Roth 401(k) conversions may suit your Millennial employees

| Business Briefs

Could your company’s benefits package use a bit of an upgrade? If so, one idea to consider is adding an option for employees to convert their regular 401(k)s to Roth 401(k)s. Under a Roth 401(k), participants make after-tax contributions to a qualified plan and receive tax-free distributions, provided the funds are in the plan for at least five years from the date of the initial Roth contribution. Thus, while participants pay a tax on the income that was the source of the contribution, the earnings Read more [...]

Mentoring can make your succession plan better

| Business Briefs

The owners of many companies launch their enterprises with a business plan — a written document outlining the company’s strategic objectives and practical means of accomplishing them. Likewise, many owners leave their businesses via a succession plan, a written document outlining how the company’s ownership will transition. Often, however, these two documents never cross paths, much less join toward a common goal. If this is the case with your business, and you’ve already identified your Read more [...]

Your company’s balance sheet makes great reading this time of year

| Business Briefs

Year end is just about here. You know what that means, right? It’s a great time to settle in by a roaring fire and catch up on reading … your company’s financial statements. One chapter worth a careful perusal is the balance sheet. Therein may lie some important lessons. 3 ratios to consider In a nutshell, a balance sheet summarizes a company’s assets, liabilities and shareholders’ equity at a specific point in time. Its objective: To provide an accurate snapshot of the financial Read more [...]

Why making annual exclusion gifts before year-end can still be a good idea

| Tax Briefs

A tried-and-true estate planning strategy is to make tax-free gifts to loved ones during life, because it reduces potential estate tax at death. There are many ways to make tax-free gifts, but one of the simplest is to take advantage of the annual gift tax exclusion with direct gifts. Even in a potentially changing estate tax environment, making annual exclusion gifts before year-end can still be a good idea. What is the annual exclusion? The 2016 gift tax annual exclusion allows you to give Read more [...]

Year-end payroll and information reporting

| Alerding Alerts, Business Miscellaneous

The year is quickly coming to a close and it will soon be time to prepare and file forms W2 and the related payroll tax returns.   We wanted to make you are aware that some fringe benefits provided to employees as well as 2% or greater shareholders are taxable and should be reported on W2 forms in order for them to be deductible business expenses.  Taxable fringe benefits include: Personal use of company vehicle (including shareholders’ use) 2% or greater shareholders’ health insurance Shareholders’ Read more [...]

Can you pay bonuses in 2017 but deduct them this year?

| Tax Briefs

You may be aware of the rule that allows businesses to deduct bonuses employees have earned during a tax year if the bonuses are paid within 2½ months after the end of that year (by March 15 for a calendar-year company). But this favorable tax treatment isn’t always available. For one thing, only accrual-basis taxpayers can take advantage of the 2½ month rule — cash-basis taxpayers must deduct bonuses in the year they’re paid, regardless of when they’re earned. Even for accrual-basis Read more [...]

Beware of income-based limits on itemized deductions and personal exemptions

| Tax Briefs

Many tax breaks are reduced or eliminated for higher-income taxpayers. Two of particular note are the itemized deduction reduction and the personal exemption phaseout. Income thresholds If your adjusted gross income (AGI) exceeds the applicable threshold, most of your itemized deductions will be reduced by 3% of the AGI amount that exceeds the threshold (not to exceed 80% of otherwise allowable deductions). For 2016, the thresholds are $259,400 (single), $285,350 (head of household), $311,300 Read more [...]