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Should you elect S corporation status?
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Should you elect S corporation status?

Operating a business as an S corporation may provide advantages, including limited liability and no double taxation (at least at the federal level). Self-employed people may also be able to lower their exposure to Social Security and Medicare taxes. But not all businesses are eligible and, with tax law changes, S corps may not be as appealing as they once were. Double taxation may be...

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21 Aug 2019
What to do if your business receives a “no-match” letter
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What to do if your business receives a “no-match” letter

In recent months, many businesses and employers have received “no-match” letters from the Social Security Administration (SSA). These letters alert employers if employees’ names and Social Security numbers (SSNs) don’t match the data reported on W-2 forms, which are given to employees and filed with the IRS. If you receive a no-match letter, check to see if your information matches the name and SSN on...

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14 Aug 2019
The IRS is targeting business transactions in bitcoin and other virtual currencies
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The IRS is targeting business transactions in bitcoin and other virtual currencies

More businesses are accepting bitcoin and other virtual currency payments, and the IRS is taking notice. The agency just announced it is sending letters to taxpayers who potentially failed to report income and pay tax on virtual currency transactions or didn’t report them properly. The letters urge taxpayers to review their tax filings and, if appropriate, amend past returns to pay back taxes, interest and...

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07 Aug 2019
Run your strategic-planning meetings like they really matter
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Run your strategic-planning meetings like they really matter

Many businesses struggle to turn abstract strategic planning ideas into concrete, actionable plans. One reason is simple: ineffective meetings. A good way to get started running better ones is to involve everyone in the agenda-setting process. Also, encourage meeting leaders to speak with conviction and express positivity (if not passion) for the subject matter. To prevent “meeting fatigue,” keep gatherings short and consider having participants...

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31 Jul 2019
Businesses can utilize the same information IRS auditors use to examine tax returns
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Businesses can utilize the same information IRS auditors use to examine tax returns

The IRS uses Audit Techniques Guides (ATGs) to help IRS examiners get ready for audits. Your business can use the same guides to gain insight into what the IRS is looking for in terms of compliance with tax laws and regulations. Many ATGs target specific industries, such as construction, aerospace, art galleries, child care providers and veterinary medicine. Others address issues that frequently arise in...

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24 Jul 2019
It’s a good time to buy business equipment and other depreciable property
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It’s a good time to buy business equipment and other depreciable property

The Section 179 deduction has long provided a tax windfall to businesses, enabling them to claim immediate deductions for qualified assets, instead of depreciating them over time. For 2019, the maximum deduction is $1.02 million, subject to a phaseout rule if more than $2.55 million of eligible property is placed in service during the tax year. Even better, the Sec. 179 deduction isn’t the only...

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17 Jul 2019
M&A transactions: Avoid surprises from the IRS
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M&A transactions: Avoid surprises from the IRS

If you’re in the process of a merger or acquisition, it’s important that both parties report the transaction to the IRS in the same way. Otherwise, you could increase your chances of being audited. If a sale involves business assets (as opposed to stock or ownership interests), the buyer and the seller must generally report the purchase price allocations that both use for specific assets....

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10 Jul 2019
Grading the performance of your company’s retirement plan
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Grading the performance of your company’s retirement plan

Imagine giving your retirement plan a report card. Is it a straight-A student or could it use some help after school? Many plan sponsors track common metrics such as benchmarked fees, participation rates and average deferral rates. But don’t stop there. A sometimes-overlooked measure is average account balance size. Knowing your plan’s asset growth rate is also helpful. Ultimately, though, good plan performance isn’t measured...

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03 Jul 2019
Which entity is most suitable for your new or existing business?
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Which entity is most suitable for your new or existing business?

It may seem that the current, flat 21% corporate income tax rate makes C corporation status for your business the best choice. After all, 21% is much lower than the 37% top rate that applies to sole proprietors and pass-through entities (such as partnerships, S corps and LLCs). But C corps can still be subject to double taxation. And pass-through entity owners may be currently...

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26 Jun 2019
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