Can you deduct charitable gifts on your tax return?

Many taxpayers make charitable gifts — because they’re generous and they want to save money on their federal tax bills. But with the tax law changes that went into effect a couple years ago and the many rules that apply to charitable deductions, you may no longer get a tax break for your generosity. Are […]

Creating a new employee retirement plan could mean a tax credit

If you have been considering creating a retirement plan for your employees, you should know about a valuable tax credit that is available. Employers may be able to claim a tax credit for some of the ordinary and necessary costs of starting a SEP, SIMPLE IRA or qualified retirement plan. The tax credit is 50 […]

Don’t let ‘ghost assets’ haunt your bottom line

It’s that time of year to clear away old equipment from your financial statements so you are not haunted by unused and out-of-date equipment that can suck the life out of your bottom line. Unused equipment is commonly referred to as a “ghost asset.” Ghost assets are fixed assets that remain on the financial statement […]

Hiring this summer? You may qualify for a valuable tax credit

Is your business hiring this summer? If the employees come from certain “targeted groups,” you may be eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). This includes youth whom you bring in this summer for two or three months. The maximum credit employers can claim is $2,400 to $9,600 for each eligible employee. 10 targeted […]

Roth or traditional IRA? Income level and taxes could help you decide

It’s never too early to begin planning for retirement or investing in a nest egg for the future. There are several options available for investing in retirement plans, but the two we get questions about most often are whether a traditional or a Roth IRA is the best option. Deciding which is the best vehicle […]

Beware the Ides of March — if you own a pass-through entity

Shakespeare’s words don’t apply just to Julius Caesar; they also apply to calendar-year partnerships, S corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs) treated as partnerships or S corporations for tax purposes. Why? The Ides of March, more commonly known as March 15, is the federal income tax filing deadline for these “pass-through” entities. Not-so-ancient history Until […]

Stay organized with solid record retention plan

Organization guru Marie Kondo can offer tips for decluttering your home, and we have suggestions for keeping your important financial records in order. The first part of the year is a good time for McDonald’s owner/operators to run a cash sheet on QsrSoft for the previous year. Having this information on hand is important because […]

Fundamental tax truths for C corporations

The flat 21 percent federal income tax rate for C corporations under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has been great news for these entities and their owners. But some fundamental tax truths for C corporations largely remain the same: C corporations are subject to double taxation. Double taxation occurs when corporate income is taxed […]

Clear these hurdles to benefit from deducting investment interest expense

As you likely know by now, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) reduced or eliminated many deductions for individuals. One itemized deduction the TCJA kept intact is for investment interest expense. This is interest on debt used to buy assets held for investment, such as margin debt used to buy securities. But if you […]