Basic Tax Tips for New Businesses

So – you are tied of working for someone else, and want to be your own boss? Make all of the decisions? Be in charge? Or maybe you have a great idea that no one else is doing? Or you have a passion for something, and think that it can support you and your family? …

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Taxes, Interest and Carrying Charges – Election to Capitalize

Choosing the election to capitalize can be tricky and even stressful at times. Electing to capitalize taxes, interest, and carrying charges isn’t as black and white of a decision as choosing to capitalize other long term assets. Some taxes and carrying charges that would normally be deducted currently or amortized may be capitalized if the …

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Common 403(b) Plan Mistakes

The IRS issued the following listing of recurring mistakes noted in 403(b) plan audits: 1. Failure to be a qualified employer – Only public schools and certain tax-exempt charitable organizations qualify. 2. Failure to properly apply universal availability –This occurs when eligible employees are excluded from participation. 3. Failure to limit employee elective deferrals – The general limit …

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Hardship Distributions Requirements

If your plan allows for hardship distributions, as a Plan sponsor you are required to verify that proper evidence has been obtained which verifies the participant has immediate and necessary need for the distribution. The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has stated that certain expenses are considered immediate and necessary. These expenses include the following: • Medical …

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