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Do You Own Cryptocurrency (Virtual Currency)? IRS Wants to Know!

Jan 01, 2020

The draft form of Schedule 1 released October 10, 2019 for the 2019 Form 1040 requires taxpayers to check yes or no to the very first question on this form which reads as follows: “At any time during 2019, did you receive, sell, send, exchange, or otherwise acquire any financial interest in any virtual currency?” Taxpayers do not need to file Schedule 1 just to answer this question if they otherwise do not have a reason to file Schedule 1. Read More

Last Minute Tax Law Changes and 2020 Planning Opportunities

Jan 01, 2020

Late on Friday December 20th a new 1,770-page bill was signed into law. Deep within the pages of the bill are a number of retroactive tax law changes to current and expired tax laws. These new law extenders are in place for both 2019 and 2020. Here is what you need to know. Read More

How does Social Security work?

Dec 01, 2019

Social Security retirement benefits are for people who have "paid into" the Social Security system through taxable income.When you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn “credits” toward Social Security benefits. The number of credits you need to get retirement benefits depends on when you were born. Read More

Are you Self-Employed with a Spouse Who Helps in the Business?

Dec 01, 2019

If you are self-employed you may be able to fully deduct your health insurance premiums as well as your out- of-pocket (OOP) healthcare expenses if your spouse performs meaningful services for your self-employed business. As a self-employed person, you are already able to deduct your family’s health insurance premium; however, that deduction only reduces your income tax, not your self-employment tax. By employing your spouse and adopting a 105 Healthcare Reimbursement Plan (105 plan), you could potentially deduct your family’s health insurance premium as well as OOP expenses directly on Schedule C of your 1040. Deductions on Schedule C reduce the 15.3% self-employment tax as well as income tax. Read More

Major Employment Tax Deadlines

Dec 01, 2019

Handling employment taxes can be complicated, especially when you are required to file important tax documents throughout the year. Here is a list of key forms and deadline dates to help keep you on track. Read More

4 Tax Moves to Make Before 2019 Ends

Dec 01, 2019

Despite past, present and future changes to the tax rules, some year-end tax-planning advice remains unwavering. Here are a few time-tested strategies to consider. Read More

Do You Sell Products Over the Internet?

Nov 01, 2019

If you or your business sells product on Amazon using the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) service, you are well into the multi-state sales tax mess ... even if you are not aware of it. You may be asking yourself: Do I now need to register my business with every state and collect tax on their behalf? Do I really have physical nexus? What about economic nexus? What is nexus? Read More

Avoid Timeshare Resale Fraud

Nov 01, 2019

Are you considering selling your timeshare property? Maybe you are tired of the annual maintenance fees, or you hope to use proceeds from the sale for a down payment on a new property. Whatever the reason, be aware that scammers are ready and waiting. Read More

Tame Your Capital Gains Tax Bite

Nov 01, 2019

A cornerstone of smart tax planning is year-round management of your property sales and purchases. And a key component of this activity is knowing that the resulting sale of a home, stock or collectible creates a taxable gain or loss with varying tax implications. The savvy taxpayer understands that the correct capital gain approach can save plenty of money. Here are six capital gain tax-cutting opportunities to consider throughout the year. Read More

New Overtime Rules are Effective January 1, 2020

Nov 01, 2019

We previously advised you of a proposed federal rule that would make it more difficult to classify employees as exempt from overtime pay. As of September 24, 2019, this proposed rule is now a final rule. It revises final regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and goes into effect on January 1, 2020. The final regulations provide that for an executive, administrative, and professional employee to be considered exempt from overtime requirements, in addition to meeting the duties test, the employee must earn an annual salary of $35,568 (a 50% increase from the current federal regulations). Read More

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