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2019 Business Travel Allowance

2019 – 08/12 Attention, businesses: The U.S. General Services Administration has posted the domestic per diem rate table for fiscal year 2019 on its website. The rates are in effect from Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019. The information is used by employers who pay a per diem allowance to employees for business travel…

2020 Form W-4

2019 – 08/12 A second draft of the 2020 Form W-4 is now available. The IRS expects no substantive changes when the form’s final version is published. The new form doesn’t change the computation of withholding contained in the earlier draft. The previous version of Form W-4 calculated a taxpayer’s income tax withholding using a…

Money and Marriage: The Financial Plan for Marital Bliss

Kurt Wunderlich, Associate Wealth Advisor, 8/8/2019 Marriage, it turns out, is even more than hefty emotional commitment, a blending of families, and the awesome chance to add another crazy aunt or uncle to your family tree. Specifically, when you are married, you become a single economic unit. Your partner’s successes are your successes; similarly, your…

What to do if your business receives a “no-match” letter

2019 – 08/12 In the past few months, many businesses and employers nationwide have received “no-match” letters from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The purpose of these letters is to alert employers if there’s a discrepancy between the agency’s files and data reported on W-2 forms, which are given to employees and filed with the…

Is it time to hire a CFO or controller?

2019 -08/07 Many business owners reach a point where managing the financial side of the enterprise becomes overwhelming. Usually, this is a good thing — the company has grown to a point where simple bookkeeping and basic financial reporting just don’t cut it anymore. If you can relate to the feeling, it may be time…

Texas Sales Tax Holiday: August 9 – 11

2019 – 08/06 During this annual sales tax holiday, you can buy most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100) tax free from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas. In most cases, you do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate to buy qualifying items…

Tax Tip: Standard vs Itemized Deductions

2019 – 08/05 “Summer is a season when people have fun, yet get things done,” the IRS said in a recent “Tax Tip.” Now that the standard deduction is so high, fewer taxpayers itemize deductions. But if you do, here’s a brief look at topics to keep in mind when planning this summer. State and…

Who can deduct car expenses?

2019 – 08/05 Who can deduct car expenses on a tax return? Business owners and self-employed persons who use their cars for business may be able to deduct car expenses, the IRS reminds us. But if a car is used both for business and personal purposes, the expenses must be split based on mileage. There…

When do payments become revenue?

2019 – 08/06  You’ve received a $10,000 payment from a customer. Does that mean your revenue for the month has increased by $10,000? Can you immediately describe that $10,000 as revenue if you are applying for a loan or discussing a possible sale of your business? This is the crux of revenue recognition – when do…

The IRS is targeting business transactions in bitcoin

Bitcoin and other forms of virtual currency are gaining popularity. But many businesses, consumers, employees and investors are still confused about how they work and how to report transactions on their federal tax returns. And the IRS just announced that it is targeting virtual currency users in a new “educational letter” campaign. The nuts and…

What is Your Tax Filing Status?

2019 -07/26 Taxpayers generally don’t think about their tax filing status until it’s time to file. But you should be aware of it through the year, especially if there’s a change. Your filing status determines your filing requirements, standard deduction, eligibility for certain credits and the correct amount of taxes. Changes that may affect your…

Tax Tip: How to Lower Your AGI

2019 – 07/31 Managing the amount of tax you’ll owe for this year may require thinking about tax issues now, long before it’s time to file. One aspect that affects your tax bill is your adjusted gross income (AGI). The higher your AGI, the higher your tax rate. In a Tax Tip, the IRS offers…

6 New IRS Compliance Campaigns

2019 – 08/01 The IRS’s Large Business and International division (LB&I) has announced six new compliance campaigns. The compliance campaigns target the S corporation built-in gains tax, post offshore voluntary disclosure compliance, expatriates, high-income nonfilers, erroneous refundable credits of U.S. possession filers, and deferred compensation. In January 2017, the IRS announced a new audit strategy…

Take a closer look at home office deductions

Working from home has its perks. Not only can you skip the commute, but you also might be eligible to deduct home office expenses on your tax return. Deductions for these expenses can save you a bundle, if you meet the tax law qualifications. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, employees can no longer…

Taking a long-term approach to certain insurance documentation

After insurance policies expire, many businesses just throw away the paper copies and delete the digital files. But you may need to produce evidence of certain kinds of insurance even after the coverage period has expired. For this reason, it’s best to take a long-term approach to certain types of policies. Occurrence-based insurance Generally, the…

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