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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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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What is ACP & ADP Testing?

When you have a 401(k) plan it can get a little overwhelming at times, especially when you start to worry about passing all the non-discrimination tests. These tests ensure a plan does not favor highly compensated employees (HCE) over non-highly compensated employees (NHCE) and mandates that corrections be made if one of these tests are …

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Checking your withholding just got easier

Easy peasy now takes on a whole new meaning. And stranger yet, it’s happening in the tax world. The IRS just launched a new IRS Tax Withholding Estimator. With efforts to improve services for taxpayers, the new Estimator replaces the old Withholding Calculator. I think we can all agree it was time for a facelift. …

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Cryptocurrency & the tax challenges that come with it

Though it may be the most recognizable name, Bitcoin has been one of many cryptocurrencies on the market. Companies like JP Morgan and Facebook are now starting to roll out currencies of their own. Whether using virtual currencies as a currency or as an investment, it is important to identify the possible tax challenges associated …

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Only working part-year? Adjust your withholdings

With summer break being in full swing, many high school and college students will pick up summer jobs. More times than not, when we prepare these tax returns, we find that their federal tax withholding far exceeds their actual tax liability. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there are a couple of things that …

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Is disability income taxable?

If you’ve suffered a disability, hopefully you are fortunate enough to have disability insurance to help you out. Once you start receiving disability income, you might start to wonder “is this taxable?” The answer to that question is the same as so many questions when it comes to taxes: it depends. Don’t miss: Splitting passive …

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Clarification on cryptocurrency and foreign reporting requirements

Ever since cryptocurrency began entering the mainstream vocabulary in the last few years, tax professionals have struggled with various reporting requirements related to virtual currency. The IRS eventually provided guidance regarding the reporting of sales and exchanges of cryptocurrency, as well as what transactions are subject to ordinary income treatment versus capital gain. Don’t miss: …

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Frustrated with the federal debt? Make a gift to reduce it

The Bureau of Fiscal Service accepts gifts donated to the United States Government to reduce the debt held by the public. Acting for the Secretary of the Treasury, the Fiscal Service may accept a gift of: Money – made only on the condition that it be used to reduce debt held by the public. An …

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