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New Law, New Limit on Deductions for Business Interest Expense

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) imposes a new limitation on deductions for business interest expense. This is a permanent change for tax years beginning in 2018 and beyond. Will your business be affected? Here’s what you need to know. 3 Exceptions to the Interest Expense Limitation Many businesses will be exempt from the interest…

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Dealing With Attorneys’ Contingent Fees

If you agree to a contingent-fee arrangement with your attorney, you may wonder whether the expense is deductible for federal income tax purposes. Unfortunately, the guidance on this controversial issue isn’t favorable to taxpayers in most situations. Beyond Taxable Recoveries to Individuals The main article focuses on contingent fees related to taxable judgments or settlements collected…

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Tax Planning for Payments to Buy Out an Exiting Partner

Sooner or later, your firm will encounter the issue of buying out a partner. This may be due to the partner’s retirement, death or other reasons. The federal income tax rules for partnership payments to buy out an exiting partner’s interest are tricky, but they also open up tax planning opportunities. The Basic Tax Rules Payments…

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Maintain a Healthy Cash Flow

In today’s economic environment, one major concern for businesses is maintaining a healthy cash flow. If your company is feeling the squeeze of a tight economy — and tight credit — its ability to manage cash flow is critical. Enterprises that successfully practice good cash management generally survive and prosper. Those that don’t are likely to…

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Unpaid Workers Can Surprise You

Casual labor can be dangerous! Hard to believe, but an administrative assistant wrote to an advice columnist. This person was frustrated looking for a new job and complained about “The Working Interview.” It seems the applicant actually had worked two days at one company and three days at another company without getting paid and without getting hired….

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When Not-for-Profit Organizations Join Hands

It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes not-for-profit organizations merge or are incorporated into one another. For example, your not-for-profit may be contemplating an acquisition of a smaller organization or perhaps you may be merged into a larger organization. In either event, this represents a significant change for managers both personally and professionally. Proposals for Not-for-Profit Mergers…

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Nonprofit Entities, Too, Can Be Impacted by U.S. Supreme Court’s New State Sales Tax Rules

By: Karen T. Syrylo, CPA States no longer need to restrict their sales tax collection requirements to only sellers that have a physical presence in the state, according to the June 21, 2018 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in South Dakota v. Wayfair. The ruling can apply to all sellers of sales-taxable goods and services, no…

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New Law Makes Education-Savings Tools More Flexible

From private preschool classes to college tuition, educating your family can be expensive. You can help lower the out-of-pocket costs by planning ahead with tax-advantaged education savings tools.New Law Expands the Flexibility of ABLE Accounts Tax-favored Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts are designed to help people with disabilities and their families to save…

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Looking for a Business Loan? Be Prepared

If you’re building up a small business but haven’t yet needed to borrow funds to expand or smooth out cash flow irregularities, you’re doing something right. Or if you have borrowed and everything went smoothly, kudos again. Otherwise, keep in mind that anticipating the need for credit well in advance will put you in a…

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Taxations Issues in the Gig Economy

Do you provide car rides through a mobile app, rent out your spare room using an online platform or repair computers for local businesses on demand? If so, you may be considered part of the “sharing economy” (also known as the Gig or on-demand economy). Participation in this emerging method of distributing services can be…

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