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cash or accrual method of accounting

Cash vs. Accrual Reporting: Which is Right for Your Business?

September 21, 2018

Small businesses often use the cash-basis method of accounting. As businesses grow, they usually convert to accrual-basis reporting for federal tax purposes and to conform with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Starting this tax year, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has increased the threshold for businesses that qualify for the simpler cash…

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A Cost Segregation Study Can Accelerate Depreciation Deductions

September 19, 2018

Businesses that acquire, construct or substantially improve a building — or did so in previous years — should consider a cost segregation study. These studies combine accounting and engineering techniques to identify building costs that are properly allocable to tangible personal property rather than real property. This may allow you to accelerate depreciation deductions, thus…

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household help tax obligations

Know Your Tax Obligations Before Hiring Household Help

September 17, 2018

There are several reasons for hiring household help, including child or elder care or general cleaning and yard maintenance. However, when you hire outside help, you become an employer. Thus, you have specific tax obligations, such as withholding and paying Social Security and Medicare (FICA) taxes and possibly federal and state unemployment insurance. So before…

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Choosing Between a Calendar Year and a Fiscal Year

September 13, 2018

Many business owners use a calendar year as their company’s tax year. It’s intuitive and aligns with most owners’ personal returns, making it about as simple as anything involving taxes can be. But for businesses whose primary operating season doesn’t fall neatly within a single calendar year, choosing a fiscal year end can make more…

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self-employment tax

Are LLC Members Subject to Self-Employment Tax?

September 12, 2018

Ambiguity in the tax code and regulations has led many limited liability company (LLC) members to take an aggressive position regarding self-employment (SE) tax. They claim that their distributive shares of LLC income — after deducting compensation for services in the form of guaranteed payments — aren’t subject to the tax. Recently, however, the IRS has been cracking down on LLC members it claims have underreported SE taxes. This article provides a definition of SE taxes and examines whether LLC members must pay SE tax.

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Q4 Tax Calendar

2018 Q4 Tax Calendar: Key Deadlines for Businesses and Other Employers

September 11, 2018

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the fourth quarter of 2018. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing requirements. September…

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warehouse inventory

How to Trim the Fat from Your Inventory

September 7, 2018

Inventory is expensive. So, it needs to be as lean as possible. Here are some smart ways to cut back inventory without compromising revenue and customer service. Objective inventory counts Effective inventory management starts with a physical inventory count. Accuracy is essential to knowing your cost of goods sold — and to identifying and remedying…

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estimated tax payment deadline september 17

Do You Need to Make an Estimated Tax Payment by September 17?

September 4, 2018

To avoid interest and penalties, you must make sufficient federal income tax payments long before your April filing deadline through withholding, estimated tax payments, or a combination of the two. The third 2018 estimated tax payment deadline for individuals is September 17. If you don’t have an employer withholding tax from your pay, you likely…

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new tax rule revenue recognition

Beware of Unexpected Tax Liabilities Under New Accounting and Tax Rules!

August 31, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) contains a provision that ties revenue recognition for book purposes to income reporting for tax purposes, for tax years starting in 2018. This narrow section of the law could have a major impact on certain industries, especially as companies implement the updated revenue recognition standard under U.S. Generally…

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tax break for teachers

Back-to-School Time Means a Tax Break for Teachers

August 29, 2018

When teachers are setting up their classrooms for the new school year, it’s common for them to pay for a portion of their classroom supplies out of pocket. A special tax break allows these educators to deduct some of their expenses. This educator expense deduction is especially important now due to some changes under the…

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