In Federal Tax Court Your Report Is Your Testimony

The level of detail and the manner of explanation in a valuation report for tax compliance purposes is extremely important as the report serves as the expert’s direct testimony in Federal Tax Court. It’s interesting to observe the important steps that families take to protect their assets – hiring top wealth management teams, tax consultants, …

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Pre-Tax v. Roth 401(k): Which is Better for Your Financial Portfolio?

Some plans allow participants to make Traditional (pre-tax) contributions and also Roth (after-tax) contributions. Making a decision on which contributions are right for you can be a difficult choice, as there are current and future tax consequences that you should consider. With a Roth 401(k), you can eliminate concerns about your retirement tax rates, but …

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Quantifying the Lack of Control Discount

Should business appraisers rely more on implied rates of return when quantifying minority discounts? A thought provoking webinar was sponsored by the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) on March 25, 2014. Presenters Eric W. Nath and Bruce A. Johnson encouraged appraisers to place much more emphasis on factors that would be considered by “real world” …

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Timing Rules for SEPs and SIMPLE-IRAs Part II

For the most part, SEPs (Simplified Employee Pensions) and SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees)-IRAs live up to their billing as easy ways to set aside tax-favored retirement funds for employees and employers. However, contribution rules for these plans are not necessarily straight-forward. To read part I of this post dealing with SEPs, click …

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Timing Rules for SEPs and SIMPLE-IRAs Part I

For the most part, SEPs (Simplified Employee Pensions) and SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees)-IRAs live up to their billing as easy ways to set aside tax-favored retirement funds for employees and employers. However, contribution rules for these plans are not necessarily straight-forward. SEP plans: Business owners can set up and fund their SEP …

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Supreme Court Decides Severance Pay is Subject to FICA Tax

In a unanimous decision (with Justice Kagan recused), the Supreme Court, reversing the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, has held that severance payments that were made to involuntarily terminated employees and that weren’t tied to the receipt of State unemployment insurance, are subject to tax under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA). The Court easily …

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My Employee Stole From Me, Should I Seek Criminal Prosecution?

Has your company ever been a victim of employee fraud? After discovering the fraud, you probably first experienced a mixture of emotions including disbelief, shock and anger, as well as uncertainty about what approach and next steps you should take. One question business owners grapple with is whether to file criminal charges against the dishonest …

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