain from the sale. Click through to see the impact of tax reform on 1031 exchanges.

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  • Smart Practices to Ferret Out Fraud

    When you think about fighting fraud, you may consider hiring financial experts to help -- that's great, but it's not all! Click through to see why your first step should include everyday practices to discover whether your firm is experiencing fraud.

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  • Tax Reform Expands ABLE Accounts, Saver's Credit

    The tax reform provisions introduced at the end of 2017 contained some provisions for the disabled, which allow them to put away more money in their ABLE accounts. Click through for the details on the more flexible arrangements.

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  • When to Pay Employees

    With few exceptions, employers have free rein under the Fair Labor Standards Act to schedule work hours as they please. They cannot, however, pay employees whenever they want. Click through for wage payment deadlines under federal and state laws.

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  • ACA Affordability Threshold to Rise in 2019

    One of the main requirements of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate is that health coverage must be affordable, based on annual standards set by the IRS. Click through for the details on the 2019 increase for one of those standards.

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  • What Is the Path to Profitability?

    Are you concerned about your profitability? Sometimes you have to look in new directions to improve your business. Click through for some insights into the analysis you should be doing to take your business to the next level.

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  • Identity Theft: Stay Safe With Your Taxes

    Imagine being the victim of a tax-related identity theft, and then you find out that the perpetrator claims a fraudulent refund. Click through to learn how the IRS is battling this problem to keep you safe.

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  • How to Work With OSHA After an Accident

    During the normal course of business, an employee may get sick or hurt -- at which point, you may need to complete OSHA Form 300. Click through for frequently asked questions about this form.

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  • Abusive Tax Shelters: Know the Score

    No one likes paying taxes, and we look for ways to minimize our tax bills. But if you're too aggressive, you can step over the line from tax avoidance to tax evasion. Click through to learn the difference.

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  • QDIAs for Retirement Plans: Does Your Company Need Them?

    Having a qualified default investment alternative relieves you and plan fiduciaries of certain liabilities. Click through to enhance 401(k) plans by providing investments with potential for long-term growth regardless of how engaged employees are.

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  • The Latest Rules on Charitable Donations

    With a much larger standard deduction in play, and lower marginal tax rates, the charitable giving world has changed. Has anything else changed? Click through for the latest IRS guidance on charitable giving.

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  • How to Handle Bad Debt and Taxes

    It's a problem almost every business has to face at some point: how to handle bad debt. Fortunately, the IRS may be able to give you a break. Click through for some help in taking care of this.

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  • What's the Story on Tariffs?

    Tariffs have been in the news recently. What exactly are they? Tariffs are import taxes the government imposes, like a sales tax, on goods. Click through to see how and why governments impose tariffs.

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  • 8 Ways to Take Charge of Your Personal Finances

    Are you thrown into a panic with thoughts of student loans or other debt? Are you worried about your long-term finances? Click through to see how to take charge of your money and plan for a secure financial future.

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  • Effects of Reciprocal Agreements on Your Business

    Do you have employees who live in one state but work in another? If so, they probably are covered by a state reciprocal agreement, which eliminates dual taxation. Click through to learn more about tax reciprocal agreements.

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  • Depreciation: Is It Right for You?

    Depreciation is a deduction from income tax that lets you recover the cost of property. Click through to see how the IRS allows for the wear and tear, deterioration or even obsolescence of items.

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  • Hobby vs. Business: What's the Difference to the IRS?

    It's an old tax question, but the answers don't get any easier: what is the difference between a hobby and a business? It's a subtle point, but an important one. Click through for insights into IRS guidance.

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  • Baby on the Way: Knowing All About Maternity and Paternity Leave

    There's a good chance you'll eventually have to deal with some kind of parental leave in your office, whether it involves an employee or employee spouse pregnancy, or an adoption. Click through for some insights in creating a policy.

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  • Basis: The Essential Tax and Investing Term

    Basis seems like a simple concept, but as with so many tax issues, it can become complicated quickly. This is especially true after recent tax reform. Click through for the story of what has, and has not, changed.

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  • Is This Your Situation: You're Worried About Your Aging Parent

    As an adult, you may face a time when you have to make a plan to care for your aging parents. This can be difficult, especially while balancing a family and career. Click through to see the best ways to create an eldercare plan for your parents.

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  • How to Challenge Property Taxes

    One thing all homeowners can agree on: Complaining about property taxes is one of their favorite pastimes. However, you may be able to actually do something about high taxes. Click through to learn how to appeal your property taxes.

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  • Don't Try This at Home: Frivolous Tax Arguments

    We'll be thinking about taxes again before you know it! Laws change, but one thing that doesn't vary is the IRS's view of bizarre excuses. Click through to learn about frivolous arguments the IRS has no patience for.

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  • Check Your Withholding Now

    With so many recent changes, two-income families and people who work multiple jobs should check their withholding amount. Click through to see if you're withholding the right amount of tax from your paycheck.

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  • What to Take Out of Employees' Paychecks

    Employers are ultimately responsible for withholding taxes from their employees' wages. Therefore, it's important to understand which payroll taxes your employees should pay. Click through to discover the many different types of employee payroll taxes.

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  • How You Can Keep Your Finances in Order Year-Round

    Most of us don't get our finances in order until a life event is imminent — an upcoming wedding, the birth of a baby, a divorce, a financial audit or a natural disaster. Click through to get organized with a 10-step plan.

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  • 5 Steps to the Successful Multi-Office Business

    Your company is expanding -- and that's great! You've grown from one office to two, three, or even more. But you need to be able to manage all of them to continue to grow. Click through for some help in multi-office management.

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  • The Latest Fraud Problem: Synthetic Identities

    The most common form of identity theft these days is synthetic identity theft. If that sounds ominous to you, you're right to be scared. Click through to find out about this new twist on fraud and how to spot it.

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  • Handling Taxes for Employees Who Are Not Regular

    Taxes may be pretty straightforward for your year-round 9-5 employees. But what about those who are part-time? Or seasonal? There are special rules. Click through to learn how to handle taxes for this group.

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  • What Is the EITC -- and Does It Affect You?

    The earned income tax credit subsidizes low-income working families. It can be complicated, and many don't know how it works or whether recent tax reform changed it. Click through for the latest word on the EITC.

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  • New IRS Guidance on State and Local Taxes

    The IRS is taking a look at the deductibility of state and local tax payments for federal income tax purposes in the wake of tax reform. Click through for a snapshot on what's happening with this complicated issue.

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  • Paid Sick and Family Leave: The Tax Rules

    More and more jurisdictions are mandating paid sick and family leave, and many companies offer it even if it's not required. But the tax rules can be complex. Click through to make sure you're in compliance when offering this popular benefit.

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  • Are You Giving Your Taxes Year-round Attention?

    Giving your taxes your full attention just once a year isn’t the best business strategy. Experts suggest that a year-round approach is better for your finances. Click through to learn the best ways to evaluate the impact of taxes throughout the year.

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  • The Major Tax Changes: An Overview

    The recently approved tax bill contains massive changes, and financial professionals will be poring over the details for months. For now, everyone should know at least the basics. Click through for an overview of the changes.

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  • All About Key Performance Indicators

    A key performance indicator, or KPI, is a measure of your performance against key business objectives. Used correctly, KPIs can help you manage your business. Click through to learn about the various levels of KPIs.

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  • IRS Quietly Issues a New Form W-4

    Earlier in 2018, the IRS had promised a radically new Form W-4, then said it would postpone any major revisions until 2020. Now, the IRS has finally issued a 2019 Form W-4. Click through to see what, if anything, has changed.

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  • Do You Need Business Interruption Insurance?

    Many businesses don't even know about it, but it can be essential to your long-term plans. Are you covered if your business can't continue for a substantial period of time? Click through for the reasons to consider business interruption insurance.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Having Trouble with Debit Card Purchases

    Debit cards can be convenient, and many business rely on them to make purchases. But their use can be problematic for your bookkeeping staff. Click through to learn how QuickBooks can help keep track of these expenses.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Understanding the Gift Tax

    Did you know that if you give a gift, you could be responsible for paying a gift tax? It isn’t quite that simple, so it’s best to learn as much as you can about this tax. Click through to learn more about the gift tax and how it may apply to you.

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  • What to Know About Private Tax Debt Collection

    The IRS is hiring private debt collectors for the hard cases -- those who haven't responded to other attempts to collect back taxes. Click through to find out what this means for you and how to protect yourself.

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  • How Do You Handle Multistate Taxes?

    No matter where your company is headquartered, there's a good chance you conduct business across other state borders. How do taxes work in this situation? Click through to learn about multistate taxes and how to ensure that your business is compliant.

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  • Know How to Handle Canceled Debt

    If your debt is forgiven for less than the full amount you owe, the debt is considered canceled, but you still owe taxes. The IRS wants its cut. Click through for a discussion of how this works and the available exceptions.

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  • Employers: Know Your Tax Forms

    Employers must report their federal employment taxes to the IRS on the appropriate tax forms. It's important to know which forms apply to your business. Click through for a list of required forms.

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  • 5 Things to Consider About Changing Payday

    Your current pay schedule isn't cutting it anymore, and you're leaning toward changing it. But the FLSA, state rules and other issues can complicate any decision. Click through for five things to consider before you make the switch.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Upping Your Game as a QB Online User

    If you’ve been using QB Online for a long time, it’s good to step back and evaluate how you use your software. Do you follow any best practices? Click through to learn more about six QuickBooks Online tips that you can start using today.

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  • What to Know About Pensions and Taxes

    When you start a pension, you can choose to have federal and state taxes withheld from your monthly checks. Click through to see that if you withhold enough taxes, you won't owe money when you file your tax return.

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  • Proper Reporting for QSEHRA Benefits

    If you offer a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA), you must adhere to special reporting rules under IRS guidelines. Click through to see how this benefit should be handled for your employees.

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  • IRAs: Know the Basics

    Individual retirement accounts are among the most popular retirement savings vehicles, but many people don't know much about them. Click through for insights into the different kinds of IRAs and how they work.

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  • How to Seek and Secure Investors for Your Business

    Searching for investors will require a substantial amount of your own effort, time, money and energy. Click through to wisely and mindfully work on pursuing investors to have a higher likelihood of reaching your goals.

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  • Simple Steps to Obtaining a Financial Planner

    Many people don't know exactly what a financial planner does, or how to find one. And that's a shame, because a good planner is helpful for those at all income levels. Click through to get started on financial planning.

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  • Leave-Sharing Programs: What You Need To Know

    These are difficult times, and to work effectively, companies must consider new programs, such as altruistic leave-sharing arrangements. Click through for insight into these programs and how to avoid legal pitfalls.

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  • New Rules for the Individual AMT

    The alternative minimum tax has long been a confusing thorn in the side of many taxpayers. Many hoped the tax reform law would end it, but it's still with us, although the provisions have changed. Click through to see how the AMT might affect you.

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  • What Is D&O Insurance and Who Needs It?

    The pandemic has seen a sharp rise in D&O claims. Don't get caught unaware, and learn about your options. Click through to learn more about D&O insurance, who needs it and how it can protect you.

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  • Changing Culture to Manage Future Disruptions

    Companies that are structured to be resilient and agile are more likely to succeed through disruptions such as the current pandemic — and any future disruptions. Click through to learn how to operate under an agile model.

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  • What's the Story With an IRS Offer in Compromise?

    An offer in compromise allows you to settle your tax debt for less than the full amount you owe. And in this complicated tax year, you may want to know more about it. Click through to understand how to take advantage of this program.

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  • IRS Turbocharges the Employee Retention Tax Credit

    Last year the government created an employee retention tax credit to keep employees on their payroll. Recent tweaks have made it even more attractive. Click through to see if it's something your business should take advantage of.

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  • A Quick Introduction to Trusts

    In these difficult times, families should think about how a trust could help them. They are more affordable than many realize, and they have scores of uses for a variety of situations. Click through for a basic primer on how trusts may be able to help you.

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  • Wishing You a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

    May every day of the coming New Year glow with good cheer, health, happiness and prosperity for you and your loved ones. Click through for a special New Year greeting.

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  • Reporting FFCRA-Qualified Leave on Form W-2

    Are you required by federal law to offer paid leave because of the coronavirus pandemic? If so, you must report the payments on the recipient's Form W-2 or in a separate statement. Click through for reporting details.

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  • Pensions and Taxes: Know the Score

    The traditional defined-benefit pension plan may not be as common as it was, but some individuals still have one, and they need to know the tax situation. Click through for an introduction to the complex world of pensions and taxes.

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  • 5 Best Practices for Online Video Meetings

    Although many employers used videoconferencing before the pandemic, in recent months, its use has soared. Still, many users are confused about how best to use it. Click through for tips on hosting successful video meetings.

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  • SSA Announces COLA and Max Earnings for 2021

    The SSA has published its COLA increases for 2021 as well as a new ceiling for earnings subject to OASDI. Click through to learn the details on which numbers are changing — and which are not — and how you're affected.

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  • Filing Responsibilities With Income or Loss From Business

    In these uncertain times, many taxpayers who normally were on staff have turned part time or full time to the "gig economy." This means they have to file Schedule C as part of their tax return. Click through for an introduction to the tax requirements.

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  • Time To Think About 2020 Taxes: What Tax Deductions Can Entertainers Take?

    Entertainers are among those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, their federal income taxes still will be due on April 15. Click here to read more about some of the deductions available to them.

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  • People Want to Know: What Are NFTs?

    Non-fungible tokens — a player in the shadowy cryptocurrency world — have increasingly been making their mark. But few understand what they are or how they work. Click through to make sure you're au courant with financial news.

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  • Learn About Property Tax Calculations

    So many homeowners pay property taxes, yet few give a lot of thought to how the local taxing authority figured out the amount. Click through to understand how the system works, so you can see if your assessment is accurate.

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  • Is Top Talent Planning To Leave Your Business?

    You not only have to attract good employees; you have to work hard to keep the ones you have. What can you do to keep your best people happy? Click through for the signs that an employee is getting restless and tips on how to handle this situation.

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  • IRS Adjusts HSA Limits for 2022

    The government has announced inflation-adjusted changes for health savings accounts. The new limits are a small increase over 2021. Click through for the details to remain in compliance next year.

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  • Can Employers Mandate Vaccinations?

    Vaccinations may be the key to jump-starting the economy, but not everyone is convinced. What can a company do if employees refuse to get vaccinated? Click through for an introduction to this thorny legal issue.

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  • How To Retool: An Overview

    Recent months have forced decisions and adjustments on small businesses. Companies of all kinds are working through new ways of doing business. Click through for some examples and tips that may help you with your company.

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  • Head of Household Filing: Who Is Eligible?

    When filing each year, taxpayers have to figure out what their filing status is. The head of household status is typically the most advantageous—is it right for you? Click through to find out the qualifications.

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  • Final Rule: Employers Can Truncate SSNs on Employees' Form W-2

    The federal government has taken many steps to combat identity theft. One of those measures is a recent final rule allowing employers to mask Social Security numbers on Form W-2. Click through to find out what this means.

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  • Are Your Accounts Receivable Piling Up?

    Accounts receivable are the bane of businesses even in good financial times. Now, in this difficult times, managing account receivables is more important than ever.  Click through to learn how to take control of cash flow.

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  • Employee Needs and Employee Retention in the Pandemic Age

    Employers who are concerned about employee retention need to find new ways to connect with their employees. Click through to learn about suitable alternatives to offering free coffee and snacks in the breakroom.

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  • How Are Trusts Taxed?

    Trusts are subject to taxation, but not in the same way businesses and individuals are. They have their own special rules, and both grantors and beneficiaries need to be aware of them. Click through for an introduction to trusts and taxation.

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  • Capital Gains and Schedule D

    When you sell a capital asset, the sale results in either a capital gain or capital loss. The government wants a full accounting, and the rules are complicated. Click through to learn what you have to report on Schedule D of Form 1040.

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  • Don't Get Over Your Head in Investing

    Too many stories have appeared in the news about naive investors who lose their savings because of overreliance on tools that make Wall Street look safe and easy. Click through for some thoughts on being careful.

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  • IRS: Tax Return Status

    Where is your federal tax return refund? It depends. The IRS hasn't updated its information since the beginning of December, but there is some info. Click through to see what, if anything, you can do to find out what's happening with your return.

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  • QuickBooks: Easy Tips for Solving Problems

    As with everything in life, there are shortcuts to increase efficiency. And QuickBooks is no exception. Click through to explore certain tips and tricks to writing checks and bank reconciliations.

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  • How to Hold Real Estate in Your IRA

    Traditionally, IRAs contain funds or individual securities, but it's possible to put other kinds of investments into these accounts, including real estate. Click through for some insights into the rewards and dangers of this strategy.

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  • How the New Tax Law Affects Housing

    Of the many changes in the new tax law, few are more controversial, or wide-ranging, than the provisions that modify the deductions available to homeowners. Click through for a sense of how these may affect you.

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  • Pass-Through Entities and the 20 Percent Tax Break

    Much talk has been made of the new 20 percent tax deduction for pass-through entities but, as with most tax laws, it can get very complicated very quickly. Click through to learn more, and find out if you're entitled to the break!

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  • What To Know About S-Corp Returns

    S-Corps are a special kind of business entity, and they have their own special tax rules, which can get complicated. Are you making sure you're following all the filing rules? Click through for an intro to the complex world of S-Corp taxation.

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  • Will You Be Subject to a Penalty for Not Filing Your 2020 Estimated Taxes?

    2020 was a hard year. But taxes for that crazy year still will be due on April 15, 2021, and if you underestimated the amount of tax you owe, you may be subject to a hefty penalty. Click through to find out whether you could be delinquent.

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  • Small Businesses and the ADA

    A pioneering civil rights law, the Americans with Disabilities Act affects businesses of all sizes. But small businesses may not realize all the requirements. Click through for a quick review of the act's key provisions.

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  • IRS Issues Warning on Fraudulent Unemployment Forms

    Many taxpayers are receiving Form 1099-G this year, which government agencies use to report unemployment income. But this form could be fraudulent! Click through for IRS guidance on how to protect yourself.

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  • Foreign Earned Income: The Tax Situation

    If you are a U.S. citizen or a resident alien living in a foreign country, you're still subject to the same U.S. income tax laws that you would be if you lived in the United States. Click through for an introduction to the tax situation.

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  • The 6 Essential Payroll Tax Forms

    Whether you have 10 employees or 1,000, payroll tax forms are a part of your life, so make sure you understand the basics. Click through for an introduction to the most important tax forms, and a summary of how they're used.

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  • Employment Records Retention: What Are the Federal Laws?

    Keeping employment records is not only good business practice but also legally required. The rules are specific and can get complicated. Click through for federal laws mandating employment records retention.

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  • The Whys and Hows of Medicaid Trusts

    A Medicaid asset protection trust is designed to protect assets from being counted for Medicaid eligibility. There are a lot of provisions, however. Click through to understand how it works and whether it might be right for you.

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  • Balance Sheets and Property Profitability

    Well-formatted balance sheets can let property owners know early on whether their property is more or less profitable than they anticipated. The key is knowing how all the parts fit together. Click through to learn how to get a handle on your finances.

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  • An Overview of Federal and State Overtime Exemption Laws

    Depending on where you do business, some of your employees may be subject to federal and state overtime exemption laws. Click through for a primer on the complex rules that govern overtime requirements.

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  • Popular PPP Loan Program Gets Extension

    The PPP loan program, which has proved a lifesaver to many businesses during the pandemic, is getting a reprieve — eligible businesses now have until May 31 to apply. Click through for the details on the extension.

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  • Selling Your Home: The Tax Angle

    There's a lot to think about when you're selling your home — and one thing should be taxes. Indeed, the IRS has a whole booklet on it. Click through for a summary of the rules you face when you're putting your house on the market.

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  • Good Habits Prevent Identity Theft

    As more and more of our life is lived online, it’s more important than ever to protect your accounts and information. It’s especially vital when tax season rolls around. Click through to learn why that is and how to protect yourself.

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  • What Do You Need To Save for Tax Time?

    Tax season is winding down for this year, but it's not too early to start planning for next year! Click through to find out how to reduce difficulties by saving information and keeping it at your fingertips.

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  • IRS Provides Additional Guidance on Food Deduction

    Earlier in 2021, legislation gave a boost to businesses by raising the 50% deduction to 100%. But what is included, or excluded, under the new rules? Click through to make sure you understand the details before claiming the deduction.

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  • 5 Steps to Better Forecasting

    No one can predict the future. But by planning what key performance metrics they monitor and how, business leaders can retain the agility they need in an uncertain world. Click through for tips on navigating through uncertain times.

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  • Do You Need an Economic Injury Disaster Loan?

    There has been a lot of press surrounding the government's PPP loan, but that's not the only option. An EIDL can also help businesses, including nonprofits. Click through for an introduction to its provisions to see whether it's right for you.

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  • New Laws Affect Retirement Plans

    The SECURE and CARES Acts made big changes to the IRS’s treatment of retirement plans. As with so many large bills, it's all about the details. Click through to learn how your retirement could be affected.

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  • IRS to Recalculate Taxes for Unemployment Break

    Legislation passed in March gave a break to many taxpayers who received unemployment insurance payouts in 2020. Click through for IRS guidance on how to make sure you reap the benefits.

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  • What Is Imputed Income?

    Do you provide taxable fringe benefits to your employees? If so, the value of the item is considered imputed income. Click through to learn how laws about imputed income can affect your company.

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  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit Reauthorized Through 2025

    To incentivize employers to hire individuals from underrepresented groups, Congress has extended the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program until the end of 2025. Click through for insight into this important and complex program.

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  • Employers Get Tax Breaks for Vaccination Leave

    Washington wants everyone to get a COVID-19 shot, so it is giving a refundable tax credit to employers who grant paid time-off to staff to receive—or recover from—a vaccination. Click through for eligibility rules.

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  • What to Know About the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

    The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund to provide funding to help pandemic-affected restaurants. Click through to see if your business is eligible, and how to take advantage.

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  • When Trading, Don't Forget Taxes

    Many investors take responsibility for their own investment decisions, but it's essential to get the full picture. What are the implications? Click through to learn about investing and taxes so you don't get any nasty surprises.

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  • How To Be a Manager

    Few people train to be the boss. More often, they're promoted to a management position because they did well in a lower-level job. Soon they find that management requires a completely new set of skills. Click through to read some hard-earned advice on how to be a manager.

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  • Nonresident Aliens and Tax Returns

    Are you a nonresident alien engaged in a trade or business in the United States? There are some special tax rules for you. Click through to learn about what your responsibilities are and the basics of Form 1040-NR.

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  • Tax Treatment for Family Members Working in the Family Business

    When you include family members in your business operations, there are tax treatments and employment tax rules that need to be applied. Click through to learn the right way to hire a family member.

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  • How to Choose a Guardian for Your Child

    Although no one likes to think about it, an important responsibility of parenthood is making sure your children are provided for if you're not around. Click through for a quick guide to making those crucial plans.

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