Final rule issued for pension plan assistance program
August 16, 2022 Knowledge Center
Final rule issued for pension plan assistance program

Defined-benefit retirement plans, commonly referred to as pensions, aren’t as popular as they used to be — and for good reason. Many such plans are underfunded and in danger of failure. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), a federal agency, recently published a final rule that sets forth requirements for special financial assistance applications, as […]

Making annual exclusion gifts can be a deceptively powerful estate planning strategy
August 12, 2022 Knowledge Center
Making annual exclusion gifts can be a deceptively powerful estate planning strategy

In 2022, for most people, it may seem like planning for gift and estate taxes is unnecessary because of the $12.06 million federal gift and estate tax exemption. But even if your net worth is only a fraction of the current exemption amount, there are good reasons to adopt strategies — such as making regular […]

How to account for collaborative agreements
August 12, 2022 Knowledge Center
How to account for collaborative agreements

Today, many companies share research or technology to develop new products. For example, manufacturers might enter into a joint venture to conduct scientific research to design a new medical device. Or a watchdog group might work with a production company to create and distribute a documentary film. How revenue and other payments between the parties […]

Provide employee parking? Here’s what the IRS wants to know
August 11, 2022 Knowledge Center
Provide employee parking? Here’s what the IRS wants to know

Many offices, plants and other business facilities are once again filled with real, live people. And those hard-working employees need somewhere to park. If your company provides parking as a fringe benefit — either on or near your premises or at a location from which employees commute — the IRS may take an interest in […]

When little things mean a lot: Estate planning for personal property
August 11, 2022 Knowledge Center
When little things mean a lot: Estate planning for personal property

Personal items — which may have modest monetary value but significant sentimental value — may be more difficult to address in an estate plan than big-ticket items. Squabbling over these items may lead to emotionally charged disputes and even litigation. In some cases, the legal fees and court costs can eclipse the monetary value of […]

Employer violated ERISA by terminating employee
August 9, 2022 Knowledge Center
Employer violated ERISA by terminating employee

Many employers offer health care plans and other benefits that fall under the purview of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). A recent federal court decision serves as a reminder that employers need to know their legal rights and limits regarding employee terminations and ERISA-protected benefits. Plaintiff’s argument In Kairys v. S. Pines Trucking, Inc., […]

CHIPS Act poised to boost U.S. businesses
August 5, 2022 Knowledge Center
CHIPS Act poised to boost U.S. businesses

The Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America Act (CHIPS Act) was recently passed by Congress as part of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. President Biden is expected to sign it into law shortly. Among other things, the $52 billion package provides generous tax incentives to increase domestic production of semiconductors, also […]

The kiddie tax: Does it affect your family?
August 4, 2022 Knowledge Center
The kiddie tax: Does it affect your family?

Many people wonder how they can save taxes by transferring assets into their children’s names. This tax strategy is called income shifting. It seeks to take income out of your higher tax bracket and place it in the lower tax brackets of your children. While some tax savings are available through this approach, the “kiddie […]

Taking employee benefits to the next level with an NQDC plan
August 1, 2022 Knowledge Center
Taking employee benefits to the next level with an NQDC plan

Does your organization offer a 401(k) plan to its employees? This is a common fringe benefit for the rank and file. However, some employers might want to take their benefits packages to the next level by offering special options to key employees. In such cases, a nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plan could fit the bill. Qualified […]

Businesses: Act now to make the most out of bonus depreciation
July 29, 2022 Knowledge Center
Businesses: Act now to make the most out of bonus depreciation

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) significantly boosted the potential value of bonus depreciation for taxpayers — but only for a limited duration. The amount of first-year depreciation available as a so-called bonus will begin to drop from 100% after 2022, and businesses should plan accordingly. Bonus depreciation in a nutshell Bonus depreciation has […]

Last call for lease accounting
July 27, 2022 Knowledge Center
Last call for lease accounting

The updated lease accounting standard is currently in effect for private companies. After several postponements during the pandemic, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) voted unanimously to move forward with the changes. That means private companies and private not-for-profit entities that follow U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) must adopt the new standard for fiscal […]

Take a balanced approach to retirement and estate planning using a split annuity
July 27, 2022 Knowledge Center
Take a balanced approach to retirement and estate planning using a split annuity

If you’re approaching retirement or have already retired, one of the biggest challenges is balancing the need to maintain your standard of living with your desire to preserve as much wealth as possible for your loved ones. This balance can be difficult to achieve, especially when retirement can last decades. One strategy to consider is […]