Claiming Your Parent as a Dependent

Claiming Your Parent as a Dependent

If you pay over half the cost of supporting a parent, he or she is considered your dependent for federal income tax purposes — which may qualify you to some significant tax breaks. Here are the details. New Credit for a Dependent Parent For 2018 through 2025, your dependent parent may qualify you for a … Continued

Changing Jobs? What Will Become of Your 401(k) Balance?

Most private sector employers, for better or worse, put you in the driver’s seat when it comes to saving for retirement. If you’re a genuinely savvy and diligent investor, you might prefer the flexibility of rolling over your accumulated retirement savings into an IRA. This choice assumes, however, that your next employer’s 401(k) plan allows … Continued

Congress acts to reform the IRS, enhance taxpayer protections

The IRS has updated the inflation-adjusted “luxury automobile” limits on certain deductions taxpayers can take for passenger automobiles — including light trucks and vans — used in their businesses. Revenue Procedure 2019-26 includes different limits for purchased automobiles that are and aren’t eligible for bonus first-year depreciation, as well as for leased automobiles. The role … Continued

Employer Responsibility for Gig Workers Evolves with Safety Concerns

If you pay for services from independent contractors, your legal obligations to those individuals are far more limited than those involving statutory employees. But the growing importance of so-called “gig” workers in today’s labor force is changing the legal landscape for some businesses.  Evolving Marketplace The term “gig workers” refers to people who an employer … Continued

IRS wheels out additional guidance on company cars

The IRS has updated the inflation-adjusted “luxury automobile” limits on certain deductions taxpayers can take for passenger automobiles — including light trucks and vans — used in their businesses. Revenue Procedure 2019-26 includes different limits for purchased automobiles that are and aren’t eligible for bonus first-year depreciation, as well as for leased automobiles. The role … Continued

IRS Announces Changes for Personal Use of Employer-Provided Vehicles

The free use of a company car is one of the best perks an employee may receive as part of a compensation package. But the benefit to the employee isn’t completely “free” under current tax law. Essentially, personal use of a company car is treated as a taxable noncash fringe benefit, subject to income tax … Continued

Exploring the Cashless Movement in Retail

Cash as a form of legal tender isn’t yet as obsolete as 8-track tapes and VCRs. But it’s definitely less popular with certain demographic groups than others. Only 30% of all retail transactions were completed using cash in 2018, down from 40% in 2012, according to the Federal Reserve. And that trend is expected to … Continued

TCJA glitches and the extenders: Uncertainty looms over some federal income tax provisions

Congress has yet to tackle several outstanding uncertainties frustrating both businesses and individual taxpayers. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), for example, contains several “glitches” requiring legislative fixes. Congress also has neglected to pass the traditional “extenders” legislation that retroactively extend certain tax relief provisions that expired at the end of an earlier year, … Continued

The Department of Labor proposes updated overtime rule

The Trump administration has released its long-awaited proposed rule to update the overtime exemptions for so-called white-collar workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The rule increases the minimum weekly standard salary level for both regular workers and highly compensated employees (HCEs). It also increases the total annual compensation requirement for HCEs that’s required to … Continued

5 Last-Minute Ideas to Lower Your 2018 Taxes

It’s almost Tax Day! But don’t despair; there still may be time to make some moves that will save taxes for your 2018 tax year. Here are five tax-saving ideas to consider.  1. Choose to Deduct State and Local Sales Taxes If you live in a jurisdiction with low or no personal income tax or … Continued