When business expenses are not deductible

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A general principle of tax accounting is that we deduct ordinary and necessary business expenses from our gross income before reporting the net taxable income. However, this is not always the case. In some cases it is necessary to modify your tax accounting to comply with specific tax laws – even sometimes when the tax […]

Good for CPAs, Bad for RIAs

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As great as this tax bill is for CPAs who offer tax planning services, it is just as bad for investment advisers. Here’s why: RIAs do not benefit from the 20% deduction of pass-through entity income. RIAs tend to have high state, local and property taxes. Limiting this deduction, along with elimination of the personal […]

2018 tax rates for married filing jointly

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While most taxpayers get a decrease in marginal tax rates some small group of ‘married filing jointly‘ taxpayers will face higher marginal tax rates. This means that a married taxpayer with taxable income of $237,951 to $315,000 will see slightly less of a tax cut as a percentage of income compared to married taxpayers in other […]

The three basic principles of individual tax reform

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The tax reform bill, as passed, does three key things for individual taxpayers: Temporarily changes the way we calculate “taxable income”. No longer do we calculate personal exemptions. Most deductions are eliminated. The standard deduction is increased. To estimate the impact on your taxes subtract the total amount of your current deductions and personal exemptions […]

Higher marginal tax rate for some single filers

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While most taxpayers get a decrease in marginal tax rates some single taxpayers will face higher marginal tax rates. This means that a single taxpayer with taxable income of $195,450 will see significantly less of a tax cut than a single with taxable income of $157,500. This does not mean that these taxpayers will necessarily see […]

First five strategies to deal with the new tax law

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My action plan for bringing actionable information to clients as soon as the tax bill becomes law. Update December 31, 2017: Major parts of the law become effective tomorrow. I’ve moved past most of the preliminary points in this article and am now focused on the actions that can make the most immediate impact on […]

Why the tax law might not mean much to you (but a lot for the rich)

Posted 1 CommentPosted in News and Politics, Tax Planning, Taxes

We now have the final details of the federal income tax bill published about 10 hours ago1. It seems natural for a tax geek like me to immediately calculate the effect the tax bill has on my family. My family is clearly in the ‘middle of the middle class’ by any measurement we may choose […]

Facebook Live: “30 Minutes to Faster, Easier, Cheaper Small Business Accounting”

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, self-employed, Small Business, Tax Planning, Taxes

Look for online announcements of upcoming presentations. I will be hosting a series of free, short, fast-paced online programs for small business owners, self-employed folks and part-time freelancers. The intent is to help us prepare to save time and money on tax accounting in 2018. It will be Facebook Live presentation with the ability to […]

Want to pay less tax? Start with a review of your last return

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Effective tax reduction strategies start with a review of you last filed tax return. There are at least three types of tax return reviews: 1) a high level review “Does it make sense given the facts?”, 2) a micro-level review “Did I miss anything or transpose any digits?”. and 3) a tax planning review (How […]

Small business action plan to profit from tax reform

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Contracting, nonprofit, Remodeling, Small Business, Tax Planning

We can now begin to make a reasonable forecast of the eventual form of U.S. tax law and, even with the list of uncertain issues, ask what it means to each of us. For me and my small business practice, this is how it plays out: Winners Tax and business advisers Rental real estate owners […]