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Posted by: Mike Scholz 3 years ago
Retirement plan contribution limits are indexed for inflation, but with inflation remaining low, most of the limits remain unchanged for 2017. The only limit that has increased from the 2016 level is for contributions to defined contribution plans, which has gone up by $1,000. Type of limit 2017 limit Elective deferrals to 401(k), 403(b), 457(b)(2) and 457(c)(1) plans $18,000 C...
Posted by: Mike Scholz 3 years ago
There are many ways to save for a child’s or grandchild’s education. But one has annual contribution limits, and if you don’t make a 2016 contribution by December 31, the opportunity will be lost forever. We’re talking about Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESAs). How ESAs work With an ESA, you contribute money now that the beneficiary can use later to pay qualified education expenses: ...
Posted by: Mike Scholz 3 years ago
President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act (the Act) on December 13th which allows small employers to provide Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) for their employees without facing penalties for failing to satisfy certain Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements. Furthermore, the Act retroactively grants penalty relief for plan years beginning on or before December 31, 2016. HRAs are esse...
Posted by: Mike Scholz 3 years ago
The lower fuel prices we experienced in 2016 means the 2017 business mileage rates are also dropping. The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the standard mileage rates for 2017 for taxpayers to use in calculating the deductible costs of driving a car for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. In Notice 2016-79, the IRS lists the standard mileage rates, effective as of Jan. 1, 2017: ...
Posted by: Christin Biermeier 3 years ago
The holiday season is known as the time for giving, and who better to give to than your favorite non-profit organization. These year-end contributions may not come in the form of cash as expected, but rather as a promise from a contributor to give in the future. As a non-profit, how does your organization account for these promised contributions? The timing of revenue recognition is tied to the date of...
Posted by: Joe O'Connor 3 years ago
When customers can’t find what they want on a company’s website, they quickly move on to a competitor, according to The Outlook for Wholesale Distribution in 2015 study. So building a user-friendly site is a must, the study said. The increased focus on technology should level the playing field for many small and mid-sized distributors looking to gain better visibility through e-commerce. But budgeting...
Posted by: Swati Jain 3 years ago
Do you have a business that exports property/goods manufactured, produced, grown or extracted in the United States? If yes, then there is a powerful tax savings opportunity that is provided by the US government as an incentive to exporters. Interest Charge - Domestic International Sales Corporations, IC-DISC for short, are domestic tax exempt corporations that are created by the exporting company. The mec...
Wisconsin Tax
Posted by: Mike Scholz 3 years ago
Wisconsin is one of the country's most productive manufacturing states. To boost that activity even more, Wisconsin manufacturers are receiving significant tax incentives to keep this work in Wisconsin. A new law that took effect in 2013 allows manufacturers to take a credit on profits from manufacturing in Wisconsin. The credit has been phased in from 2013 to 2016. This year the credit will be fully phased...
Posted by: Mike Scholz 3 years ago
If you're charitably inclined, making donations is probably one of your key year-end tax planning strategies. But if you typically give cash, you may want to consider another option that provides not just one but two tax benefits: Donating long-term appreciated stock. More tax savings Appreciated publicly traded stock you've held more than one year is long-term capital gains property. If ...
Posted by: Christin Biermeier 3 years ago
One of the most important financial statements for a business is the cash flow statement. The cash flow statement is the best resource for testing a company's liquidity and short-term viability. It records the inflows and outflows of a business's cash and cash equivalents, therefore showing how a company spends and receives cash. This article will explain how a cash flow statement is prepared based...
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