Category Archives: Business Tax Prep

Year-End Tax Planning Strategies for Businesses

Close-up of hand of business meetingThere are a number of end of year tax planning strategies that businesses can use to reduce their tax burden for 2017. Here are a few of them: Continue reading

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Small Business: Tax Breaks for Charitable Giving

bigstock-Coins-in-glass-money-jar-with--86673002Tax breaks for charitable giving aren’t limited to individuals, your small business can benefit as well. If you own a small to medium size business and are committed to giving back to the community through charitable giving, here’s what you should know. Continue reading

Minimizing Tax on Mutual Fund Activities

mutual funds.jpgTax law generally treats mutual fund shareholders as if they directly owned a proportionate share of the fund’s portfolio of securities and you must report as income any mutual fund distributions, whether or not they are reinvested. Thus, all dividends and interest from securities in the portfolio, as well as any capital gains from the sales of securities, are taxed to the shareholders.

Whether you’re new to mutual funds or a seasoned investor who wants to learn more, these tips will help you avoid the tax bite on mutual fund investments. Continue reading

The Simplified Option for Home Office Deduction

Man sat at a computerIf you’re one of the more than 3.4 million taxpayers who claimed deductions for business use of a home (commonly referred to as the home office deduction)–but haven’t taken advantage of it because you thought it was too complicated–then you might be interested in the simplified option. Continue reading

Five Things to Know before Starting a Business

bigstock-Portrait-of-smiling-owner-stan-155328932Starting a new business is an exciting, but busy time with so much to be done and so little time to do it in. And, if you expect to have employees, there are a variety of federal and state forms and applications that will need to be completed to get your business up and running. That’s where a tax professional can help. Continue reading

Tax Tips for the Self-Employed

Executive woman working on laptop computerIf you are self-employed, you normally carry on a trade or business. Sole proprietors and independent contractors are two types of self-employment. If this applies to you, there are a few basic things you should know about how your income affects your federal tax return. If you’re self-employed, here are six important tax tips you should know about: Continue reading

Earlier Filing Deadlines in 2017 for Forms W-2 and 1099

small-businessman-late-for-work-119629724Starting in 2017 employers and small businesses face an earlier filing deadline of January 31 for Forms W-2. The new January 31 filing deadline also applies to certain Forms 1099-MISC reporting non-employee compensation such as payments to independent contractors. Also of note is that the IRS must also hold some refunds until February 15.

A new federal law, aimed at making it easier for the IRS to detect and prevent refund fraud, will accelerate the W-2 filing deadline for employers to January 31. For similar reasons, the new law also requires the IRS to hold refunds involving two key refundable tax credits until at least February 15 (also new). Here are details on each of these key dates. Continue reading

The Home-Based Business: Basics to Consider 

accountantMore than 52 percent of businesses today are home-based. Every day, people are striking out and achieving economic and creative independence by turning their skills into dollars. Garages, basements, and attics are being transformed into the corporate headquarters of the newest entrepreneurs–home-based businesspeople.  Continue reading