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Charitable Giving as part of your Tax Planning Strategy

With the holiday season upon us and the end of the year approaching, we pause to give thanks for our blessings and the people in our lives. It is also a time when charitable giving often comes to mind. The tax benefits associated with charitable giving could potentially enhance your ability to give and should be considered as part of your year-end tax planning. Tax deduction for charitable gifts If you itemize deductions on your federal income tax return, you can generally deduct your gifts to qualified charities. This may also help you potentially increase your gift. Assume you want to make a...

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1099-NEC: Who should receive them, why proper classification is essential, and how to remediate errors

Form 1099-NEC is due to vendors by Jan. 31 for payments made the preceding year to non-corporate independent contractors. The IRS requires form W-9 to be completed before any payment is made to a vendor. Businesses do NOT have to issue a 1099 to any vendor that indicates on the Form W-9 that they are a corporation unless the payments were to an attorney. Employee or Contractor?  To determine if an individual is an employee or an independent contractor, consider the IRS 3-Factor Test: The Behavioral Test:  Does the company control or have the right to control what the worker does and...

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Form 1099 must be filed and distributed by January 31 for all independent contractors earning $600+

If you pay an individual (who is not an employee) or partnership for “services” rendered and the amount paid for the year is $600 or more, you must file an information return, Form 1099-MISC, with the IRS and provide a copy to the individual. Form 1099s are required to be filed and distributed by January 31. There is a penalty for failure to file by the date or failure to provide the correct identification number. The IRS may charge a $100 penalty for each incorrect identification number. If you do not plan to enter your independent contractor(s) payments in your payroll system...

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This #GivingTuesday… Enjoy tax benefits while helping others

With the holiday season upon us and the end of the year approaching, we pause to give thanks for our blessings and the people in our lives. It is also a time when charitable giving often comes to mind. The tax benefits associated with charitable giving could potentially enhance your ability to give and should be considered as part of your year-end tax planning. Tax deduction for charitable gifts If you itemize deductions on your federal income tax return, you can generally deduct your gifts to qualified charities. This may also help you potentially increase your gift. Assume you are considering making a...

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1099-MISC: Who should receive them, why proper classification is essential, and how to remediate errors

Form 1099-MISC is due to vendors by Jan. 31 for payments made the preceding year to non-corporate independent contractors. The IRS requires form W-9 to be completed before any payment is made to a vendor. Businesses do NOT have to issue a 1099 to any vendor that indicates on the Form W-9 that they are a corporation unless the payments were to an attorney. Employee or Contractor?  To determine if an individual is an employee or an independent contractor, consider the IRS 3-Factor Test: The Behavioral Test:  Does the company control or have the right to control what the worker does and...

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No Change in 2021 Limits for Qualified Transportation Benefits

Maximum Monthly Amounts Remain at $270 The IRS has released Revenue Procedure 2020-45, which includes cost-of-living adjustments for employee qualified transportation fringe benefits for the 2021 taxable year, along with annually adjusted numbers for 2021 for a number of other tax provisions. The combined monthly limit for transportation in a commuter highway vehicle and any transit pass remains unchanged from 2020 at $270. The monthly limit in 2021 for qualified parking is also unchanged from 2020, also at $270....

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SBA Issues New FAQs for Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness

Borrowers and Lenders May Rely on the Guidance Provided in the New FAQs On Oct. 13, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published a new set of answers to frequently asked questions about the forgiveness of loans issued under the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) as a response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and was designed to provide a direct incentive for employers to keep their workers on the payroll. Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well...

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IRS issues final regulations on the deduction for meals and entertainment

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations on the business expense deduction for meals and entertainment following changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The 2017 TCJA generally eliminated the deduction for any expenses related to activities generally considered entertainment, amusement or recreation. However, taxpayers may still deduct business expenses related to food and beverages if certain requirements are met. These final regulations address the disallowance of the deduction for expenditures related to entertainment, amusement or recreation activities, including the applicability of certain exceptions to this disallowance.  They also provide guidance to determine whether an activity is...

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IRS Updates Per Diem Rates

The IRS has updated the rules for using per diem rates to substantiate the amount of business expenses paid or incurred while traveling away from home. The full notice from the IRS can be viewed here. Highlights include the following: $66 for any travel locality within the continental United States and $71 for any travel locale outside the continental U.S. for special meal and incidental expenses rates for taxpayers in the transportation industry. $5 per day for any locality of travel within or outside the U.S. for the incidental expenses only deduction For purposes of the high-low substantiation method, the per...

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Payroll Tax Deferral Guidance

President Trump issued an executive order on August 8, 2020 allowing employers to defer employee’s social security taxes for certain employees for the period beginning September 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2020-65 providing additional guidance on August 28, 2020. The executive order defers the employer’s obligation to withhold, deposit and pay the 6.2% Social Security tax for employees. It applies to employees who “generally” make less than $4,000 bi-weekly, calculated on a pre-tax basis, which equates to $104,000 annually. Any deferred Social Security taxes would then be collected from the...

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