Home Green Home: Save Tax by Saving Energy
July 4, 2018 Knowledge Center
Home Green Home: Save Tax by Saving Energy

“Going green” at home — whether it’s your principal residence or a second home — can reduce your tax bill in addition to your energy bill, all while helping the environment, too. The catch is that, to reap all three benefits, you need to buy and install certain types of renewable energy equipment in the […]

Finding a 401(k) That’s Right for Your Business
June 29, 2018 Knowledge Center
Finding a 401(k) That’s Right for Your Business

By and large, today’s employees expect employers to offer a tax-advantaged retirement plan. A 401(k) is an obvious choice to consider, but you may not be aware that there are a variety of types to choose from. Let’s check out some of the most popular options: Traditional. Employees contribute on a pretax basis, with the employer […]

Consider the Tax Advantages of Investing in Qualified Small Business Stock
June 20, 2018 Knowledge Center
Consider the Tax Advantages of Investing in Qualified Small Business Stock

While the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) reduced most ordinary-income tax rates for individuals, it didn’t change long-term capital gains rates. They remain at 0%, 15% and 20%. The 0% rate generally applies to taxpayers in the bottom two ordinary-income tax brackets (now 10% and 12%), but you no longer have to be in […]

Which Intangibles Should Private Firms Report Following a Merger?
June 15, 2018 Knowledge Center
Which Intangibles Should Private Firms Report Following a Merger?

2018 is expected to be a hot year for mergers and acquisitions. But accounting for these transactions under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) can be complicated, especially if the deal involves intangible assets. Fortunately, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) offers a reporting alternative for private companies that simplifies accounting for new business combinations, […]

Fortify Your Estate Plan Against Undue Influence Claims
June 14, 2018 Knowledge Center
Fortify Your Estate Plan Against Undue Influence Claims

Of course, you expect the declarations in your will to be carried out, as required by law. Usually, that’s exactly what happens with wills. However, it’s possible your will could be contested and your true intentions defeated if someone is found to have exerted “undue influence” over your decisions. Undue influence defined Undue influence is […]

Auditing Related-Party Transactions
June 8, 2018 Knowledge Center
Auditing Related-Party Transactions

Business owners generally prefer to work with entities they know and trust. But related-party transactions can provide opportunities for individuals to act in a manner that’s inconsistent with the interests of shareholders. That’s why auditors take pains to identify and properly address related-party transactions. What is a related party? Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) Topic 850 […]

Factor in State and Local Taxes When Deciding Where to Live in Retirement
June 6, 2018 Knowledge Center
Factor in State and Local Taxes When Deciding Where to Live in Retirement

Many Americans relocate to another state when they retire. If you’re thinking about such a move, state and local taxes should factor into your decision. Income, property and sales tax Choosing a state that has no personal income tax may appear to be the best option. But that might not be the case once you […]

Naming a Minor as Beneficiary of a Life Insurance Policy or Retirement Plan Can Lead to Unintended Outcomes
June 4, 2018 Knowledge Center
Naming a Minor as Beneficiary of a Life Insurance Policy or Retirement Plan Can Lead to Unintended Outcomes

A common estate planning mistake is to designate a minor as beneficiary — or contingent beneficiary — of a life insurance policy or retirement plan. While making your young child the beneficiary of such assets may seem like an excellent way to provide for him or her in the case of your untimely death, doing […]

Be Aware of the Tax Consequences Before Selling Your Home
May 16, 2018 Knowledge Center
Be Aware of the Tax Consequences Before Selling Your Home

In many parts of the country, summer is peak season for selling a home. If you’re planning to put your home on the market soon, you’re probably thinking about things like how quickly it will sell and how much you’ll get for it. But don’t neglect to consider the tax consequences. Home sale gain exclusion […]

Get Started on 2018 Tax Planning Now!
May 1, 2018 Knowledge Center
Get Started on 2018 Tax Planning Now!

With the April 17 individual income tax filing deadline behind you (or with your 2017 tax return on the back burner if you filed for an extension), you may be hoping to not think about taxes for the next several months. But for maximum tax savings, now is the time to start tax planning for […]

Haven’t Filed Your 2017 Income Tax Return Yet? Beware of These Pitfalls
April 10, 2018 Knowledge Center
Haven’t Filed Your 2017 Income Tax Return Yet? Beware of These Pitfalls

The federal income tax filing deadline is slightly later than usual this year — April 17 — but it’s now nearly upon us. So, if you haven’t filed your individual return yet, you may be thinking about an extension. Or you may just be concerned about meeting the deadline in the eyes of the IRS. […]

Can You Claim Your Elderly Parent as a Dependent on Your Tax Return?
April 4, 2018 Knowledge Center
Can You Claim Your Elderly Parent as a Dependent on Your Tax Return?

Perhaps. It depends on several factors, such as your parent’s income and how much financial support you provided. If you qualify for the adult-dependent exemption on your 2017 income tax return, you can deduct up to $4,050 per qualifying adult dependent. However, for 2018, under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the dependency exemption is […]