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Launching a business? How to treat start-up expenses on your tax return

Jun 30, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, some entrepreneurs are kicking off new businesses. Here’s how start-up expenses must be handled on a federal tax return. Read More
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Business succession and estate planning: It can be complicated

Jun 25, 2020

For many business owners, estate planning and succession planning go hand in hand. However, conflicting goals and interests can present challenges. Read More
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Good records are the key to tax deductions and trouble-free IRS audits

Jun 23, 2020

A meticulous approach to keeping business records can protect your tax deductions and help make an audit much less painful. Read More
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Should you “park” your vehicle in a living trust?

Jun 18, 2020

A classic car can represent a valuable family heirloom. Transferring it to a revocable trust to avoid exposing it to probate can possibly lead to a road full of pitfalls. Read More
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Rioting damage at your business? You may be able to claim casualty loss deductions

Jun 16, 2020

The recent riots around the country have resulted in many storefronts, office buildings and business properties being destroyed. In the case of stores and businesses with inventory, looters stole products after ransacking property. A commercial insurance property policy should generally cover some, or all, of the losses. But a business may also be able to claim casualty property loss or theft deductions on its tax return. Here’s how a loss is figured for tax purposes: Your adjusted basis in the property MINUS any salvage value MINUS any insurance or reimbursement you receive or expect to receive. It’s important to have proof of losses. Contact us for more information about your situation. Read More
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Estate planning when time is short

Jun 11, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused some people to contemplate their own mortality or that of a family member. For those whose life expectancies are short (because of COVID-19 or for other reasons), estate planning can be especially difficult. But a little planning can offer you and your family financial peace of mind. A key step is to review the beneficiary designations in your IRAs, pension plans, 401(k) plans and other retirement accounts, insurance policies and other assets. Make sure a beneficiary is named and that the designation continues to meet your wishes. For example, an ex-spouse could still be named as beneficiary of a life insurance policy. Contact us with questions. Read More
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Business meal deductions: The current rules amid proposed changes

Jun 09, 2020

One tax break that President Trump has proposed to help restaurants and entertainment venues is an increase in business meal and entertainment deductions. We’ll let you know if a law passes that enhances deductions. In the meantime, let’s review the rules. Before the pandemic hit, many businesses spent money “wining and dining” customers, employees and others. Under current law, entertainment expenses aren’t deductible. However, you can deduct 50% of the cost of business-related food and beverages, if you meet certain requirements. If you buy food and beverages at an entertainment event, you can deduct 50% of the cost, but only if business was conducted right before, during or afterwards. Read More
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Looking for a trust that can also act as a financial backup plan? Consider a SLAT

Jun 04, 2020

A spousal lifetime access trust (SLAT) can be a valuable tool to help a spouse remove significant wealth from his or her taxable estate while providing a safety net in the event financial circumstances change. Read More
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IRS releases 2021 amounts for Health Savings Accounts

Jun 02, 2020

There are many advantages to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Here are a few of them, along with the HSA inflation-adjusted amounts for the 2021 calendar year. Read More
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Tax Savvy Moves to Consider Now

Jun 01, 2020

Who would ever have foreseen a time when petroleum companies would pay you to take their oil? This phenomena underscores the concept that within every problem there is opportunity. Here are some tax strategies to think about during the coronavirus pandemic. Read More
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