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Business Deductions: Providing the Proof

2018 – 9/14 Taxpayers couldn’t substantiate business deductions. A married couple deducted car and truck expenses for their home-building S corporation’s alleged use of a passenger vehicle. But the IRS and the U.S. Tax Court denied them. The taxpayers didn’t provide a log or other evidence showing the business use of the vehicle. The court…


Deductions & Charity Payments

2018- 9/10 Can your business still deduct payments to charities or government entities for which you receive state and local credits when you file your federal tax return? Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the rules have changed, beginning in 2018. In response, the IRS added a frequently asked question section to its…


Tax Reform 2.0 Universal Savings Account

2018- 9/7 The House Ways and Means Committee has provided additional details on what to expect in its “Tax Reform 2.0” proposed legislation. In addition to making permanent individual and small business tax cuts, the proposals would create a savings tool called a Universal Savings Account; allow the money in Section 529 education accounts to…


Prepare for valuation issues in your buy-sell agreement

Every business with more than one owner needs a buy-sell agreement to handle both expected and unexpected ownership changes. When creating or updating yours, be sure you’re prepared for the valuation issues that will come into play. Issues, what issues? Emotions tend to run high when owners face a “triggering event” that activates the buy-sell….


HSA + HDHP can be a winning health benefits formula

If you’ve done any research into employee benefits for your business recently, you may have come across a bit of alphabet soup in the form of “HSA + HDHP.” Although perhaps initially confusing, this formula represents an increasingly popular model for health care benefits — that is, offering a Health Savings Account (HSA) coupled with,…


How to reduce the tax risk of using independent contractors

Classifying a worker as an independent contractor frees a business from payroll tax liability and allows it to forgo providing overtime pay, unemployment compensation and other employee benefits. It also frees the business from responsibility for withholding income taxes and the worker’s share of payroll taxes. For these reasons, the federal government views misclassifying a…


Assessing the S corp

The S corporation business structure offers many advantages, including limited liability for owners and no double taxation (at least at the federal level). But not all businesses are eligible – and, with the new 21% flat income tax rate that now applies to C corporations, S corps may not be quite as attractive as they…


Business tips for back-to-school time

Late summer and early fall, when so many families have members returning to educational facilities of all shapes and sizes, is also a good time for businesses to creatively step up their business development efforts, whether it’s launching new marketing initiatives, developing future employees or simply generating goodwill in the community. Here are a few…


Contemplating compensation increases and pay for performance

As a business grows, one of many challenges it faces is identifying a competitive yet manageable compensation structure. After all, offer too little and you likely won’t have much success in hiring. Offer too much and you may compromise cash flow and profitability. But the challenge doesn’t end there. Once you have a feasible compensation…

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