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New Tax Credit For Family and Medical Leaves

Posted by Lesley L. Price, CPA on Jun 13, 2018

Employers may benefit from new tax break

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) creates a unique tax break for certain businesses. If your company pays employees while they are out of work on a family or medical leave, it may claim a brand-new tax credit for a portion of the wages, beginning in 2018.

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What Businesses Need To Know About The Tax Treatment Of Bitcoin And Other Virtual Currencies

Posted by Nick Wheeler, CPA on Jun 07, 2018

Over the last several years, virtual currency has become increasingly popular. Bitcoin is the most widely recognized form of virtual currency, also commonly referred to as digital, electronic or crypto currency.

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Putting Your Child On Your Business's Payroll For The Summer May Make More Tax Sense Than Ever

Posted by Jessica L. Pagan, CPA on May 29, 2018

If you own a business and have a child in high school or college, hiring him or her for the summer can provide a multitude of benefits, including tax savings. And hiring your child may make more sense than ever due to changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

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The TCJA Changes Some Rules For Deducting Pass-through Business Losses

Posted by Nick Wheeler, CPA on May 22, 2018

It’s not uncommon for businesses to sometimes generate tax losses. But the losses that can be deducted are limited by tax law in some situations. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) further restricts the amount of losses that sole proprietors, partners, S corporation shareholders and, typically, limited liability company (LLC) members can currently deduct — beginning in 2018. This could negatively impact owners of start-ups and businesses facing adverse conditions.

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How Accountable Is Your Business?

Posted by Melissa Motley, CPA on May 17, 2018

How to set up an accountable plan.

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Can You Deduct Business Travel When It's Combined With A Vacation?

Posted by Melissa Motley, CPA on May 15, 2018

At this time of year, a summer vacation is on many people’s minds. If you travel for business, combining a business trip with a vacation to offset some of the cost with a tax deduction can sound appealing. But tread carefully, or you might not be eligible for the deduction you’re expecting.

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Sizing Up New Deduction For Pass-through Entities

Posted by Lesley L. Price, CPA on May 08, 2018

Complicated new rules for business owners

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) creates a brand-new deduction for pass-through entities, designed to provide a balance to corporations benefiting from tax rate cuts. But the deduction is not nearly as simple as the new flat 21% rate for corporations authorized by the TCJA. Although many tax experts are still grappling with the rules, here are the basics of what we know so far.

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IRS Audit Techniques Guides Provide Clues To What May Come Up If Your Business Is Audited

Posted by Melissa Motley, CPA on May 07, 2018

IRS examiners use Audit Techniques Guides (ATGs) to prepare for audits — and so can small business owners. Many ATGs target specific industries, such as construction. Others address issues that frequently arise in audits, such as executive compensation and fringe benefits. These publications can provide valuable insights into issues that might surface if your business is audited.

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A Review Of Significant TCJA Provisions Affecting Small Businesses

Posted by Nick Wheeler, CPA on May 02, 2018

Now that small businesses and their owners have filed their 2017 income tax returns (or filed for an extension), it’s a good time to review some of the provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that may significantly impact their taxes for 2018 and beyond. Generally, the changes apply to tax years beginning after December 31, 2017 and are permanent, unless otherwise noted.

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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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