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What is a recharacterization of an IRA?
Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are very useful tools for retirement savings. They offer tax advantages that encourage people to save for their future. There are two core types of IRAs that most people are familiar with: traditional and Roth. While they share many similarities, they offer different tax treatments. If you have both types, you […]
How to convert an LLC to an S-Corporation
Converting a Limited Liability Company (LLC) to an S-Corporation (S-Corp) can offer several advantages for business owners, including tax savings. However, before you make any permanent changes, you’ll need a careful understanding of the legal and financial implications. In this article, we’ll explore the key aspects of converting an LLC to an S-Corp, including the […]
Florida introduces new childcare tax credit for businesses
Florida has introduced a new tax credit initiative (p111) aimed at assisting businesses that help cover the costs of childcare for their employees, effective for the 2024-2025 fiscal year. This move is designed to alleviate the financial burden of childcare, enabling more parents to participate fully in the workforce. Here’s a detailed look at what […]
2024 Update: What property owners need to know about the reduced sales tax rate on commercial leases in Duval County
Commercial property owners in Duval County, Florida, who manage rentals are all too familiar with the sales taxes associated with commercial property leases—especially since Florida is the only state that imposes sales tax on commercial rent. As of June 1, 2024, there are significant updates to the commercial rental sales tax rate in Florida. Property […]
New overtime rules for 2024 impact small businesses
The Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a final rule that will significantly raise the salary thresholds for overtime eligibility under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Effective July 1, 2024, the minimum salary threshold for executive, administrative, and professional (EAP) exemptions will increase to $844 per week (or $43,888 per year), with a further […]
Facing a high business tax burden? State entity-level taxation may help
State entity-level taxation has become a hot topic due to the significant limits individuals face when deducting state and local taxes on their individual returns. Under current tax law, these deductions are capped at $10,000. This cap includes real estate taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, and state income taxes. For many taxpayers, particularly those in […]
How are trusts taxed? Understanding income, distributions, and gains
Trusts are a powerful estate planning tool, offering flexibility, control, and potential tax benefits. Understanding how trusts are taxed is essential for effective tax planning. Trust taxation can be complex, as it varies depending on the type of trust and its activities. We’ll explore how irrevocable trusts and revocable trusts are taxed, how trust distributions […]
S corporation Owners Can Get Health Insurance Premium Deductions. Here’s how.
When it comes to health insurance expenses for certain categories of employees, the tax rules get a little complicated. IRS Notice 2008-1 addresses one of these specific groups: 2-percent shareholders of S corporations. These individuals have unique considerations regarding health insurance costs. Reporting health insurance premium payments incorrectly can impact both the company and the […]
Tax & market updates from our Q1 2024 Webinar
As we step into the second quarter of 2024, investors are grappling with a host of uncertainties, from the trajectory of interest rates to the impact of inflation on the economy. Our recent Tax and Market Update shed light on these pressing issues and provided clarity amid economic uncertainty.  Here are some of the key […]
The 10 most common bookkeeping mistakes we fix for our clients
For small business owners, bookkeeping can be a struggle. Many aren’t in a position to add accounting staff, or they see bookkeeping as an area to cut costs by doing it themselves. Almost inevitably, whether it’s because the business grows or there’s just too much else to do, the books fall behind.  Below are the […]
A guide to Form W-8BEN for U.S. employers with international contractors
Today’s interconnected world has opened the windows of the World Wide Web to allow businesses to collaborate with talent from across the globe. If you’re a U.S. employer engaging foreign contractors, you need to ensure the proper completion of Form W-8BEN: the Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owners for United States Tax Withholding and […]
Investing in an Election Year: Should I be concerned?
How do you feel about investing in an election year? As frequently happens, election season is stirring up a lot of emotions. Some of the things keeping Americans up at night are questions like, “How will this election affect the stock market? My child’s college savings fund? My retirement fund?” These are valid concerns, especially […]
Annual tax deadlines in 2024 
Whether you’re a salaried employee, a freelancer, a small business owner, or a corporation, understanding and adhering to tax deadlines will help you effectively manage your tax obligations throughout the year, ensure compliance with tax laws, and avoid unnecessary penalties. But we know you have plenty going on in your life, and keeping track of […]
Retirement Plan Options for the Self-Employed 
According to figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of self-employed people in the US was 10.01 million in December 2023. So, how are those 10 million Americans saving for retirement? Many people who leave the corporate world in favor of self-employment also leave their company retirement benefits behind, but that […]
What homeowners need to know about PMI tax deduction 
After months of searching, countless open houses, and endless deliberation, you’ve finally found your dream home. Like many homebuyers, your mortgage requires Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). The premium will most likely be included in your monthly payment, and you may be wondering whether PMI is tax deductible.  Key points: Mortgage Insurance Premiums (MIP) or Private […]
How to finance a small business purchase the smart way
You’ve always dreamt of being your own boss. You’ve spent nights crafting business plans and plotting your success. But, let’s get real—the thought of starting from ground zero is nothing short of terrifying! What if you could step into an existing business, one with a proven track record and a loyal customer base? Buying an […]
A Beginner’s Guide to Tax-Efficient Investing 
Let’s be honest: none of us enjoys handing hard-earned money over to the IRS, but we’re all responsible for paying taxes. The good news is that taking advantage of tax-efficient investing and using tax-advantaged accounts allows you to retain more of your earnings and defer tax liabilities.  Why is tax-efficient investment important?  Taxes can eat […]
Quick Cheat Sheet: Instructions for forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC 
Hiring independent contractors for your business can reduce paperwork and tax payments, but it does require using 1099 forms for reporting purposes. There are numerous 1099s to report different types of non-employment income to the IRS during the tax year. In this quick cheat sheet, we’ll break down the differences between Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC […]
Is 1099-K income taxable? Here’s what you need to know 
Don’t forget: some big changes are coming for anyone earning more than $600 through a third-party settlement organization (TPSO). Whether you’ve generated income from Etsy, Airbnb, eBay, VRBO, Uber, or Amazon, you can soon expect to receive a Form 1099-K, which is also filed with the IRS. So, is 1099-K income taxable? And how will […]
Tax & market updates from our 2024 Financial Planning Webinar 
Held in January 2024, our 2023 wrap-up and 2024 financial planning webinar covered a number of key topics to ensure that our clients are well informed and equipped for the year ahead. Here are some of the key takeaways from the session:  New tax credits for energy efficiency Homeowners eyeing energy-efficient upgrades, such as air-conditioning […]
What you need to know about the IRS penalty waiver on 2020 and 2021 tax returns
In a significant move aimed at alleviating the financial burden on taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced a waiver of nearly $1 billion in late-payment penalties for millions of individuals, businesses, trusts, estates, and tax-exempt organizations that were not sent automated collection reminder notices during the pandemic. Understanding the tax relief measures The […]
The latest retirement savings plan contribution limits 
Planning for retirement involves strategic financial decisions, which is why it’s important to understand the latest retirement savings plan contribution limits and what they mean for you and your ability to maximize your savings. Every year, the IRS sets new limits on how much you can contribute to different types of retirement plans. These limits […]
Mitigate the impact of changes to the expensing of R&D costs
Research & development (R&D) drives innovation, competitiveness, and job creation in many industries. But in case you missed it, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) altered Section 174 of the tax code that allowed companies to fully expense R&D costs in the year incurred. R&D costs are now amortized over five years for domestic […]
The power of proactive accounting
There’s a reason your car’s windshield is so much bigger than its rearview mirror. Sure, both can save you from having an accident, but there’s no doubt which piece of glass plays a bigger role in your safety. In the same way, you can panic when the tax deadline arrives, rush to take out a […]
10 essential steps to prepare your business for year-end
As the year draws to a close, businesses need to gear up for the year-end financial flurry and ensure a smooth transition into the new year. We all know that January 1, 2024, will be here before we know it, so we have put a year-end prep list together to help your business out. Here […]
What you need to know about the Beneficial Ownership Information filing requirement
MARCH 2024 UPDATE: The rules of engagement are changing for the Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) filing requirement. On March 1, 2024, the U.S. District Court for the District of Alabama ruled the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) unconstitutional in the case of National Small Business Association v. Yellen. This decision suspends the requirement for small businesses […]
What is advisory in accounting? A guide for small business owners
As a small business owner, you wear many hats, but you can’t expect to be an expert in everything from fundraising to finances. That’s why many business owners and managers seek out specialist advisory services. Ultimately, advisory services provide expert advice to help you solve problems and reach important goals. When you know you have […]
What happens if you miss the extended tax deadline?
If you weren’t prepared to file your federal tax return in mid-April, you hopefully requested an extension by filing Form 4868. But what happens if you still haven’t been able to put your tax information together and also missed the October deadline? You may also be interested in: Everything you need to know about filing […]
Game-changing FP&A strategies for medical professionals and nonprofits
Medical professionals and nonprofits face unique challenges when it comes to managing their resources effectively, from unprecedented cost pressures, regulatory challenges, and diverse revenue sources. A robust Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) strategy is crucial to navigating these complexities and making data-driven decisions that lead to long-term growth and sustainability. What is Financial Planning and […]
Essential small business expense categories to maximize tax deductions 
Running a small business comes with its fair share of financial responsibilities. One crucial aspect of managing your business finances is understanding and maximizing tax deductions. By identifying and properly categorizing your expenses, you can significantly reduce your taxable income. We can also help you tackle those tasks now—our expertise includes implementing frameworks into your […]
A quick guide to financial statements for small businesses
In the world of small business finance, staying on top of your numbers is non-negotiable. But it’s not just about crunching numbers; it’s about understanding the story they tell. That’s where your financial statements come in to help you make informed decisions. The three major types of financial statements every small business owner should know […]
10 Tips for Managing Your Small Business Finances
Your small business might offer the best product or service the market has ever seen, but if your finances aren’t in shape, you’re dead in the water. We know that not everyone’s a number nerd! Regardless of your feelings about your high school math classes, managing finances is one of the most critical aspects of […]
A guide to small business income statements
An income statement isn’t just a spreadsheet full of numbers designed to make your eyes cross—with the right understanding, the small business income statement tells the financial story of your business. Think of it as a backstage pass to your financial performance, revealing how much money you’re making, where it’s coming from, and where it’s […]
5 essential tips for a smooth month-end close process
In accounting, the job is never done. We know all too well that, with process after process to deadline and cut-off, there’s barely a gap to breathe. But closing your books every month is time well-spent in the long run, helping you keep accurate records and a close eye on your finances throughout the year. […]
Sales Tax 101: A crash course for business owners
Sales tax for business owners is undoubtedly one of the most complex and specialized aspects of running a small business. With each state and locality having its own set of laws, tax rates, timetables, and exemptions, dealing with sales tax can be overwhelming and frustrating. And as online sales continue to surge, the complexities have […]
New Department of Labor Rule clarifying employees vs. contractors
2023 UPDATE: New developments in independent contractor classification On June 13, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made a significant decision in The Atlanta Opera, Inc. case, which impacts the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRB overturned the 2019 standard for classifying workers […]
27 essential internal financial controls for small businesses
Owning a small business comes with myriad challenges. Don’t let fraud become one of them. It’s a common misconception that fraud can only happen to big corporations. But, according to an Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) report, small businesses (those with fewer than 100 employees) are hit by fraud more frequently than large organizations […]
How Florida’s universal school choice bill may affect your financial plan
In a landmark move, Florida has taken a giant leap forward in expanding school choice options for students across the state. On March 27, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 1 (HB 1), a historic piece of legislation that eliminates financial eligibility restrictions and the enrollment cap for school choice programs. As of July […]
Everything you need to know about filing a tax extension 
The federal tax return deadline for individuals falls on (or around, depending on the day of the week) April 15th every year. If you aren’t prepared to file by then, you can request a tax extension by filing Form 4868, which gives you an additional six months to file your previous year’s federal income tax […]
How to deduct expenses for business vehicle use
Many businesses need the use of a vehicle as part of their daily operations—meeting clients, delivering products, buying supplies, etc. If you use a car for business purposes, you’ll be able to deduct all of its related business expenses. Here’s how to go about it.  How to calculate deductible car expenses  If you use your […]