Tax

Hiring your minor child this summer?

Hiring Your Minor Child this Summer? Reap Tax and Nontax Benefits

If you’re a business owner and you hire your child this summer, you can obtain tax breaks and other nontax benefits. The kids can gain on-the-job experience, spend time with you, save for college and learn how to manage money. And you may be able to: Shift your high-taxed income into tax-free or low-taxed income,…

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child tax credit CTC

Many Parents will Receive Advance Tax Credit Payments Beginning July 15

Eligible parents will soon begin receiving payments from the federal government. The IRS announced that the 2021 advance child tax credit (CTC) payments, which were created in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), will begin being made on July 15, 2021. How have child tax credits changed? The ARPA temporarily expanded and made CTCs refundable…

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May/June 2021 Tax Tips

Are you eligible for energy-efficiency tax breaks? The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) extended certain tax breaks for energy-efficient buildings that were set to expire at the end of 2020. So, now may be a good time for eligible real estate owners and developers to review the potential benefits. First, the CAA made permanent the Section…

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tax return

Still Have Questions After You File Your Tax Return?

Even after your 2020 tax return has been successfully filed with the IRS, you may still have some questions about the return. Here are brief answers to three questions that we’re frequently asked at this time of year. Are you wondering when you will receive your refund? The IRS has an online tool that can…

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new VA reporting requirements

New Reporting Requirements for Virginia Registered Corporations Due July 1, 2021

The Virginia General Assembly has passed legislation to review the fiscal ramifications of changing the state’s corporate income tax to a unitary combined method of a reporting.  The Virginia Department of Taxation has begun sending notices to businesses of this reporting requirement.  Please do not ignore this notice if you receive one.  All corporations must…

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letter of instruction

In Your Own Words: A Letter of Instruction Complements a Will

A smart estate plan should leave no doubt as to your intentions. Writing a letter of instruction can go a long way toward clearly communicating all of your thoughts and wishes. The letter, unlike a valid will, isn’t legally binding, but can be valuable to surviving family members. The devil is in the details Although…

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tax records

Out with the Old? Not So Fast When it Comes to Disposing of Tax Records

During the COVID-19 pandemic, most people have spent a lot of time at home, inspiring many to clear out some of the clutter in their living spaces. If you’ve decided to tackle the boxes, bins or drawers full of paper files that have accumulated over the years, you may be wondering when it’s safe to…

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Working in the gig economy results in tax obligations

Working in the Gig Economy Results in Tax Obligations

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the number of people engaged in the “gig” or sharing economy had been growing, according to several reports. And reductions in working hours during the pandemic have caused even more people to turn to gig work to make up lost income. There are tax consequences for the people who perform…

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education assistance fringe benefits

Providing Education Assistance to Employees? Follow These Rules

Many businesses provide education assistance fringe benefits so their employees can improve their skills and gain additional knowledge. An employee can receive, on a tax-free basis, up to $5,250 each year from his or her employer for educational assistance under a “qualified educational assistance program.” For this purpose, “education” means any form of instruction or…

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