The Internal Revenue Service, along with the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services, have issued proposed regulations that would allow employers to fund tax-exempted health reimbursement arrangements to help pay for employees' individual health insurance premiums. A health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) is an employer-funded arrangement designed to reimburse … [Read more...] about Proposed Regulations Would Expand Health Reimbursement Arrangements
The LLC form of company ownership generally shields individual owners (known as members) from personal liability for the debts or obligations of the LLC. Creditors of an LLC can normally only go after the assets of the LLC and not the member's individually owned assets. Are you personally liable for business debts? There are certain situations where you can be held personally liable for … [Read more...] about Are You Personally Liable for an LLC?
Unfortunately, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) retains the individual Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). But there's a silver lining: The AMT rules now reduce the odds that you'll owe the AMT for 2018 through 2025. Plus, even if you're still in the AMT zone, you'll probably owe less AMT than you did under the old rules. Why the AMT Hits Upper-Middle-Income Taxpayers Under prior law, many … [Read more...] about New Law Eases the Individual Alternative Minimum Tax
Federal income tax rates for C corporations have been reduced to a flat 21%, starting in 2018 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). But what about pass-through businesses? Calculating the QBI Deduction:It's All Relative To illustrate how the qualified business income (QBI) deduction works, let's suppose you and your spouse file a joint tax return for 2018, reporting taxable income … [Read more...] about New Law Gives Eligible Pass-Through Businesses a Special Tax Break
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) may have put a crimp in some of your summer plans by eliminating or scaling back certain tax breaks. But individuals and small business owners still have plenty of opportunities to save taxes. Here are six ideas to consider this summer: 1. Host an Outing for Employees Under prior law, businesses could deduct 50% of the cost of its entertainment and meal … [Read more...] about 6 Cool Ways to Save Taxes During the Hot Summer Months
Most 401(k) plans permit hardship withdrawals, though plan sponsors aren't required to allow them. As it stands today, employees seeking to take money out of their 401(k) accounts are limited to the funds they contributed to the accounts themselves, and only after they've first taken a loan from the same account. Loans must be repaid, of course. The theory behind the loan requirement is that … [Read more...] about Congress Raises 401(k) Hardship Withdrawal Limits
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which was signed into law on December 22, 2017, made significant changes to the child credit. This credit is generally available to taxpayers with children under the age of 17, but the new law adds a new (smaller) credit for other dependents. Here are the details. Say Goodbye to Dependency Exemptions … For Now The new tax law isn't all good news for … [Read more...] about Good News! More Families May Be Eligible for the Child Credit in 2018
What are the advantages of a Deferred Sales Trust (DST)? The Deferred Sales Trust, or DST, provides a unique exit strategy for an appreciated business or piece of real property. A component of the DST is the use of an installment sale strategy to defer and manage the tax obligations that come with the sale of an appreciated asset. Some of the negative features of the traditional way an … [Read more...] about Is a Deferred Sales Trust Right for You?
Are you age 50 or older? If so, you can currently make extra "catch-up" contributions to certain types of tax-favored retirement accounts. Over time, these contributions can make a significant difference in your retirement-age wealth. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of this retirement savings bonus. Here's what you need to know to reap the benefits. The Basics Eligible … [Read more...] about Retirement Account Catch-Up Contributions Can Add Up
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) includes a number of changes that will affect individual taxpayers in 2018 and beyond. Significant attention has been given to the reduced tax rates for most individuals and the new limit on deducting state and local taxes. But there is more to the story. Here's a summary of some of the lesser-known provisions in the new law. Repeal of the ACA Penalty for … [Read more...] about Tax Reform: Topics of Special Interest for Individuals