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Businesses can also be disrupted by tax identity theft

March 28, 2017

A great deal of attention is paid to individual tax identity theft — when a taxpayer’s personal information (including Social Security number) is used to fraudulently obtain a refund or commit other crimes. But businesses can also be victims of tax identity theft. Significant consequences Business tax identity theft occurs when a criminal uses the…

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Take small-business tax credits where credits are due

March 6, 2017

Tax credits reduce tax liability dollar-for-dollar, making them particularly valuable. Two available credits are especially for small businesses that provide certain employee benefits. And one of them might not be available after 2017. Small-business health care credit The Affordable Care Act (ACA) offers a credit to certain small employers that provide employees with health coverage.…

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Why 2016 may be an especially good year to take bonus depreciation

February 6, 2017

Bonus depreciation allows businesses to recover the costs of depreciable property more quickly by claiming additional first-year depreciation for qualified assets. The PATH Act, signed into law a little over a year ago, extended 50% bonus depreciation through 2017. Claiming this break is generally beneficial, though in some cases a business might save more tax…

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The “manufacturers’ deduction” isn’t just for manufacturers

January 30, 2017

The Section 199 deduction is intended to encourage domestic manufacturing. In fact, it’s often referred to as the “manufacturers’ deduction.” But this potentially valuable tax break can be used by many other types of businesses besides manufacturing companies. Sec. 199 deduction 101 The Sec. 199 deduction, also called the “domestic production activities deduction,” is 9%…

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Employee, Partner or Both? Recent Developments Help You Decide

January 6, 2017

Are you an employee, a partner, a partner who doesn’t know it — or a combination of these classifications? The answer can have serious tax implications. If you participate in a business that’s operated as a partnership or a limited liability company, here are some recent developments that you need to know. IRS Position on…

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Are you timing business income and expenses to your tax advantage?

December 13, 2016

Typically, it’s better to defer tax. One way is through controlling when your business recognizes income and incurs deductible expenses. Here are two timing strategies that can help businesses do this: Defer income to next year. If your business uses the cash method of accounting, you can defer billing for your products or services. Or,…

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Boost your 2016 deductions by buying a business vehicle this year

November 28, 2016

If you’re looking to boost your deductions — and reduce your 2016 tax bill — you may want to consider purchasing a business vehicle before year end. Business-related purchases of new or used vehicles may be eligible for Section 179 expensing, which allows you to immediately deduct, rather than depreciate over a period of years,…

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Your Current Federal Tax Scene

November 15, 2016

Year end is rapidly approaching. It’s now time to consider making some moves that will lower your 2016 tax bill and get you into position for tax savings in future years. This article offers some year-end planning tips for individuals — while keeping the results of the recent election in mind. Current Federal Tax SceneThe…

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Corporate shareholder-employees: Find the right compensation balance

August 23, 2016

The IRS may object to the compensation of C corporation shareholder-employees. If it’s deemed too high — or not “reasonable” under the circumstances — the IRS could force you to make adjustments that increase taxes. This can be particularly troublesome for C corporation owners and executives who are also shareholders, because they’ll then be hit…

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Investigate the tax benefits of the research credit

August 23, 2016

If your company engages in research and development, you’re driven to innovate and bring new products and improvements to market. It’s that spirit of discovery that keeps businesses in the United States on the leading edge. Even better, you may qualify for a lucrative federal tax credit for some of your expenses related to R&D.…

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