IRS audit rates are historically low, according to the latest data, but that’s little consolation if your return is among those selected to be examined. But with proper preparation and planning, you should fare well. In fiscal year 2019, the IRS audited approximately 0.4% of individuals. Businesses, large corporations and high-income individuals are more likely…Read More
As a result of the current estate tax exemption amount ($11.58 million in 2020), many estates no longer need to be concerned with federal estate tax. Before 2011, a much smaller amount resulted in estate plans attempting to avoid it. Now, because many estates won’t be subject to estate tax, more planning can be devoted…Read More
In some cases, an investor has significant related expenses, such as the cost of subscriptions to financial periodicals and clerical expenses. Are they tax deductible? Under the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, these expenses aren’t deductible through 2025 if they’re considered expenses for the production of income. But they are deductible if they’re considered trade…Read More
Since the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act at the end of 2017, there has been confusion surrounding what exactly can be deducted as a business expense as it relates to meals and entertainment. Entertainment on its own is no longer a deductible expense, however there are some occasions where meals are deductible…Read More
One of the many lessons resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn is that it’s imperative to build flexibility into your estate plan. Indeed, many people had been taking advantage of the current, record-high gift and estate tax exemption by gifting assets tax-free to family members. But then circumstances drastically changed earlier this…Read More
For investors, 2020 has been marked by volatility and uncertainty. As we approach the end of the year, it’s a good idea to review your portfolio and consider strategies for reducing your tax bill, improving your cash flow and positioning yourself for future growth. Let’s take a closer look at a few tax planning moves…Read More
COVID-19 has changed our lives in many ways, and some of the changes have tax implications. Here is basic information about two common situations: working from home and collecting unemployment. 1. Working from home. Many employees have been told not to come into their workplaces due to the pandemic. If you’re an employee who “telecommutes”…Read More
Common mistakes can be a recipe for disaster Cafeteria plans can be an attractive and cost-effective tool for offering benefits to employees, providing substantial tax savings for employer and employees alike. But all too often, businesses fail to fully appreciate the requirements that must be met to achieve these savings. One misstep could turn years…Read More
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, students are going back to school this fall, either remotely, in-person or under a hybrid schedule. In any event, parents may be eligible for certain tax breaks to help defray the cost of education. Here is a summary of some of the tax breaks available for education. 1. Higher education tax…Read More
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