How to avoid common 401(k) plan administrative issues

401(k) plans are highly regulated and have many rules as found in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).  It can be difficult to keep your plan in line with ERISA regulations, but the following suggestions can help. Don’t miss: Defining compensation within a 401(k) plan ERISA requires that a 401(k) plan must operate according …

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Changes to 2020 form 5471- US owners of foreign corporations

The IRS released the draft form 5471 and instructions for 2020, which show a myriad of updates to the form. Don’t miss: Gift tax FAQs New Categories Categories 1 and 5 have been expanded to 1a, 1b, 1c, 5a, 5b and 5c in order to separate those filers who are under some relief and may …

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The gift tax: Frequently asked questions part 2

When you present gifts to family and friends, probably the last thing on your mind – or theirs – is gift tax. For this reason, the gift tax often is often overlooked, and the average person does not know much about it. Here are more FAQs to get you familiarized with them. Don’t miss: The …

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The gift tax: Frequently asked questions part 1

When you present gifts to family and friends, probably the last thing on your mind – or theirs – is gift tax. For this reason, the gift tax often is often overlooked, and the average person does not know much about it. So, here are some FAQs to get you familiarized with gift taxes. Don’t …

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New law bans anonymous shell companies

Part of the newly passed National Defense Authorization Act, known as the Corporate Transparency Act, includes a ban on anonymous shell companies in the United States. Historically, the U.S. has been one of the top countries for criminals seeking financial secrecy and hiding large amounts of money. This new law attempts to close loopholes and …

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The new stimulus act – What’s in it for you?

The American Rescue Plan of 2021 was signed into law today. Here’s a summary of what’s included. Round 3 of Stimulus Payments Subject to the below limits, individuals will receive a $1,400 payment, couples $2,800. Also, in this round dependents receive $1,400, including adult dependents. Similar to the last two rounds of stimulus, payments begin …

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Families with ITINs eligible for stimulus checks

When the first round of stimulus checks, known as the Economic Impact Payment, were issued in 2020 families who filed a joint tax return were not eligible if one spouse had an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) instead of a Social Security Number (SSN). This left many families out, especially those families with one spouse …

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Do you qualify for the Employee Retention Credit?

With all the changes 2020 has brought us, the IRS figured why not add another to the seemingly never-ending list. Here comes the Employee Retention Credit (“ERC”). The ERC is a refundable payroll tax credit for qualified wages paid and health coverage provided by an employer whose operation was fully or partially suspended from the …

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