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2018 Car And Truck Depreciation Limits Explained

For this year’s 2018 Depreciation Limits, business use vehicles offer opportunities and challenges. Claiming depreciation as a business expense for personally available vehicles is a clear advantage. As is common, a “but” is included due to special rules known as “Listed Property” attributes. These rules recognize there are both personal and business attributes associated with the same asset; the vehicle has a value to the individual and their business using the vehicle which has necessitated specific 2018 Car and Truck Depreciation Limits.

The conceptual challenge is that there are differences between a business van say, for a “Construction Person”, and the “Executive” with a new Mercedes, known as Listed Property. Read more

Another Cryptocurrency Primer Of Our Cyber Universe: Who, What, And Why They Differ

  1. Who are the major players I think you should be aware of
  2. What’s a DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization)?
  3. If Cyber Currency is so Great, Why are there so many challenges in the Community?
  4. My Crystal Ball

The cryptocurrency, or digital currently world is complex with a few core leaders and hundreds, if not thousands, of related active alternatives. All are predicated on the concept of the Blockchain or often referred to as the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). While the core history of Bitcoin and its related alternatives is fairly accessible via a simplified web search, popular media, and even “analog” books, I have determined that far too many do not understand the differences and similarities between and among these various alternative coins (Alt Coins). Read more

The New Tax Code: Consider Savvy Restructuring

We won’t say we were barraged with questions of concern after the announcement of the most sweeping U.S. tax legislation in more than 30 years, but pretty darn close. At least we’re starting to have “Strategic” conversation about Taxes now instead of it being an afterthought.

The 2017 Tax Cuts Jobs Act And Opportunities

While the new legislation includes many pro-growth features, including a deep reduction in the corporate tax rate, a scaled-back state, and the local tax deduction, full-expensing for five years, and lower individual tax rates, discipline is essential. Read more

Consumer Spending Hits A 6-Year High Before TCJA

As savings decline and consumer debt increases, the likelihood of future reductions in consumer demand will send shock waves through the business economy as production will shrink, employment will decline, and recessionary impacts will further reduce consumer confidence. This will impact construction spending and manufacturing investments leading to a downward cycle until we hit a solid core and time allows an economic healing.

Looking ahead, we believe the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will certainly modify people’s behaviors as companies determine how their revised cash flows will provide options. Ultimately tax cuts drive three behaviors. Read more

The Crypto Battlefield: Financial Visionaries Vs. The Regulators

Mark Twain has been credited with expressing that “History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes,” Regardless of who crafted the sentiment; it is clearly consistent with my experience associated with some disruptive technologies that are showing up in today’s financial markets.

Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once stated, “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT), the underlying software system that is simply and commonly referred to as Blockchain is an example of this “Truth”. This DLT system uses the collective computing power of many autonomous systems all agreeing on factual transactions covered by a specific ledger (e.g. Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dash, etc.). Read more

New Tax Code Just Made Sexual Harassment More Expensive

Tax incentives still matter. While “follow the money” is an excellent concept for seeking greater information about “what has happened,” by identifying and following the incentives is far superior for determining what “will” happen.” In economic terms, the differences are substantial. One is a lagging indicator (where we have been) and the other is the leading indicator (where we are going).

The new law states, no deduction is allowed for any settlement, payout, or attorney fees related to sexual harassment or sexual abuse if such payments are subject to a nondisclosure agreement. Read more

Entity Classifications Under The New Tax Act

Welcome to 2018 and your new 2018 Tax Laws. If you are not aware, there is a new Tax Law that will affect all of you in our Professional care this year.

We know, understand and respect that each of your company’s DNA is unique. There are no simple answers to complex questions. Lately, the U.S. business media is abuzz with ideas and recommendations relative to the “best” corporate structure. While these are generic and generalized suggestions, some might have merit; there is little value without considering all the factors surrounding a business including, but not limited to: Read more