ACT NOW TO SAVE 2019 TAXES ON YOUR INVESTMENTS

By | November 18th, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Estate planning, Retirement, Taxation|

Do you have investments outside of tax-advantaged retirement plan? If so, you might still have time to reduce your 2019 tax bill by selling some investments – you just need to carefully select which investments you sell. BALANCE GAINS AND LOSSES If you’ve sold investments at a gain this year, consider selling some losing investments [...]

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MAKING GIFTS TO LOVED ONES? DON’T FORGET TAX PLANNING

By | November 11th, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Estate planning, Taxation|

Many people want to pass assets to the next generation during their lifetimes, whether to reduce the size of their taxable estates, to help family members or simply to see their loved ones enjoy the gifts.  If you’re considering lifetime gifts, be aware that the type of assets you give can produce substantially different tax [...]

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BUSINESS OWNERS, YOUR BAD DEBTS MAY BE DEDUCTIBLE

By | November 4th, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Business, Taxation|

If you hold a business-related debt that’s become worthless or uncollectible, a “bad debt” deduction may allow you to cut your losses.  But there are a few hoops to jump through. BUSINESS OR NON-BUSINESS?   Business bad debts generate ordinary losses: non-business bad debts are reported as short-term capital losses.  The latter can be used only [...]

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QuickBooks reports can tell you how much sales tax you owe to each taxing agency, among other things. Find out how to here.

By | November 1st, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Business, QuickBooks Tips|

Setting Up Sales Tax in QuickBooks, Part 2 Now that you have your sales taxes set up, you’ll be able to use them in transactions and reports. Last month, we talked about the process of setting up sales taxes in QuickBooks. To recap a bit, you first have to go to Edit | Preferences | [...]

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MORTGAGE MATTERS: TO PAY DOWN OR NOT TO PAY DOWN

By | October 28th, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Taxation|

If you’re a homeowner and manage your finances well, you might have extra cash after you’ve paid your monthly bills.  What should you do with this extra money?  Some would say make additional mortgage payments toward your principal to pay off your mortgage early.  Others would say: No, invest those dollars in the stock market! [...]

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COST SEGREGATION STUDIES CAN BENEFIT BUSINESS OWNERS

By | October 21st, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Business|

Any business owner who’s acquired, constructed or substantially improved a building this year – or even in previous years – should read up on the tax benefits of a cost segregation study.  Undertaking one may allow you to accelerate depreciation deductions, which reduce current taxes and boost cash flow. REAL VS. TANGIBLE IRS rules generally [...]

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