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Most business owners make some kind of gift to employees at Christmas. While many companies still hand out the holiday turkey, others go all out with formal dinners, cash bonuses, or gift certificates. What many employers may not realize, however, is that many of theft gifts to employees are considered compensation by the Internal Revenue Service and are subject to federal and state income taxes as well as Social Security taxes.

Record retention is a must, whether for personal, business, or tax reasons. However, record retention is necessary only to the extent it serves a useful purpose or satisfies legal requirements.

A Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE) is a simplified retirement plan intended to allow small employers to provide retirement savings for their employees.

Individuals with no wills, particularly those with substantial assets, may be following a path that will lead to extra complications and financial burdens for their families. The financial implications extend to owing more tax than necessary, increasing costs of estate administration, and diverting assets to unintended heirs.

Then, when you're ready, here are five tips to help take the worry out of hiring your first employee.

The taxation of municipal and corporate bonds is complex. Hered is a brief explanation of the tax effects.

A well known, but sometimes overlooked, way to alter investment holdings without paying tax at the time of the transaction is through the use of "like-kind" exchanges.

You can generally pay part or all of your estimated tax by using a credit card (American Express Card, MasterCard, or Discover Card)

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New rules have been released regarding IRA distributions, which will hopefully simplify and provide benefits to taxpayers.

Before you start a new business, there are a number of preliminary decisions to be made. One of the first choices you will face, is the legal form in which you will operate the business.

Here is a checklist highlighting advantages and disadvantages of the S corporation form.

Before you start a new business, there are a number of preliminary decisions to be made. One of the first choices you will face, is the legal form in which you will operate the business.

INFORMATION NEEDED TO COMPLETE YOUR BUSINESS TAX RETURN

In this article, we examine the various issues involved in plan selection.

You first offset long-term (LT) gains with long-term losses (resulting in either a net LT capital gain or a net LT capital loss), and then you offset short-term (ST) capital gains with short-term capital losses (resulting in either a net ST capital gain or a net ST capital loss).

President Donald Trump signed into law the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (P.L. 116-142) on June 5. The legislation aims to expand usability of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act’s ( P.L. 116-136) headliner small business loan program.


In consultation with Treasury Department, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued...


The IRS is postponing deadlines for certain time-sensitive actions due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency. This relief affects employment taxes, employee benefit plans, exempt organizations, individual retirement arrangements (IRAs), Coverdell education savings accounts, health savings accounts (HSAs), and Archer and Medicare Advantage medical saving accounts (MSAs).


The IRS has issued guidance on coronavirus-related distributions and plan loans.


The IRS has released guidance that provides temporary administrative relief to help certain retirement plan participants or beneficiaries who need to make participant elections by allowing flexibility for remote signatures. Specifically, the guidance provides participants, beneficiaries, and administrators of qualified retirement plans and other tax-favored retirement arrangements with temporary relief from the physical presence requirement for any participant election (1) witnessed by a notary public in a state that permits remote notarization, or (2) witnessed by a plan representative using certain safeguards. The guidance accommodates local shutdowns and social distancing practices and is intended to facilitate the payment of coronavirus-related distributions and plan loans to qualified individuals, as permitted by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) ( P.L. 116-136).


The IRS has released a revenue procedure that describes temporary safe harbors for the purpose of determining the federal tax status of certain arrangements that hold real property as trusts in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Specifically, the Service has provided temporary relief to arrangements that are treated as trusts under Reg. §301.7701-4(c) which are, or have tenants who are, experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, to allow them to make certain modifications to their mortgages loans and their lease agreements, and to accept additional cash contributions without jeopardizing their tax status as grantor trusts. This revenue procedure also indicates that a cash contribution from one or more new trust interest holders to acquire a trust interest or a non-pro rata cash contribution from one or more current trust interest holders must be treated as a purchase and sale under Code Sec. 1001 of a portion of each non-contributing (or lesser contributing) trust interest holder’s proportionate interest in the trust’s assets.


The IRS has announced various extensions of deadlines for qualified opportunity funds and their investors due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


The IRS has issued proposed regulations clarifying the definition of a qualifying relative for various tax benefits for tax years 2018 through 2025 in which the dependent exemption amount is zero. During these years, the exemption amount will be inflation adjusted as provided in annual IRS guidance in determining whether an individual is a qualifying relative such as for head of household filing status and $500 child tax credit.


Proposed regulations provide guidance regarding the elimination of the deduction for expenses related to qualified transportation fringe benefits (QTFs) provided to an employee. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97) eliminated the deduction, effective for amounts paid or incurred after December 31, 2017.


Proposed regulations would define expenditures for direct primary care arrangements and health care sharing ministry memberships as amounts paid for medical care. Thus, amounts paid for those arrangements may be deductible medical expenses. The proposed regulations also clarify that amounts paid for certain arrangements and programs, such as health maintenance organizations (HMO) and certain government-sponsored health care programs, are amounts paid for medical insurance.


Proposed reliance regulations clarify the definitions of "real property" that qualifies for a like-kind exchange, including incidental personal property. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97), like-kind exchanges occurring after 2017 are limited to real property used in a trade or business or for investment. Comments are requested.


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