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Work Opportunity Tax Credit provides help to employers

2022 – 09/26 In today’s tough job market and economy, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) may help employers. Many business owners are hiring and should be aware that the WOTC is available to employers that hire workers from targeted groups who face significant barriers to employment. The credit is worth as much as $2,400…

Sometimes businesses need to show customers tough love

2022 – 09/20 “We love our customers!” Many businesses proclaim this at the bottom of their invoices, in their marketing materials and even on the very walls of their physical locations. Obviously, every company needs a solid customer or client base to survive. But, to truly thrive, you need to evaluate which customers are reliably…

Separating your business from its real estate

2022 – 09/12 Does your business need real estate to conduct operations? Or does it otherwise hold property and put the title in the name of the business? You may want to rethink this approach. Any short-term benefits may be outweighed by the tax, liability and estate planning advantages of separating real estate ownership from…

Want to see into the future? Delve deeper into forecasting

2022 – 09/07 For a company to be truly successful, its ownership needs to attempt the impossible: see into the future. Forecasting key metrics — such as sales demand, receivables, payables and working capital — can help you manage overhead, offer competitive prices and keep your business on firm financial footing. Although financial statements are…

Year-end tax planning ideas for your small business

2022 – 09/06 Now that Labor Day has passed, it’s a good time to think about making moves that may help lower your small business taxes for this year and next. The standard year-end approach of deferring income and accelerating deductions to minimize taxes will likely produce the best results for most businesses, as will…

Make marketing better with a brand audit

2022 – 08/31 Mention the word “audit” to a business owner and you’ll probably get an anxious look. But not all audits are of the tax, financial statement or retirement plan variety. You can audit many areas of your company to help you better manage those functions. Take your brand, for example. Your business brand…

Am I Eligible to Claim an Education Credit?

2022 – 08/30 It’s that time of year when students are starting or returning to college or trade school. Higher education is expensive, but taxpayers who take post-high school coursework in 2022 (or who have dependents taking such coursework) may qualify for one of two tax credits that can reduce their tax bills. The American…

Student Loan Forgiveness

2022 – 08/25 On Aug. 24, President Biden announced a plan for student loan debt relief. The three-part plan may affect nearly 8 million borrowers. Part one will allow $20,000 of debt forgiveness for taxpayers who went to college on a Pell Grant or $10,000 without a Pell Grant. This applies only to taxpayers earning…

Legitimate Business Expenses

2022 – 08/22 Taxpayers who operate a business can generally deduct business-related costs on their income tax returns. But they must keep thorough, contemporaneous records proving that the deductions are for legitimate business expenses. An information technology consultant and handyman deducted the cost of professional education on his return. But the IRS found the amounts…

Clean Vehicle Credit

2022 – 08/18 The U.S. government has begun issuing guidance regarding the Clean Vehicle Credit in the new Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The IRA introduced a $4,000 tax credit for the purchase of used EVs and updated the $7,500 credit for new ones, with major changes. To qualify for the credit, there are now new…

IRS Receives $80 Billion for Improvements

2022 – 08/18 The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provides about $80 billion over 10 years to fund the IRS and improve its “tax enforcement activities” and technology. The funds will be available to the IRS through Sept. 30, 2031. With the funds, the IRS plans to hire nearly 87,000 personnel to help with tax-law enforcement…

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