Congress gives a holiday gift in the form of favorable tax provisions

| Tax Briefs

As part of a year-end budget bill, Congress just passed a package of tax provisions that will provide savings for some taxpayers. The White House has announced that President Trump will sign the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 into law. It also includes a retirement-related law titled the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. Here’s a rundown of some provisions in the two laws: The age limit for making IRA contributions and taking withdrawals Read more [...]

Do you have a side gig? Make sure you understand your tax obligations

| Tax Briefs

The number of people engaged in the “gig” or sharing economy has grown in recent years, according to a 2019 IRS report. And there are tax consequences for the people who perform these jobs, such as providing car rides, renting spare bedrooms, delivering food, walking dogs or providing other services. Basically, if you receive income from one of the online platforms offering goods and services, it’s generally taxable. That’s true even if the income comes from a side job and even if you Read more [...]

Could your organization become a victim of lifestyle fraud?

| Business Miscellaneous

By Chris Mennel, CPA     Sometimes it begins with “borrowing” a small amount of money, as a temporary loan from an employer. He or she may be thinking, “I really need this money and I’ll put it back when I get my paycheck,” or “I just can’t afford to lose everything – my home, car, everything.” Or the employee is living beyond his or her means and wants to support an extravagant lifestyle. Regardless of the rationale, lifestyle fraud is very real. And small businesses and Read more [...]

Adopting a child? Bring home tax savings with your bundle of joy

| Tax Briefs

If you’re adopting a child, or you adopted one this year, there may be significant tax benefits available to offset the expenses. For 2019, adoptive parents may be able to claim a nonrefundable credit against their federal tax for up to $14,080 of “qualified adoption expenses” for each adopted child. (This amount is increasing to $14,300 for 2020.) That’s a dollar-for-dollar reduction of tax — the equivalent, for someone in the 24% marginal tax bracket, of a deduction of over $50,000. Adoptive Read more [...]

Holiday parties and gifts can help show your appreciation and provide tax breaks

| Tax Briefs

With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday season is in full swing. At this time of year, your business may want to show its gratitude to employees and customers by giving them gifts or hosting holiday parties. It’s a good idea to understand the tax rules associated with these expenses. Are they tax deductible by your business and is the value taxable to the recipients? Customer and client gifts If you make gifts to customers and clients, the gifts are deductible up to $25 per recipient per Read more [...]