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Hiring This Summer? You May Qualify for a Valuable Tax Credit

Is your business hiring this summer? If the employees come from certain “targeted groups,” you may be eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). This includes youth whom you bring in this summer for two or three months. The maximum credit employers can claim is $2,400 to $9,600 for each…

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Employers: Be Aware (Or Beware) of a Harsh Payroll Tax Penalty

If federal income tax and employment taxes (including Social Security) are withheld from employees’ paychecks and not handed over to the IRS, a harsh penalty can be imposed. To make matters worse, the penalty can be assessed personally against a “responsible individual.”

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IRS Rolls out New Luxury Car Rules

IRS “luxury automobile” limits were recently adjusted for inflation. The new limits affect certain deductions taxpayers can take for passenger automobiles — including light trucks and vans — used in their businesses. Revenue Procedure 2019-26 lists different limits for purchased automobiles,…

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Tax-Smart Domestic Travel: Combining Business with Pleasure

Summer is just around the corner, so you might be thinking about getting some vacation time. If you’re self-employed or a business owner, you have a golden opportunity to combine a business trip with a few extra days of vacation and offset some of the cost with a tax deduction. But be careful, or…

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Tax Incentive — or Government Giveaway?

After a highly publicized search for new headquarters locations, Amazon pulled the plug in February on a $2.5 billion project to open a second headquarters in Queens, New York. Although the new hub would have created an estimated 50,000 jobs. A key reason for Amazon’s cold feet politicians, union…

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Hiring Your Child Can Be a Tax-Smart Idea

If you’re a business owner and you hire your children (or grandchildren) this summer, you can obtain tax breaks and other nontax benefits. The kids can gain on-the-job experience, save for college and learn how to manage money.

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What Type of Expenses Can’t Be Written off by Your Business?

If you read the Internal Revenue Code (and you probably don’t want to!), you may be surprised to find that most business deductions aren’t specifically listed. It doesn’t explicitly state that you can deduct office supplies and certain other expenses. Some expenses are detailed in the tax code, but…

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How Entrepreneurs Must Treat Expenses on Their Tax Returns

Have you recently started a new business? Or are you contemplating starting one? Launching a new venture is a hectic, exciting time. And as you know, before you even open the doors, you generally have to spend a lot of money. You may have to train workers and pay for rent, utilities, marketing and…

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