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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).

The IRS and the Treasury intend to provide regulations that will address issues affecting foreign corporations with previously taxed earnings and profits (PTEP). The regulations are in response to changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97)


The IRS has proposed regulations on the limitation on the business interest expense deduction under Code Sec. 163(j), as amended by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97). The IRS also has issued a safe harbor that allows taxpayers to treat certain infrastructure trades or businesses as real property trades or businesses solely for purposes of qualifying as an electing real property trade or business under Code Sec. 163(j)(7)(B).


A nonprofit corporation that operated a medical-marijuana dispensary legally under California law was not allowed to claim deductions for business expenses on its federal return. Code Sec. 280E, which prevents any trade or business that consists of trafficking in controlled substances from deducting any business expenses, applied.


The IRS released the optional standard mileage rates for 2019. Most taxpayers may use these rates to compute deductible costs of operating vehicles for:


The IRS has provided guidance and examples for calculating the nondeductible portion of parking expenses. In addition, the IRS has provided guidance to tax-exempt organizations to help such organizations determine how unrelated business taxable income (UBTI) will be increased by the nondeductible amount of such fringe benefit expenses paid or incurred.


The IRS has released initial guidance on the new Code Sec. 83(i), added by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ( P.L. 115-97).

Code Sec. 83 generally provides for the federal income tax treatment of property transferred in connection with the performance of services. Code Sec. 83(i) allows certain employees to elect to defer recognition of income attributable to the receipt or vesting of qualified stock for up to five years.


Highly anticipated foreign tax credit regulations have been issued that provide guidance on the significant changes made to the foreign tax credit rules by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ( P.L. 115-97).


Proposed regulations provide much anticipated guidance on the base erosion and anti-abuse tax (BEAT) under Code Sec. 59A and related reporting requirements. The regulations are proposed to apply generally to tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, but taxpayers may rely on these proposed regulations until final regulations are published.


The IRS will grant automatic consent to accounting method changes to comply with new Code Sec. 451(b), as added by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ( P.L. 115-97). In addition, some taxpayers may make the accounting method change on their tax returns without filing a Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method. These procedures generally apply to tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. Rev. Proc. 2018-31, I.R.B. 2018-22, 637, is modified.


The IRS has issued transition relief from the "once-in-always-in" condition for excluding part-time employees under Reg. §1.403(b)-5(b)(4)(iii)(B). Under the "once-in-always-in" exclusion condition, once an employee is eligible to make elective deferrals, the employee may not be excluded from making elective deferrals in any later exclusion year on the basis that he or she is a part-time employee.


The IRS has provided interim guidance for the 2019 calendar year on income tax withholding from wages and withholding from retirement and annuity distributions. In general, certain 2018 withholding rules provided in Notice 2018-14, I.R.B. 2018-7, 353, will remain in effect for the 2019 calendar year, with one exception.


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