Understanding and controlling the unemployment tax costs of your business

Understanding and controlling the unemployment tax costs of your business As an employer, you must pay federal unemployment (FUTA) tax on amounts up to $7,000 paid to each employee as wages during the calendar year. The rate of tax imposed is 6% but can be reduced by a credit (described below). Most employers end up … Continued

Take advantage of the gift tax exclusion rules

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 and others each year through the use of the annual federal gift tax exclusion. … Continued

Uncle Sam may provide relief from college costs on your tax return

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 universities — and $35,830 for students at private not-for-profit … Continued

2019 Q4 tax calendar: Key deadlines for businesses and other employers

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 deadlines that apply to you. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all … Continued

The next estimated tax deadline is September 16: Do you have to make a payment?

The next estimated tax deadline is September 16: Do you have to make a payment?  If you’re self-employed and don’t have withholding from paychecks, you probably have to make estimated tax payments. These payments must be sent to the IRS on a quarterly basis. The third 2019 estimated tax payment deadline for individuals is Monday, … Continued

Expenses that teachers can and can’t deduct on their tax returns

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, there are limits on this special deduction, and some expenses … Continued

Taking distributions from your traditional IRA

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 retirement-savings vehicles. Knowing the fine points of the IRA distribution rules can make a significant difference in … Continued

What to do if your business receives a “no-match” letter

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 there’s a discrepancy between the agency’s files and data reported on W-2 forms, which are … Continued

The tax implications of being a winner

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 you win at the casino, a bingo hall, or elsewhere, you must report 100% of … Continued

Latest Update – Paid Sick Leave for Every Business

Visiting State District Judge Sol Casseb called for an abatement in a lawsuit filed by dozens of business groups against the city of San Antonio over its new paid sick leave ordinance that was to come into effect/effect? August 1, 2019. With the judges’ abatement, the city will not implement the paid sick leave ordinance … Continued