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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.

Tax Deductions Without Itemizing

Tax Deductions Without Itemizing

Most taxpayers think they have to itemize their deductions to claim them on their tax return. However, that is not entirely true. There are certain deductions that can be claimed while still using the standard deduction. Here is a list of those deductions:

Tax Relief for Victims of 2020 Natural Disasters

Tax Relief for Victims of 2020 Natural Disasters

Most of us will always remember the year 2020, as much as we may like to forget it. On top of the COVID-19 emergency, street protests (both peaceful and not), and hotly contested election races, the U.S. has had numerous natural disasters – hurricanes, an unprecedented number of wildfires, severe windstorms, flooding, and what seems like everything except a plague of locusts. Here are the highlights of the tax-relief measures included in the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020.

Mom & Pop Businesses Move to Front of the Line for PPP Loans

Mom & Pop Businesses Move to Front of the Line for PPP Loans

At the direction of the White House and effective on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, the SBA will establish a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. This will give lenders and community partners more time to work with the smallest businesses to submit their applications, while also ensuring that larger PPP-eligible businesses will still have plenty of time to apply for and receive support before the program expires on March 31, 2021. 

Day Trader Rules and Tax Treatment

Day Trader Rules and Tax Treatment

Day trading is neither illegal nor unethical, but it can be highly risky. Most individual investors do not have the wealth, time, or temperament to make money or sustain the losses that day trading can bring. Day trading in securities is governed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Regulation T. Different rules apply for day traders for tax purposes than for SEC governance.

How Biden’s Rescue Plan Might Impact Your Taxes

How Biden’s Rescue Plan Might Impact Your Taxes

President Biden released his “American Rescue Plan” on January 14. It is a wish list of proposals he wants Congress to enact to address the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic crisis. While some of the proposals are intended to be in effect for just one year, it isn’t too great a stretch of the imagination that these could later be extended or made permanent, as many of them have been on the Democrats’ agenda for some time.

Is That Inheritance Taxable?

Is That Inheritance Taxable?

Are inheritances taxable? This is a frequently misunderstood taxation issue, and the answer can be complicated. When someone passes away, all of their assets (their estate) will be subject to estate taxation, and whatever is left after paying the estate tax passes to the decedent’s beneficiaries.