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Buy vs. lease: Business equipment edition
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Buy vs. lease: Business equipment edition

Life presents us with many choices. A common conundrum for business owners is whether to buy or lease their companies’ equipment. Some still take pride in owning their assets. If you do, work to pass along this dedication to employees. Also, consider enhanced tax breaks under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for purchasing. Meanwhile, leasing offers the flexibility to more easily upgrade equipment, along...

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09 May 2019
Employee vs. independent contractor: How should you handle worker classification?
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Employee vs. independent contractor: How should you handle worker classification?

To save money, your business may treat workers as independent contractors, rather than employees. Be aware that the IRS looks for businesses that improperly classify workers. It’s best to handle independent contractors so the relationships comply with tax law. This includes not controlling HOW the workers perform their duties, not treating them like employees, and providing annual Forms 1099. You can file optional IRS Form...

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02 May 2019
How entrepreneurs must treat expenses on their tax returns
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How entrepreneurs must treat expenses on their tax returns

Have you recently started a new business or are you contemplating starting one? Keep in mind that not all start-up expenses can be deducted on your federal tax return right away. Some expenses probably must be amortized over time. You might be able to make an election to deduct up to $5,000 currently, but the deduction is reduced by the amount by which your total...

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24 Apr 2019
Deducting business meal expenses under today’s tax rules
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Deducting business meal expenses under today’s tax rules

You probably spend a bundle “wining and dining” customers, vendors and employees. Under current tax law, entertainment expenses are no longer deductible. But you can still deduct 50% of the cost of business-related food and beverages, if you meet certain requirements. What if you buy food and beverages at an entertainment event? You can still deduct 50% of the expenses incurred at entertainment events, but...

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17 Apr 2019
Divorcing business owners need to pay attention to tax implications
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Divorcing business owners need to pay attention to tax implications

If you’re getting a divorce, you know it’s a highly stressful time. But if you’re a business owner, tax issues can complicate matters more. For example, you can generally divide most assets, including business ownership interests, between you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse without any federal income or gift tax consequences. When an asset falls under the tax-free transfer rule, the spouse who receives the asset...

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10 Apr 2019
Understanding how taxes factor into an M&A transaction
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Understanding how taxes factor into an M&A transaction

If your company is merging with or acquiring another business, it’s important to understand how the transaction will be taxed. For tax purposes, a transaction can basically be structured in two ways: stock (or ownership interest) or assets. For tax and nontax reasons, buyers usually prefer to purchase assets, while sellers generally prefer stock sales. Buying or selling a business may be the most important...

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03 Apr 2019
2019 Q2 tax calendar: Key deadlines for businesses and other employers
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2019 Q2 tax calendar: Key deadlines for businesses and other employers

Here are a few key tax deadlines for businesses during Q2 of 2019. APR. 1: File with the IRS if you’re an employer that will electronically file 2018 Forms 1097, 1098, certain Forms 1099 and/or Form W-2G. APR. 15: If you’re a calendar-year corporation, file a 2018 income tax return (Form 1120) or file for a six-month extension (Form 7004) and pay any tax due....

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27 Mar 2019
An implementation plan is key to making strategic goals a reality
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An implementation plan is key to making strategic goals a reality

Strategic planning comprises two primary tasks: establishing goals and achieving them. The key to that all-important second task is establishing an implementation plan. First, appoint a leader to communicate and champion your objectives. Next, establish teams of employees to complete goal-related projects. Ensure each team’s members represent a cross-section of your company’s departments. Also, regularly monitor the implementation plan’s financial feasibility, considering your company’s budget,...

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20 Mar 2019
There’s still time for small business owners to set up a SEP retirement plan for last year
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There’s still time for small business owners to set up a SEP retirement plan for last year

If you own a business and don’t have a tax-advantaged retirement plan, it’s not too late to establish one and reduce your 2018 tax bill. A Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) can be set up for 2018 as long as you do it before your 2018 income tax return filing deadline. You have until the same deadline to make 2018 contributions and claim a potentially substantial...

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13 Mar 2019
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