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New Tax Savings Available Using Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation

With the end of the year approaching, it’s time to think about taxes again. While tax planning might not be the most exciting part of your job, with the right strategies in place, you can keep a lot more of the money your company brings in. Without proper planning, taxes can be your biggest expense, […]

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The Tax Benefits of Limited Liability Companies

As its name suggests,  limited liability companies (LLCs) protect personal assets from debts and other business liabilities. But you may not be aware that LLCs can also offer tax savings. As an LLC, you have flexibility in choosing how you’ll be taxed. This allows you to reap a number of benefits unavailable to other business […]

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The Pros and Cons of Hiring Independent Contractors

If you’re a business owner, one of the most important choices you must make is whether to hire full-time employees or use independent contractors (IC). While the two classifications may seem quite similar, they both come with a wide array of unique advantages and disadvantages. What’s more, if you make a mistake when classifying your […]

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What Will the New Tax Law Mean for Your Business?

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill into law, and taxpayers are still trying to figure out how it might affect them. This is especially true for business owners, as the most dramatic changes under the law are aimed at how businesses are taxed. We’ve highlighted the most […]

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How to Deduct $5,250 of Your Adult Child’s College Tuition as a Business Expense

With today’s tuition costs at astronomically high levels, paying for a child’s college education can feel like extortion. If your child is an adult, you may have decided that it’s up to him or her to pay for tuition, but if you do want to help your adult child (or grandchild) with college tuition, there […]

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Business Owners May See Potential Windfall From New Tax Bill

UPDATE: The new tax bill has been signed into law, so for information on the bill’s final provisions and how they might affect you, refer to the article posted on 2/9/18. Due to its highly touted “business friendly” nature, the new Republican tax bill—which recently passed both the House and Senate—has been highly anticipated by […]

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Writing Off Start-Up Costs

One of the biggest benefits of owning your own business is being able to write off certain expenses to lower your annual income tax liability. When done right, writing off business expenses, especially when they are investments in things or experiences you would invest in even if you did not have your business, is a […]

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Is Your Small Business Being Audited? Stay Calm and Read On

Audits can happen to any business. Small businesses are no exception. The IRS can conduct an audit on your business when your tax filing contains questionable deductions, your business is of particular interest to the IRS or by random selection. Contrary to popular belief, being audited doesn’t necessarily mean you did anything wrong. And for […]

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Are You Scrambling to Get Prepped For Your Taxes? Here Are Some Tips

While tax day here in the United States is not until April 15, if you own a business and you intend to follow the rules, you’ve already started scrambling. 1099s were due to your independent contractors February 1, and if you are filing an S or C-Corp tax return, it’s due March 15, and then […]

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Hiring? Great! Here’s How to Get Started with Your First Employee

Up until now, you alone have been running your small business. Now you need help. The moment when a small business owner decides to hire his or her first employee is one of triumph. Conversely, knowing how to start the hiring process can be a moment of confusion. If you’re ready to hire your first […]

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Millennials and the Family Business: When New Values Meet Old

Millennials are taking their places at office desks around the nation. This burgeoning generation is just starting out,which means changes for family businesses with millennial family members who stand to inherit the family business. Of course, this scenario raises certain concerns for baby-boomer business owners as they look to the next generation of workers. According […]

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