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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Reasonable compensation for S-Corporation shareholder employees

S-Corporations have long been popular due to their single level of taxation as a pass-through entity and the shareholder’s share of the corporation’s net income is not considered self-employment earnings, and therefore, not subject to self-employment tax (15.3% in 2020). However, if the shareholder provides services to the S-Corp, he or she must receive reasonable …

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Owe money? File your tax return on time even if you can’t pay.

The IRS expects every taxpayer to file tax returns and pay their tax obligations in a timely manner. For most, this means by April 15. However, the amount owed can sometimes take you by surprise, and you may not have the necessary cash on hand to pay the full amount of tax by that deadline. …

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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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Arizona tax planning – 529 plans and charitable donation credits

Many taxpayers find themselves pondering ways to save a few dollars during tax filing season. Arizona taxpayers have a variety of options, and today we’ll be focusing on 529 plans and state tax credits for certain charitable donations. Don’t miss: Six facts on tax refunds and offsets For taxpayers wanting to save for education costs …

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Heard in the halls goes work from home – heard via Teams

So, normally, this is a blog that I do for April 15th, about those fun, punchy things that happen when everyone is overworked and tired and just get a case of the giggles. This year, we started with that, and then ended with the work from home edition. But we also have a reprieve – …

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Business use of home deduction can be simple

Since 2013, there have been two ways to calculate the deduction for the business use of the home, also called the home office deduction. The first way is using actual expenses. You calculate the percentage of space in the home that is exclusively used for business purposes. Expenses like insurance, utilities, mortgage interest, and real …

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Six facts on tax refunds and offsets

So, you have filed your income tax return. And you are expecting a big refund. But instead of that amount you were expecting, a lesser amount was direct deposited into your account, or arrived in the mail. Certain financial debts from your past may affect your current federal tax refund. The law allows the use …

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Six tips on making estimated tax payments

Some taxpayers may need to make estimated tax payments during the year. Here are some tips on what to consider when deciding if you should. If you do not have taxes withheld from your income, you may need to make estimated tax payments. This may apply if you have income such as self-employment, interest, dividends …

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