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Tax Consequences of Offering Innovative Benefits

Although some companies that sent workers home during the pandemic have returned them to the office, many businesses continue to rely on remote workers. At the same time, companies in a range of industries are struggling to find and keep employees. This unusual business environment has spawned some innovative fringe benefits — or expanded traditional offerings…

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Mind the Wash Sale Rule When Harvesting Tax Losses

While stock values have mostly gone up so far this year, bull markets don’t last forever. And the price of a particular stock can fluctuate up or down, independent from the market’s overall trend line. When you make what turns out to be an ill-fated stock investment in a taxable investment account, the saving grace is…

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The R&D Tax Credit: Are You Leaving Money on the Table?

By Patrick Crosby, Tax Supervisor The Research & Development Tax Credit (R&D credit) may hold the record for the most underutilized tax incentive available in today’s business environment. Too often, the R&D credit is overlooked simply because taxpayers are not aware of it or they do not believe that it applies to their businesses because…

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Beyond Spreadsheets: Modern Solutions for Budgeting and Planning

By: Jim Norton, CPA, Senior Manager, Accounting Technology Services Microsoft’s Excel is the undisputed champion among the tools used historically by accounting and finance professionals. While Excel reigns supreme for quick one-off projects and projections, it does not support activities that contribute tremendous value to your organization in the form of strong governance, critical financial…

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Lessons Learned from Adoption of Topic 606, Revenue Recognition

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-09 Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) to clarify revenue recognition guidance and thereby improve financial reporting. Nonprofit entities who adopted the standard early quickly learned that there is a significant learning curve to properly recognizing revenue under the new…

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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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