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Business Taxes : Time to Consider Section 179?

Business Taxes - Section 179

Section 179 expensing can be a very powerful planning tool for small- and medium-sized business taxes when acquiring capital assets. While it doesn’t change the amount of depreciation you can take over the life of capital purchase, it can change the timing by allowing you to deduct your purchase in the first year you place…

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Customizing QuickBooks Online Forms

QuickBooks Online

Make a good impression on your customers by sending them well-designed sales forms. QuickBooks Online helps you create them. Your company’s “brand” can be composed of many things (and has many definitions), but it’s really about what pops into your customers’ minds when they think of you. Key components include your logo, your color scheme,…

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Is Your Worker a Contractor or an Employee?

Is a worker an independent contractor or an employee? This seemingly simple question is often the contentious subject of numerous IRS audits. As an employer, getting this wrong could cost you plenty in the way of Social Security, Medicare and other employment-related taxes. Here is what you need to know. As the worker: If you…

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Avoid These Common Tax Mistakes

Avoid These Common Tax Mistakes

There are nearly 1,000 different tax forms used by the IRS to report tax obligations. It’s no wonder the IRS faces thousands of tax returns with errors each year. Here are some of the most common tax mistakes: Wrong names and Social Security numbers. Taxpayers regularly make mistakes by entering incorrect information for their spouses and…

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Business Planning: The Hourglass Approach

Business Planning: The Hourglass Approach

When it comes to annual planning, businesses often spend too much time on the planning process or too little because they are busy with day-to-day operations. There’s a simple method called the “Hourglass Approach” that can help you efficiently focus on your goals and create a plan to achieve them. Top of the glass In…

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Say Goodbye To The College Tuition Deduction

It’s hard enough to watch your child leave for college. Now you also have to say goodbye to the tuition and fees tax deduction. Congress decided not to extend this $4,000 deduction for 2017, leaving many parents worried that college will now be more expensive. But it isn’t as bad as it sounds. That’s because…

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Becoming a Smarter Renter

Becoming a Smarter Renter

Becoming the renter of an apartment, condo or house; leasing a piece of equipment; renting business property; leasing a car: all involve the common practice of renting something that is owned by someone else. To make sure you always have a good experience, here are some hints to becoming a smarter renter. Read all agreements.…

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Reap The Benefits of Hiring Your Child For The Summer

Reap The Benefits of Hiring Your Child For The Summer

Hiring your children to work in your business can be a win-win situation for everyone. Your kids will earn money, gain real-life experience in the workplace, and learn what you do every day. And, you will reap a few tax benefits in the process. Before you decide if hiring your child is the right thing…

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Donate Stock to Lower Your Tax Burden

Donate Stock to Lower Your Tax Burden

  With U.S. equity valuations near historically high levels, now might be an opportune time to take advantage of the tax benefits of donating long-term appreciated stock to a qualified charity. Directly donating a winning stock you’ve held for at least one year provides greater tax benefits than writing a check to your favorite cause.…

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