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Estimated Tax Payments

Entrepreneurs, sole-proprietors, shareholders of S corporations, partners in partnerships, and members of LLCs, as well as certain employees with wages may need to make quarterly estimated tax payments to avoid paying interest and penalties.  If it stands that you will owe more than $1,000 when you file your individual income tax return, then to avoid…

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How to Document Business Meals, Vehicle and Travel Expenses

Business Meals

Meal, vehicle and travel expenses are common deductions for businesses. But if you don’t properly document these expenses, you could find your deductions denied by the IRS. A critical requirement Subject to various rules and limits, business meal (generally 50%), vehicle and travel expenses may be deductible, whether you pay for the expenses directly or…

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LLC Restrictions on Professional Services Companies in California

Limited liability company (LLC) members that operate a “professional services” company registered in California are at risk of losing liability protection, paying penalties and interest, having to amend prior year tax returns, losing their company name and paying more administrative and accounting fees which could include adjustments to payroll and payroll tax returns. Ouch! LLCs…

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Volunteer to Give


What can you deduct when volunteering? Because donations to charity of cash or property generally are tax deductible (if you itemize), it only seems logical that the donation of something even more valuable to you — your time — would also be deductible. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Donations of time or services aren’t deductible.…

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Home Green Home: Save Tax by Saving Energy

Solar Credits

                “Going green” at home — whether it’s your principal residence or a second home — can reduce your tax bill in addition to your energy bill, all while helping the environment, too. The catch is that, to reap all three benefits, you need to buy and install…

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Tax Advantaged Health Care Accounts

There continues to be much uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act and how such uncertainty will impact health care costs. So it’s critical to leverage all tax-advantaged ways to fund these expenses, including HSAs, FSAs and HRAs. Here’s how to make sense of this alphabet soup of health care accounts. HSAs If you’re covered by…

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Supreme Court Opens Door to Taxation of Online Sales

Supreme Court opens door to taxation of online sales In a much-anticipated ruling that confounded the expectations of many court watchers, the U.S. Supreme Court has given state and local governments the green light to impose sales taxes on out-of-state online sales. The 5-4 decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. was met by cheers…

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Choosing the best business entity structure post-TCJA

Entity Choice

For tax years beginning in 2018 and beyond, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) created a flat 21% federal income tax rate for C corporations. Under prior law, C corporations were taxed at rates as high as 35%. The TCJA also reduced individual income tax rates, which apply to sole proprietorships and pass-through entities,…

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