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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)

This is to disclose to you, our client, our disclosure policy regarding personal data that we obtain from you

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).

Small business taxation, corporate tax rates, and changes to popular deductions are just some of the many complex changes to the Tax Code being debated in Congress. At the time this article was posted, the Senate is expected to approve, along party-lines, a sweeping overhaul of the Tax Code written by Senate Republicans. The House has already approved its tax bill, also along party-lines. If the Senate passes a tax bill, House and Senate conferees will seek to resolve differences between the two bills. Conferees will likely aim to reach an agreement quickly to send a bill to the White House before year-end.


As an economic incentive for individuals to save and invest, gains from the sale of capital assets held for at least one year unless offset by losses, as well qualified dividends received during the year, may be taxed at rates lower than ordinary income tax rates. The tax rate on long-term capital gains and qualified dividends for individuals is 20 percent, 15, percent, or 0 percent depending on their income tax bracket.


Information reporting has become a growing part of IRS’s enforcement and compliance strategy. Data matching, or even the inference that the IRS has the data to do so, statistically has increased overall income reporting nine-fold. Use of information returns, either in the form of Forms W-2, 1098s or 1099s, is here to stay, and growing.


Life insurance proceeds are received tax-free. However, any interest earned on life insurance proceeds, usually referred to as its cash value, is subject to tax. Special rules apply to transfers of ownership in a life insurance policy, accelerated death benefits, and viatical settlements.


The method and systems by which a taxpayer calculates the amount of income, gains, losses, deductions, and credits and determines when these items must be reported, constitute the taxpayer's method of tax accounting. Although the Tax Code and the regulations authorize the use of several accounting methods, and permit certain combinations of methods, a taxpayer must use the accounting method on the basis of which the taxpayer regularly computes book income. Further, the method must be used consistently and must clearly reflect income.


As an individual or business, it is your responsibility to be aware of and to meet your tax filing/reporting deadlines. This calendar summarizes important federal tax reporting and filing data for individuals, businesses and other taxpayers for the month of December 2017.


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