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Scott Farnes

Scott Farnes
Scott has over 25 years of accounting experience encompassing audit, accounting, and tax services. Scott’s industry experience includes small businesses, assisted housing, governmental clients, clients in the public housing industry, tax credits, construction contractors, and the nonprofit sector. He provides these clients with a variety of services including evaluating their business structure, keeping them current on required standards, performing financial statement audits, and tax return preparation.
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Standard Mileage Rates for 2021

Posted by Scott Farnes on Jan 19, 2021 8:02:00 AM

Starting January 1, 2021, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup, or panel truck are as follows:

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Topics: Taxes, Record Keeping, Tax Deduction

Relief for Drought-Stricken Farmers and Ranchers

Posted by Scott Farnes on Dec 23, 2020 8:02:00 AM

Farmers and ranchers who were forced to sell livestock due to drought may have an additional year to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales. The relief generally applies to capital gains realized by eligible farmers and ranchers on sales of livestock held for draft, dairy or breeding purposes. Sales of other livestock, such as those raised for slaughter or held for sporting purposes, or poultry, are not eligible.

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Topics: Taxes, Business Expenses

Solar Technology Tax Credits Still Available for 2020

Posted by Scott Farnes on Dec 17, 2020 8:08:00 AM

Certain energy-efficient home improvements can cut your energy bills and save you money at tax time. While many of these tax credits expired at the end of 2016, tax credits for residential and non-business energy-efficient solar technologies do not expire until December 31, 2021. Here are some key facts that you should know about these tax credits:

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, Tax Credit, Home Ownership

Beware of Gift Card Tax Scams

Posted by Scott Farnes on Dec 3, 2020 8:04:00 AM

There's never an off-season when it comes to scammers and thieves who want to trick people to scam them out of money, steal their personal information, or talk them into engaging in questionable behavior with their taxes. While scam attempts typically peak during tax season, taxpayers need to remain vigilant all year long.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Tax Scam

Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRA): Terms To Know

Posted by Scott Farnes on Nov 25, 2020 7:59:00 AM

While many taxpayers already know about Individual Retirement Arrangements, or IRAs, and have set up an IRA with a bank or other financial institution, a life insurance company, mutual fund or stockbroker, there are other taxpayers such as those new to the workforce who may not understand how IRAs help them save for retirement. With this in mind, here is a list of basic terms to help people better understand their IRA options:

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Topics: Personal Finance, IRA, Retirement

Tax-Related Items To Keep in Mind When Disaster Strikes

Posted by Scott Farnes on Nov 19, 2020 8:06:00 AM

Unfortunately, disaster can strike at any time. If you've been affected by a disaster this year, here are six tax-related things to keep in mind that usually happen after a major disaster strikes:

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes

Seasonal Employees and the Healthcare Law

Posted by Scott Farnes on Nov 11, 2020 8:10:00 AM

Businesses often need to hire workers on a seasonal or part-time basis. For example, some businesses may need seasonal help for holidays, harvest seasons, commercial fishing, or sporting events. Whether you are getting paid or paying someone else, questions often arise over whether these seasonal workers affect employers with regard to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Topics: Business Ownership, Small Business, Seasonal Employee, Seasonal Worker

Health Coverage Terms Employers Should Know

Posted by Scott Farnes on Oct 13, 2020 8:51:00 AM

Under the Affordable Care Act, certain employers - known as applicable large employers - are subject to the employer shared responsibility provisions. You might be thinking about these topics as you make plans about 2021 health coverage for your employees.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Business Expenses

Electronic Signatures Temporarily Allowed for Certain Forms

Posted by Scott Farnes on Oct 1, 2020 8:16:00 AM

The use of digital, or electronic signatures, on certain forms that cannot be filed electronically will now be temporarily allowed. Expanding the use of digital signatures will help to protect the health of taxpayers and tax professionals during the coronavirus pandemic by reducing in-person contact between taxpayers and tax professionals.

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Topics: Taxes, Tax Return

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

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