Taxes

Divorcing couples should understand these 4 tax issues

When a couple is going through a divorce, taxes are probably not foremost in their minds. But without proper planning and advice, some people find divorce to be an even more taxing experience. Several tax concerns need to be addressed to ensure that taxes are kept to a minimum and that important tax..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

28 October, 2020

Taxes

Divorcing couples should understand these 4 tax issues

When a couple is going through a divorce, taxes are probably not foremost in their minds. But without proper planning and advice, some people find divorce to be an even more taxing experience. Several..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

28 October, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

New business? It’s a good time to start a retirement plan

If you recently launched a business, you may want to set up a tax-favored retirement plan for yourself and your employees. There are several types of qualified plans that are eligible for these tax ad..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

27 October, 2020

Estate Planning

4 ways to address elderly parents in your estate plan

Typically, an estate plan includes accommodations for your spouse, children, grandchildren and even future generations. But you may overlook some older family members, such as your parents or in-laws...........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

23 October, 2020

Taxes

Buying and selling mutual fund shares: Avoid these tax pitfalls

If you invest in mutual funds, be aware of some potential pitfalls involved in buying and selling shares. Surprise sales  You may already have made taxable “sales” of part of your mutual fund investme..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

20 October, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

The 2021 “Social Security wage base” is increasing

If your small business is planning for payroll next year, be aware that the “Social Security wage base” is increasing. The Social Security Administration recently announced that the maximum earnings s..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

19 October, 2020

Taxes

What tax records can you throw away?

October 15 is the deadline for individual taxpayers who extended their 2019 tax returns. (The original April 15 filing deadline was extended this year to July 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.) If you’..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

15 October, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

Understanding the passive activity loss rules

Are you wondering if the passive activity loss rules affect business ventures you’re engaged in — or might engage in? If the ventures are passive activities, the passive activity loss rules prevent yo..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

14 October, 2020

Estate Planning

Is a noncharitable purpose trust right for you?

There are two trust types that don’t require one or more human beneficiaries: charitable trusts and noncharitable purpose (NCP) trusts. A charitable trust is the more common of the two, but an NCP tru..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

8 October, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

The easiest way to survive an IRS audit is to get ready in advance

IRS audit rates are historically low, according to the latest data, but that’s little consolation if your return is among those selected to be examined. But with proper preparation and planning, you s..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

6 October, 2020

Taxes

Why it’s important to plan for income taxes as part of your estate plan

As a result of the current estate tax exemption amount ($11.58 million in 2020), many estates no longer need to be concerned with federal estate tax. Before 2011, a much smaller amount resulted in est..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

30 September, 2020

Estate Planning

Don’t procrastinate if you plan to transfer ownership of your life insurance policy

Generally, the proceeds of your life insurance policy are included in your taxable estate. You can remove them by transferring ownership of the policy, but there’s a catch: If you wait too long, your ..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

29 September, 2020

Taxes

Can investors who manage their own portfolios deduct related expenses?

In some cases, investors have significant related expenses, such as the cost of subscriptions to financial periodicals and clerical expenses. Are they tax deductible? Under the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, t..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

23 September, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

Business website costs: How to handle them for tax purposes

The business use of websites is widespread. But surprisingly, the IRS hasn’t yet issued formal guidance on when Internet website costs can be deducted. Fortunately, established rules that generally ap..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

22 September, 2020

Estate Planning

A health care power of attorney is an essential element of any estate plan

What happens if illness, injury or age-related dementia renders you unable to make decisions or communicate your wishes regarding your health care or financial affairs? Unless your estate plan address..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

17 September, 2020

Tax implications of working from home and collecting unemployment

COVID-19 has changed our lives in many ways, and some of the changes have tax implications. Here is basic information about two common situations. 1. Working from home. Many employees have been told n..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

16 September, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

2020 Q4 tax calendar: Key deadlines for businesses and other employers

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the fourth quarter of 2020. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional d..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

14 September, 2020

Estate Planning

Buy-sell agreements: A smart business decision also makes estate planning sense

Do you own a business with one or more individuals? Undoubtedly, your interest in the business represents a substantial part of your net worth and is likely your “pride and joy.” So it’s normal if you..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

11 September, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

Employers have questions and concerns about deferring employees’ Social Security taxes

The IRS has provided guidance to employers regarding the recent presidential action to allow employers to defer the withholding, deposit and payment of certain payroll tax obligations. The three-page ..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

9 September, 2020

Taxes

Homebuyers: Can you deduct seller-paid points?

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that existing home sales and prices are up nationwide, compared with last year. One of the reasons is the pandemic: “W..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

8 September, 2020

Estate Planning

Making lifetime gifts continues to be a smart estate planning strategy

With the federal gift and estate tax exemption now at a record high $11.58 million for 2020, most estates aren’t taxable. But that doesn’t mean making lifetime gifts isn’t without significant benefits..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

4 September, 2020

Taxes

Back-to-school tax breaks on the books

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, students are going back to school this fall, either remotely, in-person or under a hybrid schedule. In any event, parents may be eligible for certain tax breaks to help ..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

1 September, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

5 key points about bonus depreciation

You’re probably aware of the 100% bonus depreciation tax break that’s available for a wide range of qualifying property. Here are five important points to be aware of when it comes to this powerful ta..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

31 August, 2020

Estate Planning

Oh, no, your original will is missing!

In a world that’s increasingly paperless, you’re likely becoming accustomed to conducting a variety of transactions digitally. But when it comes to your last will and testament, only an original, sign..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

27 August, 2020

Taxes

Will You Have to Pay Tax on Your Social Security Benefits?

If you’re getting close to retirement, you may wonder: Are my Social Security benefits going to be taxed? And if so, how much will you have to pay? It depends on your other income. If you’re taxed, be..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

31 August, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

CARES Act made changes to excess business losses

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act made changes to excess business losses. This includes some changes that are retroactive and there may be opportunities for some businesses..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

24 August, 2020

Estate Planning, Divorcees and Widows

Divorcing? Revise your estate plan

If you’re going through a divorce, you probably feel a little overwhelmed by all the legal and financial items you must attend to before the marriage termination is final. These tasks can be difficult..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

20 August, 2020

Taxes

What happens if an individual can’t pay taxes

While you probably don’t have any problems paying your tax bills, you may wonder: What happens in the event you (or someone you know) can’t pay taxes on time? Here’s a look at the options. Most import..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

31 August, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

The President’s action to defer payroll taxes: What does it mean for your business?

On August 8, President Trump signed four executive actions, including a Presidential Memorandum to defer the employee’s portion of Social Security taxes for some people. These actions were taken in an..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

17 August, 2020

Estate Planning

5 good reasons to turn down an inheritance

You may use a qualified disclaimer to refuse a bequest from a loved one. Doing so will cause an asset to bypass your estate and go to the next beneficiary in line. What are the reasons you’d take this..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

13 August, 2020

Taxes

More parents may owe “nanny tax” this year, due to COVID-19

In the COVID-19 era, many parents are hiring nannies and babysitters because their daycare centers and summer camps have closed. This may result in federal “nanny tax” obligations. Keep in mind that t..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

12 August, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

The possible tax consequences of PPP loans

If your business was fortunate enough to get a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan taken out in connection with the COVID-19 crisis, you should be aware of the potential tax implications. PPP basic..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

31 August, 2020

Estate Planning

Because of COVID-19, college-aged children need a basic estate plan

It’s August, and that means it’s time to get ready to go back to school for many students. If your child recently graduated from high school and is heading to college in the next few weeks, besides as..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

6 August, 2020

Taxes

The tax implications of employer-provided life insurance

Does your employer provide you with group term life insurance? If so, and if the coverage is higher than $50,000, this employee benefit may create undesirable income tax consequences for you. “Phantom..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

5 August, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

File cash transaction reports for your business

Does your business receive large amounts of cash or cash equivalents? You may be required to submit forms to the IRS to report these transactions. Filing requirements Each person engaged in a trade or..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

4 August, 2020

Estate Planning

Avoid “bad blood” among family members: Protect your will from legal challenges

You’ve probably seen it in the movies or on TV: A close-knit family gathers to find out what’s contained in the will of a wealthy patriarch or matriarch. When the terms are revealed, a niece, for exam..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

31 July, 2020

Taxes

Are scholarships tax-free or taxable?

COVID-19 is changing the landscape for many schools this fall. But many children and young adults are going back, even if it’s just for online learning, and some parents will be facing tuition bills. ..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

28 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Fortify your assets against creditors with a trust

You may think of trusts as estate planning tools — vehicles for reducing taxes after your death. While trusts can certainly fill that role, they’re also useful for protecting assets, both now and late..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

27 July, 2020

Taxes

Take advantage of a “stepped-up basis” when you inherit property

If you’re planning your estate, or you’ve recently inherited assets, you may be unsure of the “cost” (or “basis”) for tax purposes. Fair market value rules Under the fair market value basis rules (als..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

24 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

Even if no money changes hands, bartering is a taxable transaction

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many small businesses are strapped for cash. They may find it beneficial to barter for goods and services instead of paying cash for them. If your business gets involved ..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

23 July, 2020

Taxes

Conduct a “paycheck checkup” to make sure your withholding is adequate

Did you recently file your federal tax return and were surprised to find you owed money? You might want to change your withholding so that this doesn’t happen next year. You might even want to do that..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

22 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

Businesses: Get ready for the new Form 1099-NEC

There’s a new IRS form for business taxpayers that pay or receive nonemployee compensation. Beginning with tax year 2020, payers must complete Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation, to report any pa..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

21 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Family matters: Estate planning considerations if you have adopted children or unadopted stepchildren

If you have adopted children or unadopted stepchildren, estate planning is critical to ensure that your property is distributed the way you desire. Adopted children Adopted children are placed on an e..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

20 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Zeros and ones: Estate planning for your digital assets and accounts

Nearly everyone owns at least some digital assets, such as online bank and brokerage accounts, bill-paying services, cloud-based document storage, digital music collections, social media accounts, and..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

17 July, 2020

Taxes

After you file your tax return: 3 issues to consider

The tax filing deadline for 2019 tax returns has been extended until July 15 this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After your 2019 tax return has been successfully filed with the IRS, there may sti..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

10 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

Steer clear of the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty

If you own or manage a business with employees, you may be at risk for a severe tax penalty. It’s called the “Trust Fund Recovery Penalty” because it applies to the Social Security and income taxes re..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

9 July, 2020

Estate Planning

A win-win proposition: A CRT can benefit you and your favorite charity

Are you a multitasker? If so, you may appreciate an estate planning technique that can convert assets into a stream of lifetime income, provide a current tax deduction and leave the remainder to your ..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

8 July, 2020

Taxes

Some people are required to return Economic Impact Payments that were sent erroneously

The IRS and the U.S. Treasury had disbursed 160.4 million Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) as of May 31, 2020, according to a new report. These are the payments being sent to eligible individuals in re..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

1 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

Haven’t filed your 2019 business tax return yet?

The extended federal income tax deadline is coming up fast. As you know, the IRS postponed until July 15 the payment and filing deadlines that otherwise would have fallen on or after April 1, 2020, an..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

30 June, 2020

Estate Planning

Avoid pitfalls when splitting gifts with your spouse

The annual gift tax exclusion allows you to transfer up to $15,000 per beneficiary gift-tax-free for 2020, without tapping your lifetime gift and estate tax exemption. And you can double the exclusion..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

26 June, 2020

Retirement Planning, Retirees

What qualifies as a “coronavirus-related distribution” from a retirement plan?

As you may have heard, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act allows “qualified” people to take certain “coronavirus-related distributions” from their retirement plans without p..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

23 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

Launching a business? How to treat start-up expenses on your tax return

While the COVID-19 crisis has devastated many existing businesses, the pandemic has also created opportunities for entrepreneurs to launch new businesses. For example, some businesses are being launch..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

22 June, 2020

Taxes, Planning

If you’re selling your home, don’t forget about taxes

Traditionally, spring and summer are popular times for selling a home. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a slowdown in sales. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that e..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

17 June, 2020

Retirement Planning, Retirees

Seniors: Can you deduct Medicare premiums?

If you’re age 65 and older, and you have basic Medicare insurance, you may need to pay additional premiums to get the level of coverage you want. The premiums can be costly, especially if you’re marri..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

Rioting damage at your business? You may be able to claim casualty loss deductions

The recent riots around the country have resulted in many storefronts, office buildings and business properties being destroyed. In the case of stores or other businesses with inventory, some of these..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

14 July, 2020

Retirement Planning, Traditional IRA

A nonworking spouse can still have an IRA

It’s often difficult for married couples to save as much as they need for retirement when one spouse doesn’t work outside the home — perhaps so that spouse can take care of children or elderly parents..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

Business meal deductions: The current rules amid proposed changes

Restaurants and entertainment venues have been hard hit by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. One of the tax breaks that President Trump has proposed to help them is an increase in the amount ..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

IRS releases 2021 amounts for Health Savings Accounts

The IRS recently released the 2021 inflation-adjusted amounts for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).  HSA basics An HSA is a trust created or organized exclusively for the purpose of paying the “qualifie..........

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Maurice La Verdure
Maurice La Verdure

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Estate planning when time is short

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused some people to contemplate their own mortality or that of a family member. For those whose life expectancies are short — because of COVID-19 or for..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

14 July, 2020

IRS Extends Payment Date

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the IRS will allow taxpayers to defer payments for 2019 tax returns until July 15, subject to certain caps. For individuals, the amount of tax which ca..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Executives, Retirees, Business Owners, Physicians

There’s still time to make a deductible IRA contribution for 2019

Do you want to save more for retirement on a tax-favored basis? If so, and if you qualify, you can make a deductible traditional IRA contribution for the 2019 tax year between now and the extended tax..........

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Scott Henvey
Scott Henvey

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

Business charitable contribution rules have changed under the CARES Act

In light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many businesses are interested in donating to charity. In order to incentivize charitable giving, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securi..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Executives, Retirees, Business Owners, Physicians, Divorcees and Widows

Do you have tax questions related to COVID-19? Here are some answers

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected many Americans’ finances. Here are some answers to questions you may have right now. My employer closed the office and I’m working from home. Can I ded..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

The CARES Act liberalizes net operating losses

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act eliminates some of the tax-revenue-generating provisions included in a previous tax law. Here’s a look at how the rules for claiming cert..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

Hiring independent contractors? Make sure they’re properly classified

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, your business may be using independent contractors to keep costs low. But you should be careful that these workers are properly classified for federal..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Executives, Retirees, Physicians, Divorcees and Widows

IRA account value down? It might be a good time for a Roth conversion

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused the value of some retirement accounts to decrease because of the stock market downturn. But if you have a traditional IRA, this downturn may provide a va..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

The rules have changed regarding your IRAs, RMDs and estate plan

Many people’s estates typically include IRAs. Be aware that two major laws passed into law recently, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Rel..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Executives, Retirees, Physicians, Divorcees and Widows

Answers to questions you may have about Economic Impact Payments

Millions of eligible Americans have already received their Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) via direct deposit or paper checks, according to the IRS. Others are still waiting. The payments are part of ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Business Consulting

New COVID-19 law makes favorable changes to “qualified improvement property”

The law providing relief due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic contains a beneficial change in the tax rules for many improvements to interior parts of nonresidential buildings. This is referred ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Your legacy: Charitable giving is vital during the COVID-19 crisis

Your legacy: Charitable giving is vital during the COVID-19 crisis The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting economic fallout is dealing a crushing blow to charitable organizations. ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Executives, Retirees, Business Owners, Physicians, Divorcees and Widows

COVID-19: IRS announces more relief and details

In the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Americans are focusing on their health and financial well-being. To help with the impact facing many people, the government has provided a range of..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Business Consulting

Relief from not making employment tax deposits due to COVID-19 tax credits

The IRS has issued guidance providing relief from failure to make employment tax deposits for employers that are entitled to the refundable tax credits provided under two laws passed in response to th..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Review your estate plan in the midst of a major life shock

Generally, it’s recommended that you review your estate plan at year’s end. It’s a good time to check whether any life events have taken place in the past 12 months or so that affect your plan. Howeve..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Retirement Planning

CARES ACT changes retirement plan and charitable contribution rules

As we all try to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you may be wondering about some of the recent tax changes that were part of a tax la..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Answers to questions about the CARES Act employee retention tax credit

The recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides a refundable payroll tax credit for 50% of wages paid by eligible employers to certain employees during the COV..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Consulting

The new COVID-19 law provides businesses with more relief

On March 27, President Trump signed into law another coronavirus (COVID-19) law, which provides extensive relief for businesses and employers. Here are some of the tax-related provisions in the Corona..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

L&H Coronavirus Update

With regular updates about the Coronavirus in the news and increasing reports of confirmed cases, we wanted to take this opportunity to reach out and share some insight and the actions we are taking t..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Planning, Text Preparation Planning, Accounting Services, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement

Sec. 529 vs. Roth IRA plans - Choosing a college savings tool

Many people assume that a Section 529 plan is the ideal college savings tool. But the Roth IRA can also help parents save for college expenses. This article reviews the strengths of each. For example,..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement

How to make market volatility your friend

Maintaining positions in a well-diversified portfolio is the best response to market volatility. But there may be something else investors can do: Use falling prices as an investment opportunity. As t..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Business Consulting, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement

Naming a trustee - It's one of the most important decisoins of your life

One of the major decisions that need to be made when establishing a trust is who will act as trustee. This article talks about the responsibilities of the position as well as the qualities (such as pr..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Retirement Planning, Traditional IRA, Retirees, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement

Planning for a tax-efficient retirement

As this article explains, tax planning for retirement is critical to ensuring that savings last. Retirees are urged to estimate cash needs, coordinate Social Security benefits with other income source..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Traditional IRA, Retirees

Using the 4% rule to make retirement fund withdrawals

Determining how much to withdraw from a retirement nest egg annually can be stressful. As this article argues, the 4% rule can help reduce uncertainty. Retirees withdraw 4% of a portfolio in the first..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Accounting Services, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement

Substantiating charitable gifts Do you know the rules

Recently, the IRS issued charitable contribution substantiation regulations. To avoid costly mistakes, it’s important for philanthropic individuals to familiarize themselves with the rules. This artic..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform, Traditional IRA

What to do if you’re audited by the IRS

Taxpayers don’t necessarily need to panic when they receive an IRS letter. Often, returns are chosen for examination randomly, or because the IRS needs additional information. This article provides ti..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

A trust can be a mighty financial fortress

Trusts are often established to achieve estate planning goals, including reducing taxes. But they can also help protect assets from creditors, former business partners, ex-spouses and “spendthrift” ch..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Removing money from a qualified plan, Accounting Services, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement

3 options if your term life insurance is expiring

A term life insurance policy can be a powerful, cost-effective tool for helping families meet their financial obligations following the death of a spouse or parent. But what happens when the term ends..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Accounting Services, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement

Intrafamily loans offer family value

When children or other family members need financial assistance, it may be tempting to simply hand them a check. But as this short article argues, lending — rather than giving — money to loved ones of..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Planning, Traditional IRA, Retirees

Take it or leave it - How to handle your 401(K) plan when you retire

A major decision for those who are newly retired, or planning on retiring soon, is deciding what to do with the savings accumulated in their company’s 401(k) plan. This article takes a look at various..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Estate Planning, Business Owners, Business Consulting

Estate planning and business succession planning - The lines blur when a family business comes into play

For many business owners, estate planning and succession planning go hand in hand. An owner of a closely held business likely has a significant portion of his or her wealth tied up in the business. Wi..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform, Text Preparation Planning

Asset protection is just as important as tax planning

Many financially savvy individuals are already thinking about filing their tax returns next year. But they shouldn’t overlook another critical and equally important aspect of financial planning: asset..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Traditional IRA, Retirees

Living the dream of early retirement

Many people dream of retiring early so they can pursue activities other than work. But making this dream a reality requires careful planning and diligent saving during the years leading up to retireme..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform, Text Preparation Planning

Making gifts to loved ones Don’t forget tax planning

Many people want to pass assets to the next generation during their lifetimes, whether to reduce the size of their taxable estates, to help family members or to see their loved ones enjoy the gifts. T..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform

Planning for the net investment income tax

Despite its name, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act didn’t cut all types of taxes. It left several taxes unchanged, including the 3.8% tax on net investment income (NII) of high-income taxpayers. This brief a..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform

Vacation homes Do you understand the tax nuances

A vacation home can provide a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But that’s not all: It can also offer valuable tax benefits. This article sorts out the rules for claiming a ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Planning, Removing money from a qualified plan, Business Owners, Business Consulting

Running your personal finances like a business

Most individuals don’t regard themselves as businesses, trying to turn a profit and beat the competition. But, occasionally, it may help to look at one’s financial situation this way to determine wher..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform

Do you know your tax bracket

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act generally reduced individual tax rates through 2025, but some taxpayers have actually seen their taxes go up because of reductions or eliminations of certain tax breaks. This..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Accounting Services, Business Owners, Business Consulting, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement

Every business owner needs an exit strategy

Business owners must monitor the cash flow and tax positions of their companies, while also looking out for their own personal financial futures. This article looks at how to lay the foundation for a ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Physicians

Improve the efficiency of your practice - 8 steps to a better flow

Many medical practices suffer from a range of bottlenecks and redundancies that waste time and energy. These broadly fall into several practice areas, including the front office, the back office and t..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Physicians

3 keys to providing terrific patient service

Excellent patient service needs to go beyond simply fulfilling patient demands. This article suggests three steps that will help ensure good service, including designing service that meets various pat..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Physicians

Does your practice run like a well-oiled machine

To run smoothly, medical practices need efficient operations that can maximize revenue with low overhead. They must leverage these factors for the best overall quality of patient care. This article su..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Physicians

Do you want a dynamic practice - Choose and use the right key performance indicators

Within a medical practice, it’s possible — though not necessarily desirable — to measure anything and everything, ranging from the number of patients per day to the amount of time spent on phone calls..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Planning, Physicians

5 ways to improve practice efficiency

Practice efficiency is tied to practice profitability — and it can help physicians and staff members continue to provide good health care over time. This article lists five specific ways physicians ca..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Physicians

Enhancing practice success with a board of directors

To achieve a thriving medical practice, physicians may require the assistance of a governing board of directors to help ensure the practice meets technological and regulatory goals, uses resources wis..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Physicians

What are the elements of a medical practice business plan

Physicians tend not to get serious about a business plan until they need to go to a bank and ask for money. But there are plenty of other reasons to have a business plan — starting with the fact that ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Physicians

The art and science of patient scheduling

How do physicians determine the right amount of time to devote to each patient while limiting wait time? Obviously, efficiency is a goal — but not at the expense of caring for patients. Physicians com..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Divorcees and Widows

Till death do us part - Settling a spouse’s financial affairs

Because the days or weeks immediately following the death of a partner are an emotionally charged time, new widows and widowers usually should avoid making any major financial decisions during that pe..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners, Business Consulting

Your business’s real estate Avoiding a costly mistake

Many businesses choose to separate ownership of the building and real estate from the business itself. The strategy shields these assets from claims by creditors if the company ever files for bankrupt..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners, Business Consulting

Ownership structures - How should you own your vacation home

Given the unique aspects of vacation home ownership, a limited liability company (LLC) is often the best ownership structure from a management and tax standpoint. This article discusses some of the be..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Retirement Planning, Traditional IRA, Retirees

Choosing an employee retirement plan

Abstract: Businesses offering their employees a retirement plan for the first time have some tried-and-true choices. This article spotlights four types of plans: traditional and Roth 401(k)s, Simplifi..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Accounting Services, Business Owners, Business Consulting

Borrowing alternatives for businesses - Your need for capital will color your financing choice

Bank loans come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but most fall into one of several broad categories. This article sums up lines of credit, term loans, commercial mortgages and government loan program..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Accounting Services, Business Owners, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement

Document storage solutions - Should you use an electronic filing cabinet

Traditionally, important financial and tax documents have been stored in paper form in a filing cabinet, fireproof safe or bank safe deposit box. But in the digital age, electronic document storage — ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Investing, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement

Raising financially responsible kids

Helping kids understand money when they’re young will help them develop sound financial habits that pay off when they’re adults. Discussions about money can start early, but need to be tailored to the..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Investing, Investment Advisory & Wealth Mangement

Is silence golden - The good and the bad of keeping your trust a secret

It’s common for parents to set aside money or other assets in trust for their children or grandchildren. At the same time, many parents agonize over the impact this wealth may have on their heirs. One..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Consulting

Decisions, decisions - Personal circumstances figure into when to begin taking Social Security

There are several individual factors that go into the determination of when the best time is to begin collecting Social Security benefits. Among those factors are the size of one’s estate, the amount ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform

Estate Planning Red Flag - You're splitting gifts with your spouse

The annual gift tax exclusion allows a person to transfer up to $15,000 per beneficiary gift-tax-free. One can double the exclusion to $30,000 per beneficiary if an election is made to split the gifts..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform

7 ways to prevent elder financial abuse

As tax season ramps up, so do the efforts of scam artists looking to steal older people’s financial data and money. This article offers seven ways to prevent elder financial abuse. 7 ways to prevent e..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform

Are income taxes taking a bite out of your trusts

Anyone whose estate plan includes one or more trusts should review them before filing an income tax return. And those who have already filed should look carefully at how their trusts were affected. Th..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Flex Plan: In an Unpredictable Estate Planning Environment, Flexibility Is Key

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) made only one change to the federal gift and estate tax regime, but it was a big one. It more than doubled the combined gift and estate tax exemption, as well as the g..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Using Your 401(K) Plan to Save This Year and Next

You can reduce taxes and save for retirement by contributing to a tax-advantaged retirement plan. If your employer offers a 401(k) or Roth 401(k) plan, contributing to it is a taxwise way to build a n..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Small Businesses: Get Ready for Your 1099-Misc Reporting Requirements

A month after the new year begins, your business may be required to comply with rules to report amounts paid to independent contractors, vendors and others. You may have to send 1099-MISC forms to tho..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

BDIT Lets You Give Away Property Without Losing Control

By temporarily doubling the gift and estate tax exemption, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) opened a window of opportunity for affluent families to transfer assets tax-free. To take advantage of the h..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

You May Be ABLE to Save for a Disabled Family Member with a Tax-Advantaged Account

There’s a tax-advantaged way for people to save for the needs of family members with disabilities — without having them lose eligibility for government benefits to which they’re entitled. It can be do..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Small Businesses: Stay Clear of a Severe Payroll Tax Penalty

One of the most laborious tasks for small businesses is managing payroll. But it’s critical that you not only withhold the right amount of taxes from employees’ paychecks but also that you pay them ov..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

The Net Investment Income Tax Is Alive and Well: How It Can Affect Your Estate Plan

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) reduced individual income tax rates, but it left the 3.8% net investment income tax (NIIT) in place. It’s important to address the NIIT in your estate plan, because it..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

IRA Charitable Donations Are an Alternative to Taxable Required Distributions

Are you charitably minded and have a significant amount of money in an IRA? If you’re age 70½ or older, and don’t need the money from required minimum distributions, you may benefit by giving these am..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Thinking About Converting from a C Corporation to an S Corporation?

The right entity choice can make a difference in the tax bill you owe for your business. Although S corporations can provide substantial tax advantages over C corporations in some circumstances, there..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

Don’t Worry! a Broken Trust Can Be Fixed

There are good reasons why estate planning advisors recommend you revisit and, if necessary, revise your estate plan periodically: changing circumstances, including family situations and new tax laws...........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Taxes

Selling Securities by Year End? Avoid the Wash Sale Rule

If you’re planning to sell assets at a loss to offset gains that have been realized during the year, it’s important to be aware of the “wash sale” rule.   How the rule works Under this rule, if you se..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Taxes

Use a Coverdell ESA to Help Pay College, Elementary and Secondary School Costs

There are several ways to save for your child’s or grandchild’s education, including with a Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA). Although for federal tax purposes there’s no upfront deduction fo..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Take Advantage of the Gift Tax Exclusion Rules

As we head toward the gift-giving season, you may be considering giving gifts of cash or securities to your loved ones. Taxpayers can transfer substantial amounts free of gift taxes to their children ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

The Chances of an IRS Audit Are Low, but Business Owners Should Be Prepared

Many business owners ask: How can I avoid an IRS audit? The good news is that the odds against being audited are in your favor. In fiscal year 2018, the IRS audited approximately 0.6% of individuals. ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Sec. 6166: Estate Tax Relief for Family Businesses

Fewer people currently are subject to transfer taxes than ever before. But gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes continue to place a burden on families with significant amounts of ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

When Is Tax Due on Series EE Savings Bonds?

  You may have Series EE savings bonds that were bought many years ago. Perhaps you store them in a file cabinet or safe deposit box and rarely think about them. You may wonder how the interest you ea..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

How to Treat Your Business Website Costs for Tax Purposes

  These days, most businesses need a website to remain competitive. It’s an easy decision to set one up and maintain it. But determining the proper tax treatment for the costs involved in developing a..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

The Crummey Trust: Still Relevant After All These Years

Traditionally, trusts used in estate planning contain “Crummey” withdrawal powers to ensure that contributions qualify for the annual gift tax exclusion. Today, the exclusion allows you to give up to ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Uncle Sam May Provide Relief from College Costs on Your Tax Return

We all know the cost of college is expensive. The latest figures from the College Board show that the average annual cost of tuition and fees was $10,230 for in-state students at public four-year univ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

5 Ways to Withdraw Cash from Your Corporation While Avoiding Dividend Treatment

Do you want to withdraw cash from your closely held corporation at a low tax cost? The easiest way is to distribute cash as a dividend. However, a dividend distribution isn’t tax-efficient, since it’s..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

When It Comes to Asset Protection, a Hybrid Dapt Offers the Best of Both Worlds

A primary estate planning goal for most people is to hold on to as much of their wealth as possible to pass on to their children and other loved ones. To achieve this, you must limit estate tax liabil..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Getting a Divorce? There Are Tax Issues You Need to Understand

In addition to the difficult personal issues that divorce entails, several tax concerns need to be addressed to ensure that taxes are kept to a minimum and that important tax-related decisions are pro..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

2019 Q4 Tax Calendar: Key Deadlines for Businesses and Other Employers

  Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the fourth quarter of 2019. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

Control How Your Charitable Gifts Are Used by Adding Restrictions

If philanthropy is an important part of your estate planning legacy, consider taking steps to ensure that your donations are used to fulfill your intended charitable purposes. Outright gifts can be ri..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

The Key to Retirement Security Is Picking the Right Plan for Your Business

If you’re a small business owner or you’re involved in a start-up, you may want to set up a tax-favored retirement plan for yourself and any employees. Several types of plans are eligible for tax adva..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

Take Intrafamily Lending to the Next Level by Establishing a Family Bank

One of the primary goals of estate planning is to put in writing how you want your wealth distributed to loved ones after your death. But what if you’d like to use that wealth to help a family member ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Taxes

Expenses That Teachers Can and Can’t Deduct on Their Tax Returns

As teachers head back for a new school year, they often pay for various expenses for which they don’t receive reimbursement. Fortunately, they may be able to deduct them on their tax returns. However,..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

The Tax Implications of a Company Car

The use of a company vehicle is a valuable fringe benefit for owners and employees of small businesses. This benefit results in tax deductions for the employer as well as tax breaks for the owners and..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

Expanded 529 plans offer unique estate planning benefits

If you’re putting aside money for college or other educational expenses, consider a tax-advantaged 529 savings plan. Also known as “college savings plans,” 529 plans were expanded by the Tax Cuts and ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Taxes

Taking Distributions from Your Traditional IRA

If you’re like many people, you’ve worked hard to accumulate a large nest egg in your traditional IRA (including a SEP-IRA). It’s even more critical to carefully plan for withdrawals from these retire..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Should You Elect S Corporation Status?

Operating a business as an S corporation may provide many advantages, including limited liability for owners and no double taxation (at least at the federal level). Self-employed people may also be ab..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners, Business Consulting

LHCPA Post 14

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Retirees, Divorcees and Widows, Business Consulting

LHCPA Post 13

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Retirees, Divorcees and Widows

LHCPA Post 9

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Estate Planning, Traditional IRA

LHCPA Post 8

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Estate Planning, Traditional IRA

LHCPA Post 7

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes, Estate Planning, Traditional IRA

LHCPA Post 6

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

LHCPA Post 1

What is Lorem Ipsum? Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer to..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

LHCPA Post 2

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Retirement Planning

LHCPA Post 3

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Executives, Tax Reform

LHCPA Post 5

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Traditional IRA, Removing money from a qualified plan

LHCPA Post 4

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

A Poorly Worded Apportionment Clause Can Upend an Estate Plan

Federal estate tax liability is no longer an issue for many families, now that the gift and estate tax exemption stands at $11.4 million for 2019. But there are still affluent individuals whose estate..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Taxes

“Innocent Spouses” May Get Relief from Tax Liability

When a married couple files a joint tax return, each spouse is “jointly and severally” liable for the full amount of tax on the couple’s combined income. Therefore, the IRS can come after either spous..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

What to Do If Your Business Receives a “No-Match” Letter

In the past few months, many businesses and employers nationwide have received “no-match” letters from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The purpose of these letters is to alert employers if t..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Understanding the Contents of a Will

You probably don’t have to be told about the need for a will. But do you know what provisions should be included and what’s best to leave out? The answers to those questions depend on your situation a..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

The Tax Implications of Being a Winner

If you’re lucky enough to be a winner at gambling or the lottery, congratulations! After you celebrate, be ready to deal with the tax consequences of your good fortune.   Winning at gambling Whether y..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

The IRS Is Targeting Business Transactions in Bitcoin and Other Virtual Currencies

Bitcoin and other forms of virtual currency are gaining popularity. But many businesses, consumers, employees and investors are still confused about how they work and how to report transactions on the..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

What’s the Difference Between the Two Types of Power of Attorney?

When drafting your estate plan, you and your attorney must account for what happens to your children and your assets after you die. But your plan must also spell out your wishes for making financial a..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Executive Compensation: What Are IRS Auditors Looking For?

When IRS auditors begin the task of examining a company, they must first learn the in-house terminology utilized by the firm, as well as how records are maintained. In the case of executive compensati..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Should You Buy or Lease?

Is it better to buy or lease business assets? The answer can be complicated. One rule of thumb: It's generally better to lease assets that will substantially decrease in value over time. Conversely, i..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

The “Kiddie Tax” Hurts Families More Than Ever

Years ago, Congress enacted the “kiddie tax” rules to prevent parents and grandparents in high tax brackets from shifting income (especially from investments) to children in lower tax brackets. And wh..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Take a Closer Look at Home Office Deductions

Working from home has its perks. Not only can you skip the commute, but you also might be eligible to deduct home office expenses on your tax return. Deductions for these expenses can save you a bundl..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Naming a Trustee May Be One of the Most Important Decisions of Your Life

When it comes to estate planning, trusts are appealing for many reasons. They can enable you to hold and transfer assets for beneficiaries, avoid probate and reduce estate tax exposure. But they can b..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Write Off Business-Related Vehicle Expenses

Q. I'm using my personal car in my business. How much can I deduct on my tax return for the vehicle expenses? A. There are two basic ways to write off expenses for business-related travel: The standar..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Want to File an Amended Tax Return?

Let's say you discover a deduction that was overlooked on a federal tax return that has already been filed. Or you realize that you didn't report some income. Perhaps you heard about a recently passed..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

M&A Transactions: Avoid Surprises From the IRS

If you’re considering buying or selling a business — or you’re in the process of a merger or acquisition — it’s important that both parties report the transaction to the IRS in the same way. Otherwise..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Do You Have the Correct Amount of Insurance?

As risk management consultants, we don't sell insurance. Instead, we analyze a company's exposure to loss and recommend the best procedures and techniques to manage that exposure and minimize the pote..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Consultants Can Help Your Business Achieve Success

Like business executives, you may have expertise in marketing, production and sales. Yet the short and long-term profitability of your company relies on strategic planning that looks at marketing, pro..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Assets with Sentimental Value Require Extra Planning

When planning your estate, you’re likely focused on major assets, such as real estate, investments and retirement plans. But it’s also important to “sweat the small stuff” — your tangible personal pro..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Bartering: A Taxable Transaction Even If Your Business Exchanges No Cash

Small businesses may find it beneficial to barter for goods and services instead of paying cash for them. If your business engages in bartering, be aware that the fair market value of goods that you r..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Create a Plan for Family Business Succession

Sooner or later, it will be time to "hand over the reins" to the younger generation. But it's not as simple as walking out the door at retirement time with a few plaques in your hands. In order to imp..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Starting a New Business or Organization

When starting a new venture, there are a variety of entity choices -- although some will be easily ruled out based on your operation. Most entities are governed by state statutes, with federal income ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Which Entity Is Most Suitable for Your New or Existing Business?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has changed the landscape for business taxpayers. That’s because the law introduced a flat 21% federal income tax rate for C corporations. Under prior law, profitable ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

If Your Kids Are off to Day Camp, You May Be Eligible for a Tax Break

Now that most schools are out for the summer, you might be sending your children to day camp. It’s often a significant expense. The good news: You might be eligible for a tax break for the cost.   The..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Key Questions to Ask Before Joining Another Business

Merging with another company can be the most efficient way to grow -- if you plan carefully. Failed mergers and acquisitions are often the result of management problems, not market conditions. If you ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Leave Your Mark with a Dynasty Trust

If a prime objective of your estate plan is to leave a lasting legacy, a dynasty trust may be the right estate planning vehicle for you. And, thanks to the substantially increased generation-skipping ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

It’s a Good Time to Check Your Withholding and Make Changes, If Necessary

Due to the massive changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the 2019 filing season resulted in surprises. Some filers who have gotten a refund in past years wound up owing money. The IRS reports t..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Hire Your Children This Summer: Everyone Wins

If you’re a business owner and you hire your children (or grandchildren) this summer, you can obtain tax breaks and other nontax benefits. The kids can gain on-the-job experience, save for college and..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Beware If Your Estate Plan Leaves Specific Assets to Specific Heirs

Planning your estate around specific assets is risky and, in most cases, should be avoided. If you leave specific assets — such as homes, cars or stock — to specific people, you may inadvertently disi..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Selling Your Home? Consider These Tax Implications

Spring and summer are the optimum seasons for selling a home. And interest rates are currently attractive, so buyers may be out in full force in your area. Freddie Mac reports that the average 30-year..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Consider a Roth 401(K) Plan — and Make Sure Employees Use It

Roth 401(k) accounts have been around for 13 years now. Studies show that more employers are offering them each year. A recent study by the Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA) found that Roth 401(k..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Make health care decisions while you’re healthy

Estate planning isn’t just about what happens to your assets after you die. It’s also about protecting yourself and your loved ones. This includes having a plan for making critical medical decisions i..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Check on Your Refund — and Find out Why the IRS Might Not Send It

It’s that time of year when many people who filed their tax returns in April are checking their mail or bank accounts to see if their refunds have landed. According to the IRS, most refunds are issued..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Does Your Estate Plan Include a Formula Funding Clause?

The gift and estate tax exemption is higher than it’s ever been, thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which temporarily doubled the exemption to an inflation-adjusted $10 million ($20 million f..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Plug in Tax Savings for Electric Vehicles

 While the number of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) is still small compared with other cars on the road, it’s growing — especially in certain parts of the country. If you’re interested in purchasing ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Employee vs. Independent Contractor: How Should You Handle Worker Classification?

Many employers prefer to classify workers as independent contractors to lower costs, even if it means having less control over a worker’s day-to-day activities. But the government is on the lookout fo..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Estate Planning for Single Parents Requires Special Considerations

Here’s a fast fact: The percentage of U.S. children who live with an unmarried parent has jumped from 13% in 1968 to 32% in 2017, according to Pew Research Center’s most recent poll. While estate plan..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

How Entrepreneurs Must Treat Expenses on Their Tax Returns

Have you recently started a new business? Or are you contemplating starting one? Launching a new venture is a hectic, exciting time. And as you know, before you even open the doors, you generally have..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Casualty Loss Deductions: You Can Claim One Only for a Federally Declared Disaster

 Unforeseen disasters happen all the time and they may cause damage to your home or personal property. Before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, eligible casualty loss victims could claim a deduction on their..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Will Leasing Equipment or Buying It Be More Tax Efficient for Your Business?

Recent changes to federal tax law and accounting rules could affect whether you decide to lease or buy equipment or other fixed assets. Although there’s no universal “right” choice, many businesses th..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Properly Funding Your Revocable Trust Is the Key to Unlocking Its Benefits

If your estate plan includes a revocable trust — also known as a “living” trust — it’s critical to ensure that the trust is properly funded. Revocable trusts offer significant benefits, including asse..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Still Working After Age 70½? You May Not Have to Begin 401(K) Withdrawals

If you participate in a qualified retirement plan, such as a 401(k), you must generally begin taking required withdrawals from the plan no later than April 1 of the year after which you turn age 70½. ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Planning

Defeating Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Despite record-breaking low unemployment rates, "age discrimination remains a significant and costly problem for workers, their families and our economy," says a report from the Equal Employment Oppor..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

When Life Insurance Becomes Taxable

Consider these facts on aging from the 2010 Census¹: The highest growth rate for a 10-year age group within the older population (age 65+) was for men 85 to 94 years old (46.5%). Women in this age gro..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Retirement Planning

5 Benefits of Working in Retirement

In the past, retirement has been portrayed as an ending, a grand exit from your years in the workplace. But the rules are shifting. Labor force participation among those aged 65-74 is predicted to rea..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Investment Interest Expense Is Still Deductible, but That Doesn’t Necessarily Mean You’ll Benefit

As you likely know by now, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) reduced or eliminated many deductions for individuals. One itemized deduction the TCJA kept intact is for investment interest expense. This ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Building an On-Off Switch into Your Estate Plan

The right estate planning strategy for you likely is the one that will produce the greatest tax savings for your family. Unfortunately, there can be tension between strategies that save estate tax and..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

When Are LLC Members Subject to Self-Employment Tax?

Limited liability company (LLC) members commonly claim that their distributive shares of LLC income — after deducting compensation for services in the form of guaranteed payments — aren’t subject to s..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Create a Road Map to Protect Your Estate

No matter how much effort you’ve invested in designing your estate plan, your will, trusts and other official documents may not be enough. Consider creating a road map — an informal letter or other do..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Could Your Business Benefit from the Tax Credit for Family and Medical Leave?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a new federal tax credit for employers that provide qualified paid family and medical leave to their employees. It’s subject to numerous rules and restrictions and th..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Stretch Your College Student’s Spending Money with the Dependent Tax Credit

If you’re the parent of a child who is age 17 to 23, and you pay all (or most) of his or her expenses, you may be surprised to learn you’re not eligible for the child tax credit. But there’s a depende..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

The 2018 Gift Tax Return Deadline Is Almost Here

Did you make large gifts to your children, grandchildren or other heirs last year? If so, it’s important to determine whether you’re required to file a 2018 gift tax return — or whether filing one wou..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

There’s Still Time for Small Business Owners to Set up a Sep Retirement Plan for Last Year

If you own a business and don’t have a tax-advantaged retirement plan, it’s not too late to establish one and reduce your 2018 tax bill. A Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) can still be set up for 201..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Vehicle-Expense Deduction Ins and Outs for Individual Taxpayers

It’s not just businesses that can deduct vehicle-related expenses. Individuals also can deduct them in certain circumstances. Unfortunately, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) might reduce your deductio..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Careful Tax Planning Required for Incentive Stock Options

Incentive stock options (ISOs) are a popular form of compensation for executives and other employees of corporations. They allow you to buy company stock in the future at a fixed price equal to or gre..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

The Home Office Deduction: Actual Expenses vs. the Simplified Method

If you run your business from your home or perform certain functions at home that are related to your business, you might be able to claim a home office deduction against your business income on your ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Appointing the Right Trustee for Your Living Trust Provides Peace of Mind

A living trust is a cornerstone of many estate plans. During your life, you can serve as the trustee and manage the assets just as you would if you owned them outright. However, you must choose a trus..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Address Your Pet in Your Estate Plan Using a Pet Trust

If you’re an animal lover, a pet is a member of the family — sometimes even more so than flesh-and-blood. So you want to ensure that your beloved pet is cared for after you’re gone. One way to do so i..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

401(K) Retirement Plan Contribution Limit Increases for 2018; Most Other Limits Are Stagnant

Retirement plan contribution limits are indexed for inflation, but with inflation remaining low, most of the limits remain unchanged for 2018. But one piece of good news for taxpayers who’re already m..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Estate Planning Lite: College-Aged Children Need a Basic Estate Plan

If your son or daughter currently is home from college on winter break, now is a good time to sit down and discuss a few estate planning documents he or she should have at this stage of life. Let’s ta..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

You May Be Able to Save More for Retirement in 2019

Retirement plan contribution limits are indexed for inflation, and many have gone up for 2019, giving you opportunities to increase your retirement savings: Contribution & Deferral Limits Elective def..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

A Refresher on Major Tax Law Changes for Small-Business Owners

The dawning of 2019 means the 2018 income tax filing season will soon be upon us. After year end, it’s generally too late to take action to reduce 2018 taxes. Business owners may, therefore, want to s..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Tax Reform

Investment Interest Expense Is Still Deductible, but It Might Not Matter

As you likely know by now, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) reduced or eliminated many deductions for individuals. One itemized deduction the TCJA kept intact is for investment interest expense. This ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Business Real Estate Depreciation: Before You File 2018 Return

Commercial buildings and improvements generally are depreciated over 39 years, which essentially means you can deduct a portion of the cost every year over the depreciation period. (Land isn’t depreci..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Don't Wait to File Your 2018 Income Tax Return

The IRS opened the 2018 income tax return filing season on January 28. Even if you typically don’t file until much closer to the April 15 deadline, this year consider filing as soon as you can. Why? Y..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Are You Eligible for the New Dependent Credit and HOH Filing Status?

The IRS continues to publish guidance to clarify provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Here's what you need to know about qualifying for the new $500 tax credit for dependents and beneficial..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Can You Have Too Much Tax Deferral?

Taking steps to defer your individual federal income tax bill is often a good idea. If you expect to be in the same tax bracket in future years, lowering this year's taxable income will postpone your ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Should You Switch Your Business to C Corp Status?

Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the federal income tax rate on C corporations is now a flat 21%, for tax years beginning in 2018 and beyond. Under prior law, C corporations were subject to..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Own a Business? An Exit Strategy Should Be Part of Your Tax Planning

Tax planning is a juggling act for business owners. You have to keep your eye on your company’s income and expenses and applicable tax breaks (especially if you own a pass-through entity). But you als..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Which Tax-Related Limits Affecting Your Business Are Increasing in 2019?

A variety of tax-related limits affecting businesses are annually indexed for inflation, and many have gone up for 2019. Here’s a look at some of the most important changes that may affect you and you..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

There’s Still Time to Get Proof for 2018 Deductible Donations

  If you’re like many generous Americans, letters from your favorite charities have been appearing in your mailbox in recent weeks acknowledging your 2018 year-end donations. But what happens if you h..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Is There Still Time to Pay 2018 Bonuses and Deduct on 2018 Return?

There aren’t too many things businesses can do after a year ends to reduce tax liability for that year. However, you might be able to pay employee bonuses for 2018 in 2019 and still deduct them on you..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Automatic Extension Available for Making Portability Election

Portability allows a surviving spouse to apply a deceased spouse’s unused estate tax exemption amount toward his or her own transfers during life or at death. To secure these benefits, however, the de..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

DAPT-Better Than a Prenup for Protecting Family Assets

If you or one of your adult children is getting married, you may be concerned about protecting your family’s assets in the event of a divorce. A prenuptial agreement can be an effective tool for overr..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

Liquidity an Issue? An Intrafamily Loan Can Cover Estate Taxes

  Sometimes estates that are large enough for estate taxes to be a concern are asset rich but cash poor, without the liquidity needed to pay those taxes. An intrafamily loan is one option. While a lif..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

Unleash the Benefits of a Nonspringing Power of Attorney

  Estate planning typically focuses on what happens to your children and your assets when you die. But it’s equally important to have a plan for making critical financial and medical decisions if you’..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Tax Reform & Cash Accounting for Your Business

  Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), many more businesses are now eligible to use the cash method of accounting for federal tax purposes. The cash method offers greater tax-planning flexibility, ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

Read This Before You Name a Trust as IRA Beneficiary

An IRA is a popular vehicle to save for retirement, and it can also be a powerful estate planning tool. Some people designate a trust as beneficiary of their IRAs, but is that a good idea? The answer:..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

2019 Q1 Tax Calendar: Key Deadlines for Businesses

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the first quarter of 2019. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional de..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Retirement Planning

Catch-up Retirement Plan Contributions Can Be Particularly Advantageous Post-TCJA

Will you be age 50 or older on December 31? Are you still working? Are you already contributing to your 401(k) plan or Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE) up to the regular annual limi..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

Review and Revise Your Estate Plan to Reflect Life Changes During the past Year

Your estate plan shouldn’t be a static document. It needs to change as your life changes. Year end is the perfect time to check whether any life events have taken place in the past 12 months or so tha..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Taxes

2018 Year-End Tax Planning

TAX REFORM IMPACT: INDIVIDUALS Tax rates have decreased, personal exemption was eliminated, standard deduction doubled, & some popular deductions changed. Here’s a recap of some of the most common cha..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

6 Last-Minute Tax Moves for Your Business

Tax planning is a year-round activity, but there are still some year-end strategies you can use to lower your 2018 tax bill. Here are six last-minute tax moves business owners should consider: 1. Post..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Check Deductibility Before Making Year-End Charitable Gifts

As the holidays approach and the year draws to a close, many taxpayers make charitable gifts — both in the spirit of the season and as a year-end tax planning strategy. But with the tax law changes th..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Year-End Tax and Financial To-Do List for Individuals

With the dawn of 2019 on the near horizon, here’s a quick list of simple tax and financial to-dos you can easily address before 2018 ends: Don't lose any of the funds you set aside, check your FSA bal..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Does Prepaying Property Taxes Make Sense Anymore?

Prepaying property taxes related to the current year but due the following year has long been one of the most popular and effective year-end tax-planning strategies. But does it still make sense in 20..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

When Holiday Gifts & Parties Are Deductible or Taxable

The holiday season is a great time for businesses to show their appreciation for employees and customers by giving them gifts or hosting holiday parties. Before you begin shopping or sending out invit..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Investing

Mutual Funds: Handle with Care at Year End

As we approach the end of 2018, it’s a good idea to review the mutual fund holdings in your taxable accounts and take steps to avoid potential tax traps. Here are some tips for you. Avoid surprise cap..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Retirement Planning

It’s Not Too Late: You Can Still Set up a Retirement Plan for 2018

If most of your money is tied up in your business, retirement can be a challenge. So if you haven’t already set up a tax-advantaged retirement plan, consider doing so this year. There’s still time to ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Executives

Deferral of Income Tax for Executives

If you’re an executive or other key employee, your employer may offer you a nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plan. What do you need to do before year end to defer taxes?  As the name suggests..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Reduce 2018 Tax Liability - Buy Business Assets Before Year End

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has enhanced two depreciation-related breaks that are popular year-end tax planning tools for businesses. To take advantage of these breaks, you must purchase qualifyi..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Remember to Include Intellectual Property in Your Estate Plan

  If your estate includes forms of intellectual property (IP), such as patents and copyrights, it’s important to know how to address them in your estate plan. Although these intangible assets can have..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Donate Appreciated Stock for Twice the Tax Benefits

A tried-and-true year end tax strategy is to make charitable donations. As long as you itemize and your gift qualifies, you can claim a charitable deduction. But did you know that you can enjoy an add..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Research Credit Available to Some Businesses for the First Time

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) didn’t change the federal tax credit for “increasing research activities,” but several TCJA provisions have an indirect impact on the credit. As a result, the research..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, Estate Planning

Including Employees in Your Estate Plan? Be Careful

If you’re the owner of a small business, you may think of your tight-knit group of employees as a family. If you wish to include them as beneficiaries in your estate plan, it’s critical to be aware of..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Tax Reform

Save Taxes by Bunching Medical Expenses into 2018

Some of your medical expenses may be tax deductible, but only if you itemize deductions and have enough expenses to exceed the applicable floor for deductibility. With proper planning, you may be able..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Selling Your Business? Defer & Possibly Reduce the Tax Hit

You’ve spent years building your company and now are ready to move on to something else, whether launching a new business, taking advantage of another career opportunity or retiring. Whatever your pla..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

Tenancy-In-Common: A Versatile Estate Planning Tool

If you hold significant real estate investments, tenancy-in-common (TIC) ownership can be a powerful, versatile estate planning tool. A TIC interest is an undivided fractional interest in property. Th..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning, Tax Reform

Consider All the Tax Consequences Before Making Gifts to Loved Ones

Many people choose to pass assets to the next generation during life, whether to reduce the size of their taxable estate, to help out family members or simply to see their loved ones enjoy the gifts. ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Now’s the Time to Review Your Business Expenses

As we approach the end of the year, it’s a good idea to review your business’s expenses for deductibility. At the same time, consider whether your business would benefit from accelerating certain expe..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Taxes, Tax Reform

529 Plans Offer 2 Tax-Advantaged Funding Options

Section 529 plans are a popular education-funding tool because of tax and other benefits. Two types are available: 1) prepaid tuition plans, and 2) savings plans. And one of these plans got even bette..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Tax-Free Fringe Benefits: Help for Your Businesses & Employees

  In today’s tightening job market, to attract and retain the best employees, small businesses need to offer not only competitive pay, but also appealing fringe benefits. Benefits that are tax-free ar..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Raising Money-Smart Children

If you’ve worked a lifetime to build a large estate, you undoubtedly would like to leave a lasting legacy to your children and future generations. Educating your children about saving, investing and o..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

IRA Charitable Rollover - Even More Beneficial in 2018

If you’re age 70½ or older, you can make direct contributions — up to $100,000 annually — from your IRA to qualified charitable organizations without owing any income tax on the distributions. This br..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Will a Cost Segregation Study Help Your Business Accelerate Depreciation Deductions?

Businesses that acquire, construct or substantially improve a building — or did so in previous years — should consider a cost segregation study. It may allow you to accelerate depreciation deductions,..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Retirement Planning

Want to Retire Abroad? Review Your Estate Plan First

If you dream of spending your golden years in a tropical paradise, a culture-rich European city or another foreign locale, it’s important to understand the potential tax and estate planning implicatio..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

TCJA Planning for Gains & Losses: What You Need to Know

Fall is a good time to review year-to-date gains and losses on your investments. Not only can it help you assess your financial health, but it also can help you determine whether to buy or sell invest..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Businesses Aren’t Immune to Tax Identity Theft

Tax identity theft may seem like a problem only for individual taxpayers. But, according to the IRS, increasingly businesses are also becoming victims. And identity thieves have become more sophistica..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

2 Ways to Ensure a Successful Family Business Transfer

  For many people, a family-owned business is their primary source of wealth, so it’s critical to plan carefully for the transition of ownership from one generation to the next. The best approach depe..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Taxes

Tax Deduction Ins and Outs of Donating Artwork to Charity

If you’re charitably inclined and you collect art, appreciated artwork can make one of the best charitable gifts from a tax perspective. In general, donating appreciated property is doubly beneficial ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Be Sure Your Employee Travel Expense Reimbursements Pass Muster with the IRS

  Does your business reimburse employees’ work-related travel expenses? If you do, you know that it can help you attract and retain employees. If you don’t, you might want to start, because changes un..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples

  When married couples neglect to prepare an estate plan, state intestacy laws step in to help provide financial security for the surviving spouse. It may not be the plan they would have designed, but..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Is Your Wealth Concentrated in a Single Stock?

  Estate planning and investment risk management go hand in hand. After all, an estate plan is effective only if you have some wealth to transfer to the next generation. One of the best ways to reduce..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Minimize the Tax Risk of Using Independent Contractors

Classifying a worker as an independent contractor frees a business from payroll tax liability and allows it to forgo providing overtime pay, unemployment compensation and other employee benefits. It a..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

3 Reasons You Should Continue Making Lifetime Gifts

Now that the gift and estate tax exemption has reached a record high of $11.18 million (for 2018), it may seem that gifting assets to loved ones is less important than it was in previous years. Howeve..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Keep It SIMPLE: A Retirement Plan for Your Small Businesses

  If your small business doesn’t offer its employees a retirement plan, consider a SIMPLE IRA. Offering a retirement plan can provide your business with valuable tax deductions and help you attract an..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Taxes

Are You Playing Your Tax Cards Right with Gambling Wins and Losses?

If you gamble, be sure you understand the tax consequences. Both wins and losses can affect your income tax bill. And changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) could also have an impact. Wins and..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Taxes

Plan Ahead for Vacation Home Rentals

Do you own a vacation home? If you both rent it out and use it personally, you might save tax by taking steps to ensure it qualifies as a rental property this year. Vacation home expenses that qualify..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

What's the Best Accounting Method for Your Business?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) liberalized the eligibility rules for using the cash method of accounting, making this method — which is simpler than the accrual method — available to more businesses..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Taxes

Don't Be Surprised by Extenders Legislation

The pieces of tax legislation garnering the most attention these days are the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) signed into law last December and the possible “Tax Reform 2.0” that Congress might pass this..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Claiming a Tax Deduction for Educator Expenses

When teachers are setting up their classrooms for the new school year, it’s common for them to pay for a portion of their classroom supplies out of pocket. A special tax break allows these educators t..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estimated Tax Payments

To avoid interest and penalties, you must make sufficient federal income tax payments long before your April filing deadline through withholding, estimated tax payments, or a combination of the two. T..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Tailoring the Role of Trust Protectors in Estate Planning

Irrevocable trusts can allow for the smooth, tax-advantaged transfer of wealth to family members. But there’s a drawback: When you set up an irrevocable trust, you must relinquish control of the asset..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

#1 Argument Against DIY Estate Planning

There’s no law that says you can’t prepare your own estate plan. And with an abundance of online services that automate the creation of wills and other documents, it’s easy to do. But unless your esta..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

14 July, 2020

Estate Planning

Administering an Estate or Inheriting Property?

When it comes to tax law changes and estate planning, the substantial increases to the gift and estate tax exemptions under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act are getting the most attention these days. But a t..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Taxes

Save Taxes with Green Tax Credits

“Going green” at home — whether it’s your principal residence or a second home — can reduce your tax bill in addition to your energy bill, all while helping the environment, too. The catch is that, to..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

What Businesses Need to Know About the Tax Treatment of Bitcoin

Over the last several years, virtual currency has become increasingly popular. Bitcoin is the most widely recognized form of virtual currency, also commonly referred to as digital, electronic or crypt..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

Think Twice Before Naming a Minor as Beneficiary

A common estate planning mistake is to designate a minor as beneficiary — or contingent beneficiary — of a life insurance policy or retirement plan. While making your young child the beneficiary of su..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Executives

Saving Tax on Restricted Stock Awards

Today many employees receive stock-based compensation from their employer as part of their compensation and benefits package. The tax consequences of such compensation can be complex — subject to ordi..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Q3 tax calendar: Key Deadlines for Businesses & Other Employers

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the second quarter of 2018. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional d..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

TCJA Tax Consequences When Selling Your Home

In many parts of the country, summer is peak season for selling a home. If you’re planning to put your home on the market soon, you’re probably thinking about things like how quickly it will sell and ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

Your Original Will: Does Your Family Know Where to Locate It?

In a world that’s increasingly paperless, you’re likely becoming accustomed to conducting a variety of transactions digitally. But when it comes to your last will and testament, only an original, sign..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Taxes

Do You Need to Adjust Your Withholding?

  If you received a large refund after filing your 2017 income tax return, you’re probably enjoying the influx of cash. But a large refund isn’t all positive. It also means you were essentially giving..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

Provide for Your Spouse, Then Your Kids, with a QTIP Trust

If you want to preserve as much wealth as possible for your children, but you leave property to your spouse outright, there’s no guarantee your objective will be met. This may be a concern if your spo..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

IRS Audit Techniques Guides Provide Clues to What May Come up If Your Business Is Audited

IRS examiners use Audit Techniques Guides (ATGs) to prepare for audits — and so can small business owners. Many ATGs target specific industries, such as construction. Others address issues that freque..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

Beware IRD If You’ve Received an Inheritance

Most people are genuinely appreciative of inheritances. But sometimes it may be too good to be true. While inherited property is typically tax-free to the recipient, this isn’t the case with an asset ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

A Net Operating Loss Isn’t All Bad News

When a company’s deductible expenses exceed its income, generally a net operating loss (NOL) occurs. If when filing your 2017 income tax return you found that your business had an NOL, there is an ups..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

A Total Return Unitrust Can Help Maintain Family Harmony

A traditional trust can sometimes create a conflict between the lifetime and remainder beneficiaries. For example, investment strategies that provide growth that benefits remainder beneficiaries can l..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Should You Ask the IRS to Determine a Worker’s Status?

Classifying workers as independent contractors — rather than employees — can save businesses money and provide other benefits. But the IRS is on the lookout for businesses that do this improperly to a..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Retirement Planning

Apply for a Waiver If You’ve Missed the 60-Day Ira Rollover Deadline

IRAs and employer-sponsored plans such as 401(k)s are powerful retirement savings tools, but they also provide valuable estate planning benefits. If you hold a traditional IRA for life, for example, y..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

Don’t Overlook Securities Laws When Planning Your Estate

For a variety of estate planning and asset management purposes, many affluent families hold their assets in trusts, family investment vehicles or charitable foundations. If assets held in this manner ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Defer Tax with a Section 1031 Exchange, but New Limits Apply

Normally when appreciated business assets such as real estate are sold, tax is owed on the appreciation. But there’s a way to defer this tax: a Section 1031 “like kind” exchange. However, the Tax Cuts..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

Power of Attorney Abuse: What You Can Do About It

A financial power of attorney — sometimes called a “power of attorney for property” or a “general power of attorney” — can be a valuable estate planning tool. The main disadvantage is that it’s suscep..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Insider

Casualty Losses Can Provide a 2017 Deduction, but Rules Tighten for 2018

If you suffered damage to your home or personal property last year, you may be able to deduct these “casualty” losses on your 2017 federal income tax return. For 2018 through 2025, however, the Tax Cu..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

2018 Q2 Tax Calendar: Key Deadlines for Businesses and Other Employers

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the second quarter of 2018. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional d..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Tax Reform

Tax Reform: Changes to Popular Deductions and Eliminated Changes

Taxpayers who have come to rely on popular tax deductions may need to check their expectations when it comes time to file taxes for 2018. That’s because The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made some modificatio..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Small Businesses Tax Savings Now & More Savings in the Future

If you purchased qualifying property by December 31, 2017, you may be able to take advantage of Section 179 expensing on your 2017 tax return. You’ll also want to keep this tax break in mind in your p..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

What’s Your Mileage Deduction?

Some vehicle-related expenses can be deducted in certain circumstances. Rather than keeping track of the actual costs, you can use a standard mileage rate to compute your deductions. For 2017, you mig..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

Leverage the TJCA to Ease Estate Tax Liability

Many of us have dreamed of buying a home that we one day wish to pass on to our adult children. Consider a joint purchase to reduce estate tax liability, provided the children have sufficient funds to..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Taxes

Tax Deduction for Moving Costs: 2017 vs. 2018

If you moved for work-related reasons in 2017, you might be able to deduct some of the costs on your 2017 return — even if you don’t itemize deductions. (Or, if your employer reimbursed you for moving..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Tax Credit for Hiring? Leverage the WOTC for Substantial Tax Savings

Many businesses hired in 2017, and more are planning to hire in 2018. If you’re among them you may be eligible for the Work Opportunity tax credit (WOTC). If you made qualifying hires in 2017 and obta..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Estate Planning

How to Ensure You Receive Your Charitable Tax Deductions

If reducing your taxable estate is an important estate planning goal, making lifetime charitable donations can help achieve that goal and benefit your favorite organizations. In addition, by making do..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Taxes

What's the Best Higher-Education Break to Claim on Your 2017 Return?

  Whether you had a child in college (or graduate school) last year or were a student yourself, you may be eligible for some valuable tax breaks on your 2017 return. One such break that had expired De..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Small Business Owners: a SEP IRA May Be Your Last 2017 Tax & Retirement Saving Opportunity

Are you a high-income small-business owner who doesn’t currently have a tax-advantaged retirement plan set up for yourself? A Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) may be just what you need, and now may b..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Executives

2 ACA Taxes That May Apply to Your Exec Comp

If you’re an executive or other key employee, you might be rewarded for your contributions to your company’s success with compensation such as restricted stock, stock options or nonqualified deferred ..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Which Tax-Advantaged Health Account Should Be Part of Your Benefits Package?

On October 12, an executive order was signed that, among other things, seeks to expand Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). HRAs are just one type of tax-advantaged account you can provide your e..........

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L&H CPAs
L&H CPAs

13 June, 2020