Tax

transfer wealth

Current Conditions are Favorable for Cost-Effective Wealth Transfers

The ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has taken a terrible toll on the economy. But the current low-interest-rate environment coupled with depressed asset values means that now may be a good time to transfer wealth to your children and grandchildren. Consider making gifts For 2020, the federal gift and estate tax exemption is an inflation-adjusted…

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CARES Act Retirement accounts

How Does the CARES Act Affect Your Retirement Accounts?

As individuals continue to deal with the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act contains some retirement-related provisions to help ease the financial pain. RMDs waived in 2020 If you’re in the fortunate financial position that you don’t need to access retirement account funds this year,…

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ppp loan forgiveness

SBA Releases New FAQs Addressing PPP Loan Forgiveness

On August 4th, the SBA in consultation with the Department of the Treasury released a new set of frequently asked questions addressing PPP loan forgiveness. These FAQs address some, but certainly not all, of the questions we have been asking. The FAQs clarify the following issues: As long as borrower submits a loan forgiveness application…

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business tax relief

The CARES Act Offers Tax Relief for Businesses

When it was signed into law in late March, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was the largest stimulus package in U.S. history. The law contains numerous provisions designed to help mitigate the economic impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including welcome tax relief for businesses that is potentially relevant for…

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Are scholarships tax-free?

Are Scholarships Tax-Free or Taxable?

COVID-19 is changing the landscape for many schools this fall. But many children and young adults are going back, even if it’s just for online learning, and some parents will be facing tuition bills. If your child has been awarded scholarships, that’s cause for celebration! But be aware that there may be tax implications. Scholarships…

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fair market basis rules

Take Advantage of a “Stepped-Up Basis” When You Inherit Property

If you’re planning your estate, or you’ve recently inherited assets, you may be unsure of the “cost” (or “basis”) for tax purposes. Fair market value rules Under the fair market value basis rules (also known as the “step-up and step-down” rules), an heir receives a basis in inherited property equal to its date-of-death value. So,…

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Form 1099-NEC tax help

Businesses: Get Ready for the New Form 1099-NEC

There’s a new IRS form for business taxpayers that pay or receive nonemployee compensation. Beginning with tax year 2020, payers must complete Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation, to report any payment of $600 or more to a payee. Why the new form? Prior to 2020, Form 1099-MISC was filed to report payments totaling at least $600…

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tax return

After You File Your Tax Return: 3 Issues to Consider

The tax filing deadline for 2019 tax returns has been extended until July 15 this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After your 2019 tax return has been successfully filed with the IRS, there may still be some issues to bear in mind. Here are three considerations. 1. Some tax records can now be thrown…

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economic impact payments

Some People are Required to Return Economic Impact Payments that were Sent Erroneously

The IRS and the U.S. Treasury had disbursed 160.4 million Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) as of May 31, 2020, according to a new report. These are the payments being sent to eligible individuals in response to the economic threats caused by COVID-19. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports that $269.3 billion of EIPs have…

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traditional IRA vs. Roth IRA

2020 May be the Best Year to Convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA

Differences Between Traditional and Roth IRAs The basic premise of a Traditional IRA is that it allows tax-deferred contributions.  This means that if certain criteria are met, taxpayers may deduct the amount of their contributions to their Traditional IRA from their income.  Taxes are paid on Traditional IRAs when distributions are taken. If income is…

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