Why Are Tax Industry Experts Leary of Proposed Tax Cuts?

We don’t always agree and regardless the issue, there are always arguments on both sides, and discussions are often heated. Expect nothing less toward proposed tax cuts by the Treasury Department. They are bringing forth both anticipation and trepidation by a growing number of industry experts and economists. The plan is called unaffordable and unfair. A common concern is that capital gains and dividends are taxed at a lower rate than income earned through actual work. It’s also being … [Read more...]

Is The New Tax Cut For Qualified Improvement Property Unfair to Restaurants?

Some laws are enacted because they appear to provide solutions to issues in need of resolution. That seemed to have been the case with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) for depreciation of qualified improvement property (QIP), enacted December 2017. It had an immediate impact on 2017 taxes filed after January this year. Instead of offering a solution, it is determined this was the result of a legislative oversight. No doubt a change was necessary, but things didn’t turn out as planned. One … [Read more...]

Taxpayers Proceed With Caution Warns the IRS

Not so fast, taxpayers! Proceed with caution, warns the IRS, after New York and New Jersey approved workarounds involving charitable organizations.   Earlier this year New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed new legislations in their respective states allowing local governments to set up charitable organizations that can accept property tax payments. Homeowners can declare those “donations” as gifts to offset federal taxable income.   The … [Read more...]

Quill Overturned! – How Does This Effect Retailers?

Have you heard? The Supreme Court ruled on South Dakota v. Wayfair and Quill v. North Dakota has been overturned. What does this mean? Online retailers are going to face new challenges in the months to come and will need to decide whether to start collecting tax, what software they may need, and how to report the tax. Since 1967, if you have a link or connection to a state, called nexus, you’ve always been required as a seller to collect sales tax. One of the most defining court decisions … [Read more...]

Why You Need To Update Your Job Descriptions

Let’s take a look at job descriptions. Chances are you already have job descriptions for your team. If you don’t, it’s time to write those! Job descriptions are so important for setting expectations and doing performance reviews! Assuming you already have job descriptions, it’s important to keep them current. When is the last time you took a good look at them and updated them based on what your employees are actually doing everyday (rather than just what they were supposed to do when you … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Legitimize Wacky Tax Deductions

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We’re sure you’re aware that there is a right way and a wrong way to do your taxes. But sometimes, tax deductions aren’t as “cut and dry” as they seem. Take, for instance, the junkyard owner who had a rodent problem. Instead of hiring an exterminator, he bought cat food and put it out to attract feral cats. The cats took care of his problem and he claimed the cost of cat food as a business expense. Or how about the taxpayer who tried to claim the cost of a daily sitter for his dog? It … [Read more...]

How to Get Back to Work After Vacation

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With summer quickly approaching, you may be planning for a much-needed vacation. Europe. Hawaii. Mexico. Anywhere other than your office sounds good, right? We’re big fans of taking vacation time around here because we’ve learned the hard way that all work and no play leads to burnout, fast. Well-rested CPA’s are the best CPA’s because their stress level is lower and their energy is higher. This leads to enhanced productivity, better decisions and a keen eye for detail—all important things if … [Read more...]

How To Eliminate The Rivalry With CPAs

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Financial services companies have been competing with CPAs in the accounting and tax business for years. Many CPAs are or are in the process of becoming licensed investment advisors. As a Financial Advisor, you may find yourself avoiding a CPA who list financial services or specialty insurance licenses on their websites. It's easy to assume that the “most trusted advisor” badge automatically goes to those whose title includes those 3 little letters. This week I’d like to focus on why things … [Read more...]

Key Tax Terms You Need To Know To Win The Tax Game

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Welcome back! This month we're talking about all things tax related, including tax terms. If you missed our other posts this month, we invite you to check them out now. To learn how to choose the right entity, click here. To find out how you can take advantage of some surprising tax deductions, check this out. And to get your arms around tax obligations you need to know about, look here. This week we want to share some key tax terms you need to know to win the tax game. While CPAs are … [Read more...]

Tax Obligations You Need To Know About

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This month we're talking about everybody’s favorite topic: taxes and tax obligations. We know, we know…it’s actually not your favorite topic, nonetheless, it’s a very important topic so it’s something we’ve got to address. If you missed our first two posts this month, make sure you check out our posts on How To Choose The Right Business Entity and Surprising Tax Deductions—both are full of insights you need to know. This week we'll be continuing our series by talking about tax obligations … [Read more...]