Unlock the Biggest Possible Deduction for a Home Office

The IRS recently issued a reminder about claiming the home office deduction. In particular, it explained a simplified method that offers a time-saving option. But many taxpayers who maintain a home office fare better tax-wise by deducting expenses under the regular method. Others may not be eligible to deduct any home office expenses. Here's why. Regular and Exclusive Use Most home-related Continue Reading

Wedding Bells: Tax Issues to Consider Before Tying the Knot

Summer — the traditional wedding season — is just around the corner. Marriage changes life in many ways. Here's how it may affect your tax situation. Marital Status Your marital status at year end determines your tax filing options for the entire year. If you're married on December 31, you'll have two federal income tax filing choices for 2017: File jointly with your spouse, or Opt for Continue Reading

Claiming a federal tax deduction for moving costs

Summer is a popular time to move, whether it’s so the kids don’t have to change schools mid-school-year, to avoid having to move in bad weather or simply because it can be an easier time to sell a home. Unfortunately, moving can be expensive. The good news is that you might be eligible for a federal tax deduction for your moving costs. Pass the tests The first requirement is that the move be Continue Reading

Understand How the Definition of Independent Contractor Has Changed Again

Whether someone who performs work for you qualifies as an employee or an independent contractor matters a great deal in terms of your financial and legal obligations to that individual. This includes such issues as whether your business must pay minimum wage and overtime pay, and provide mandated employee benefits. Under President Obama, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Continue Reading

Under-performing Employees May Be Salvageable

It's easy to spot under performance, but correcting it is a different matter. The fact is, effectively managing your workforce, especially problem employees, just doesn't come naturally to most people. Here's some guidance to potentially help turn around an employee who is missing the performance mark. Tackling the Problem When an employee is under performing, begin the performance Continue Reading

Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Workplace Safety Programs

"No person should ever have to be injured, become ill, or die for a paycheck," says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the agency which enforces the requirement that workplaces be safe and healthful. OSHA administers the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which focuses on rules, inspection regimes, and penalties for failing to uphold those standards. But often that focus Continue Reading

Turning next year’s tax refund into cash in your pocket now

Each year, millions of taxpayers claim an income tax refund. To be sure, receiving a payment from the IRS for a few thousand dollars can be a pleasant influx of cash. But it means you were essentially giving the government an interest-free loan for close to a year, which isn’t the best use of your money. Fortunately, there is a way to begin collecting your 2017 refund now: You can review the Continue Reading

Establishing Residency for State Tax Purposes

Have you been contemplating moving to another state with lower taxes? Your move could lower your state tax bill, but you want to make sure to establish that the new state is your place of legal residency (also known as your "domicile") for state tax purposes. Otherwise, the old state could come after you for taxes after you've moved. In the worst-case scenario, your new state could expect to get Continue Reading

The Ins and Outs of Deducting Legal Expenses

Legal expenses incurred by individuals are typically not currently deductible under the federal income tax rules. Instead, they're most often treated as either personal outlays (which are nondeductible) or as part of the cost of acquiring an asset, such as real estate. When Can You Claim a Nonbusiness Deduction for Legal Expenses? As stated in the main article, an individual's legal Continue Reading

Do you know the tax implications of your C corp.’s buy-sell agreement?

Private companies with more than one owner should have a buy-sell agreement to spell out how ownership shares will change hands should an owner depart. For businesses structured as C corporations, the agreements also have significant tax implications that are important to understand. Buy-sell basics A buy-sell agreement sets up parameters for the transfer of ownership interests following stated Continue Reading