tax benefits

Thinking about converting your home into a rental property?

In some cases, homeowners decide to move to new residences, but keep their present homes and rent them out. If you’re thinking of doing this, you’re probably aware of the financial risks and rewards. However, you also should know that renting out your home carries potential tax benefits and pitfalls. You’re generally treated as a…

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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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COVID relief section 139

Section 139: How to Provide Your Employees with Tax-Free COVID-19 Relief

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in unemployment. And while people who have been furloughed or lost their jobs are among the hardest hit by the pandemic, those who remain employed have also experienced financial hardships. Fortunately, the tax code provides some incentives for employers who wish to provide their employees with assistance,…

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entity choice c or s corporation

The Right Entity Choice: Should You Convert from a C to an S Corporation?

The best choice of entity can affect your business in several ways, including the amount of your tax bill. In some cases, businesses decide to switch from one entity type to another. Although S corporations can provide substantial tax benefits over C corporations in some circumstances, there are potentially costly tax issues that you should…

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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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donation tax benefits

What Your Donors Need to Know About Taxes and Contributions

The heightened fundraising needs many nonprofits are feeling right now make it important that potential donors understand the tax benefits they stand to reap. Here are some of the advantages you should convey to encourage their support. Temporary incentives The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), enacted in late March, expands the…

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caring for your S corporation

The Proper Care and Feeding of Your S Corporation

Diligence required to avoid inadvertent termination and loss of tax benefits The S corporation continues to be a popular entity choice, combining the liability protection of a corporation with many of the tax benefits of a partnership. But these benefits come at a price: S corporations must comply with strict requirements that limit the number…

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small business tax benefits

Is Your Small Business Eligible for Expanded Tax Benefits?

“Small” is bigger than ever Small businesses enjoy several tax advantages that may allow them to reduce their tax bills, defer taxes and simplify the reporting process. Until recently, federal tax rules generally defined “small business” as one with average annual gross receipts of $5 million or less ($1 million or $10 million in some…

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business loss rule

Excess Business Loss Rule May be Unfavorable to You

Sole proprietorships and pass-through entity structures, which include partnerships, S corporations and certain limited liability companies (LLCs), provide owners with some valuable tax benefits, such as avoidance of double taxation and the potential ability to deduct losses from the business on their individual tax returns. But the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has placed…

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