2019 Standard Mileage Rates Released
The IRS released the optional standard mileage rates for 2019. Most
taxpayers may use these rates to compute deductible costs of
operating vehicles for:...
FAQ: How are LLCs taxed?
An LLC (limited liability company) is not a federal tax entity.
LLCs are organized under state law. LLCs are not specifically
mentioned in the Tax Code, and there are no special IRS regulations
How do I? Get the most from my inherited IRA?
Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are popular retirement
savings vehicles that enable taxpayers to build their nest egg
slowly over the years and enjoy tax benefits as well. But what
happens to th...
New "repair" regulations continue to demand action
More than six months after the IRS issued temporary "repair"
regulations (T.D. 9564), many complex questions remain about their
interpretation and application. These regulations are sweeping in
FAQ: What is a family partnership?
The family partnership is a common device for reducing the overall
tax burden of family members. Family members who contribute
property or services to a partnership in exchange for partnership
How do I… Guard against taxpayer identity theft?
The number of tax return-related identity theft incidents has
almost doubled in the past three years to well over half a million
reported during 2011, according to a recent report by the Treasury
FAQ: What is a limited liability company?
A limited liability company (LLC) is a business entity created
under state law. Every state and the District of Columbia have LLC
statutes that govern the formation and operation of LLCs....
How Do I? Write Off Bad Business Debts
A business with a significant amount of receivables should evaluate
whether some of them may be written off as business bad debts. A
business taxpayer may deduct business bad debts if the receivable
How Do I? Make an in-plan Roth IRA rollover?
In-plan Roth IRA rollovers are a relatively new creation, and as a
result many individuals are not aware of the rules. The Small
Business Jobs Act of 2010 made it possible for participants in
Calculating correct withholding and estimated tax
Correctly calculating your estimated tax payments and/or
withholding is even more important as the year end approaches.
Accurate calculations are especially important as third and fourth
Common IRA contribution and distribution mistakes
Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) -- both traditional and Roth
IRAs -- are among the most popular retirement savings vehicles
today. Protecting the value of your IRA (and other retirement
How Do I? Convert my traditional IRA to a Roth IRA?
Beginning in 2010, the income limitations that have prevented
taxpayers with modified adjusted gross incomes of $100,000 or more
and married taxpayers that filed their returns separately from
FAQ: How does a 60-day loan from an IRA work?
Many taxpayers are looking for additional sources of cash during
these tough economic times. For many individuals, their Individual
Retirement Account (IRA) is one source of cash. You can withdraw
FAQ: What is a Spousal IRA?
If you file a joint return and your taxable income is less than
that of your spouse, the "spousal" IRA rules may allow you to
contribute up to $5,000 in 2009 (or $6,000 if you are 50 or older)
to an i...
FAQ...Must I file a joint return if I'm married?
Just because you're married doesn't mean you have to file a joint
return. This is a common misconception along with thinking that
"married filing separately" applies to couples who are separated or
How do I?…Set up a SEP
As a business owner you have likely heard about the tax advantages
of setting up a retirement plan for you and your employees. Many
small business owners, however, have also heard some of the horror
Estate planning for retirement plan assets
Throughout all of our lives, we have been told that if we don't
want to work all of our life, we must plan ahead and save for
retirement. We have also been urged to seek professional guidance
to help ...
How do I? Compute my net worth
How much am I really worth? This is a question that has run through
most of our minds at one time or another. However, if you aren't an
accountant or mathematician, it may seem like an impossible numb...
Client FAQ - Gifts to employees
Q: The holidays are approaching and I would like to consider giving
gifts of appreciation to my employees. What kinds of gifts can I
give my employees that they would not have to declare as income on
Tax aspects of divorce and separation
When it comes to legal separation or divorce, there are many
complex situations to address. A divorcing couple faces many
important decisions and issues regarding alimony, child support,
and the fair ...
How Do I?... Compute financial ratios
How quickly could you convert your assets to cash if necessary? Do
you have a quantitative way to evaluate management's effectiveness?
Knowing your business' key financial ratios can provide valuabl...
Client FAQ: Buy or lease equipment?
Q. I've just started my own business and am having a hard time
deciding whether I should buy or lease the equipment I need before
I open my doors. What are some of the things I should consider when
Control your company's travel expenses
As a business owner, you may dread reviewing the travel expense
reports from your employees returning from business trips. Airfare,
hotel and other costs for even a short trip can add up quickly.
Internal controls and the small business owner
As you open the doors of your new business, the last thing on your
mind may be the potential for loss of profits through employee
oversight or theft - especially if you are the only employee.
Client FAQ: Starting a new business
Q. My company recently downsized its workforce and eliminated my
position. I thought this would be a good opportunity to start my
own consulting business in the same industry. What are some of the
Is early retirement for you?
You're 57 years old and as part of an early retirement package,
you've just been offered a large cash bonus and salary
continuation, along with a lump sum payment from the company
retirement plan and ...
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