Are You Withholding Taxes on Your State Unemployment Compensation?

Many people erroneously believe that state unemployment compensation is not considered taxable income, resulting in quite an unpleasant surprise at tax time when they realize their mistake.  With a record number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits due to the Covid-19 pandemic and struggling to make ends

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9 Things to Do Before Year-End to Reduce Your Tax Bill

Who doesn’t want to pay less taxes, as long as it’s legally permitted? Here are nine tips to consider taking action on before 2020 comes to a close. Maximize Retirement Contributions Through Your Employer’s 401(k) Plan This type of plan allows you to contribute pre-tax dollars to

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Business Owners—Taking Money Out of a Business

When taking money out of a business, transactions must be carefully structured to avoid unwanted tax consequences or damage to the business entity. If the loan and repayments are not set up and processed properly, the IRS can reclassify the funding as nondeductible capital contributions and classify

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CARES Act: Charitable Giving Changes Due to COVID-19

COVID-19 has presented unique opportunities for charitable giving for the 2020 tax year, which has been addressed in the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Under the new guidelines, which apply to the 2020 tax year only, taxpayers can donate 100 percent of their

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Failure to File: Covid-19 Update

Due to Covid-19, the IRS extended the tax return filing and payment deadline to July 15, 2020.  If you are unable to file your return by this date, you may request an extension which will give you until October 15, 2020 to submit your tax return.  However,

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Paycheck Protection Loan Forgiveness

When the CARES Act was signed into law, it created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which is a new loan designed to help small businesses pay employee wages and other critical expenses.  Proceeds from this loan can be forgiven if certain criteria are met. Once the PPP

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How the New Tax Law, CARES, Impacts Individuals

IRS and Congress have given individuals a number of ways to build up their cash reserves and/or pay less in taxes. Here are a few opportunities for taxpayers. Stimulus checks from the IRS Many of you received stimulus checks in the last month as a result of

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Inherited IRAs and the SECURE Act of 2019

At the end of 2019, the SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act) was signed into law, modifying RMD (required minimum distribution) rules for inherited IRAs and retirement accounts. Under the SECURE Act, inherited IRAs and retirement accounts must be distributed and taxed within

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Why Getting a Tax Refund Is Not Necessarily Good

Everyone loves getting a tax refund, right?  Not us! We’ll explain why; but first let’s cover some basics about filing deadlines and refund timing. Preparing, Filing and Acceptance of Returns There are several steps your tax professional goes through with your return. Here is a very rough,

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