Home sweet home: Do you qualify for office deductions?

If you’re a business owner working from home or an entrepreneur with a home-based side gig, you may qualify for valuable home office deductions. But not everyone who works from home gets the tax break. Employees who work remotely can’t deduct home office expenses under current federal tax law. To qualify for a deduction, you […]

More states enact SALT workarounds

New York and Georgia have now added to the growing number states enacting measures to work around the cap on state and local tax deductions. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act placed a $10,000 cap on the deduction, which was a blow to residents in high tax states. Since TCJA was enacted, various states […]

Educate yourself about the revised tax benefits for higher education

Attending college is one of the biggest investments that parents and students ever make. If you or your child (or grandchild) attends (or plans to attend) an institution of higher learning, you may be eligible for tax breaks to help foot the bill. The recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act made some changes to the tax […]

What’s in the Covid relief bill: PPP Provisions

The latest Covid-19 relief bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, provides more funding for new Paycheck Protection Program loans, simplifies the forgiveness application process and allows tax deductibility for business expenses paid with forgiven PPP loans, among other provisions. Included in the $900 billion Covid relief bill is $325 billion in aid for small […]

IRS allows SALT cap workaround for pass-throughs

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was enacted in 2017, the $10,000 cap on state and local taxes deductions left residents in high tax states out in the cold. For example, many New Yorkers and Californians know it is not unusual for state income tax amounts to approach the cap from payroll deductions alone. […]

Why donor-advised funds are worth a second look

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a year unlike any other, which makes relying on your trusted business and tax adviser for year-end tax planning even more important. We have offered 10 year-end tax strategies that you can take advantage of now, but there is one in particular that we want to discuss […]

Year-end tax planning goes to the movies

Year-end tax planning is a bit more complex this year as many of our clients received loans through the Paycheck Protection Program. While the loan proceeds are not taxable, word is still out whether the business expenses paid for with the loan will be deductible. Therefore, we are preparing tax projections with two scenarios in […]

Approach conservation easements with caution

Donating large tracts of land to a charitable organization in exchange for a sizable tax deduction sounds like a win-win, but is it? We are hearing of more and more partnerships or LLCs becoming involved in syndicated conservation easement transactions, in which the partnership or LLC purchases land for the purpose of donating the property […]

A nonworking spouse can still have an IRA

It’s often difficult for married couples to save as much as they need for retirement when one spouse doesn’t work outside the home — perhaps so that spouse can take care of children or elderly parents. In general, an IRA contribution is allowed only if a taxpayer has compensation. However, an exception involves a “spousal” […]

Do you run your business from home? You might be eligible for home office deductions

If you’re self-employed and work out of an office in your home, you may be entitled to home office deductions. However, you must satisfy strict rules. If you qualify, you can deduct the “direct expenses” of the home office. This includes the costs of painting or repairing the home office and depreciation deductions for furniture […]