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IRS Audit
Posted by: Mike Scholz 1 year ago
If you recently filed your 2016 income tax return (rather than filing for an extension) you may now be wondering whether it’s likely that your business could be audited by the IRS based on your filing. Here’s what every business owner should know about the process. Catching the IRS’s eye Many business audits occur randomly, but a variety of tax-return-related items are likely to raise red flags with...
real estate taxes
Posted by: Mike Scholz 1 year ago
Income and losses from investment real estate or rental property are passive by definition — unless you’re a real estate professional. Why does this matter? Passive income may be subject to the 3.8% net investment income tax (NIIT), and passive losses generally are deductible only against passive income, with the excess being carried forward. Of course the NIIT is part of the Affordabl...
Posted by: Mike Scholz 1 year ago
Private companies with more than one owner should have a buy-sell agreement to spell out how ownership shares will change hands should an owner depart. For businesses structured as C corporations, the agreements also have significant tax implications that are important to understand. Buy-sell basics A buy-sell agreement sets up parameters for the transfer of ownership interests following stated “trigger...
Retirement Plan Options
Posted by: Breanna Baughman 1 year ago
If you are self-employed without employees and are looking into putting money away for retirement, there are several popular options outside of the Traditional or Roth IRA plans. Three of the more popular retirement plans include Self Employed Pensions (SEP) IRA, Simple IRA, and One-Person 401(k) Self Employed Pension (SEP) IRA A SEP IRA allows a self-employed individual to make contribut...
Posted by: Mike Scholz 1 year ago
Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the second quarter of 2017. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing requirements. April 1 Kewaunee County to impose county sales and use tax ...
Safe Harbor Deduction
Posted by: Mike Scholz 1 year ago
If last year your business made repairs to tangible property, such as buildings, machinery, equipment or vehicles, you may be eligible for a valuable deduction on your 2016 income tax return. But you must make sure they were truly “repairs,” and not actually “improvements.” Why? Costs incurred to improve tangible property must be depreciated over a period of years. But costs incurred on inc...
Posted by: Dale Kunin 1 year ago
Are you looking for a specific check or invoice? Perhaps you just made an entry, but you can't seem to find it anywhere? Here is a way to find those missing transactions without wasting precious time. You can search for transactions in Peachtree based on specific criteria that you enter. 1.  From the Edit menu, select Find Transactions   2.  Select a Filter range This is a 2-step process. Fir...
Unlucky 13
Posted by: Mike Scholz 1 year ago
The IRS’s Large Business and International Division has identified 13 “campaigns,” or issues it will target in examinations, in the coming year. While the list targets large businesses, don’t be surprised if the issues trickle down to mid-sized and smaller businesses, too. The IRS is turning to an issue approach to audits and is focusing on those compliance issues that present the greatest ...
Foreign Bank Accounts
Posted by: Swati Jain 1 year ago
During the past year(s), did you have a foreign bank account or a financial interest/signature authority in any foreign account? If so, be aware…the IRS wants to know about it. If the combined aggregate value of all those foreign bank accounts exceeded $10,000 at any time during the calendar year, even if just for 1 day, you are required to file FinCEN Form 114, Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) with ...
Posted by: Mike Scholz 1 year ago
The Section 199 deduction is intended to encourage domestic manufacturing. In fact, it’s often referred to as the “manufacturers’ deduction.” But this potentially valuable tax break can be used by many other types of businesses besides manufacturing companies. Sec. 199 deduction 101 The Sec. 199 deduction, also called the “domestic production activities deduction,” is 9% of ...