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Employee Retention Credit Deadline July 31

Posted by Scott Farnes on Jul 15, 2020 8:07:00 AM

As a reminder, employers whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19 can take advantage of the Employee Retention Credit, a refundable tax credit designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The credit is worth 50 percent of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an employer. Employers that are eligible for the credit for the first and second quarters of 2020, can apply for the credit when they file their second-quarter filing of Form 941, Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return which is due July 31.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Small Business

Tax Tips for Students With a Summer Job

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Jul 9, 2020 8:01:00 AM

Whether the goal is to gain experience or earn some spending money or help pay for college, summer is the prime job season for teens and college students. This year, however, with the coronavirus pandemic, the job situation has not been as easy - not to mention that it is starting later than usual. Nonetheless, if you are a high school or college student (or the parent of one) who has been lucky enough to find summer employment, here's what you should know about income earned during the summer months

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Topics: Taxable Income, Personal Finance, Taxes, Tax Planning

Estates and Trusts: Guidance for Itemizing Deductions

Posted by Missy Dennis on Jun 30, 2020 8:12:00 AM

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) prohibits individual taxpayers from claiming miscellaneous itemized deductions for any taxable year beginning after December 31, 2017, and before January 1, 2026. However, proposed guidance has recently been issued clarifying that certain deductions of estates and non-grantor trusts are not miscellaneous itemized deductions and are allowable in figuring adjusted gross income, specifically:

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, Managing Your Tax Liability, Tax Planning

Flexibility for Taxpayer Elections in Cafeteria Plans

Posted by Scott Farnes on Jun 24, 2020 8:06:00 AM

Temporary changes to Section 125 cafeteria plans due to the coronavirus pandemic allow flexibility for taxpayers participating in cafeteria plans. These changes include extending the claims period for health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) and dependent care assistance programs and allow taxpayers to make mid-year changes.

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Topics: Personal Finance

Facts About Capital Gains and Losses

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Jun 18, 2020 8:27:00 AM

When you sell a capital asset such as a home, household furnishings, and stocks and bonds held in a personal account, the difference between the amount you paid for the asset and its sales price is known as a capital gain or capital loss. Here are ten facts you should know about how gains and losses can affect your federal income tax return.

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Topics: Business Ownership, Personal Finance, Taxes, Rental Real Estate, Home Ownership

Cash Management Tips for Small Businesses

Posted by Missy Dennis on Jun 10, 2020 8:26:00 AM

Cash is the lifeblood of any small business. Here are some tips to help your business maintain a sufficient cash flow to meet its financial goals and run efficiently:

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Topics: Business Ownership, Small Business, Financial Success, Collection Procedures

Facts About the Adoption Tax Credit

Posted by Taylor Bennett on Jun 2, 2020 7:55:00 AM

Parents who adopted or started the adoption process during 2019 may qualify for the adoption credit. Generally, the credit is allowable whether the adoption is domestic or foreign. However, the timing rules for claiming the credit for qualified adoption expenses differ, depending on the type of adoption.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, Tax Credit, Tax Return, Adoption

Relief for Businesses with Net Operating Losses

Posted by Taylor Bennett on May 27, 2020 8:01:00 AM

Taxpayers with net operating losses (NOLs) for a business are provided tax relief under the CARES Act. Tax relief for partnerships filing amended returns is provided as well. Let's take a look at three key points:

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Topics: Business Ownership

Tips for Deducting Medical and Dental Expenses

Posted by Taylor Bennett on May 21, 2020 8:08:00 AM

If you, your spouse, or dependents have significant medical or dental costs in 2019, you may be able to deduct those expenses when you file your tax return this year. Here are eight things you should know about medical and dental expenses and other benefits:

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Topics: Personal Finance, Taxes, Managing Your Tax Liability, Tax Deduction, Tax Return

Ready to File? This Tax Records Checklist Will Help

Posted by Scott Farnes on May 13, 2020 8:03:00 AM

If you're a taxpayer who has not yet filed their 2019 tax return, you may be getting ready to do so now. One of the first things you will need to do - before visiting your tax preparer - is to gather all of your year-end income documents. Doing so ensures that your tax return is complete and accurate.

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Topics: Taxes, Record Keeping, Tax Return, Tax Preparation

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