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  • Know the Basics of Medicare

    Medicare is a federal insurance program that provides health coverage for older Americans, and its provisions can get quite complicated. Click through for an introduction so you understand what you or your loved ones are entitled to.

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  • What To Know About the Qualified Business Income Deduction

    It's a much-talked-about and misunderstood provision of the tax reform law passed in 2017, and business owners are still grappling with it. Click through to make sure you understand this beneficial but complex tax provision.

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  • Social Security: Note the Key Changes for 2020

    The Social Security Administration has released new numbers for those paying Social Security and those collecting it. Click through for the new maximum taxable earnings amount as well as COLA and other key adjustments.

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  • Bonus Calculations and FLSA Rules

    Bonuses can be a great way to reward top employees. However, businesses need to know that there are different kinds, with key distinctions managers should be well-versed in. Click through to make sure you don't violate FLSA rules.

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  • EEOC Releases Extensive COVID-19 Guidance

    The pandemic seems to have affected every government agency, and the EEOC is no exception. Click through for some recent guidance on how the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws are addressing COVID-19.

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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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  • Can You Challenge Your Property Taxes?

    From coast to coast, it can be one of the most contentious local issues: your property tax bill. Often, homeowners believe it's etched in stone, but you may have some recourse. Click through for some help in challenging your property tax bill.

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  • CARES Act Adds Flexibility to Net Operating Losses

    The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance providing tax relief under the CARES Act for taxpayers with net operating losses. Click through to take advantage of a six-month extension to file on carrybacks.

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  • Wage-and-Hour Rules During the Pandemic

    Pandemics often cause major economic disruptions, leading many businesses to fully or partially close. Regardless of the upheaval, employers must abide by wage-and-hour laws. Click through for wage-and-hour rules to consider during pandemics.

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  • IRS Gives Break on Flexible Spending Plans

    The IRS has issued new guidance to grant increased flexibility on 125 cafeteria plans, health flexible spending arrangements and dependent care assistance programs. Click through to learn how to take advantage of the new rules.

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  • What's the Story on the Employee Retention Credit?

    The Treasury Department and the IRS have launched the Employee Retention Credit to keep employees on the payroll. Click through to get 50% of up to $10,000 if your business has been impacted by COVID-19.

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  • New Leasing Standards Arrive for Private Companies

    As of January 1, 2020, all leases, including short-term leases, must be recorded on your company's balance sheet. What does the new Financial Accounting Standards Board standard mean for your business? Click through for an introduction to this complex new series of rules.

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  • Office Space for Lease

    Coulter & Justus has a beautiful three story office building off Pellissippi Parkway in West Knoxville. We occupy the second and third floors and lease the first-floor space which will become available on November 1st. We are looking for another great tenant and would enjoy a client or friend of the firm.  Please click the photo of the building for more details on the space or contact Margie Van Doren at 865-637-4161 for more information.

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  • Coulter & Justus Announces 2020 Promotions

    We are excited to recognize the following group of outstanding people who not only enjoy working together but also take great care of our clients. We are fortunate to have each of them as part of our team. Click the image to see promotions.

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  • IRS Offers Identity Protection PIN

    The IRS is gradually rolling out a new identity protection program that prevents anyone who has stolen your Social Security number from using it to file a fraudulent return. Click through to learn how it works and whether you're eligible.

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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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  • Understanding Sales Tax in the Post-Wayfair World

    If your business operates in two or more taxing jurisdictions, the Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair applies to you. Click through to learn the basics of collecting and reporting sales tax today.

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  • Coulter & Justus Honored as Best Accounting Firms to Work for

    Coulter & Justus, P.C. was recently named as one of the 2019 Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work for. Click PHOTO to read more.

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  • Qualities That Make Good Leaders

    Leaders can make the difference between success and failure at a company. Have you shown leadership? Have you hired good leaders? Click through to understand how a strong vision can help you lead.

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  • 9 Steps to Develop a Business Succession Plan

    A business succession plan is a road map for the company's future. Developing this plan can be a complex process, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Click through for 9 steps that can help you determine your company's future.

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  • Wishing You Happy Holidays and a Season Filled with Peace and Joy

    Wishing you a season of peace and joy! May you enjoy warm memories with loved ones, and may the spirit of the holiday season fill your hearts. Click through for a special greeting.

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  • Tax Deductions: What's New?

    Tax law changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affect itemized deductions because the standard deduction was nearly doubled for most taxpayers. Click through to see if you should consider itemizing anyway.

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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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  • Guiding Your Company to the New Normal

    Planning your company’s future in a volatile environment takes careful thinking. What are your next steps? Click through to read more about how you can approach strategic planning for the new normal.

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  • DOL Releases New Guidance on Employee Leaves

    The pandemic has changed the way we work, and multiple laws are coming into play as everyone adjusts. Click through for a summary of the latest Department of Labor guidance regarding interpreting these laws.

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  • DOL Revisits Overtime Rule in Proposal

    A new rule will likely make about 1 million additional workers eligible for overtime by raising the threshold to over $35,000 from the current $23,660. Click through for the details on this proposed change.

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  • How You Can Use a Deferred Annuity

    It's a time-tested tool for retirement planning, but it's not for everyone. The key is knowing how a deferred annuity works, and whether it's right for you. Click through for an overview, and the inside scoop on how to choose.

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  • The State Unemployment Tax: Know the Story

    The State Unemployment Tax Act is an important and complicated law that affects virtually every employer, and there are variations from state to state. Click through for an introduction to key SUTA provisions.

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  • Getting a Handle on Financial Fraud

    From playing games with tax returns to fiddling with the company's books, fraud is a widespread and complicated problem. You need an expert to address fraud issues. Click through for an intro to fraud and how CPAs can help.

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  • Inheriting an IRA: How to Handle It

    IRAs are great tools for retirement planning, but are not necessarily well-suited for leaving money to heirs. Click through for an introduction to the complex rules and strategies surrounding an inherited IRA.

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  • Handling a 'Wrong Information' Form From the IRS

    Have you ever received a CP2000 notice? It's an alert from the IRS that data received from banks, employers or other third parties doesn't match your tax return. Click through to find out how to handle this notice.

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  • Demystifying On-Call Pay

    The conditions surrounding on-call pay can be confusing, and employers often misunderstand them. It comes down to whether employees should be paid if they're required to be available while not working. Click through for an intro to the complex rules.

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  • Social Security: Is It Time to Tap Into It?

    You can start taking Social Security payments as early as age 62, but you get a bigger monthly payout if you can wait. What's the optimal time? Click through to learn the basics of Social Security calculations.

    Saved on 08-21-2020 - Remove
  • Is This Your Situation: Worried That It's Too Early for Tax Planning

    Good tax planning is a year-round activity that requires knowing your options and keeping good records. Circumstances change. Even if you have used the standard deduction for the past several years, click through to learn why that may no longer be the right option for you.

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  • Special Report: Are You Offering the Right Employee Benefits?

    Special Report: Are You Offering the Right Employee Benefits?

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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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  • IRS Warnings About Payroll Scams

    Human resources and payroll departments lacking strong internal controls are vulnerable to cybercrimes. This is not just a tax-season problem. Click through for IRS warnings on HR and payroll tax scams even as the 2020 tax season is on the horizon.

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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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  • IRAs to Charity: A Useful Estate Planning Technique

    The basic goal of an IRA is to give you money to live on in your retirement years. But it can complicate your estate plan if you leave IRA funds for your family to inherit. Click through to learn about the advantages of leaving your IRA to charity instead.

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  • How to Avoid the Top Estate Planning Errors

    Estate planning can get very complicated, and by the time you realize you've made a mistake, it's usually too late to correct it. Click through for the most common pitfalls, so you can make sure you avoid them.

    Saved on 08-27-2020 - Remove
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Leaves and More

    The president has signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) into law. It's the first of what are expected to be other federal actions. Click through for a quick look at the major provisions.

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  • The Coronavirus: Get the Latest Information

    Whether you're listening to the radio, watching TV or scrolling through websites, there is no lack of information on COVID-19. But what is really helpful? Click through for the latest authoritative government information.

    Saved on 03-26-2020 - Remove
  • Telecommuting, Coronavirus and You

    About 8 million U.S. workers telecommute full time, performing all their work out of their homes. The current pandemic is swelling those ranks, as companies and employees scramble to make work-from-home a reality. Click through to learn how to hit the ground running.

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  • Coronavirus and Business Interruption Insurance

    The coronavirus pandemic has upended businesses across the board. Many of those businesses hope their business interruption insurance will help mitigate their financial losses. Click here to delve into the complex world of business insurance.

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  • Treasury Postpones April 15th Tax Filing & Payment Deadline

    Taxpayers will be able to delay both filing and payments for 90 days without interest or penalties. Click to uncover the details regarding the new July 15th deadline.

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  • Understanding Revenue Recognition

    If you enter into contracts with customers to transfer goods or services either domestically or internationally, you’ll be interested in clarifications from the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Click through for these essential financial accounting updates.

    Saved on 08-28-2020 - Remove
  • 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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  • 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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  • Behavioral Red Flags for Internal Fraud

    It can be difficult to identify whether there is fraud at your company. An audit can help, but other signs may reveal that something is wrong. Click through for a review of the various clues that may indicate a problem.

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  • What's New With the Kiddie Tax?

    So many tax provisions changed with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed at the end of 2017. The so-called kiddie tax changed as well. Click through for an examination of this complex provision and how it might affect you.

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  • Understanding Pre-Tax and After-Tax 401(k) Plans

    A recent study showed that when 401(k) plans are offered, about 90 percent of all employees who have the option to contribute do so. There is, however, an important difference between pre-tax and after-tax contributions. Click through to learn about this key distinction.

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  • Give Your Taxes Your Attention 365 Days a Year

    Giving your taxes your full attention just once a year isn’t the best business strategy -- especially with so many changes in the past year. Click through to learn the best ways to evaluate the impact of taxes throughout the year.

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  • Wishing You A Wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday

    Wishing you the happiness of good friends, the joy of family and the abundance of the holiday season. Click for a special Thanksgiving greeting. .

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  • Which Employees Are Exempt From Tax Withholding?

    Most employees are subject to tax withholding. Those exempt from withholding are in the minority -- but you should still know who they are. Click through for a list of employees who are excluded from tax withholding -- and why.

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  • Taking Over the Finances of an Elderly Person

    Physical health isn't the only thing at risk of deteriorating as we age: Mental health may decline as well, and along with it, the ability to manage money. Click through for tips on how to manage finances to protect your elderly loved one from missteps.

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  • Is This the Right Time to Change Your Company’s Accounting Method?

    Some companies are required to use financial accounting instead of tax accounting. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018 changed these rules. Now more companies can choose for themselves. Click here to learn the distinctions.

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  • 5 Tech Trends for the Next Decade

    The past decade saw major advances in the use of technology, and the 2020s are likely to see even more. Click through to read about leading trends that are poised to have a significant impact on businesses.

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  • Backup Withholding: Know the Story

    You may find that money you're owed is subject to substantial withholding if certain numbers aren't provided in a timely fashion. Click through to learn how to avoid this or get out of it if it's already happened.

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  • Socially Responsible Investing: The Wave of the Future?

    When it comes to investing, should you care about anything beyond the returns generated? Many investors believe that their money should not only grow, but do good in the world. Click through for an introduction to SRI.

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  • How Long Since You've Reviewed Your Estate Plan?

    An estate plan is not a one-time event. It's a living series of documents you must continue to address throughout your life. Click through for some guidance on what events may trigger a need for a change.

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  • Cybersecurity and the Importance of Data Privacy

    Ensuring that your business is in compliance with applicable laws and monitoring your data are equally important, but both tasks may be more difficult than they sound. Click through for tips on starting a sound cybersecurity program.

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  • The Next Generation of Leaders Is Quiet but Impactful: Gen X

    We hear a lot about how different generations work, but what's the real story? Can you separate facts from rumors? Click through for a quick review of Generation X and how this generation of workers might fit into your company.

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  • New W-4 Requirements Effective for 2020

    The IRS has issued a new version of Form  W-4 to align employee withholding with the Federal Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2018. 

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  • Realize Tax Saving from Contributions to Charitable Organizations

    Appreciated stock can seem like a problem, particularly when the sale can trigger capital gains taxes. But you can avoid these taxes and do good at the same time. Click through for a discussion of the advantages of donating appreciated stock.

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  • Cost Segregation: A Tax-Saving Strategy

    Cost segregation studies can be an important tax-saving tool — if you make the most out of depreciation rules. But it's a complicated process. Click through to learn about cost segregation, and how it can work for you.

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  • IRS Issues Draft of New Form W-4

    The new Form W-4 is very different from the current one, but it isn't final yet. More changes may come before the final version is rolled out later this year. Click through for an overview of what employers and employees will likely face in the future.

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  • IRS Clarifies Deductible Expenses

    The Internal Revenue Service has updated the rules to reflect changes resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Click through to zero in on changes involving deductible expenses, to make sure you're in compliance.

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  • Pandemic Leads to State Border Tax Complications

    Thanks to the pandemic, many employees are now working from home. But this may mean state tax confusion, if the residence and company are in different states. Click through for an introduction to the complexities.

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  • Are You Ready To Retire Early?

    The economic havoc wreaked by the pandemic, including the shuttering of many businesses and the damage to many sectors, may have you wondering whether it's time to retire. Click through for a closer look at how to retire sooner rather than later.

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  • The Percentage-Withholding Method: How It Works

    The calculations surrounding withholding can get very complicated, and the redesigned Form W-4 added additional wrinkles. Click through for a look at the bracket vs. percentage methods, and how the math plays out.

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  • A Sales-Tax Primer for Pandemic-Affected Businesses

    Many businesses have enhanced their online presence as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These businesses need to be aware of the many challenges associated with collecting sales tax on internet sales. Click through to learn how to transition smoothly to online sales.

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  • Cybersecurity: Essential for All Transactions

    Cybersecurity is essential in all situations, but especially in high-level transactions. Have you taken the right steps to ensure security? How about your business partners? Click through for some tips on corporate cybersecurity.

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  • Can You Make Direct Deposit Mandatory?

    Direct deposit makes payroll processing so much easier, and the vast majority of employees find it convenient -- which is why you may wish to require it. Click through to see whether you’re allowed to mandate direct deposit.

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  • The Final Responsibility: Being an Executor

    It's one of the most important tasks you can carry out for a friend or family member: carry out their last wishes after they're gone. But you don't have to do it alone. Click through for a review of what you need to do as an executor.

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  • Dollar-Cost Averaging: Great for Crisis Investing

    Even with a plunging market, there is a silver lining for any investor who has some money to put away in a retirement account like a 401(k). Click through to learn about the power of dollar-cost averaging and how it can work for you.

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  • Rethinking the Way We Communicate

    We may find that COVID-19 has accelerated the trend toward new ways to communicate and new styles of communication. Click through for insights into getting the most out of the many choices we are using now — and will continue to use going forward. 

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  • Paycheck Protection Program Gets One-Month Reprieve

    The Paycheck Protection Program was slated to end on June 30, but a last-minute bill in Congress extended it until Aug. 8. Click through to find out what this means, and if any other changes are on the horizon.

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  • How To Onboard New Hires — Virtually

    Even in a challenging economy, many companies are still hiring new employees, and they have to bring them into the company efficiently — and safely. Click through for some tips on how to bring on new employees virtually.

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  • Payroll Tax Liabilities: Know the Details

    A paycheck can be more complicated than it seems at first. And whether you have one employee or 1,000, you need to know how payroll taxes work. Click through for a brief review, so you can grasp the basics.

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  • Can You Take Advantage of the Research and Development Tax Credit?

    You don’t have to wear a while lab coat to claim the federal research and development tax credit if you meet the four criteria outlined in Internal Revenue Code Section 41 and its regulations. Click through to learn why failing to explore this credit may be leaving money on the table.

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  • Key Rules for Garnishing Lump-Sum Payments

    The DOL has clarified the types of lump-sum payments that are protected by federal garnishment laws versus those that are not. Click through for details to make sure you don't mishandle these for your employees.

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  • Freelancing? Know the Tax Rules

    Many people make their living in the gig economy, getting most or all of their income from freelance assignments. Click through for an introduction to the tax provisions that apply to these independent workers.

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  • Getting Ready for Tax Time

    The more preparation you do in advance as April 15 approaches, the easier it will be when you meet with your tax preparer. Click through for a quick guide to getting organized for tax season, including some tips on what's new.

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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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  • What Is the Marriage Penalty?

    The marriage penalty refers to fact that two people may pay more in taxes as a married couple than they would have as two single filers. Does this penalty really exist? Click through for details on how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affects couples and taxes.

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