A study was recently conducted by the Small Business Administration, indicating there are approximately 28.8 million small businesses in the United States that are collectively responsible for about 99.7 percent of all economic activity in this country. In many ways, they represent the “canary in the coal mine” for a nation. When small businesses are […]
Congress uses tax deductions and tax credits to influence taxpayers’ actions. For instance, it seeks to stimulate taxpayers to reduce their energy consumption and moving away from the use of fossil fuels. In this article, we explore the benefits and drawbacks of two major incentives: the home-solar credit and the electric-vehicle credit.
If you have a second home in a resort area, or if you have been considering acquiring a second home or vacation home, you may have questions about how rental income is taxed for a part-time vacation-home rental. The applicable rental rules include some interesting twists that you should know about before you begin renting. […]
As part of the recent tax reform, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the deduction for home mortgage interest and property taxes has undergone substantial alterations. These changes will impact most homeowners who itemize their deductions each year.
Adjustments to Withholding or Estimated Payments for 2018 Should Be Made Sooner Rather than Later As a result of tax reform, most taxpayers will be paying less tax for 2018 than they did in 2017. But that may not translate into a larger refund. Your refund is the amount that your pre-payments (withheld income tax, […]
Bill Includes a Number of Extenders that Retroactively Apply to 2017 Returns Needless to say, these last-minute changes may create a problem for taxpayers who have already filed their returns and will need to file amended returns to take advantage of these extenders. The retroactive changes will cause the IRS some headaches as well. Since […]
Be Aware of Many Tax-Related Issues if You Sold Your Home Last Year Read About Home Sales and the Home-Sale Gain Exclusion If you sold your home last year, or if you are thinking about selling it, you should be aware of the many tax-related issues that could apply to that sale so that you […]
5 QuickBooks Reports You Need to Run in January Does your accounting to-do list look like a clean slate, or are critical 2017 tasks still nagging? Getting all of your accounting tasks done in December is always a challenge. Besides the vacation time you and your employees probably took for the holidays, there are those […]
One major difference between being an employee and being self-employed is how you deduct the expenses you incur related to your work. If you are self-employed, you’re able to deduct expenses on your business schedule, but is you are an employee you are limited to deducting them as itemized deductions.
Internal Revenue Service Announced 2017 Mileage Rates As it does every year, the Internal Revenue Service recently announced the inflation- adjusted 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.