Prepaying property taxes related to the current year but due the following year has long been one of the most popular and effective year-end tax-planning strategies. But does it still make sense in 2018?
The answer, for some people, is yes — accelerating this expense will increase their itemized deductions, reducing their tax bills. But for many, particularly those in high-tax states, changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) eliminate the benefits.
The holiday season is a great time for businesses to show their appreciation for employees and customers by giving them gifts or hosting holiday parties. Before you begin shopping or sending out invitations, though, it’s a good idea to find out whether the expense is tax deductible and whether it’s taxable to the recipient. Here’s a brief review of the rules.
As the year winds to a close, most businesses see employees taking a lot of vacation time. After all, it’s the holiday season, and workers want to enjoy it. Some businesses, however, find themselves particularly short-staffed in December because they don’t allow unused paid time off (PTO) to be rolled over to the new year, or they allow only very limited rollovers.
There are good business reasons to limit PTO rollovers. Fortunately, there’s a way to reduce the year-end PTO vortex without having to allow unlimited rollovers: a PTO contribution arrangement.
Think you pay too much in taxes?
The IRS recently released statistics for the 2016 filing year. See how you compare.
Nobody likes to pay penalties. Even the very word conjures negative images in our minds.
Payment of taxes feels like penalty enough. Failure to pay enough tax to the IRS can result in an underpayment penalty. But you can avoid the penalty.
I recently attended an education conference hosted by the Internal Revenue Service. I suffered through hours of classes each day, but was rewarded with San Diego evenings and a sunset on an ocean beach.
Tax return preparers are required to have a PTIN, or preparer tax identification number. Other than that, there aren't really any requirements to be a paid tax return preparer. That's kind of scary!
It is with mixed emotions that Next Step Advisors announces the departure of Josh Emett. He has accepted a position with a firm in North Carolina, and will be moving his young family across the country. Josh has been an important piece of our team, and replacing him will not be easy. We will miss him, but we are excited for his new adventure. We wish him the best of luck in this move, and with his new firm on the East coast!
The Internal Revenue Service began a new private collection program of certain overdue federal tax debts selecting four contractors to implement it.
The new program, authorized under a federal law enacted by Congress, enables these designated contractors to collect, on the government’s behalf, outstanding inactive tax receivables. Authorized under a federal law enacted by Congress in December 2015, Section 32102 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) requires the IRS to use private collection agencies for the collection of outstanding inactive tax receivables.
Last week the caller ID on my home phone displayed a call from Rochester, NY. It was an automated call which apparently started before my voicemail picked up. If I didn't know better, I might have been worried by what the computer voice told me.
The idea has been tossed around for years, and politicians love to suggest it would be a priority, but the postcard 1040 might finally become a reality.
As part of a larger effort to help taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service plans to streamline the Form 1040 into a shorter, simpler form for the 2019 tax season.
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