Retirement Account Catch-Up Contributions Can Add Up

Are you age 50 or older? If so, you can currently make extra “catch-up” contributions to certain types of tax-favored retirement accounts. Over time, these contributions can make a significant difference in your retirement-age wealth. What about tax reform? After President Trump and other lawmakers stated that they wouldn’t tinker with retirement plan contribution tax … Continued

How to Save Tax with an Installment Sale

Are you planning to sell real estate before the end of the year? Naturally, you hope to entice a qualified buyer who has plenty of cash on hand. But being open to the idea of an installment sale may help you seal the deal. Fortunately, installment sales also offer tax savings for sellers. Here’s how … Continued

Are You Ready for the New IRS Partnership Audit Rules?

Legislation enacted in 2015 established a new IRS audit regime for partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs) that are treated as partnerships for tax purposes. Here’s a comparison between the old and new partnership audit rules, along with a summary of recently proposed guidance to help partners prepare for the changes that are effective starting … Continued

Casualty and Theft Losses: Find the Silver Lining in Dark Clouds

We’re in the midst of hurricane season now, but the eastern and southern shores aren’t the only parts of the country at risk for catastrophic events. Mudslides, earthquakes and wildfires often plague the West Coast, tornadoes may touch down across the Great Plains and Midwest, and low-lying areas near rivers and tributaries across the country … Continued

Ten Steps to Improving Used Vehicle Sales

To be a successful auto dealer in today’s economic environment, you must be willing to adapt to changing conditions. For example, used vehicle departments have historically contributed about 25% of an average dealership’s overall operating profit. But you may want to exceed that figure in order to increase profits. Auto manufacturers continue to squeeze dealers … Continued

Consider Taxes before Converting Your Home to a Rental Property

Have you ever thought about becoming a landlord? This option may be tempting if your local real estate market is surging and rental rates are strong, especially if you’re already planning to relocate or downsize to a smaller home. Ideally, you’ll be able to shelter most or all of the rental income with tax deductions … Continued

Avoid Overtime Backlash

When companies depend on mandatory overtime, they must try to minimize the stress and disruptions it causes in their workers’ lives. Studies show that as overtime is extended, productivity can drop anywhere from 10 percent to 50 percent. So regular overtime can become very expensive when you add in the costs of redoing work and … Continued

Can Your Research Credits Offset Your Payroll Tax Bill?

Does your small business engage in qualified research activities? If so, you may be eligible for a research tax credit that can now be used to offset your federal payroll tax bill. This relatively new privilege allows research credits to benefit small businesses that may not generate enough taxable income to use the credits to … Continued

Attracting and Keeping Customers Requires Repetitive Contacts

When a farmer grows crops, much time and tender loving care are required to ensure a successful harvest. When you meet with potential customers, it is unreasonable to expect that they are going to stop going to the competition and move to your firm. Prospects who have specific needs that are not being met are … Continued

10 Simple (and Fun) Ways to Cut Taxes This Summer

It’s already starting to feel like summer in many parts of the country. But the forecast for Washington remains unclear as officials continue to discuss various tax-related issues. No matter what happens in Washington, don’t get stuck in a holding pattern yourself. Give some attention to business and personal tax planning this summer. Here are … Continued