Saving tax on restricted stock awards with the Sec. 83(b) election

Today many employees receive stock-based compensation from their employer as part of their compensation and benefits package. The tax consequences of such compensation can be complex — subject to ordinary-income, capital gains, employment and other taxes. But if you receive restricted stock awards, you might have a tax-saving opportunity in the form of the Section[ … ]

Section 179 expensing provides small businesses tax savings on 2017 returns — and more savings in the future

If you purchased qualifying property by December 31, 2017, you may be able to take advantage of Section 179 expensing on your 2017 tax return. You’ll also want to keep this tax break in mind in your property purchase planning, because the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), signed into law this past December, significantly[ … ]

What Commercial Property Owners Should Know About Cost Segregation

As the owner of commercial property, you likely are tasked with a number of financial obligations when it comes to maintaining or making improvements to the building or land you purchased. You want to preserve the value and make a return on your investment. So if you have the opportunity to save significant tax dollars[ … ]

Cost Segregation Studies Gone Wrong

For many, rapidly accelerating the depreciation on a commercial building by utilizing a cost segregation study is a no-brainer. Commercial properties are depreciated over 39 years by default, which is an awfully long time to recover the tax benefits of your cost. If you can frontload those deductions, it only makes economic sense. Right? Well,[ … ]

Should you make a “charitable IRA rollover” in 2016?

Last year a break valued by many charitably inclined retirees was made permanent: the charitable IRA rollover. If you’re age 70½ or older, you can make direct contributions — up to $100,000 annually — from your IRA to qualified charitable organizations without owing any income tax on the distributions. Satisfy your RMD A charitable IRA[ … ]

Combine business travel and a family vacation without losing tax benefits

Are you thinking about turning a business trip into a family vacation this summer? This can be a great way to fund a portion of your vacation costs. But if you’re not careful, you could lose the tax benefits of business travel. Reasonable and necessary Generally, if the primary purpose of your trip is business,[ … ]

Tread carefully when determining compensation for S corp. shareholder-employees

By distributing profits in the form of dividends rather than salary, an S corporation and its owners can avoid payroll taxes on these amounts. Because of the additional 0.9% Medicare tax on wages in excess of $200,000 ($250,000 for joint filers and $125,000 for married filing separately), the potential tax savings may be even greater[ … ]