How to Avoid IRS “Red Flags”

Undergoing the scrutiny of an IRS audit is liable to put any taxpayer on edge. While it may seem like the IRS randomly hands out audit notices like candy to unlucky victims, there are some best practices you can put in place in order to avoid inadvertently putting up any red flags. There are several
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Do You Know Who Your Top Customers Are?

Every business has customers, and while all customers are important, most entrepreneurs will agree that some customers are more important than others. This may be due to the amount of revenue the customer brings in, their ability to refer new clients to you, the interesting challenges of the customer, or another factor. It makes sense
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Taxes and Retirement Income

While many taxpayers plan for retirement by investing in retirement savings accounts, it is important for taxpayers to also plan on how to handle income during retirement as well. The timing of different retirement distributions could drastically affect the amount of taxes paid throughout retirement. To start, the various retirement accounts available have different tax
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Sizing Up New Deduction for Pass-through Entities

Complicated new rules for business owners The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) creates a brand-new deduction for pass-through entities, designed to provide a balance to corporations benefiting from tax rate cuts. But the deduction is not nearly as simple as the new flat 21% rate for corporations authorized by the TCJA. Although many
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Roth Recharacterizations: Back to the Future

How to undo a conversion to a Roth When it comes to taxes and finance, there is usually no going back in time. However, a notable exception may apply if you converted a traditional IRA into a Roth last year. In effect, you can undo a conversion as if it never happened. This “recharacterization” technique
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Five Prime Issues for Business Startups

Items for new owners to resolve Are you starting a new business venture or investing in potential opportunities in the marketplace? Before you make any commitments, be aware that there are numerous practical considerations from a business, tax and legal perspective. In other words, there is much more involved than just fronting the cash. Although
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New Law Revives Six Key Tax Breaks

Extensions retroactive to 2017 tax year The biggest news in tax circles is, of course, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) enacted late last year. But the TCJA isn’t the only important new tax legislation. With little fanfare, the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA), a government spending measure, extended about30 tax provisions that had expired
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Four Key Changes for Depreciation Deductions

New tax law revamps the rules The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 is designed to stimulate business growth by cutting corporate tax rates and enhancing tax benefits for acquiring business property. Under the TCJA, your company may be able to deduct the full cost of property placed in service in 2018
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Imposing Restraints on Top Employees

How a 15 works How can you stop one of the rising stars in your company from leaving for greener pastures? While you cannot permanently block a move, one technique employers often rely on is to use a noncompete agreement. Essentially, the employee may be barred from revealing trade secrets or pilfering clients for a
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Can You Afford to Retire Early?

Answer the key questions below If you are like many Americans, you may have visions of an early retirement. Although there are usually hurdles to overcome, the dream may become a reality, depending on your answers to the following questions. Q. Are you financially ready to retire? A. Some people begin planning for retirement when they
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