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Small Business Owners: A Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) May Give You One Last 2017 Tax And Retirement Saving Opportunity

William Rogers, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Rancho Santa Fe, California, TaxConnections

Are you a high-income small-business owner who doesn’t currently have a tax-advantaged retirement plan set up for yourself? A Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) may be just what you need, and now may be a great time to establish one. A SEP has high contribution limits and is simple to set up. Best of all, there’s still time to establish a SEP for 2017 and make contributions to it that you can deduct on your 2017 income tax return.

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Small Business Tips: How To Expand Your Business

Jerry Love, Tax Advisor, Abilene, TX, TaxConnections

Congratulations on successfully starting your business! If you’re ready to take the next step, but don’t know exactly how to go about that, here are some ideas for thinking about growing your business. Turn your business into a franchise – If your business model is easily replicated, and you want to see your business grow quickly, think about franchising. As the owner, now referred to as a franchiser, of the name or trademark sells that right to a franchise. Read more

Canada Revenue Agency – Important Dates for 2018

Grant Gilmour, Tax Advisor

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a number of dates and deadlines of importance to corporations. Failure to comply with these deadlines may raise a red flag with CRA, which in turn may trigger an audit.

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Small Business Tax Rule Changes & Risk Assessment Tools for Canadians in 2018

Grant Gilmour, Tax Advisor

The proposed small business tax rule changes are expected to be in place January 1, 2018 and will impact incorporated small businesses in Canada. These laws will hit those splitting income in families and saving assets inside corporations. To help our clients assess their exposure we have developed a Risk Assessment Tool (RAT). We hope you find the name amusing.

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Research Credit Can Offset Payroll Taxes For Small Businesses

William Rogers, Tax Advisor

Does your small business engage in qualified research activities? If so, you may be eligible for a research tax credit that you can use to offset your federal payroll tax bill.

This relatively new privilege allows the research credit to benefit small businesses that may not generate enough taxable income to use the credit to offset their federal income tax bills, such as those that are still in the unprofitable start-up phase where they owe little or no federal income tax.

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Last Chance: Take Advantage Of The Amnesty Program Now!

Monika Miles, Tax Advisor

Are you still considering whether to take advantage of the current amnesty program? Designed as a way for online sellers to become compliant in states they may have created nexus (either intentionally or inadvertently), the voluntary program provides an opportunity for these businesses to come forward if they haven’t been collecting income, franchise, use or sales tax.

How the Amnesty Program Works

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Testimony To Senate Small Business Committee For AICPA

Annette Nellen

On June 14, 2017, I had the privilege to testify on behalf of the AICPA before the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship. The title of the hearing – Tax Reform: Removing Barriers to Small Business Growth. A goal of the hearing was for this committee to help the Senate Finance Committee know that they want to be sure tax reform helps small businesses and that such businesses are not forgotten in efforts to reduce the corporate tax rate. Read more

Owners Should Utilize The Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Ken May

With the utilization rate of less than five percent, business owners are leaving a ton of money unclaimed for this tax credit.

What is the Work Opportunity Tax Credit?

WOTC is a Federal tax credit available to employers who hire and retain veterans and individuals from other target groups with significant barriers to employment.  Read more

Startups Can Now Claim R & D Tax Credit

Startups with qualifying research expenses have for the first time an additional option whereby they can choose to apply up to $250,000 of its research credit against its payroll tax liability. This new option is available to any eligible small business filing its 2016 federal income tax return this tax season.

If, somehow, such a small business failed to choose this option while filing their 2016 Tax return, and still wishes to do so, it can still make the election by filing an amended return by Dec. 31, 2017. This new option was introduced through the PATH Act enacted in 2015.

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Perspective: What Frustrates Me Most About Start-Ups!

Manasa Nadig, Start-ups, tax help

One of the services my firm offers is assistance in Entity Selection for start-ups. This is usually when we talk about various options available for the incorporator and what type of entity would be the best fit for the start-up in terms of liability exposure, record-keeping, and tax filing. This meeting usually results in setting up an entity, giving the incorporators guide-lines for record-keeping and help with choosing accounting software and set up, and so on, you get the drift?

So off they go with an Entity tucked away neatly under their arm, and the title music plays—you think? But no! Wait, here’s where the music stops with an ugly, teeth-tingling screech… The incorporator comes back at tax time and you look at all the bank statements, and you see the big thou-shalt-not of, “Commingling the Books.”

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The Secret Weapon For Small Business Tax Deductions

MileIQ

We’ve talked a lot about can’t-miss tax deductions for the self-employed but I wanted to highlight one that can lead to major savings. That’s right, this is potentially the secret weapon for small business tax deductions.

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AICPA Requests Administrative Guidance By Dept Of Treasury

Peter Scalise

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (hereinafter “AICPA”) has requested the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (hereinafter the “Service”) to issue some form of immediate administrative authority governing the enhanced R&D Tax Credit Program (hereinafter “RTCP”) in connection to qualifying Small Businesses and qualifying Start-Up Companies to accurately calculate the R&D Tax Credit from a quantitative perspective effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2016.

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