BUSINESSES SHOULD REVIEW SALES TAX LAWS

By | December 28th, 2020|Accounting and Auditing, Business, Taxation|

It’s been more than two years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in South Dakota v. Wayfair that states may require out-of-state sellers to collect sales and use tax even if they lack a physical presence in a state.  Since that time, most states that have a sales tax have enacted “economic nexus” laws that [...]

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HANDLE MUTUAL FUNDS CAREFULLY AT YEAR END

By | December 21st, 2020|Accounting and Auditing, Business, Taxation, Uncategorized|

As we approach the end of 2020, now is a good time to review any mutual fund holdings in your taxable accounts and take steps to avoid potential tax traps.  Here are some tips. AVOID SURPRISES Unlike with stocks, you can’t avoid capital gains on mutual funds simply by holding on to the shares.  Near [...]

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INTRAFAMILY LOANS AND A FAMILY BANK

By | December 14th, 2020|Accounting and Auditing, Estate planning, Retirement, Taxation|

Among the primary goals of estate planning is to put in writing how you want your wealth distributed to loved ones after your death.  But what if you want to use that wealth to help a family member in need while you’re still alive?  This has become an increasingly common and pressing issue this year [...]

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WHAT’S YOUR TAXPAYER FILING STATUS?

By | December 7th, 2020|Accounting and Auditing, Taxation, Uncategorized|

For many, December 31 means a New Year’s Eve celebration.  From a tax perspective, however, it should mean thinking about the filing status you’ll use when filing your tax return for the year.  The one you use depends partly on whether you’re married on that date. THE FIVE STATUSES When you file your federal tax [...]

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DO YOU KNOW THE “HIDDEN” ADVANTAGE OF HSAs?

By | November 23rd, 2020|Accounting and Auditing, Business, Taxation, Uncategorized|

A Health Savings Account (HSA) coupled with a high-deductible health plan can be a powerful tool for funding medical expenses on a tax-advantaged basis.  For 2020, individuals with self-only coverage can make up to $3,550 in tax-deductible contributions to an HSA, while those with family coverage can contribute up to $7,100.  These limits are increased [...]

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CATCHING UP ON CATCH-UP CONTRIBUTIONS

By | November 16th, 2020|Accounting and Auditing, Estate planning, Retirement, Taxation|

When it comes to retirement planning, many people tend to focus on two things: opening a retirement savings account and then eventually drawing funds from it.  However, there are other important aspects to truly doing everything you can to grow your nest egg. One of them is celebrating your 50th birthday.  This is because those [...]

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