Section 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges: When They Are the Right Choice

In very simple terms, a like-kind exchange is a tax-deferred transaction that allows one asset to be swapped with another, similar asset without generating a capital gains tax liability from the sale of the first asset. Prior to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA), the IRS permitted the exchange of certain personal property, intellectual…

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2021 Update on Tax and Education Credits

Taxpayers who have to write big checks for higher education can see tax savings when filing tax returns next year. If you, your spouse, or your dependents are taking postsecondary coursework, there’s a strong chance a tax benefit may be in your future. The credits available are the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) and the…

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Deciding Whether You Can Claim R&D Benefits

The research and development tax credit is a tax incentive program. Also known as the research and experimentation tax credit, the research tax credit, or the R&D credit, the credit allows a company to recover a portion of their R&D costs through tax credits. Many incorrectly think the R&D credit only applies to companies that actually…

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Are You Spending Too Much on Bookkeeping?

Wondering what your options are to reduce spending and increase income? Here are some tips: Organize your documents and communications. Receipts scattered? Can’t keep up with payments that are due? Missed payments result in late fees and interest charges, and all those do are increase the overall amount to be paid each month. You’ll be paying more…

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Employers Get Tax Breaks for Vaccination Leave

Small and midsize employers, and certain governmental employers, can claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19, including leave taken by employees to receive or recover from COVID-19 vaccinations. These credits are available to eligible employers that pay sick and…

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Closing an Arizona Limited Liability Company

Closing your Arizona Limited Liability Company (LLC) can be a challenging and difficult task. You may be facing legal matters such as settling debt or protecting personal property and there will always be taxation issues to resolve.  The choice to close a business is never easy, and you should gather resources and support as you…

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What To Know About S-Corp Returns

An S corporation is a “pass-through” entity — profits and losses from the corporation are reported on the tax returns of individual shareholders who also are responsible for paying S corporation tax. The S corporation has a responsibility to file an informational income tax return each year as well as IRS forms that relate to…

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Strategic Tax Planning and Itemizing

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) made major changes that affect how individual taxpayers can claim deductions. For individual taxpayers, the biggest changes were (1) the increase in the standard deduction, which significantly raised the threshold for claiming itemized deductions; (2) the elimination of some itemized deductions (e.g., moving expenses) and the…

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It’s Never Too Early for Tax Planning

Benjamin Franklin once said “to fail to plan is to plan to fail.” This adage certainly applies to tax planning. Although the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) eliminated many deductions outright, there are exceptions. Certain deductions still exist but are being phased out, whereas others will expire after a set time. This…

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The 5 Biggest Surprises for Businesses Arising from the New Tax Law

1) Owners of pass-through entities may get a significant deduction from the new 199A deduction, but it is a complex and time-consuming calculation. This new provision gives eligible businesses up to a 20 percent tax deduction on certain qualified business income. However, the new 199A deduction requires additional reporting for every pass-through entity. Because the deduction…

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