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Blogging Beyond the Numbers

Posted by: Mike Scholz 2 months ago
Because donations to charity of cash or property generally are tax deductible (if you itemize), it only seems logical that the donation of something even more valuable to you — your time — would also be deductible. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Donations of time or services aren’t deductible. It doesn’t matter if it’s simple administrative work, such as checking in attendees at a fundra...
Green Home
Posted by: Mike Scholz 3 months ago
“Going green” at home — whether it’s your principal residence or a second home — can reduce your tax bill in addition to your energy bill, all while helping the environment, too. The catch is that, to reap all three benefits, you need to buy and install certain types of renewable energy equipment in the home. Invest in green and save green For 2018 and 2019, you may be eligible for a tax credit ...
alphabet soup
Posted by: Mike Scholz 3 months ago
There continues to be much uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act and how such uncertainty will impact health care costs. So it’s critical to leverage all tax-advantaged ways to fund these expenses, including HSAs, FSAs and HRAs. Here’s how to make sense of this alphabet soup of health care accounts. HSAs If you’re covered by a qualified high-deductible health plan (HDHP), you can contribute pre...
Ecommerce
Posted by: Cam Brawley 3 months ago
The US Supreme Court just handed down their decision on the Wayfair case.  This case sets a precedence for major changes in sales & use tax filing requirements by retailers.  Based on several previous court decisions, retailers had to have physical presence (employees or other agents, property owned or leased in the state, or other factors) in a state to be required to register and collect that state ...
Q3 Tax Calendar
Posted by: Mike Scholz 3 months ago
Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the third quarter of 2018. 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. July 31 Report income tax withholding and FICA taxes for second...
FMLA
Posted by: Swati Jain 3 months ago
Question: What is the new Family and Medical Leave tax credit and how does it benefit my business? Answer: The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act recently introduced a new credit for employers who provide paid family and medical leave to their employees. Eligible employers can claim a general business credit equal to 12.5% to 25% of the wages paid to qualifying employees on paid leave. The credit is available for ...
Estate planning
Posted by: Mike Scholz 3 months ago
The massive changes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) made to income taxes have garnered the most attention. But the new law also made major changes to gift and estate taxes. While the TCJA didn’t repeal these taxes, it did significantly reduce the number of taxpayers who’ll be subject to them, at least for the next several years. Nevertheless, factoring taxes into your estate planning is still important...
Stock
Posted by: Mike Scholz 3 months ago
Today many employees receive stock-based compensation from their employer as part of their compensation and benefits package. The tax consequences of such compensation can be complex — subject to ordinary-income, capital gains, employment and other taxes. But if you receive restricted stock awards, you might have a tax-saving opportunity in the form of the Section 83(b) election. Convert ordinary income ...
Retirement options
Posted by: Mike Scholz 4 months ago
Many Americans relocate to another state when they retire. If you’re thinking about such a move, state and local taxes should factor into your decision. Income, property and sales tax Choosing a state that has no personal income tax may appear to be the best option. But that might not be the case once you consider property taxes and sales taxes. For example, suppose you’ve narrowed your decision do...
Business Loss
Posted by: Mike Scholz 4 months ago
It’s not uncommon for businesses to sometimes generate tax losses. But the losses that can be deducted are limited by tax law in some situations. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) further restricts the amount of losses that sole proprietors, partners, S corporation shareholders and, typically, limited liability company (LLC) members can currently deduct — beginning in 2018. This could negatively...