New COVID-19 Relief Bill Signed Into Law

On December 27, President Trump signed into law the COVID-19 relief bill that was passed by Congress on December 21, 2020. The legislation, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, extends weekly benefits for unemployed workers, and provides more than $300 billion in aid for small businesses. It also ensures tax deductibility for business expenses paid with […]

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Tax Savings for Non-Itemizers

A common misconception in tax filing is that those who use the Standard Deduction instead of itemizing deductions have few additional benefits available to reduce their tax bill. This is often not the case. Should you take the standard deduction or itemize? Every taxpayer can take the Standard Deduction to reduce their income. However, if […]

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What to Do When Closing a Business

Closing a business is never an easy decision to make. Nonetheless, it’s sometimes necessary and not all that uncommon. If you find yourself in this situation, there are number of steps you should take to shut down your business in an orderly manner and ensure that the IRS knows that your business should no longer […]

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What to Know About the Home Office Deduction

Amid this global pandemic, a lot of people find themselves working from home, rather than traveling to an office. Because of this, there is more interest than usual in the home office deduction. Here’s what you need to know. The home office deduction is available to qualifying self-employed taxpayers, independent contractors and those working in […]

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Be Cautious of Temporary Payroll Tax Holiday

A payroll tax holiday effective September 1 was recently signed via a presidential executive order. Payroll tax holidays typically provide forgiveness of Social Security and Medicare taxes that are normally withheld from your paycheck. This year’s tax holiday, however, is not necessarily a forgiveness of Social Security and Medicare taxes, because the order is not […]

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Gifts of Stock

If you own shares of stock that have increased in value, one way to avoid a taxable gain is to gift them to another. Although it’s simple in concept, gifting stock does have some tax consequences to consider. Value of the gift When you gift stock there are not one, but two values to consider. […]

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