10 Tips for Better Budgeting…

If you already have a budget, it’s probably been difficult for you to stick with it for the last several months. Unless you provide products and/or services that have been in great demand since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, you’ve had to adjust your budget significantly. Better days are ahead, though, and now is a

Still Waiting for the IRS to Cash Your Check?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS has furloughed many of its employees or had them work from home to mitigate the spread of the virus. Many IRS offices remained shuttered for months, and a backlog of millions of pieces of unopened mail accumulated in trailers set up outside IRS facilities. This includes unopened mail with

Do You Know Unemployment Benefits Are Taxable?

With the passage of the CARES Act stimulus package earlier this year, the federal government added $600 to the normal state weekly unemployment benefits and increased the number of benefit weeks to a total of 39. In many cases, workers are receiving unemployment benefits for the first time in their lives, and they may not

Ready for the 1099-NEC?

The Internal Revenue Service has resurrected a form that has not been used since the early 1980s, Form 1099-NEC (the NEC stands for non-employee compensation). This form will be used to report non-employee compensation in place of the 1099-MISC, which has been used since 1983 to report payments to contract workers and freelancers. Form 1099-MISC

Thinking of Dumping Old Tax Records?

Tired of having all those old tax records taking up drawer or closet space and collecting dust. Want to dump as much as you can? People often ask how long records must be kept and the amount of time IRS has to audit a return after it is filed. How long to keep the records

Watch Out for Tax Penalties

Most taxpayers don’t intentionally incur tax penalties, but many who are penalized are simply not aware of the penalties or the possible impact on their wallets. As tax season approaches, let’s look at some of the more commonly encountered penalties and how they may be avoided. Underpayment of Estimated Taxes and Withholding Penalty – The

What You Need to Know About Health Savings Accounts

The Health Savings Account (HSA) is one of the most misunderstood and underused benefits in the Internal Revenue Code. Congress created HSAs as a way for individuals with high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) to save for medical expenses that are not covered by insurance due to the high-deductible provisions of their insurance coverage. HSA as a

Individuals Have a New Opportunity to Receive $500 Economic Impact Payments for Their Children

The Internal Revenue Service has announced it will reopen the registration period for federal beneficiaries with children who didn’t receive a $500 per child Economic Impact (stimulus) Payment earlier this year. When to Apply – The IRS urges certain federal benefit recipients to use the Non-Filers tool between August 15 and September 30 to

IRS Issues Guidance Regarding Payroll Tax Deferral

On Friday, August 28, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2020-65, which offers guidance regarding the implementation of the Presidential Memorandum on the deferment of some payroll taxes. The memorandum, which was released by the President on August 8th, called for a deferral of the employee share of social security tax (or the railroad

7 Critical Accounting Errors to Avoid

Most business owners understand that they’ll face accounting errors at some point. Yet, those errors can come with a meaningful financial or labor cost. When quarterly tax filing time rolls around, accounting errors can make you overpay. That deprives your business of networking capital that can always go to better use. When the errors cause