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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.

What Happens if I Receive an IRS CP2000 Notice?

What Happens if I Receive an IRS CP2000 Notice?

There are few things that can send a chill down your spine more than mail from the IRS. Just seeing the agency’s name on an envelope’s return address creates anxiety. If you find yourself in that position and open the mail to find a CP2000 notice inside, you don’t need to panic — but you do need to know what to do.

Happy New Year 2021! (Part 1)

Happy New Year 2021! (Part 1)

Happy New Year 2021!   Wishing you and your families a Happy New Year! Premier Tax and Finance is excited and ready to assist you with filing your taxes for 2020. Over the past year we have acquired new staff, new systems, and new digital tools to better serve...

Happy New Year 2021! (Part 2)

Happy New Year 2021! (Part 2)

Happy New Year 2021!   Welcome to PART 2 of our New Year 2021 announcement! In this we will be going over the Improved PTF Client Portal available through Canopy.   Improved Client Portal We have improved our Client Portal system to be more user friendly and...

Preparing for 2021: Tax Planning Strategies for Small Business Owners

Preparing for 2021: Tax Planning Strategies for Small Business Owners

If you are a small business owner, every penny of your income counts. This means that you not only want to optimize your revenue, but also minimize your expenses and your tax liability. Unfortunately, far too many entrepreneurs are not well-versed on the tricks and tools available to them and end up paying far more than they need to. You don’t need an accounting degree to take advantage of tax-cutting tips. Here are a few of our favorites.

How to Address Rising Tax Problems During COVID-19

How to Address Rising Tax Problems During COVID-19

COVID-19 has caused the death of over 300,000 people. There have been nearly 19 million reported cases in the United States. COVID-19 has touched nearly every aspect of the lives of every American.

It has even affected finances for most Americans as well, creating waves of economic stress. It will have some tax implications that many people have not considered. For some, it can mean simply reporting income or expenses differently. For others, it may mean having to pay additional income taxes that they had not planned.

Saver’s Credit Can Help You Save for Retirement

Saver’s Credit Can Help You Save for Retirement

The saver’s credit, also called the retirement savings credit, helps offset part of the first $2,000 workers voluntarily contribute to traditional or Roth individual retirement arrangements (IRAs), SIMPLE IRAs, SEPs, 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans for employees of public schools and certain tax-exempt organizations, 457 plans for state or local government employees, and the Thrift Savings Plan for federal employees.

What You Can Do to Finally Get Out of Credit Card Debt

What You Can Do to Finally Get Out of Credit Card Debt

Thanks to the significant challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, more Americans than ever are struggling financially. With a lot of people out of work due to the staggering number of business closers, many are turning to credit cards to help make ends meet.

Increased Business Meal Deductions for 2021 and 2022

Increased Business Meal Deductions for 2021 and 2022

If you recall, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), effective beginning in 2018, eliminated the business-related deduction for entertainment, amusement or recreation expenses. However, it did retain a deduction for business meals when the expense is ordinary and necessary for carrying on the trade or business and is not lavish or extravagant, along with some other requirements noted below.

2021 Standard Mileage Rates Announced

2021 Standard Mileage Rates Announced

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), each year, computes standard mileage rates for the use of a vehicle for business, medical and moving purposes based on a number of factors, to determine the standard mileage rates for the following year.

New Business? Tax Issues to Consider

New Business? Tax Issues to Consider

In spite of COVID-19 restrictions many entrepreneurs are considering possible new or additional business opportunities. So, if you are planning a new business start-up and are incurring some expenses, you probably anticipate deducting those expenses in the first year of the business’s operation. Unfortunately, it is a little more complicated than that. Expenses a business incurs in the beginning can include equipment purchases, vehicle purchases and use, leasehold improvements, organizational costs and start-up expenses, and each receives a different tax treatment.

Finally, the COVID Relief Package Is Law

Finally, the COVID Relief Package Is Law

After several months of the Republicans and Democrats not being able to agree on additional COVID-related tax relief and other matters, as 2020 was coming to an end, horses were traded, and deals were made so that Congress could put together the much-needed legislation. The result is a nearly 5,600-page omnibus bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Included in that legislation are the “COVID-Related Tax Relief Act of 2020” (COVIDTRA) and the “Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020”. The bill was signed by the President on December 27.

Tax Issues to Be Aware of as Year-end Approaches

Tax Issues to Be Aware of as Year-end Approaches

It seems hard to believe, but the holiday season is almost upon us, and that means that the 2020 tax preparation season will soon follow. With the end of the tax year just weeks away, it may be appropriate (especially this year, in light of the financial havoc created by COVID-19) to review some year-end tax issues that might reduce your tax bite for 2020 or provide long-term tax benefits.

IRS Releases Inflation Adjustments for 2021

IRS Releases Inflation Adjustments for 2021

To cope with inflation, the tax code requires the IRS to adjust the tax rates, standard deductions, and a variety of other tax related numbers each year. Due to the relatively low rate of inflation from 2020 to 2021 (at least according to the calculation method prescribed by law for this purpose), several categories had no or only a slight change. The following is a summary of the most commonly encountered items for 2021.  

Employee Holiday Gifts May Be Taxable

Employee Holiday Gifts May Be Taxable

It is common practice this time of year for employers to give their employees gifts. Where a gift is infrequently offered and has a fair market value so low that it is impractical and unreasonable to account for it, the gift’s value would be treated as a de minimis fringe benefit. As such, it would be tax-free to the employee, and its cost would be tax deductible by the employer.

Tax Law Changes Allow Year-End Charitable Planning Opportunities

Tax Law Changes Allow Year-End Charitable Planning Opportunities

As the end of the tax year approaches, it is worth spending a few minutes reviewing some of the changes that have been made in the tax laws surrounding donations to charities. In some cases, this guide will serve as a refresher regarding revisions made over the last few years, while in other cases there have been COVID-related changes that you may not be aware of.