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Tax Record Keeping Tips for Individuals and Businesses

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Sep 16, 2020 8:13:00 AM

The key to avoiding headaches at tax time is keeping track of your receipts and other records throughout the year. Whether you use an excel spreadsheet, an app, an online system or keep your receipts organized in a folding file organized by month, good record-keeping will help you remember the various transactions you made during the year.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Personal Finance, Taxes, Record Keeping, Tax Return, Tax Planning, Tax Preparation

The Home Office Deduction

Posted by Scott Farnes on Sep 10, 2020 7:55:00 AM

With more people working from home than ever before, taxpayers may be wondering if they can claim a home office deduction when they file their 2020 tax return next year. The short answer is that self-employed taxpayers who use their home for business may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of it whether they rent or own their home. If you are an employee, however, you are not eligible to take the home office deduction - even if you are working remotely in your home office.

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Deduction, Small Business, Tax Return, Tax Preparation, Business Expenses

RIC Shareholder Dividends Qualify as Section 199A

Posted by Scott Farnes on Sep 4, 2020 7:48:00 AM

Section 199A, enacted as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), allows individual taxpayers and certain trusts and estates to deduct up to 20 percent of certain income (section 199A deduction). It is available to eligible taxpayers with qualified business income (QBI) from qualified trades or businesses operated as sole proprietorships or through partnerships, S corporations, trusts, or estates, as well as for qualified REIT dividends and income from publicly traded partnerships. The deduction is not available for C corporations.

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Deduction

What is Form 1099-NEC?

Posted by Missy Dennis on Sep 2, 2020 8:21:00 AM

Starting in tax year 2020, payers must complete Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation to report any payment of $600 or more to a payee. This is a new form that only applies to business taxpayers who pay or receive nonemployee compensation.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Taxes, Tax Return

Temporary Relief for Retirement Plan Participants

Posted by Scott Farnes on Aug 27, 2020 8:09:00 AM

Temporary administrative relief has been issued that helps certain retirement plan participants or beneficiaries who need to make participant elections by allowing flexibility for remote signatures. Generally, signatures of the individual making the election must be witnessed by a notary public or in the presence of a plan representative. This includes a spousal consent as well.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Retirement

Small Business Tax Tips: Payroll Expenses

Posted by Scott Farnes on Aug 18, 2020 8:16:00 AM

Federal law requires most employers to withhold federal taxes from their employees' wages. Whether you're a small business owner who's just starting or one who has been in business a while and is ready to hire an employee or two, here are five things you should know about withholding, reporting, and paying employment taxes.

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Tax Facts to Know If You're Selling Your Home This Year

Posted by Scott Farnes on Aug 13, 2020 8:31:00 AM

In most cases, gains from sales are taxable. But did you know that if you sell your home, you may not have to pay taxes? Here are ten facts to keep in mind if you sell your home this year.

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Topics: Taxable Income, Personal Finance, Taxes, Home Ownership

Reporting Farm Income and Expenses

Posted by Missy Dennis on Aug 5, 2020 8:16:00 AM

Farms include plantations, ranches, ranges and orchards and farmers may raise livestock, poultry or fish, or grow fruits or vegetables. If you're in the farming business or are thinking about it, here are ten things you should know about farm income and expenses.

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Topics: Taxable Income, Taxes, Tax Return

Closing Your Business: A Tax Checklist

Posted by Scott Farnes on Jul 30, 2020 8:06:00 AM

More than 100,000 small businesses have closed due to COVID-19. If yours is one of them, you should be aware that there is more to closing a business than laying off employees, selling office furniture, and closing the doors - you must also take certain actions as required by the IRS to fulfill your tax obligations. For example, if you have employees, you must file final employment tax returns as well as make final federal tax deposits of these taxes.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Small Business

Retirement Accounts: Rollover Relief for RMDs

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Jul 21, 2020 8:02:00 AM

Generally, taxpayers must begin taking a required minimum distribution (RMD) from a defined-contribution retirement plan, including a 401(k) or 403(b) plan, or an IRA when they reach age 72 (70 1/2 if they reached 70 ½ before January 1, 2020). The RMD for any year is the account balance as of the end of the immediately preceding calendar year divided by a distribution period from the IRS's "Uniform Lifetime Table" and is the minimum amount you must withdraw from your account each year.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Retirement

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