Looking to the future: Biden’s proposed tax plan

Between a more urgent need for Covid relief, economic stimulus and a narrowly divided Congress, Joe Biden’s proposed tax plan may not get much traction in the early days of his administration. It is important, however, to take a look at the president-elect’s priorities that may inform more targeted legislative actions. Below is a snapshot […]

IRS clarifies position on PPP loan expenses

Please remember: Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event and the PPP loans are a unique response to this crisis. Therefore, there is no prior precedent for taxability and the IRS is establishing its rationale for its decision. The IRS has issued a ruling this week that clarifies its position that expenses paid with PPP loan funds will […]

Electric Honda, Volvo models eligible for vehicle credit

Electric vehicles are becoming more popular, and the IRS has added several 2021 model year Honda and Volvo vehicles to the already growing list of vehicles eligible for the plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credit. A tax credit of $2,500, plus an additional amount based on battery capacity, up to $7,500 is offered for qualified […]

Why it’s important to plan for income taxes as part of your estate plan

As a result of the current estate tax exemption amount ($11.58 million in 2020), many estates no longer need to be concerned with federal estate tax. Before 2011, a much smaller amount resulted in estate plans attempting to avoid it. Now, because many estates won’t be subject to estate tax, more planning can be devoted […]

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 […]

10 year-end tax strategies to take advantage of now

In just a few months, 2020 will come to a close. There is still time, though, for strategic tax planning before the end of the year. The following are the top 10 tax strategies you can take advantage of now. Qualified Improvement Property – Review your 2018 and 2019 reinvestments to see if additional depreciation […]

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” […]

Cash gifts a good way to say ‘well done’ this school year

This school year has been like no other. Students, teachers and parents have all been tested, and graduating seniors have perhaps made the biggest sacrifice by not being able to participate in commencement ceremonies. You may want to show your extra appreciation and admiration for their hard work and congratulations on a job well-done by […]

CARES Act contains two payroll tax provisions to help employers

Opportunities to preserve some cash flow during the coronavirus health crisis are available through the CARES Act whether or not you received a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program. Employee Retention Credits. One of those provisions under the CARES Act allows eligible employers to qualify for a refundable credit against, generally, the employer’s portion of the […]