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Small Business Update: Payroll Tax Deferral

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Sep 8, 2020 8:07:00 AM

On August 8, 2020, the President issued a Memorandum allowing employers to defer withholding and payment of an employee's portion of the Social Security tax (i.e., the 6.2% FICA portion of the federal payroll tax on employees). Medicare taxes, however, are not covered. The payroll tax deferral is effective starting September 1, 2020, and also applies to the employee portion of the Railroad Retirement Act Tier 1 tax.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Taxes, Small Business

Selling a Business: Which Option Is Right for You?

Posted by Scott Farnes on Sep 3, 2020 7:59:00 AM

Selecting your business successor is a fundamental objective when planning your exit strategy and requires a careful assessment of what you want from the sale of your business and who can best give it to you.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Retirement, Financial Success

Protect Tax Records Before Disaster Strikes

Posted by Missy Dennis on Sep 1, 2020 8:03:00 AM

As such, it's always a good idea to plan for what to do in case of a disaster. Here are some simple steps you can take right now to prepare:

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Return

Tax Breaks for Teachers and Educators

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Aug 26, 2020 8:11:00 AM

While many schools are switching to hybrid or remote learning models, teachers and other educators should remember that they can still deduct certain unreimbursed expenses such as classroom supplies, training, and travel. Deducting these expenses helps reduce the amount of tax owed when filing a tax return.

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Topics: Taxes, Record Keeping, Tax Deduction

Filing an Amended Tax Return

Posted by Missy Dennis on Aug 20, 2020 8:35:00 AM

If you discover a mistake on your tax return after you've already filed, don't panic. In most cases, all you have to do is file an amended tax return. Here's what you need to know:

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Return

Dirty Dozen Tax Scams: 2020 Edition

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Aug 12, 2020 8:06:00 AM

The "Dirty Dozen" is a list of common tax scams that target taxpayers. Compiled and issued annually every year by the IRS, this year it includes many aggressive and evolving schemes related to coronavirus tax relief, including Economic Impact Payments. The criminals behind these bogus schemes view everyone as potentially easy prey and everyone should be on guard, especially vulnerable populations such as the elderly.

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Scam

Small Business Financing: Securing a Loan

Posted by Scott Farnes on Aug 4, 2020 8:11:00 AM

At some point, most small business owners will visit a bank or other lending institution to borrow money. Understanding what your bank wants, and how to properly approach them, can mean the difference between getting a loan for expansion or scrambling to find cash from other sources.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Small Business, Business Expenses, Loans

Paying off Debt the Smart Way

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Jul 29, 2020 8:10:00 AM

With a potential economic downturn in the wings due to COVID-19, being debt-free is a worthwhile goal. Unfortunately, between mortgages, car loans, credit cards, and student loans, this is unrealistic for most people - especially those of pre-retirement age. Instead, it's better to start by focusing on managing debt. When you handle debt wisely, you won't have to shell out every cent of your hard-earned money to your lender or feel like you're always on the verge of bankruptcy.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Financial Success, Debt

Q & A: Returning an Economic Impact Payment

Posted by Scott Farnes on Jul 23, 2020 8:16:00 AM

According to the Treasury Department, more than 159 million individuals have already received their Economic Impact Payments; however, a recent audit found that the IRS sent $1.4 billion in stimulus checks to deceased individuals. As such, many people may have received a payment for a deceased family member or another taxpayer who is not eligible to receive a payment and may have questions about what to do. Here are some answers:

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Topics: Personal Finance

Here's How to Pay If You Owe Money to the IRS

Posted by Missy Dennis on Jul 13, 2020 7:48:00 AM

The federal tax deadline is quickly approaching. If you owe money to the IRS - including estimated and other business taxes - here are six options for quick and easy electronic payments:

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Return