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Tax Document Retention Guidelines for Small Businesses

Posted by Lisa Albritton on Apr 24, 2018

You may have breathed a sigh of relief after filing your 2017 income tax return (or requesting an extension). But if your office is strewn with reams of paper consisting of years’ worth of tax returns, receipts, canceled checks and other financial records (or your computer desktop is filled with a multitude of digital tax-related files), you probably want to get rid of what you can. Follow these retention guidelines as you clean up.

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A Net Operating Loss On Your 2017 Tax Return Isn't All Bad News.

Posted by Michael D. Machen, CPA, CVA on Apr 19, 2018

When a company’s deductible expenses exceed its income, generally a net operating loss (NOL) occurs. If when filing your 2017 income tax return you found that your business had an NOL, there is an upside: tax benefits. But beware — the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) makes some significant changes to the tax treatment of NOLs.

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TCJA Changes To Employee Benefits Tax Breaks: 4 Negatives and A Positive

Posted by Nick Wheeler, CPA on Apr 19, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) includes many changes that affect tax breaks for employee benefits. Among the changes are four negatives and one positive that will impact not only employees but also the businesses providing the benefits.

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Six Tax Reform Issues Impacting Nonprofit Organizations

Posted by Lesley L. Price, CPA on Apr 16, 2018

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) will have a profound impact on tax-exempt organizations. Even those that don’t report unrelated trade or business income or pay their executives over $1 million may still be affected.
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Four Key Changes For Depreciation Deductions

Posted by Jessica L. Pagan, CPA on Apr 05, 2018

New tax law revamps the rules

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 is designed to stimulate business growth by cutting corporate tax rates and enhancing tax benefits for acquiring business property. Under the TCJA, your company may be able to deduct the full cost of property placed in service in 2018 through a combination of rules relating to depreciation. The following is a brief overview of four favorable provisions in the new tax law.

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Should You File Form SS-8 To Ask The IRS To Determine A Worker's Status?

Posted by Murry Guy, CPA on Apr 04, 2018

Classifying workers as independent contractors — rather than employees — can save businesses money and provide other benefits. But the IRS is on the lookout for businesses that do this improperly to avoid taxes and employee benefit obligations.

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Bartering Is Big Business

Posted by Nick Wheeler, CPA on Apr 02, 2018

 

Bartering is as popular as ever, but be careful when it comes to taxes.

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2018 Q2 Tax Calendar: Key Deadlines For Businesses and Other Employers

Posted by Jessica L. Pagan, CPA on Mar 26, 2018

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the second quarter of 2018. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing requirements.

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Defer Tax With A Section 1031 Exchange, But New Limits Apply This Year

Posted by Jessica L. Pagan, CPA on Mar 19, 2018

Normally when appreciated business assets such as real estate are sold, tax is owed on the appreciation. But there’s a way to defer this tax: a Section 1031 “like kind” exchange. However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) reduces the types of property eligible for this favorable tax treatment.

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Make Sure Repairs To Tangible Property Were Actually Repairs Before You Deduct The Cost

Posted by Marty Williams, CPA on Mar 16, 2018

Repairs to tangible property, such as buildings, machinery, equipment or vehicles, can provide businesses a valuable current tax deduction — as long as the so-called repairs weren’t actually “improvements.” The costs of incidental repairs and maintenance can be immediately expensed and deducted on the current year’s income tax return. But costs incurred to improve tangible property must be depreciated over a period of years.

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