Protecting your company from cryptocurrency fraud

According to blockchain data company Chainalysis, cryptocurrency transactions associated with illegal activity topped $14 billion in 2021. That’s almost double 2020 numbers – and the momentum shows no signs of slowing. In addition to outright cryptocurrency theft, these crimes include investment fraud and ransomware scams that affect businesses. Yet cryptocurrency offers several advantages to entrepreneurs and …
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The tax consequences of selling business property

What are the tax consequences of selling property used in your trade or business? There are many rules that can potentially apply to the sale of business property. Thus, to simplify discussion, let’s assume that the property you want to sell is land or depreciable property used in your business, and has been held by …
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R&D credit may offer tax relief to eligible businesses

The credit for increasing research activities, often referred to as the research and development (R&D) credit, is a valuable tax break available to eligible businesses. Claiming the credit involves complex calculations, which we can take care of for you. But in addition to the credit itself, be aware that the credit also has two features …
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How to maximize the QBI deduction amid the pandemic

Since the qualified business income (QBI) deduction first become available in 2018, things have changed dramatically, mainly due to the various effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Possible tax rate increases and inflation have also entered into the mix. How do these developments affect planning to maximize QBI deductions for your business?    What’s an SSTB? In …
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Commission fraud: salespeople getting paid more than they’ve earned

Many employees — from retail workers to sales staffers involved in complex business-to-business transactions — receive part of their compensation from sales-related commissions. To attract and retain top talent, some companies even allow employees to earn unlimited commissions. Unfortunately, some commission-compensated employees may be tempted to abuse this system by falsifying sales or rates. Fraud methods …
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Defer tax with a 1031 like-kind exchange

Do you want to sell commercial or investment real estate that has appreciated significantly? One way to defer a tax bill on the gain is with a Section 1031 “like-kind” exchange where you exchange the property rather than sell it. With real estate prices up in some markets (and higher resulting tax bills), the like-kind …
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Make the most of the annual gift tax exclusion

The holidays often inspire a spirit of generosity. So, at year end, many people decide to give money or assets to their loved ones. Over time, lifetime gifts can also be an effective way for wealthy people to minimize their taxable estates. Here are the basic federal tax rules for these transactions. Beware: Quite a few …
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Year-end strategies for donating to charity or gifting to loved ones

As we approach the holidays, many people plan to donate to their favorite charities or give money or assets to their loved ones. Here are the basic tax rules involved in these transactions. Donating to charity  Normally, if you take the standard deduction and don’t itemize, you can’t claim a deduction for charitable contributions. But …
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