Transfer tax and foreign items adjust for inflation in 2021

Transfer tax and foreign tax figures are among those that are adjusted annually for cost-of-living increases. Thomson Reuters Checkpoint has calculated these figures for the year 2021 using the chained Consumer Price Index from August 2020. Don’t miss: Reasonable compensation for S-Corporation shareholder employees The annual gift tax exclusion will remain at $15,000 and the …

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Recently moved? Be sure you do this.

When COVID-19 hit the U.S. earlier this year, millions of employees were told to pack up their things and work from home. Without having to commute to work each day, many have decided to pack up their homes and move out of the “big city” for a lower cost of living. If this sounds familiar, …

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Using your car for gig work could cost you big

A few years ago I thought I’d make some extra cash driving for UBER on my days off. I signed up on their platform, went through their car approval process and got the sticker in the mail. I never actually drove for them, but when I was in a car accident last year I answered …

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You know that letter that came after your stimulus check?

You, like many other taxpayers in the US, may have received a letter from the IRS after receiving your economic impact stimulus payment. Your first reaction when seeing the unopened letter is OMG … what did I do wrong?!! Your second reaction after opening the letter is what do I do with this?! Don’t miss: …

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Do I owe taxes on unemployment benefits?

After President Trump declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19 in mid-March, there were 45 million new unemployment claims filed in the three months that followed.  For many of the people receiving unemployment compensation, this is all new territory.  If you find yourself in this situation, it is important to understand that these payments …

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Are you missing part of your COVID-19 Economic Impact Payment?

When Congress passed the CARES Act into law back in March of this year, approximately 85% of US households expected to receive a check. Most recipients should have received $1,200 per adult and $500 per dependent child, with a reduction taking place for individuals with an adjusted gross income over $75,000 and married couples filing …

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Presidential memorandum defers payroll taxes, with a big caveat

On August 8, President Donald Trump signed three Memoranda and one Executive Order in response to the growing need for additional economic aid amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic and resulting economic stress. In addition to extending unemployment benefits at a reduced rate, extending the Federal ban on evictions, and additional deferral of student loan payments, the …

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Lower Income in 2020? – Here is a Positive View

During this world pandemic, we have all faced new challenges and may have taken a pay cut or lost a source of income. For some this is viewed as being negative, however there may be a positive light for having lower income this year. Don’t miss: Proposed regulations could make reporting easier for small business …

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Additional Covid-19 Relief: Early Retirement Account Withdrawals

Have you been impacted financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic?  Part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed back in March allows eligible taxpayers to withdraw up to $100,000 from certain retirement plans with favorable tax treatment. According to a recent IRS news release, this relief includes IRAs, 401(k), …

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Traditional vs. virtual tax internship

Happy National Internship Day! As we continue to navigate the ever-changing impacts and guidelines surrounding COVID-19, one thing is for certain: technology can make or break the success of a business operating in today’s virtual work environment. If you are like me, learning how to operate new technology can be overwhelming and stressful at first. …

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