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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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  • What's the Story Behind Estimated Taxes?

    If you're a typical worker, your employer withholds taxes from each paycheck. But for the self-employed, it's a different story: they have to file estimated taxes throughout the year. Click through for an overview of the estimated tax rules.

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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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  • What To Know About the Alternative Minimum Tax

    The dreaded AMT has been with us for a while, but that doesn't mean it hasn't changed over the years. Is it likely to affect you, and if so, how? Click through for a review of the AMT and what it may mean to you.

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  • New Stimulus Has Plenty for Small Business

    The pandemic relief measure provides $325 billion in small-business funds and gives businesses another bite at the PPP apple. Click through for the details on what's available to make sure you get the cash you're entitled to.

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  • What the New PPP Means for Your Business

    The new round of Paycheck Protection Program loans is available to both new and second-time borrowers. Who gets the money? And what are the rules? Click through to see what might be in store for your business.

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  • General Overview of Business Deductions

    Business expenses are the cost of carrying on a trade or business, and there may be some tax breaks there. But a lot has changed in recent months, and the rules can be complicated. Click through for an overview of business tax deductions.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 5 Business Tax Deductions to Consider

    It has been a challenging year, but one thing that hasn't changed is taxes. Fortunately, businesses remain eligible for certain deductions. Click through to read about deadlines for key provisions that pertain to your business.

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  • The Ultimate Work-at-Home Guide

    There's no single formula to learn how to work at home, and the practical and cultural issues in each company will make a difference. However, there are some generalities. Click through to learn how to become an efficient and happy online employee.

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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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  • Wishing You an Abundantly Wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday

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

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  • Major Changes Come to Kiddie Tax

    The SECURE Act repealed a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act change in the Kiddie Tax and is effective in 2020 and beyond. Click through for the complex details on the current and retroactive changes to this often-misunderstood tax.

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  • Steps to Business Profitability

    Profitability determines whether your business stays in business. That seems obvious, but it's more complicated than it seems. Click through to learn about the different ways to analyze profitability.

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  • Know About the Unemployment Tax

    If you have employees, you must report and pay unemployment taxes to the IRS — and the devil is in the details. Click through for the rules of how to set aside amounts for the tax and report it on Form 940.

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  • Restructuring Debt as a Business Strategy

    The Covid-19 pandemic — like earlier business crises — has forced many businesses to make hard choices regarding their future. Click through to learn about restructuring debt and whether that's an option you should consider.

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  • What's in the New 2021 Stimulus Bill?

    The American Rescue Plan Act has been much tweaked and much debated. But what's actually in it and who benefits from it? Click through for a summary of the main provisions of this landmark 600-page bill.

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  • By the Numbers: The Key Adjustments for 2021

    As the year winds down, the government changes a variety of numbers affecting tax and other financials. How do these changes affect you or the companies you manage? Click through for a review of the 2021 changes.

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  • IRS Releases Additional Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness

    The IRS has published a Revenue Procedure and a Revenue Ruling to try to clarify certain complex and controversial details in PPP loan forgiveness. Click through for a summary of the new IRS guidance.

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  • 6 Tips for Handling Virtual Layoffs

    It's never pleasant when layoffs become a necessity, and now the pandemic has turned the process virtual. Conducting layoffs through online meetings is the new norm. Click through for six ways to navigate layoffs in the virtual sphere.

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  • Estate Planning If You're Living Overseas

    Estate planning is complex enough, and when you're living overseas, that just makes it worse. Click through to learn about the myriad techniques that can mitigate the punitive effect of transfer taxes.

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  • How To Raise and Maintain a Credit Score

    More than ever, in today's tumultuous world, it is important to maintain a good credit score, even while economic difficulties make it tough. Click through to learn how to build and maintain healthy credit habits in good times and bad.

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  • QuickBooks: Invoices and the Billing Process

    Managing invoices can be a tiresome task for small businesses. Fortunately, there are ways to simplify the process. Click through to see how QuickBooks can make the whole billing process easier.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Protecting Against Employee Theft

    Business owners lose about $50 million a year to employee theft and fraud, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Click through for a glimpse at some of the many ways employees could be stealing from you.

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  • The SEP-IRA: Just Right for Small Businesses

    Traditional pensions plans and 401(k)'s may not be appropriate for small businesses and the self-employed. However, that doesn't mean there are no other options. Click through to learn about the powerful and adaptable SEP-IRA.

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  • Filing Taxes for the Deceased

    Tax responsibilities don't end with death. Indeed, it's an important part of the executor's job to file the deceased person's state and federal final income tax returns for the year of death. Click through to address specific tax filing responsibilities.

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  • 401(k) Plans: Know the Rules

    The benefits of retirement programs, for both companies and employees, can be substantial, but the rules are complicated. You need to figure out how to help your employees while being compliant. Click through for an introduction to 401(k) plans and their rules.

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  • Why Offer a 401(k) Plan?

    A company-sponsored retirement plan is one of the most popular benefits a business can offer its employees. But it's not a one-way street: A retirement plan offers advantages to employers as well. Click through to learn what's in it for the company.

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  • IRS Offers More Details on Relief Bill

    The recently passed American Rescue Plan Act is chock-full of provisions, and the IRS has started to issue guidance on key aspects. Click through for some additional details on this important new law.

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  • Federal Tax Date Postponed to May 17

    The IRS has announced that the federal income tax filing due date, as well as any payments, for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended to May 17. Click through to learn how this will work.

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  • How To Get Through a Personal Tax Audit

    Selected for an audit? It doesn't always mean there's a problem. But you should have a plan to address it to get through the audit as painlessly as possible. Click through for tips on what to do if the IRS selects you.

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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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  • 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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  • IRS Grants More Due Date Breaks

    The IRS has previously announced that the federal filing due date for individuals was extended to May 17. Some other dates—but not all of them—have also been moved. Click through to make sure you're up to date on IRS dates.

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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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  • How To Deposit and Report Employment Taxes

    It may seem simple: You owe the government the taxes you withhold from your workers, and you write a check to the IRS. But it's a lot more complicated. Click through for the basics on remitting employment taxes.

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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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  • How To Handle Cash Payments

    There's nothing wrong with dealing in cash, but you do need to know that cash transactions of more than $10,000 need to be reported to the IRS. Click through to get facts about reporting such payments.

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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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  • 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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  • Pandemic Attitudes and Company Responses

    Retaining loyal customers is different these days. Click through to read more about how consumers look at products and what your company can do to be more appealing to your target customers.

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  • 6 Tips for New Entrepreneurs

    As new entrepreneurs start their businesses, they need to understand the special financial concerns of a startup. Click here to read more.

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  • DOL Withdraws Independent Contractor Rule

    In January 2021, the Department of Labor issued a rule clarifying the standard for employees versus independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act. It has now withdrawn the rule. Click through for a review of what this means.

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  • Are Your Employees Cross-Trained?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc with staffing at companies of all sizes. Can you prepare for any new disasters that lead to major layoffs? Click through for some thoughts on cross-training, which can ensure all tasks are covered.

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  • Estate Plan Building Blocks

    You hear a lot of talk about having an estate plan, but what is it all about? What are the pieces in a plan—is it more than just a will? Click through for an overview of an estate plan, to help you understand why everyone needs one.

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  • Post Pandemic Dress Guidance

    Workplace style during the pandemic took a dramatic shift to casual attire. Was this a one-time change or was it permanent? Click through to see whether office dress codes will return to pre-pandemic button-downs and slacks.

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  • 529 Plans: Know the Full Story

    529 savings plans can do more than just help you pay for college, and now is a good time to consider just how flexible they can be. Click through to take advantage of the myriad benefits of a 529 plan in a pandemic-affected economy.

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  • Seasonal Employment: Laws and Best Practices

    Do you rely on seasonal employees to fill staffing shortages during holidays or busy periods? Click through for insights into navigating seasonal employment.

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  • What Are Filial Responsibility Laws?

    Filial responsibility laws are legal rules that hold adult children financially responsible for their parents' medical care when parents are unable to pay. Click through to learn how they can impact parents' long-term health care concerns.

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  • What Makes a Successful Bonus Program?

    Bonuses are one of the best ways to motivate employees. But to actually work, a bonus program must be thoughtfully designed. Click through to learn about characteristics of an effective program.

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  • Do You Have a Hobby or a Business?

    Have a hobby that's also a source of income? The line between business and hobby can be a thin one, and the rules are complex. Click through for some insights that will help you make sure that you're in compliance and that you're not missing any allowable deductions.

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  • Business Deductions: A Quick Review

    Business expenses are the cost of carrying on a trade or business. Sometimes, the IRS gives you a tax break for your expenses. Click through for an introduction to the complex world of business tax deductions.

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  • What a Will Should NOT Do

    We are often urged, with good reason, to make a will to help put our lives in order. It’s a responsible and worthwhile thing to do — but not the only thing. Click through to learn when a will is not the best route.  

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  • By the Numbers: The Key Figures Business Owners Must Know

    When you open a new business, it can take a while before you learn what indicators govern your business's success. Click through for a review of the numbers that owners need to keep an eye on.

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  • Social Media Scams Are on the Rise

    Even as we have grown more sophisticated in the way we use social media, so have scammers. According to the IRS, social media crimes are growing more common. Click through to learn why that might be and what to look out for.

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  • IRS Warns of Scams Targeting Immigrants and Seniors

    No one is completely safe from financial scammers, but bad actors tend to target certain groups. If you're part of these target groups or have a friend or loved one who is, be on alert. Click through to learn who should be extra careful and why.

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  • What Papers Do You Need To Save?

    Are you cleaning out old filing cabinets or your attic? You no doubt are coming across reams of old financial papers. Do you need to keep them? Click through for some guidelines on what to save.

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  • IRS Cracks Down on Unemployment Fraud

    The unemployment insurance program can be an enormous help, but there are always those who scam the system, especially in the past year, when there was an uptick in claims. Click through for more on the most recent unemployment scams.

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