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Recordkeeping Tips to Keep the IRS Away

Recordkeeping Tips to Keep the IRS Away

With the ever-increasing complexity of our tax system, it is commonplace for many small businesses to make mistakes with bookkeeping and filing. One way to avoid making errors is to be aware of the most commonly encountered pitfalls. Here are some tips to help keep the proper records.

Mergers and Acquisitions 101 for Small Business Owners

Mergers and Acquisitions 101 for Small Business Owners

If you’re a small business owner or an aspiring entrepreneur, mergers and acquisitions probably sound like something that happens at an entirely different operational level from the one where you live and work. But if you’ve put the time into creating a business plan and invested hours in the health and welfare of your business, then it’s more than worth your while to learn the basics – it may even be the difference between your business’ success and its failure.

7 Different Types of Income Streams for Your Business

No matter what type of business you operate, you rely on having a predictable flow of income to keep your bills paid. If you only have a single source of income and it suddenly falters, you’re going to be in trouble. Having more than one income stream is an insurance policy against economic disaster.

4 Ways to Stop Your Overspending

4 Ways to Stop Your Overspending

If opening your credit card bills, your checkbook, or your wallet are traumatic events, you may have a problem with overspending. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, and you’re certainly not alone, but there’s a good chance that it is keeping you from achieving some of your goals. If you have a dream of buying a car or a house, paying off debts, or any similar financial goal, then putting an end to overspending will help you get where you want to go — and it’s not as hard as you think it is.

June 2021 Due Dates for Individuals & Businesses

June 2021 Due Dates for Individuals & Businesses

June 2021 Individual Due Dates June 1 - Final Due Date for IRA Trustees to Issue Form 5498 Final due date for IRA trustees to issue Form 5498, providing IRA owners with the fair market value (FMV) of their IRA accounts as of December 31, 2020. The FMV of an IRA on the...

Tax-Free Grants for Restaurants

Tax-Free Grants for Restaurants

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss, up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.

How to Protect Your Data in QuickBooks

How to Protect Your Data in QuickBooks

After the unprecedented year we’ve just experienced, the last thing you need is to have your accounting data compromised or stolen. It would be impossible to reconstruct your QuickBooks file from scratch, and you can’t afford to have a hacker steal any of your funds.

Qualified Small Business (QSB) Stock Gain Exclusion: Who Can Take Advantage and How to Do It

Qualified Small Business (QSB) Stock Gain Exclusion: Who Can Take Advantage and How to Do It

Originally, selling stocks identified as having Qualified Small Business status was viewed as offering marginal benefit. But the last several years have seen incremental changes to how gains from the sales of these stocks have been treated. As of the most recent shift, which created a 100% exclusion with certain limitations, these stocks now offer significant opportunities for those who invest in startups and other small businesses.

Defer Taxes with Installment Sales

Defer Taxes with Installment Sales

Selling a property one has owned for a long period of time will frequently result in a large capital gain, and reporting all of the gain in one year will generally expose the gain to higher than normal capital gains rates and subject the gain to the 3.8% surtax on net investment income.

Don’t Overlook Foreign Account Reporting Requirements

Don’t Overlook Foreign Account Reporting Requirements

Don’t Overlook Foreign Account Reporting Requirements Article Summary: Foreign Account Reporting Requirement Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Penalties for Failure to File Type of Accounts Affected Form 8938 Filing Requirements Some of the largest penalties for...

Don’t Miss Out on Tax Credits

Don’t Miss Out on Tax Credits

Tax credits are a tax benefit that offsets your actual tax liability, as opposed to a tax deduction, which reduces your income. Congress provides tax credits to individual taxpayers for a number of reasons, including as a form of assistance for lower-income taxpayers, to stimulate employment, and to stimulate certain investments, among other things.

How to Evaluate Your Business Idea Before Diving In

How to Evaluate Your Business Idea Before Diving In

They say that everybody has at least one good novel in them, and many people feel the same way about ideas for a successful business. If you are considering diving into the world of entrepreneurship, it’s a good idea to pause for a moment, take a deep breath, and let your head take over before your heart leads you astray. There’s certainly a chance that your business idea is a good one and you’ll be highly successful, but it’s a good idea to evaluate, research, and analyze before you quit your day job. Here are steps to follow to ensure that you’re proceeding with care and caution.

How to Use Tags in QuickBooks Online

How to Use Tags in QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks Online offers numerous ways to help you track your sales, expenses, and profitability. If you’re using QuickBooks Online Plus or Advanced, you can create and assign Classes to transactions to differentiate between, for example, store departments or product lines. Some of the site’s reports are designed specifically for these tools, like Sales by Class and Profit and Loss by Class.

Tips for Creating an Employee Stock Option Plan

Tips for Creating an Employee Stock Option Plan

Creating an employee stock option plan is an important step in your business’ growth and a sign of its success. Though doing so is not particularly complicated, that doesn’t mean that the process should be pursued without ensuring all of the t’s are crossed and the i’s are dotted.

Are Your Unemployment Benefits Taxable?

Are Your Unemployment Benefits Taxable?

With the passage of the CARES Act stimulus package early in 2020, the federal government began supplementing the normal state weekly unemployment benefits by adding $600 per week through the end of July 2020. When this provision ran out, and with Congress at a stalemate, President Trump issued an executive order in early August that extended the supplement, but at $400 per week, with the federal government providing $300 and the state the other $100. Then, the COVID Tax Relief Act that was enacted in late December of 2020 extended the federal unemployment supplement through March 14, 2021, but at $300 per week. Now, President Biden’s American Rescue Plan that Congress enacted in March of 2021 has extended the $300 benefit through September 9, 2021, and increased the number of weeks an individual can qualify for the benefits from 50 to 74.

Special Rules Apply to 2020 EITC and Child Credit

Special Rules Apply to 2020 EITC and Child Credit

Because of the pandemic, many individuals have seen their employment (earned) income plummet. In that situation, two very important tax credits, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), which are based in part on earned income, will be adversely affected, hitting lower-income taxpayers with a double whammy.

Tax Consequences of Crowdfunding

Tax Consequences of Crowdfunding

Raising money through Internet crowdfunding sites prompts questions about the taxability of the money raised. A number of sites host money-raising projects for fees generally ranging from 5 to 9%, including GoFundMe, Kickstarter, and Indiegogo. Each site specifies its own charges, limitations, and withdrawal processes. The money raised may or may not be taxable depending what the purpose of the fundraising campaign was.

Keep Up With Payables: Paying Bills in QuickBooks

Keep Up With Payables: Paying Bills in QuickBooks

This month, we’ll discuss paying your bills in QuickBooks. Click Pay Bills on the home page or open the Vendors menu and select Pay Bills. The screen that opens displays bills that you’ve entered that need to be paid. You can choose to list those due on or before a date you specify or all bills.

What Is a Joint Venture?

What Is a Joint Venture?

When multiple business entities make a decision to start a new business together as a cooperative arrangement, they form what is known as a joint venture. In creating a joint venture, each of the involved entities agrees to what assets they will contribute, how they are going to distribute income and share expenses, and how the new entity will move forward.