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How the IRS Contacts Taxpayers

2022 – 04/11 During this busy tax season, the IRS is reminding individuals how it will and, more importantly, won’t contact taxpayers. If the IRS needs to contact you, typically it first delivers a letter through the mail. The agency may call after mailing a notice to confirm an appointment or to discuss an audit….

4 Tax Issues Converting from a C to S Corporation

2022 – 04/11 Operating as an S corporation may help reduce federal employment taxes for small businesses in the right circumstances. Although S corporations may provide tax advantages over C corporations, there are some potentially costly tax issues that you should assess before making a decision to switch. Here’s a quick rundown of the most…

AI for small to midsize businesses isn’t going away

2022 – 04/06 Artificial intelligence (AI) has made great inroads into certain sectors of the U.S. economy. However, it hasn’t reached many small to midsize businesses (SMBs) in a major way … yet. In 2021, AI analysis firm Unsupervised published a survey of 520 SMB owners that found 48% of them still found AI too…

IRS Backlog

2022 04/05 The magnitude of the IRS backlog of unprocessed returns is “unprecedented,” said the National Taxpayer Advocate, Erin Collins. Since the start of the pandemic, millions of taxpayers have seen their refunds delayed. To rectify the problem, Collins wants to see the IRS’s “antiquated” system modernized, including the use of scanning technology such as…

Business vs Hobby

2022 – 04/05 Taxpayers who are in business to make a profit can generally deduct related expenses on their tax returns. If the IRS doubts a profit motive exists, it may deem an activity to be a hobby with a limited ability to deduct costs. The burden to prove there’s a profit motive is on…

Fully deduct business meals this year

2022 – 04/04 The federal government is helping to pick up the tab for certain business meals. Under a provision that’s part of one of the COVID-19 relief laws, the usual deduction for 50% of the cost of business meals is doubled to 100% for food and beverages provided by restaurants in 2022 (and 2021)….

Foreign Bank Account Reporting

2022 – 04/01 If your assets include foreign bank and financial accounts, you must annually file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Account (FBAR). The IRS is reminding affected taxpayers that the deadline to file an FBAR generally is April 15. Specifically, taxpayers must file FBARs if they have financial interest in or signature…

Fact vs Myth: Withholding

2022 – 03/31 Myths about federal tax refunds keep coming and the IRS is continuing to combat misinformation. One common myth is that if you get a refund this year, there’s no need to adjust your withholding for 2022. That may not be true if you want to avoid surprises next year. You can use…

Undertaking a pay equity audit at your business

2022 – 03/31 Pay equity is both required by law and a sound business practice. However, providing equitable compensation to employees who perform the same or similar jobs, while accounting for differences in experience and tenure, isn’t easy. That’s why every company should at least consider undertaking a pay equity audit to assess its compensation…

IRS Notices

2022 – 03/28 As the IRS continues to work through a backlog of unprocessed returns, Congress and tax professionals have pressured it to stop sending delinquent return and collection notices. Many taxpayers receiving such notices have already filed tax returns but the IRS hasn’t processed them yet. On March 25, the IRS announced it will…

ERISA and EAPs: What’s the deal?

2022 – 03/23 In recent years, more and more businesses have increased efforts to support the well-being of their employees. This means not only providing health care benefits, but also offering other initiatives designed to help workers cope with challenges such as substance dependence, financial planning, legal woes and mental health issues. Among the options…

Establish a tax-favored retirement plan

2022 – 03/14  If your business doesn’t already have a retirement plan, now might be a good time to take the plunge. Current retirement plan rules allow for significant tax-deductible contributions. For example, if you’re self-employed and set up a SEP-IRA, you can contribute up to 20% of your self-employment earnings, with a maximum contribution…

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