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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

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

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

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

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

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