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Five tax implications of divorce

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Are you in the early stages of divorce? In addition to the tough personal issues that you’re dealing with, several tax concerns need to be addressed to ensure that taxes are kept to a minimum and that important tax-related decisions are properly made. Here are five issues to consider if you’re in the process of getting a divorce. Alimony or support payments. For alimony under divorce or separation agreements that… Read More »Five tax implications of divorce

Checking in on your accounts payable processes

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Accounts payable is a critical area of concern for every business. However, as a back-office function, it doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Once in place, accounts payable processes tend to get taken for granted. Following are some tips and best practices for improving your company’s approach. Be strategic Too often, businesses take a reactive approach to payables, simply delaying payments as long as possible to improve short-term cash… Read More »Checking in on your accounts payable processes

Is your corporation eligible for the dividends-received deduction?

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There’s a valuable tax deduction available to a C corporation when it receives dividends. The “dividends-received deduction” is designed to reduce or eliminate an extra level of tax on dividends received by a corporation. As a result, a corporation will typically be taxed at a lower rate on dividends than on capital gains. Ordinarily, the deduction is 50% of the dividend, with the result that only 50% of the dividend… Read More »Is your corporation eligible for the dividends-received deduction?

Your estate plan: Don’t forget about income tax planning

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As a result of the current estate tax exemption amount ($12.06 million in 2022), many people no longer need to be concerned with federal estate tax. Before 2011, a much smaller amount resulted in estate plans attempting to avoid it. Now, because many estates won’t be subject to estate tax, more planning can be devoted to saving income taxes for your heirs. Note: The federal estate tax exclusion amount is… Read More »Your estate plan: Don’t forget about income tax planning

Simple ways to make strategic planning a reality

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Every business wants to engage in strategic planning that will better position the company to sell more to current customers — and perhaps expand into new markets. Yet the term “strategic planning” is so broad. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the possible directions you could go in and have a hard time choosing a path. Here are a few simple ways to make strategic planning a reality. Focus… Read More »Simple ways to make strategic planning a reality

Help when needed: Apply the research credit against payroll taxes

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Here’s an interesting option if your small company or start-up business is planning to claim the research tax credit. Subject to limits, you can elect to apply all or some of any research tax credits that you earn against your payroll taxes instead of your income tax. This payroll tax election may influence some businesses to undertake or increase their research activities. On the other hand, if you’re engaged in… Read More »Help when needed: Apply the research credit against payroll taxes

Social Security benefits: Do you have to pay tax on them?

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Some people who begin claiming Social Security benefits are surprised to find out they’re taxed by the federal government on the amounts they receive. If you’re wondering whether you’ll be taxed on your Social Security benefits, the answer is: It depends. The taxation of Social Security benefits depends on your other income. If your income is high enough, between 50% and 85% of your benefits could be taxed. (This doesn’t… Read More »Social Security benefits: Do you have to pay tax on them?

Dodge the tumult with a buy-sell agreement

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Businesses with multiple owners generally benefit from a variety of viewpoints, diverse experience and strategic areas of specialization. However, there’s a major risk: the company can be thrown into tumult if one of the owners decides, or is compelled by circumstances, to leave. A logical and usually effective solution is to create and implement a buy-sell agreement. This is a legal document that spells out how an owner’s share in… Read More »Dodge the tumult with a buy-sell agreement

Calculating corporate estimated tax

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The next quarterly estimated tax payment deadline is June 15 for individuals and businesses so it’s a good time to review the rules for computing corporate federal estimated payments. You want your business to pay the minimum amount of estimated taxes without triggering the penalty for underpayment of estimated tax. Four methods The required installment of estimated tax that a corporation must pay to avoid a penalty is the lowest amount… Read More »Calculating corporate estimated tax

Is it a good time for a Roth conversion?

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The downturn in the stock market may have caused the value of your retirement account to decrease. But if you have a traditional IRA, this decline may provide a valuable opportunity: It may allow you to convert your traditional IRA to a Roth IRA at a lower tax cost. Traditional vs. Roth Here’s what makes a traditional IRA different from a Roth IRA: Traditional IRA. Contributions to a traditional IRA… Read More »Is it a good time for a Roth conversion?

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