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COVID Relief Bill Extends and Expands PPP Loans

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill Monday night that provides $600 stimulus payments to individuals, adds $300 to extended weekly unemployment benefits, and provides more than $300 billion in aid for small businesses. The legislation, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, also ensures tax deductibility for business expenses paid [...]

COVID Relief Bill Extends and Expands PPP Loans2020-12-22T13:08:00+00:00

Business Year-End Tax Planning Strategies

Several end-of-year tax planning strategies are available to business owners that can be used to reduce their tax liability. Let's take a look: DEFERRING INCOME Businesses using the cash method of accounting can defer income into 2021 by delaying end-of-year invoices so that payment is not received until 2021. Businesses using the accrual method [...]

Business Year-End Tax Planning Strategies2020-11-09T17:36:56+00:00

Individual Year-End Tax Planning Strategies

With the end of the year fast approaching, now is the time to take a closer look at tax planning strategies you can use to minimize your tax burden for 2020. GENERAL TAX PLANNING STRATEGIES General tax planning strategies for individuals include accelerating or deferring income and deductions, as well as careful consideration of [...]

Individual Year-End Tax Planning Strategies2020-11-09T17:39:13+00:00

Say No to Payroll Tax Deferral

On August 8, 2020, the President issued a Memorandum allowing employers to defer withholding and payment of an employee's portion of the Social Security tax (i.e., the 6.2% FICA portion of the federal payroll tax on employees). Medicare taxes, however, are not covered. The payroll tax deferral is effective starting September 1, 2020, and [...]

Say No to Payroll Tax Deferral2020-09-02T15:03:28+00:00

Tax Consequences of PPP Loan Forgiveness

If your business has obtained a PPP loan, you will presumably soon be applying to have some or all of that loan forgiven pursuant to the SBA's PPP guidelines.  That raises the interesting question of what the tax effects of forgiveness are.  Is the forgiven portion taxable? The short answer, according to the IRS, [...]

Tax Consequences of PPP Loan Forgiveness2020-07-24T14:22:31+00:00

IRS Finalizes Opportunity Zone Tax Rules

The IRS has recently issued final regulations regarding details about investment in qualified opportunity zones (QOZ). The regulations modified and finalized proposed regulations for QOZ businesses that IRS previously issued. The final regulations provide additional guidance for taxpayers who are eligible to make an election to temporarily defer the inclusion in gross income of [...]

IRS Finalizes Opportunity Zone Tax Rules2020-01-18T12:08:57+00:00

Tax Benefits of Health Savings Accounts

While similar to FSAs (Flexible Savings Plans) in that both allow pretax contributions, Health Savings Accounts or HSAs offer taxpayers several additional tax benefits such as contributions that roll over from year to year (i.e., no "use it or lose it"), tax-free interest on earnings, and when used for qualified medical expenses, tax-free distributions. [...]

Tax Benefits of Health Savings Accounts2019-12-28T21:49:07+00:00

Business Tax Provisions: The Year in Review

Here's what business owners need to know about tax changes for 2019. Standard Mileage Rates The standard mileage rate in 2019 is 58 cents per business mile driven. Health Care Tax Credit for Small Businesses Small business employers who pay at least half the premiums for single health insurance coverage for their employees may [...]

Business Tax Provisions: The Year in Review2019-12-28T21:47:18+00:00

Individual Taxpayers: Recap for 2019

As we close out the year and get ready for tax season, here's what individuals and families need to know about tax provisions for 2019. Personal Exemptions Personal exemptions are eliminated for tax years 2018 through 2025. Standard Deductions The standard deduction for married couples filing a joint return in 2019 is $24,400. For [...]

Individual Taxpayers: Recap for 20192019-12-28T21:46:17+00:00

Year-End Tax Planning Strategies for Businesses

A number of end-of-year tax planning strategies are available to business owners that can be used to reduce their tax liability. Here are a few of them: Deferring Income Businesses using the cash method of accounting can defer income into 2020 by delaying end-of-year invoices, so payment is not received until 2020. Businesses using [...]

Year-End Tax Planning Strategies for Businesses2019-12-28T21:37:49+00:00
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