DOUBLE UP ON TAX BENEFITS BY DONATING APPRECIATED ARTWORK

By | September 16th, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Taxation|

From a tax perspective, appreciated artwork can make one of the best charitable gifts.  Generally, donating appreciated property is doubly beneficial because you can both enjoy a valuable tax deduction and avoid the capital gains taxes you’d owe if you sold the property. The extra benefit from donating artwork comes from the fact that the [...]

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THE TAX COST OF DIVORCE HAS RISEN FOR MANY

By | September 9th, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Estate planning|

Are you divorced or in the process of divorcing?  If so, it’s critical to understand how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has changed the tax treatment of alimony.  Unfortunately, for many couples, the news isn’t good – the tax cost of divorce has risen. WHAT’S CHANGED Under previous rules, a taxpayer who paid [...]

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TAX DOCUMENT RETENTION GUIDELINES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

By | August 19th, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Business|

You may have breathed a sigh of relief after filing your 2018 income tax return (or requesting an extension).  But is your office strewn with reams of paper consisting of years’ worth of tax returns, receipts, canceled checks and other financial records?  Or perhaps your computer desktop is filled with a multitude of digital tax-related [...]

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CONSIDER THE FLEXIBILITY OF A SELF-DIRECTED IRA

By | August 12th, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Retirement|

Traditional and Roth IRAs can be relatively “safe” retirement-savings vehicles, depending on what they’re invested in.  But a drawback is that they limit your investment choices.  A self-directed IRA gives you more flexibility in your investment choices but comes with greater risk as well. GAINING MORE CONTROL A self-directed IRA is simply an IRA that [...]

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NO SURPRISES: WHY YOU SHOULD CHECK YOUR TAX BRACKET

By | July 29th, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Taxation|

Many taxpayers learned some tough lessons upon completing their 2018 tax returns regarding the changes brought forth by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).  If you were one of them, or even if you weren’t, now’s a good time to check your bracket to avoid any unpleasant surprises next April. Under the TCJA, the [...]

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BE READY FOR ANYTHING WITH REGULAR BUSINESS VALUATIONS

By | July 15th, 2019|Accounting and Auditing, Business|

Do you know the current value of your business?  Even if you’re not considering selling your company or otherwise transferring its ownership right now, it could happen sooner than you think. In some cases, an ownership transfer becomes suddenly appealing when a company struggles to the extent that a sale becomes the best avenue for [...]

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