Category Archives: Financial Planning

Small Business tips for ensuring financial success

Small Business: Tips for Ensuring Financial Success

Small Business - Ensuring Financial SuccessCan you point your company in the direction of financial success, step on the gas, and then sit back and wait to arrive at your destination? Probably not.

While you may wish it was that easy, the truth is that you can’t let your business run on autopilot and expect good results. Every business owner knows you need to make numerous adjustments along the way. So, how do you handle the array of questions facing you? One way is through cost accounting.

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10 Smart Tax Tips for Small Businesses in 2021

small business taxesTo run a successful small business, there are a few tax tips every owner should know to help save money and minimize their tax liability. Here are our top ten tips: Continue reading

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Tax Considerations When Selling Your Small Business

selling businessSelling a small to medium-sized business is a complex venture, and many business owners are not aware of the tax consequences. Continue reading

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Avoiding Tax Surprises When Retiring Overseas

retirement abroadAre you approaching retirement age and wondering where you can retire to make your retirement nest egg last longer? Retiring abroad may be the answer. But first, it’s important to look at the tax implications because not all retirement country destinations are created equal. Continue reading

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Q & A: The $10,200 Unemployment Tax Break

Generally, unemployment compensation received under the unemployment compensation laws of the United States or a state is considered taxable income and must be reported on your federal tax return. However, a new tax break–in effect only for the 2020 tax year–lets you exclude the first $10,200 from taxable income. Here’s what you should know: Continue reading

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Economic Impact Payments: Rounds Three

On March 12, following the American Rescue Plan Act’s approval and signing, the IRS began sending out the third round of Economic Impact Payments. Most payments were sent out via direct deposit, but approximately 150,000 checks were mailed by the Treasury Department as well. Taxpayers who received EIP1 or EIP2 but didn’t receive a third payment (EIP3) via direct deposit will generally receive a check or, in some instances, a prepaid debit card (EIP Card). Continue reading

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Highlights of the American Rescue Plan Act

review tax documentsSigned into law on March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) contains several tax provisions affecting individuals and families. Let’s take a look: Continue reading

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Renting Out a Second Home

second homeIn general, income from renting a vacation home for 15 days or longer must be reported on your tax return on Schedule E, Supplemental Income and Loss. You should also keep in mind that the definition of a “vacation home” is not limited to a house. Apartments, condominiums, mobile homes, and boats are also considered vacation homes in the eyes of the IRS. Tax rules on rental income from second homes can be confusing, especially if you rent the home out for several months of the year and use the home yourself. Continue reading

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Social Security Benefits and Taxes: The Facts

social securitySocial Security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits; they do not include Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments, which are not taxable. Continue reading

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Credit Reports: What You Should Know

credit reportCreditors keep their evaluation standards secret, making it difficult to know just how to improve your credit rating. Nonetheless, it is still important to understand the factors that determine creditworthiness. Periodically reviewing your credit report can also help you protect your credit rating from fraud–and you from identity theft. Continue reading