2015 Year-End Tax Planning

Take Advantage of Tax Breaks Now!

Once again, this year is similar to the last few years when it comes to year-end tax planning due to the uncertainty over whether Congress will extend any of the many expired or expiring tax provisions. However, this is not a reason to wait as tax savings can still be realized by taking advantage of tax breaks that are still on the books for 2015. The following tax breaks apply to both individuals and small businesses:  

Avoiding Retirement Plan Distribution Tax Pitfalls

If you’re thinking about retiring or leaving your current employer, you would be required to take a distribution from your employer’s retirement plan. Depending upon the terms of the plan as well as your age, a distribution may not be required immediately.  However, it is important that when you do have to take the distribution that you are aware of a potential number of tax pitfalls that you might incur.

Balance Sheet Advice for the Small Business Owner

If you are an owner of a small business it is extremely important for you to be aware of your company’s financial status and the best way to do that is to have an accurate balance sheet.  If this information is kept up to date on a quarterly basis, the balance sheet will help you avoid future surprises.  It’s simple accounting – assets must be balanced by and equal to the liabilities plus the owner or shareholder’s equity.

September 15th – Tax Return Deadline for Partnership, S-Corp and Trusts

It’s that time again – September 15, 2015, is the extended due date for filing those returns.

Pass-through entities such as Partnerships, S-corporations, and fiduciaries (trusts, estates) pass their income, deductions, credits, etc., through to their investors, partners, or beneficiaries, who in turn report the various items on their individual tax returns. Partnerships file Form 1065, S-corps file Form 1120-S, and Fiduciaries file Form 1041, with each partner, shareholder, or beneficiary receiving a Schedule K-1 from the entity that shows their share of the reportable items.

Tax Implications for Same-Sex Marriage

When The Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (DOMA) was overturned this past June, legally married same-sex couples are now required to file their federal returns and state results as “married” since all states are now required to recognize and allow same-sex marriage.

Keep in mind, however, that being married for tax purposes is not always beneficial, depending on a number of circumstances.