5 Last-Minute Ideas to Lower Your 2018 Taxes

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

Is an HSA Right for You?

Health care costs have skyrocketed over the last few decades. Fortunately, health savings accounts (HSAs) allow qualifying individuals to pay for certain medical expenses with pretax dollars. Here is what you need to know to put an HSA to work for you.  Healthy Growth Over the last decade, many people have jumped on the HSA … Continued

Are you Ready for the New Revenue Recognition Standard?

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board introduced ASC Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. This new standard is effective for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018, or for the 2019 calendar year reporting. Opinions are widely varied on how adoption of this new standard will impact contractors, but the one thing … Continued

2019 tax calendar

To help you make sure you don’t miss any important 2019 deadlines, we’ve provided this summary of when various tax-related forms, payments and other actions are due. Please review the calendar and let us know if you have any questions about the deadlines or would like assistance in meeting them. Thursday, January 31, 2019 • … Continued

Could Medicare Premiums Lower Your Taxes?

Health care is a top concern for many Americans, especially people who are age 65 and older. While these individuals qualify for basic Medicare insurance, they may need to pay additional premiums to get the level of coverage they desire. Those premiums can add up to a substantial annual sum, especially if you’re married and … Continued

IRS waives 2018 underpayment tax penalties for many taxpayers

The IRS has some good news for certain taxpayers — it’s waiving underpayment penalties for those whose 2018 federal income tax withholding and estimated tax payments were at least 85% of their actual tax liabilities for the year. The waiver recognizes that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s (TCJA’s) overhaul of the federal income tax … Continued

Federal government shutdown creates tax filing uncertainty

The IRS has announced that it will begin accepting paper and electronic tax returns for the 2018 tax year on January 28, but much remains to be seen about how the ongoing shutdown of the federal government will affect this year’s filings. Although the Trump administration has stated that the IRS will pay refunds during … Continued

Revenue Recognition: Private Companies Prepare for New Rules

Private companies that follow U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) are running out of time to implement the new revenue recognition rules. Are your accounting systems and personnel ready for this fundamental shift in financial reporting? The effects will likely be more far-reaching than expected, based on feedback from public companies that implemented the changes … Continued

IRS issues proposed regs on business interest expense deductions

In April 2018, the IRS released temporary guidance on the amended limit on deductions for business interest expense for tax years beginning in 2018. Taxpayers were allowed to rely on that guidance while waiting for regulations. The IRS has now published proposed regulations that taxpayers can rely on until final regs are released. The proposed … Continued