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Goal Setting – The First Step in Succession Planning

By |2018-12-13T15:16:53+00:00December 11th, 2018|Advisory, Change, Internal Control, Leader, Preparation, Shareholder, Succession Planning|

Many of us can relate to trying a new diet or exercise program at some point in our lives. What was the key component to success or failure in the program? For me, the answer is easy—my success depended on a few things: Did I fully “buy in” to the program? Did I completely let [...]

Tax Bill Allows for Deduction equal to 20% of Qualified Business Income

By |2018-11-16T15:42:30+00:00November 16th, 2018|Agriculture, Change, Compliance, Deductions, IRS, TAX, Tax Reform|

   In continuation of our last article by Susan K. Voss, CPA, of our Agriculture Team, let’s review another new IRC code section 199A, created in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that will impact both the agricultural and commercial industries beginning January 1, 2018 and ending January 1, 2026. The following is [...]

5 Reasons to Utilize a Trust in Your Estate

By |2018-11-30T14:17:20+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Change, Deductions, Estate Planning, Long-Term Care, Preparation, Trust|

Estate Planning can be a tough discussion, but having a trust and will in place when the time comes can help answer the important questions for your loved ones. Your estate plan will outline your wishes for the transfer of your assets when you die.  The written legal document detailing your wishes is usually a [...]

Changes to Financial Statements for Nonprofit Entities, Are You Ready?

By |2018-12-13T15:48:59+00:00September 19th, 2018|Accounting, Change, Nonprofit|

FASB’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee determined that existing standards for financial statements of Not-for-Profit entities could be improved to provide more useful information to donors, grantors, creditors, and other users. The update is effective for years beginning after December 15, 2017. If your organization has a calendar year-end, you’ll be required to present financial statements under [...]

Choosing the Right Accounting Method for Tax Purposes

By |2018-08-31T10:05:14+00:00August 31st, 2018|Accounting, Cash Flow, Change, IRS, Tax Planning, Tax Reform|

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) liberalized the eligibility rules for using the cash method of accounting, making this method, which is simpler than the accrual method, available to more businesses. Now the IRS has provided procedures a small business taxpayer can use to obtain automatic consent to change its method of accounting under [...]

The TCJA Prohibits Undoing 2018 Roth IRA Conversions, but 2017 Conversions are Still Eligible

By |2018-08-30T09:24:16+00:00August 30th, 2018|Change, Saving, Tax Reform|

Converting a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA can provide tax-free growth and tax-free withdrawals in retirement. But what if you convert your traditional IRA, which is subject to income taxes on all earnings and deductible contributions, and then discover you would have been better off if you hadn’t converted it? Before the Tax Cuts [...]

Why the “Kiddie Tax” is More Dangerous Than Ever

By |2018-08-30T08:28:58+00:00August 29th, 2018|Change, IRS, Tax Planning, Tax Reform|

  Once upon a time, some parents and grandparents would attempt to save tax by putting investments in the names of their young children or grandchildren in lower income tax brackets. To discourage such strategies, Congress created the “kiddie” tax in 1986. Since then, this tax has gradually become more far-reaching. Now, under the Tax [...]

Do You Need to Adjust Your Withholding?

By |2018-08-28T16:57:05+00:00August 28th, 2018|Accounting, Change, Deductions, IRS, Preparation, TAX, Tax Planning|

If you received a large refund after filing your 2017 income tax return, you’re probably enjoying the influx of cash. But a large refund isn’t all positive. It also means you were essentially giving the government an interest-free loan. That’s why a large refund for the previous tax year would usually indicate that you should [...]

Close-Up on the New QBI Deduction’s Wage Limit

By |2018-08-24T13:53:05+00:00August 24th, 2018|Change, Deductions, Home, Tax Reform|

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) provides a valuable new tax break to noncorporate owners of pass-through entities: a deduction for a portion of qualified business income (QBI). The deduction generally applies to income from sole proprietorships, partnerships, S corporations and, typically, limited liability companies (LLCs). It can equal as much as 20% of [...]

Does Your Business Have to Begin Collecting Sales Tax on All Out-of-State Online Sales?

By |2018-08-24T13:51:12+00:00August 23rd, 2018|Change, Compliance, Tax Reform|

You’ve probably heard about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing state and local governments to impose sales taxes on more out-of-state online sales. The ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. is welcome news for brick-and-mortar retailers, who felt previous rulings gave an unfair advantage to their online competitors. And state and local governments [...]