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[ … ]

How to begin collecting your 2015 tax refund now

If you usually receive a large federal income tax refund, you’re essentially making an interest-free loan to the IRS. Rather than wait until you file your 2015 tax return in 2016, why not begin enjoying your “refund” now by reducing your withholdings or estimated tax payments for the remainder of 2015? It’s particularly important to[ … ]

100% Deduction for Certain M&E Expenses!

Generally, businesses are limited to deducting 50% of allowable meal and entertainment (M&E) expenses. But certain expenses are 100% deductible, including expenses: For food and beverages furnished at the workplace primarily for employees, Treated as employee compensation, That are excludable from employees’ income as de minimis fringe benefits, For recreational or social activities for employees,[ … ]

How Telecommuting Can Lead to Unexpected Taxes

If you allow employees to telecommute, be sure to consider the potential tax implications. Hiring someone in another state, for example, might create sufficient nexus to expose your company to that state’s income, sales and use, franchise, withholding, or unemployment taxes. And the employee might be subject to double taxation if both states attempt to[ … ]

The perils of filing for an extension

Now that the 2012 tax return deadline is nearly upon us, if you haven’t filed your return yet, you may be thinking about an extension. This allows you to delay filing your return until the applicable extension deadline: Individuals — Oct. 15, 2013 Calendar-year partnerships — Sept. 16, 2013 Trusts and estates — Sept. 16,[ … ]

Congress Passes American Taxpayer Relief Act Bill to Avert Fiscal Cliff Tax Consequences

In the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2013, the Senate, by a vote of 89-8, passed H.R.8, the “American Taxpayer Relief Act” (the Act). Late on that same day—hours after the government had technically gone over the “fiscal cliff”—the House of Representatives, by a vote of 257 to 167, also passed the bill. The[ … ]

2012 Tax Tips for Business Owners

2012 Tax Tips for Business Owners If your business is incorporated, consider taking money out of the business by way of a stock redemption if you are in the position to do so. The buy-back of the stock may yield long-term capital gain or a dividend, depending on a variety of factors. But either way, you’ll[ … ]