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Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Posted on Friday, November 20, 2020
Ask anyone if they “pay too much income tax” and the knee jerk reaction is almost always, “yes!” and without much hesitation. Why do we call that a knee jerk reaction? Because if you then follow the question up with two more questions, “What did you pay in federal tax last year? And/or what bracket are you in?” they almost as quickly say, “I don’t remember, or I’m not sure”. Or they might guess at a bracket percentage, but usually not correctly. I’ve even had people profess the pain of paying too much in tax only to discover that not only did they get back all of their withholdings, but were given tax credit refunds of money they did not...

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Posted on Friday, November 13, 2020
With COVID at our heels again and Thanksgiving effectively canceled for many, it seems that a repeat of the first half of 2020 may be at hand.  The arrival of the vaccine should make it less scary soon, but we still need to dodge the virus and keep our businesses open between now and when “anyone with no priority” can get vaccinated. It’s all distracting us from the wave that will affect or infect us, to which there will never be a vaccine, higher taxes for most and very soon.  I can wear a mask, I can Zoom with grandma and owe her a hug, but I can’t change what’s about to happen to my tax bill.  The Biden campaign...

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Posted on Friday, November 06, 2020
First, let’s say upfront that a business that has sources of income and expenses and leaves 25% profit on the table is an awesome business!  Example: A Plumber makes $400,000 a year and spends $300,000 a year on plumbing tools, trucks, repairs, staff, insurances, etc., and walks away with $100,000 at the end of the year that he can put in his pocket; great business!  It would be rare that it’s that easy.  More likely, he puts $60,000 in his pocket and sneaks a few personal expenses into his plumbing books.  In a very rare case in the other direction, 50% in expenses and 50% profit, but he probably wouldn’t do that every year.  That would be a “magic year” with no repairs to fleet vehicles, no staff turnover,...

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Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2020
No trick! Opportunity zones are your treat this Halloween.  Year-end tax planning, the stock markets, and opportunity zones are all on a high speed merge around the country. Hopefully, the information is getting to the correct people, but even if you are seeing this for the first time, you still have time to get educated and perhaps take advantage.  Let’s break it down. Opportunity zones are a new governmental offensive to bring targeted areas around the country jobs and investment in infrastructure. There are many layers and details, but for this purpose, we will stick to a high-level discussion and focus on two parts. Part one:  What are they?  They are specific, clearly defined geographic areas around the country.  Opportunity...

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Posted on Friday, October 23, 2020
The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued guidance on October 8, 2020, allowing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less to self-certify that they used the money appropriately and receive complete forgiveness, although borrowers will still have to provide things such as payroll provider reports.  Now employers can use a further simplified form and a “check the box” paperwork process.  Borrowers can use the new SBA Form 3508S for their forgiveness application, or wait for their bank, credit union or other source to update their online applications.   The new rules remove the need to show that you did not reduce head counts or salaries and, therefore, suffer a reduction in loan forgiveness.  Previous regulations outlined that if an employer reduced...

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Posted on Friday, October 16, 2020
COVID-19 has financially affected much more than it has infected, and our financial future as a country is tenuous as a result!  As Fall takes hold, there is still time to at least make one glass of lemonade from all the lemons, but people need to put time on their calendar in October to focus on their own opportunity or risk not benefitting from the one benefit they can receive from a global pandemic. There are many categories and levels of financial effects that have taken place, but for simplification in this case we will separate everyone into two groups.  People negatively affect (many ruined or greatly wounded) and those on the other side, people and companies that benefitted financially...

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Posted on Monday, October 12, 2020
In a few months the U. S. will begin filing tax returns again, and at tax firms all over the country people will be making the “E-Trade” Shocked Baby Face (remember him?) when they see they are being charged penalties and interest for under paying their taxes due. Even if they made a 941 payment in the last quarter to cover ALL the tax due for the year, they can still find themselves fined by Uncle Sam as a penalty for not paying equally over the four quarters of the year. A last quarter over payment simply means they underpaid for three quarters and overpaid for one quarter, and no, it’s not “good enough” for the IRS. People also argue...

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Posted on Friday, October 02, 2020
With fall in the air, it’s time to start thinking about things that need to be done to prepare for winter.  The garden harvests are rolling in, fresh vegetables are everywhere and it’s really, really great.  Time to fill up your oil tanks before the price change, and at least know where those snow tires are in the back of the garage.  It’s also time for tax planning. There are so many things in the tax code that have time limitations.  It’s really time to check in with yourself if you want to actually participate in your bill with the IRS.  Taxes can be very much within people’s control, even though they don’t feel that way.  If you’re still out on extension, heads up — you...

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Posted on Friday, September 25, 2020
We are nearing the October 15th filing deadline, so all the crying is almost over 2019 tax return submissions.   We blogged throughout the summer on various topics, but now you’re down to a few weeks to effectively do 90% of what can be done to affect your 2020 tax liability.  Only a few things can be done in 2021, once you realize how big the bill actually is.  If you’re an individual making less than top wages, you can open and fund IRAs after January 1st, 2021, that can reduce your 2020 tax bill.  Other than that, there’s little that can be done once the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.  You have until then to get your act together, figure out where your tax...

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