With the 2012 hurricane season now under way and memories of tornadoes and other natural disasters from last year fresh in our collective minds, now is the time for individuals and businesses to safeguard their tax records by taking a few simple steps. • Take Inventory. Gather all of your documents and make an inventory
Did you know that almost everything you own and use for personal or investment purposes is a capital asset? Capital assets include a home, household furnishings and stocks and bonds held in a personal account. When you sell a capital asset, the difference between the amount you paid for the asset and its sales price
Owners of closely held businesses, including family owned and other small businesses, can now pass assets to heirs with minimal taxation thanks to a recent tax court ruling (Wandry v. Commissioner, U.S. Tax Court, March 26, 2012). Under current regulations, ownership of the business can be transferred to heirs using yearly and lifetime exemptions ($5,120,000
If you hire someone for a long-term, full-time project or a series of projects that are likely to last for an extended period, you must pay special attention to the difference between independent contractors and employees. The IRS and state regulators scrutinize the distinction between employees and independent contractors because many business owners try to
Spring is a great time to clean out that growing mountain of financial papers and tax documents that clutters your home and office. Here’s what you need to keep and what you can throw out without fearing the wrath of the IRS.
When it comes to tax planning for small businesses, the complexity of tax law generates a lot of folklore and misinformation that also leads to costly mistakes. Here is a look at some of the more common small business tax misperceptions.
From Roth conversions to changes in reporting capital gains and losses, there were a number of tax changes in 2011. Whether you already know about them or simply need a reminder, here’s a look at 10 changes in 2011 that might benefit you, the taxpayer, this tax season. 1. April 17 Tax Deadline: Two Extra
With the current economic conditions, the collection of accounts receivables is becoming more and more of a challenge. Strengthening your collection procedures may allow you to improve collection rates and shorten the aging days of your accounts receivables.The following suggestions will help your business improve its cash flow and tighten up its credit and collections
Refunds. You probably wince at the word. Some – like customer refunds for returns – are fairly uncomplicated, thanks to QuickBooks’ tools and those on POS systems. Others, not so much. You may find yourself unable to balance your accounts receivable. There are numerous scenarios that necessitate the use of credit memos, including overpayment, order
When it comes to creating a budget, it’s essential to estimate your spending as realistically as possible. Here are three budget-related errors commonly made by small businesses, and some tips for avoiding them. Not Setting Goals. It’s almost impossible to set spending priorities without clear goals for the coming year. It’s important to identify, in
There are a number of end-of-year tax strategies businesses can use to reduce their tax burden for 2011. Here’s the lowdown on some of the best options. Purchase New Business EquipmentSection 179 Expensing. Businesses should take advantage of Section 179 expensing this year for a couple of reasons. First, starting in tax year 2010 and
If you’re conscientious about financial reporting, you may already have a sense of your company’s worth. But in some instances you might need a formal business valuation, such as: • For certain transactions. Selling your business? Planning an IPO? Need financing? • For tax purposes. Includes estate planning, stock option distribution, and S Corporation conversions.