22 09, 2020

Is a Tax Time Bomb Lurking in Your Paycheck?

Does your paycheck look a little higher than normal? If so, it could be a tax time bomb. The Problem A payroll tax deferral beginning September 1 was recently signed via a presidential executive order. The potential deferral of your portion of Social Security as an employee could raise your take home pay temporarily

17 09, 2020

How to Protect Your Social Security Number From Theft

With the dramatic increase in identity theft, what can be done to protect your Social Security number (SSN) from these would-be thieves? Here are some ideas. Do not carry your Social Security card with you. Your parents were encouraged to do this, but times have changed. You will need to provide it to a

10 09, 2020

Don’t Make These Mortgage Refinancing Mistakes

With 30-year fixed rate mortgages approaching historical lows of 3%, you may be thinking about refinancing an existing mortgage. But you better read the fine print before signing on the dotted line to avoid paying too much money. Here are some common mistakes homeowners make when refinancing their mortgage. Not shopping around. When looking to

8 09, 2020

Tax Shifting Ideas to Reduce Your Bill to Uncle Sam

Many tax experts talk about shifting your tax burden from one year to the next. While in theory it may make sense, how can you make it work for you in practice? The concept Since the tax code is complex in its construction, there are often opportunities to reduce your tax burden by controlling

4 09, 2020

IRS Announces Common Tax Scams

The IRS recently announced its 2020 edition of its annual Dirty Dozen list of tax scams with a special emphasis on aggressive and evolving schemes related to COVID-19 tax relief, including Economic Impact Payments. Here are six of the more common scams. Phishing. Phishing refers to potential fake emails or websites looking to steal your personal information.

1 09, 2020

Build a Fortress Defense for PPP Loan Forgiveness

More than 70% of small businesses in America now have loan proceeds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help retain employees during the current pandemic. The entire amount of a PPP loan is eligible to be forgiven if the funds are used for qualified expenses. Recent legislation liberalizes the terms of loan forgiveness

27 08, 2020

State Taxing Authorities Are Coming After Your Money

New state tax laws are making more and more taxpayers tax cheats without them realizing it is happening. Think it can’t happen to you? Here are some examples. Your small business registers for sales tax in Texas and you receive a letter from some obscure Texas town that says you need to send them

20 08, 2020

Pending IRS Payments & Payment Notices

It has been brought to our attention by several taxpayers who mailed a payment to IRS that the payment has not yet been processed or that they have recently received a notice from the IRS showing a payment is due even though the payment has already been sent.  This is not an isolated issue,

18 08, 2020

Should You Incorporate Your Business?

You may have started your business as a simple sole proprietorship that files its taxes as a Schedule C on your Form 1040. As your business grows, you may want to change the structure. Here are several scenarios where it may make sense to do just that. Reasons to Create Business Entities Establishing limited

14 08, 2020

NEW Tax Rules for 2020!

Here are several new tax laws passed this year to consider as you start planning your 2020 tax obligation. Make up to $300 of charitable contributions. For the 2020 tax year only, an above-the-line deduction of $300 is available to all Americans who want to make a charitable contribution. You can donate to more than