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Eight Key Tax Planning Opportunities for 2019

Posted by Michael D. Machen, CPA, CVA on Feb 25, 2019

More than a year after sweeping federal and state tax reform were enacted, businesses of all sizes are still wrapping their arms around the changes.  Additional guidance and regulations have been issued nearly every month—indeed, change is the new normal. Strategic tax planning now is key to lowering businesses’ total tax liability.  Read on for eight top planning opportunities and considerations businesses should review as part of their 2019 strategy. 

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Business Owners: An Exit Strategy Should Be Part Of Your Tax Planning

Posted by Michael D. Machen, CPA, CVA on Jan 04, 2019

Tax planning is a juggling act for business owners. You have to keep your eye on your company’s income and expenses and applicable tax breaks (especially if you own a pass-through entity). But you also must look out for your own financial future.

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Only Certain Trusts Can Own S Corporation Stock

Posted by Trisha Williams, CPA on Feb 08, 2018

S corporations must comply with several strict requirements or risk losing their tax-advantaged status. Among other things, they can have no more than 100 shareholders, can have no more than one class of stock and are permitted to have only certain types of shareholders.

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2017 Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals and Businesses

Posted by Marty Williams, CPA on Dec 01, 2017

As 2017 draws to a closethe time to consider tax-saving opportunities for you and/or your business is before year-end. Individual income taxes, whether paid through employer withholding or quarterly estimates, are probably one of your largest annual expenditures. You may want to consider opportunities to reduce or defer your annual tax obligation. Also, if you own a business, some opportunities may apply regardless of whether your business is conducted as a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, S corporation, or a regular corporation. Other opportunities may apply only to a particular type of business organization. These Tax Planning Letters are intended to assist you in your individual and business tax planning efforts.

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2017 Might be Your Last Chance to Hire Veterans and Claim a Tax Credit

Posted by Murry Guy, CPA on Nov 09, 2017

With Veterans Day on November 11, it’s an especially good time to think about the sacrifices veterans have made for us and how we can support them. One way businesses can support veterans is to hire them. The Work Opportunity tax credit (WOTC) can help businesses do just that, but it may not be available for hires made after this year.

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Put Your Audit In Reverse To Save Sales and Use Tax

Posted by Melissa Motley, CPA on Aug 16, 2017

It’s a safe bet that state tax authorities will let you know if you haven’t paid enough sales and use taxes, but what are the odds that you’ll be notified if you’ve paid too much? The chances are slim — so slim that many businesses use reverse audits to find overpayments so they can seek refunds.

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Smart Tax Planning for Small Business Owners

Posted by Michael D. Machen, CPA, CVA on Apr 25, 2017

What should small business owners be focused on to ensure a smooth tax season?

While you started 2017 with the best of intentions to keep your financial records organized, you may find yourself scrambling to find receipts and other documentation to prepare your tax returns. All too often it is accounts receivable that presents that greatest challenge.

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The 4 Most Common Estate Planning Mistakes

Posted by Don G. Chastain, CPA on Feb 23, 2017

The most common components of a basic estate plan: a will, living will, life insurance, and maybe even a trust. Most adults know the importance of these estate planning elements, and may even have some or all of them implemented – which, overall, is great. But like everything in life, change happens, and updates will be necessary to some, if not all, of these documents. Here we have laid out the most common mistakes found in estate planning:

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2016 Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals and Businesses

Posted by Marty Williams, CPA on Dec 21, 2016

As 2016 draws to a closethe time to consider tax-saving opportunities for you and/or your business is before year-end. Individual income taxes, whether paid through employer withholding or quarterly estimates, are probably one of your largest annual expenditures. You may want to consider opportunities to reduce or defer your annual tax obligation. Also, if you own a business, some opportunities may apply regardless of whether your business is conducted as a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, S corporation, or a regular corporation. Other opportunities may apply only to a particular type of business organization. These Tax Planning Letters are intended to assist you in your individual and business tax planning efforts.

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Post-Election Analysis: What to Expect from Trump's and House Republicans' Tax Proposals

Posted by Lesley L. Price, CPA on Nov 18, 2016

As the dust settles from President-elect Donald Trump’s historic victory in this year’s presidential contest and the Republican sweep of the U.S. House and Senate, it is now possible to envision potentially significant tax legislation changes being proposed as early as 2017. The tax cuts proposed by President-elect Trump are among the largest proposed since the days of Ronald Reagan. Assuming that he follows up on these proposals and sticks to his promises, there are several major changes that the Trump administration seeks to make on individual and business taxes:

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