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Selling your business?

Defer — and possibly reduce — tax with an installment sale. You’ve spent years building your company and now are ready to move on to something else, whether launching a new business, taking advantage of another career opportunity or retiring. Whatever your plans, you want to get the return from your business that you’ve earned…

Reduce insurance costs by encouraging employee wellness

Protecting your company through the purchase of various forms of insurance is a risk-management necessity. But just because you must buy coverage doesn’t mean you can’t manage the cost of doing so. Obviously, the safer your workplace, the less likely you’ll incur costly claims and high workers’ compensation premiums. There are, however, bigger-picture issues that…

Social Security “Wage Base” Increase

2018 – 10/12 The Social Security “wage base” will increase for 2019. The wage base is the maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security tax. The Social Security Administration just announced that the wage base for 2019 will rise to $132,900. This is up from $128,400 in 2018. For 2019, an employee will pay…

Businesses Affected by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

2018 – 10/17  Most businesses are affected by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. That’s why the IRS is reminding business owners to be aware of the many significant changes before this year ends. These include the new qualified business income deduction, which could reduce taxes for pass-throughs, and the temporary 100% expensing for certain…

Following the ABCs of customer assessment

When a business is launched, its owners typically welcome every customer through the door with a sigh of relief. But after the company has established itself, those same owners might start looking at their buying constituency a little more critically. If your business has reached this point, regularly assessing your customer base is indeed an…

Now’s the time to review your business expenses

2018 – 10/16 As we approach the end of the year, it’s a good idea to review your business’s expenses for deductibility. At the same time, consider whether your business would benefit from accelerating certain expenses into this year. Be sure to evaluate the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which reduces…

4 pillars of a solid sales process

Is your sales process getting off-balance? Sometimes it can be hard to tell. Fluctuations in the economy, changes in customer interest and dips in demand may cause slowdowns that are beyond your control. But if the numbers keep dropping and you’re not sure why, you may need to double-check the structural soundness of how you…

3.8% Surtax on Unearned Income

2018 – 10/10 Higher-income earners must be wary of the 3.8% surtax on unearned income. The surtax is 3.8% of the lesser of net investment income (NII) or the excess of modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) over a threshold amount. As year end nears, your approach to minimizing or eliminating the 3.8% surtax will depend…

Itemized vs Standard Deductions

2018- 10/10 Beginning in 2018, many people who claimed itemized deductions year after year will no longer be able to do so. That’s because the standard deduction has been increased and many itemized deductions have been cut back or abolished. Some taxpayers may be able to “bunch” discretionary expenses into the year when they’ll do…

Tax-free fringe benefits help small businesses and their employees

In today’s tightening job market, to attract and retain the best employees, small businesses need to offer not only competitive pay, but also appealing fringe benefits. Benefits that are tax-free are especially attractive to employees. Let’s take a quick look at some popular options. Insurance Businesses can provide their employees with various types of insurance…

Is that still deductible? Business meals

2018 – 10/04 Is that still deductible? The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act generally eliminated the business deduction for entertainment expenses but not meal expenses. As long as certain conditions are met, taxpayers can still deduct 50% of the cost of business meals. The IRS issued Notice 2018-76 spelling out the five conditions. The expense…

A strong BYOD policy combines convenience with security

It’s easy to understand why more and more businesses are taking a “bring your own device” (BYOD) approach to the smartphones, tablets and laptops many employees rely on to do their jobs. BYOD can boost employee efficiency and satisfaction, often while reducing a company’s IT costs. But the approach isn’t without risk for both you…

Business travel per-diem rates

The simplified per-diem rates are increasing for post-9/30/18 business travel. The IRS issued a notice of the “high-low” simplified per-diem rates for post-9/30/18 travel. The high-cost area per-diem increases to $287 (from $284) and the low-cost area per-diem increases to $195 (from $191). Under the high-low substantiation method, there’s one uniform per-diem rate for all…

Innocent spouse

2018 – 10/01 In general, married taxpayers who file joint tax returns are jointly and individually liable for the tax due on them. But spouses may be eligible for “innocent spouse” relief if they can prove they didn’t know about a tax understatement. In one new case, the U.S. Tax Court ruled that a disabled…

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