Gifting your assets: give or keep

When faced with the question of gifting your assets, there are multiple variables to consider. Keeping an asset causes it to be included in the estate of the deceased for estate tax purposes, whereas gifting an asset allows its future appreciation to grow outside of the estate with its intended beneficiary, possibly saving large amounts …

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Get your restaurant business ready for sale

You built a successful restaurant operation and are now thinking about selling. What do you need to think about to make your business ready to sell? And importantly, maximize the proceeds you will receive. Any sophisticated buyer will go through a due diligence process. What this means will be somewhat different depending on what legal …

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Is your gift taxable?

If you gave money or property to someone as a gift, you may owe federal gift tax. Many gifts are not subject to the tax, but there are exceptions. Here are eight tips provided by the IRS that you can use to figure out whether your gift is taxable. 1. Most gifts are not subject …

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What you need to know before selling gifted property

Before you sell property that you received as a gift, ask yourself the following questions: Does the property provide a good yield? How does this property fit into my investment portfolio? What are the short and long-term market outlooks for this property? Do I need the money? Has the property appreciated in value? What are …

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The SECURE Act and its potential impact on your retirement

On May 23rd, the House of Representative passed the SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act. While this bill may or may not pass, it is important to realize the key implications it can have on your future. Some major features of the Act include: Greater opportunity for part-time workers to participate in …

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Filing as a subchapter S corporation

If you are thinking about starting a business, one of the first decisions that you will face is determining what kind of entity to use for the business. Many simple businesses can be operated as a sole proprietorship, with the income and expenses reported directly on the Form 1040. However, if there is more than one …

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Reflecting on the past decade of accounting

As we head into a new decade, it is beneficial to reflect on the past years to see the things that we have done and where we are going. Looking back, we are able to take a look at the accounting profession and see how it has changed in the recent years and where those …

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New tax law changes: Taxpayer First Act

The Taxpayer First Act of 2019 was signed by President Trump on July 1, 2019. The purpose of the Act is to ultimately make taxpayers’ experience with the IRS easier and safer by improving customer service and adding safeguards during contact with the IRS. Included below is a list of some of the most interesting …

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Don’t get scammed by fake IRS

The impostors, impersonators and general all-around bad guys are at it again. According to the IRS, notifications to phishing@IRS.gov are up substantially on unsolicited emails, claiming to be from the IRS. It begs the question, would there ever be a solicited email from the IRS? Don’t miss: Call from the SSA? Don’t fall for it. …

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IRS expands list of preventive care allowed with High Deductible Health Plans

The IRS recently released Notice 2019-45 which expands the list of preventive care allowed with health savings accounts (HSAs). This notice focuses on treatment and testing for individuals diagnosed with certain chronic conditions, making care and prevention more affordable to taxpayers with high deductible health care plans. Created in 2003, HSAs have become an increasingly …

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