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Blogging Beyond the Numbers

Retirement Planning
Posted by: Mike Scholz 1 year ago
One important step to both reducing taxes and saving for retirement is to contribute to a tax-advantaged retirement plan. If your employer offers a 401(k) plan, contributing to that is likely your best first step. If you’re not already contributing the maximum allowed, consider increasing your contribution rate between now and year end. Because of tax-deferred compounding (tax-free in th...
Q4 Tax Deadline Calendar
Posted by: Mike Scholz 1 year ago
Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the fourth 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. October 16 If a calendar-year C corporation that filed an auto...
Posted by: Mike Scholz 1 year ago
Charitable giving allows you to help an organization you care about and, in most cases, enjoy a valuable income tax deduction. If you’re considering a large gift, a noncash donation such as appreciated real estate can provide additional benefits. For example, if you’ve held the property for more than one year, you generally will be able to deduct its full fair market value and avoid any capital gains ta...
Educator Expense
Posted by: Mike Scholz 1 year ago
At back-to-school time, much of the focus is on the students returning to the classroom — and on their parents buying them school supplies, backpacks, clothes, etc., for the new school year. But let’s not forget about the teachers. It’s common for teachers to pay for some classroom supplies out of pocket. The tax code provides a special break that makes it a little easier for these educators ...
Key Financial Performance Indicators
Posted by: Steve Kleiss 1 year ago
"So how are we doing?" A common question from management and governance of nonprofit organizations. Here are a few financial indicators for a clearer understanding of the financial health and performance of your organization.  Operating Reserve How much do we have for the lean times? Ample reserves are often discussed and often harder to make a reality, but it helps to start with a defin...
Posted by: Mike Scholz 1 year ago
It’s a safe bet that state tax authorities will let you know if you haven’t paid enough sales and use taxes, but what are the odds that you’ll be notified if you’ve paid too much? The chances are slim — so slim that many businesses use reverse audits to find overpayments so they can seek refunds. Take all of your exemptions In most states, businesses are exempt from sales tax on equipment used i...
Expired
Posted by: Mike Scholz 1 year ago
Most of the talk about possible tax legislation this year has focused on either wide-sweeping tax reform or taxes that are part of the Affordable Care Act. But there are a few other potential tax developments for individuals to keep an eye on. Back in December of 2015, Congress passed the PATH Act, which made a multitude of tax breaks permanent. However, there were a few valuable breaks for individuals t...
Posted by: Hannah Lanser 1 year ago
Missions Trips, the most common summer church activity. Let's talk about tax deductibility Donations for a trip can be deductible if the donation 1) is a gift to or 2) for the use of a qualified charitable organization. The first step with missions trips is determining the primary purpose of the trip. A direct connection must exist between the trip expenses and the charitable, volunteer services being per...
Church Network Conference
Posted by: Hannah Lanser 1 year ago
As I fly back from the 61st Annual Church Network conference with Scott Haumersen, I am inspired by the number of people and organizations working with churches in our nation. This conference is for church administrators and there were more than 400 people in attendance this year representing nearly 40 states and nearly every denomination. We were there representing Wegner CPAs at the tradeshow for the s...
Posted by: Christin Biermeier 1 year ago
Now that Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replacement efforts appear to have collapsed, at least for the time being, it’s a good time for a refresher on the tax penalty the ACA imposes on individuals who fail to have “minimum essential” health insurance coverage for any month of the year. This requirement is commonly called the “individual mandate.” Penalty exemptions Before we review how th...