Tax Reform

Highly Appreciated Assets: Should You Keep it, Sell it, or Die with it?

By |2019-01-16T09:51:09+00:00January 9th, 2019|Accounting, Agriculture, Estate Planning, Executor, IRS, Preparation, Tax, Tax Reform, Value|

Keep it, sell it, or die with it may seem like strange choices, but with highly appreciated assets, those may be the very choices that need to be considered.  Examples of highly appreciated assets include real estate and stock investments which have gone up significantly in value.   Let’s look at an example.  To Sell Or [...]

S Corporation or C Corporation – What is Right for My Business?

By |2019-01-16T09:52:18+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Advisory, Change, Deductions, Shareholder, Tax, Tax Reform, Tips|

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has many business owners evaluating whether or not they have the right entity structure.  The S corporation business structure offers many benefits, including limited liability for owners and no double taxation. But not all businesses are eligible - and, with the new 21% flat income tax rate that now [...]

Filing Date Options for Farm Returns

By |2019-01-25T11:28:34+00:00December 23rd, 2018|Accounting, Agriculture, Change, Compliance, IRS, Preparation, Tax, Tax Reform|

It’s a  mystery to many farmers why their tax return filing deadline is March 1, while the filing date for most taxpayers is in April. There are multiple date options when filing your farm returns. Susan K. Voss, CPA will explain the options, the benefits of each and will  explain why filing by March 1, [...]

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 [...]

4 Items to Consider Before the End of The Year

By |2018-11-16T15:18:26+00:00November 9th, 2018|Advisory, Compliance, Deductions, IRS, Preparation, Tax Planning, Tax Reform, Vehicle|

It’s the time of year when we like to sit down with clients to project current year results and see how we can help them manage their tax liabilities and avoid surprises.  Planning is more important than ever with the changes brought about by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It’s not as simple as [...]

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 [...]

Business Deductions for Meal, Vehicle, and Travel Expenses

By |2018-08-24T13:56:03+00:00August 24th, 2018|Accounting, Deductions, IRS, Saving, Tax Reform, Tips|

A Critical Requirement Subject to various rules and limits, business meal (generally 50%), vehicle and travel expenses may be deductible, whether you pay for the expenses directly or reimburse employees for them. Deductibility depends on a variety of factors, but generally the expenses must be “ordinary and necessary” and directly related to the business. Proper [...]

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 [...]