Tax rules for selling your home

Now that the housing market is beginning to rebound, you may be considering putting your current personal residence on the market. But what do you need to know before you call your real estate agent? First, does the residence qualify as your “main” home? And secondly, will the sale result in a gain or a …

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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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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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5 tips to avoid common audit prep mistakes

Generally, if your company has 100 or more active participants, The Employee Retirements Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) requires an annual audit of plan financial statements. Whether this is your first plan audit or have endured plan audits for years, being prepared and gathering all the necessary documents and reports for your auditors can …

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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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Should I be outsourcing my restaurant accounting services?

Restaurant owners wear a lot of different hats in the course of running a business. Unfortunately, accounting-related duties can easily fall by the wayside when you are being pulled in so many different directions. It often comes up at inopportune times, like when you need to better understand cash flows or get ready for tax …

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