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Tax Preparation vs. Tax Planning

Posted by Scott Farnes on Nov 4, 2020 8:31:00 AM

Many people assume tax planning is the same as tax preparation, but the two are quite different. Let's take a closer look:

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Topics: Taxable Income, Business Ownership, Personal Finance, Taxes, Record Keeping, Managing Your Tax Liability, Tax Return, Tax Planning, Tax Preparation

Choosing a Retirement Destination: Tax Considerations

Posted by Scott Farnes on Oct 27, 2020 8:07:00 AM

With health care, housing, food, and transportation costs increasing every year, many retirees on fixed incomes wonder how they can stretch their dollars even further. One solution is to move to another state where income taxes are lower than the one in which they currently reside.

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Topics: Taxable Income, Personal Finance, Taxes, Retirement, Tax Planning, Financial Success

Tax Treatment of Virtual Currency Transactions

Posted by Missy Dennis on Oct 21, 2020 8:03:00 AM

Whether you've invested in Bitcoin and sold it at a profit or loss or received it for services performed, you'll need to report it on your tax return. Here's what you should know:

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Topics: Taxable Income, Personal Finance, Taxes

Taking Early Withdrawals From Retirement Accounts

Posted by Scott Farnes on Oct 14, 2020 8:31:00 AM

While taking money out of a retirement fund before age 59 1/2 is usually not recommended, in certain cases, it may be unavoidable, especially during times of economic crisis. If you need cash and have a retirement fund you can tap, here's what you need to know.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, Retirement, Social Security

Six Tips for Starting Your Own Business

Posted by Missy Dennis on Oct 8, 2020 8:21:00 AM

Starting your own business can be an exciting prospect, but there is more to it than simply writing a business plan. Also, if you expect to have employees, there are a variety of federal and state forms and applications that you need to complete to get your business up and running. That's where a tax professional can help. With this in mind, let's take a look at what you need to know before you start a new business.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Small Business, Financial Success

Planning and Preparing for a Successful Retirement

Posted by Scott Farnes on Sep 30, 2020 8:11:00 AM

As you approach retirement, it's vital that you pay attention to several important financial matters to ensure a smooth transition. Here are five of them:

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Topics: Personal Finance, Retirement, Social Security, Financial Success

Tax Tips for Workers in the Gig Economy

Posted by Missy Dennis on Sep 29, 2020 8:01:00 AM

The gig economy, also called sharing or access economy, is defined by activities where taxpayers earn income providing on-demand work, services, or goods. This type of work is often carried out via digital platforms such as an app or website. There are many types of sharing economy businesses including two of the most popular ones: ride-sharing, Uber and Lyft, for example, home rentals such as Airbnb, and TaskRabbit.

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Topics: Taxable Income, Personal Finance, Taxes, Managing Your Tax Liability, Tax Return, Tax Planning

It's Never Too Early to Check Tax Withholding

Posted by Missy Dennis on Sep 28, 2020 2:09:48 PM

While it probably seem like tax season just ended, it is never too early to do a "Paycheck Checkup" to make sure the right amount of tax is withheld from earnings - and avoid a tax surprise next year when filing your 2020 tax return. As a reminder, because income taxes operate as a pay-as-you-go system, taxpayers are required by law to pay most of their tax as income is received.

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Topics: Taxable Income, Taxes, Tax Planning

Tax Considerations When Hiring Household Help

Posted by Scott Farnes on Sep 22, 2020 8:14:00 AM

If you employ someone to work for you around your house, it is important to consider the tax implications of this type of arrangement. While many people disregard the need to pay taxes on household employees, they do so at the risk of paying stiff tax penalties down the road.

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Planning

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