QuickBooks Tip: Tracking Time in QuickBooks

When you sell a product to a customer, you know it. It goes away, and your inventory count in QuickBooks is reduced by one. This tracking helps you know what’s selling and what’s not, and it signals when a reorder is due. If your business provides services to customers, though, you’re selling your employees’ time
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Tricky Tax Rule for Itemized Deductions

Phaseout may affect 2017 returns Can you deduct the full amount of your itemized deductions on your 2017 tax return? Under current law, deductions are reduced for certain upper-income taxpayers under the “Pease rule,” named for the congressman who initially introduced the provision. This little-known rule may catch taxpayers with rising incomes by surprise. Background: Most
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New Tax Law Cracks Down on Home Mortgage Interest

Note: The is one of a series of articles explaining how the various tax changes made by the GOP’s Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (referred to as the “Act” in the article), passed late in December 2017, might affect you and your family in 2018 and future years, and offering strategies you might employ to
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How Small Businesses Write Off Equipment Purchases

From time to time, an owner of a small business will purchase equipment, office furnishings, vehicles, computer systems and other items for use in the business. How to deduct the cost for tax purposes is not always an easy decision because there are a number of options available, and the decision will depend upon whether
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Seven Steps for Tax Return Season

Preparing to file 2017 returns One sure sign that spring is coming: It is time to prepare to file your annual tax return. You can alleviate some of the usual stress if you have your 2017 return professionally prepared, but you still have some work to do. Here are seven practical suggestions to help you
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Will Your 2018 Withholding Be Right?

Note: The is one of a series of articles explaining how the various tax changes made by the GOP’s Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (referred to as the “Act” in the article), passed late in December 2017, might effect you and your family in 2018 and future years, and offering strategies you might employ to
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2018 Standard Mileage Rates Announced

As it does every year, the Internal Revenue Service recently announced the inflation- adjusted 2018 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable or medical purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (or a van, pickup or
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February 2018 Individual Due Dates

February 1 – Tax Appointment If you don’t already have an appointment scheduled with this office, you should call to make an appointment that is convenient for you. February 12 – Report Tips to Employer If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during January, you are
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February 2018 Business Due Dates

February 12 – Non-Payroll Taxes File Form 945 to report income tax withheld for 2017 on all non-payroll items. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the year in full and on time. February 12 – Social Security, Medicare and Withheld Income Tax File Form 941 for the fourth quarter of
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