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July 15 Deadline for Reporting Foreign Income

Posted by Missy Dennis on Jul 8, 2020 8:14:00 AM

If you live or work outside the United States, you generally must file and pay your tax in the same way as people living in the U.S. This includes people with dual citizenship. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, people who live and work abroad have until Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to file their 2019 federal income tax return and pay any tax due. The deadline is normally June 15.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, Tax Return, Tax Preparation

Preparing an Effective Business Plan

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Jun 25, 2020 8:04:00 AM

A business plan is a valuable tool whether you're seeking additional financing for an existing business, starting a new company, or analyzing a new market. Think of it as your blueprint for success. Not only will it clarify your business vision and goals, but it will also force you to gain a thorough understanding of how resources (financial and human) will be used to carry out that vision and goals.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Small Business, Financial Success

Avoid These Common Errors When Filing a Tax Return

Posted by Missy Dennis on Jun 16, 2020 8:09:00 AM

When filing a tax return, mistakes such as the common errors listed below can result in a processing delay - and increase the amount of time it takes to receive a tax refund. Using a reputable tax preparer such as a certified public accountant, enrolled agent or another knowledgeable tax professional is usually the best way to avoid this. With this in mind, here are eight of the most common errors taxpayers make when filing their returns:

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Return, Tax Preparation

Pass on Wealth to Heirs Using These Strategies

Posted by Scott Farnes on Jun 9, 2020 8:17:00 AM

Individuals with significant assets who want to transfer wealth to heirs tax-free, as well as minimize estate taxes, should take advantage of proven tax strategies such as gifting and direct payments to educational institutions; however low interest rates and a volatile stock market are creating additional opportunities. Let's take a look at some of the strategies available:

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Topics: Personal Finance, Retirement, Managing Your Tax Liability, Financial Success

Loan Forgiveness Under the Paycheck Protection Plan

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Jun 4, 2020 8:43:00 AM

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law March 27, many small business owners were able to apply for - and receive - a loan of up to $10 million under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). If the loan proceeds are used as specified, business owners may apply to have the loan forgiven.

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

Small Business: Tax Consequences of Crowdfunding

Posted by Missy Dennis on May 28, 2020 8:26:00 AM

With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter and GoFundMe have become an increasingly popular way for small business owners to stay afloat. The upside is that it's often possible to raise the cash you need; the downside is that the IRS considers that money taxable income. Let's take a closer look at how crowdfunding works and how it could affect your tax situation.

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Topics: Taxable Income, Business Ownership, Taxes, Small Business

Employee Retention Credit Could Help Your Business

Posted by Missy Dennis on May 19, 2020 8:11:00 AM

Businesses that have been impacted financially by COVID-19 may be able to take advantage of a new, refundable tax credit called the Employee Retention Credit. The credit is designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll and is worth 50 percent of qualifying wages up to $10,000 that are paid by an eligible employer.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Taxes, Tax Credit, Small Business, Business Expenses

Job Loss Could Affect Your Tax Situation

Posted by Taylor Bennett on May 14, 2020 8:37:00 AM

If you've lost your job you may have questions about how it could affect your tax situation. Here are some answers:

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Return

Additional Tax Deadlines Extended

Posted by Scott Farnes on May 5, 2020 8:09:00 AM

As a reminder, taxpayers now have until July 15, 2020, to file and pay federal income taxes originally due on April 15 and no late-filing penalty, late-payment penalty or interest will be due. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this relief has been expanded to include additional returns, tax payments and other actions:

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Extension, Tax Return, Tax Preparation

The Tax-Smart Way to Loan Money to Friends & Family

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Apr 29, 2020 8:19:00 AM

Offering to lend money to cash-strapped friends or family members during tough economic times is a kind and generous offer, but before you hand over the cash, you need to plan ahead to avoid tax complications for yourself down the road.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, Managing Your Tax Liability