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2021 Tax Strategies for Small Businesses

National Small Business Week will be celebrated September 13-15 this year to honor America’s small businesses and recognize their hard work. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.[1] This month’s tax planning article…

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Tax Advantaged Savings Strategies Help with the Rising Costs of College

Attending college in America is expensive. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the average cost of tuition and fees alone was between $10,560 (public in-state) and $37,650 (private).[1] With room and board, the annual cost increases to over $20,000 per student, making the average total price for a four-year degree between $88,720 and $203,080. Families concerned…

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Beware: Teleworking Arrangements May Cause State Tax Withholding Issues

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers shut down their regular workplaces, either partially or wholly, as a safety precaution and instructed their employees to work from home. While some employees have returned to work, many are still working from home. Some employers have found that using remote workers is a sound strategy going forward. As a…

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Following Up on Coronavirus-Related Distributions from IRAs

If you were adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have taken a tax-favored coronavirus-related distribution (CVD) from a traditional IRA last year. This privilege was allowed under the CARES Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. What steps can you take now to achieve the optimal federal income tax results? CVD…

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2021 Year-End Tax Planning Series

The Year-End Tax Planning Series provides a roadmap for taxpayers navigating the many tax planning opportunities available this year. The content includes guidance for the various provisions enacted to help US taxpayers recover from the economic hardship associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Tax Credits for Families Tax Strategies for Small Business Tax Advanced Savings Strategies…

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Tax Credits for Families

Energy Tax Credit for Homeowners For 2021, homeowners may be able to take a tax credit of 26% of the costs of qualified solar electric property, solar water heating property, small wind energy property, geothermal heat pump property, and fuel cell property. The credit remains at 26% of the qualifying costs for systems installed in…

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Don’t Run Afoul of Private Inurement Rules

Most not-for-profit executives are aware of the prohibition against private inurement. Generally, nonprofit directors and executives — and their family members — aren’t allowed to personally benefit from their positions while putting their organization at a disadvantage. Penalties for violating the private inurement mandate could include financial sanctions for violators and, in the rare worst-case scenario,…

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Deadline Coming: Follow Up on Your PPP Loans

Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) loans were a lifeline for many small business owners during the worst of the pandemic-driven economic slowdown. In total, the Small Business Administration (SBA) approved nearly 12 million PPP loans, averaging $67,000. But all good things must come to an end. The PPP program stopped accepting loan applications on May 31, 2021….

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SERPs: Pros and Cons for Employers and Executives

If your company offers employees a qualified retirement plan, it’s probably a 401(k). But this popular option isn’t the only game in town. You may want to offer an additional retirement savings vehicle — such as a supplementary executive retirement plan (SERP) — to complement the 401(k)s of a select group of employees. Unlike 401(k)s, SERPs…

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New Filing Deadline Announced for EEO-1 Report

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that the due date for the 2019/2020 EEO-1 Component 1 data report has changed. It’s now Monday, August 23, 2021. Basics About the Report The EEO-1 survey is a report required to be submitted to the EEOC by: Employers with federal government contracts of $50,000 or more who have…

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