Year-End Planning: Prepare Forms W-2

As we near the end of 2020, it is time for employers to begin preparing Forms W-2 to send in January. All forms W-2, and W-3 for the 2020 tax year must be filed by January 31, 2021. Consequently, now is the time to begin gathering necessary information for W-2 reporting for various items such […]

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 […]

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 […]

Making business improvements before year-end may get you a bonus

Let’s talk bonus depreciation. It’s time for year-end tax planning, and under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, qualified new and used property that is acquired and placed in service in your business in 2019 is eligible for 100 percent first-year bonus depreciation. In other words, if you have been thinking about purchasing some equipment […]

Year-end tax and financial to-do list for individuals

With the dawn of 2019 on the near horizon, here’s a quick list of tax and financial to-dos you should address before 2018 ends: Check your FSA balance. If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for health care expenses, you need to incur qualifying expenses by December 31 to use up these funds or […]

Check deductibility before making year-end charitable gifts

As the holidays approach and the year draws to a close, many taxpayers make charitable gifts — both in the spirit of the season and as a year-end tax planning strategy. But with the tax law changes that go into effect in 2018 and the many rules that apply to the charitable deduction, it’s a […]