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
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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 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.
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.”
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.
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.
I recently received a mailing from an American automobile company regarding the Section 179 deduction. The letter expressed some urgency to purchase a vehicle before the end of the year to get a large Section 179 deduction. While this is true, the letter left me with the impression that I needed to take action before December 31, 2016, or the deduction would be lost. What they stated was true. However, it is what was left unstated that concerns me.
MileIQ is excited to speak with Denton Farley, CEO of Fly Consulting. His company helps small businesses manage their tech. See how he uses tech to manage his own thriving company and how MileIQ makes the process of tracking miles that much easier.
A Practical Guide To The Enhanced R&D Tax Credit Program For Eligible Small Businesses And Eligible Start-Ups
The Federal-Level Research and Development Tax Credit Program (hereinafter “RTCP” or “RTC”) was originally enacted into the Internal Revenue Code (hereinafter “the Code”) through the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 as a temporary provision of the Code at a time when research and development jobs were significantly declining throughout the United States. Notably, the RTCP was introduced into the Code to encourage businesses to invest in significant research and development efforts with the high expectations that such an advantageous tax incentive program would facilitate in stimulating economic growth and investment throughout the United States and prevent further jobs from being outsourced to other countries.
In previous blogs, we attempted to dismantle the most common objections owners make to undertaking the planning necessary to exit their companies successfully. Those excuses to avoid exit planning are:
Many tax professionals like the ability to transfer their home into their office, since it allows for greater flexibility of time. There are also tax benefits when somebody sets apart a place in their home to create a home office. This post from MileIQ www.mileiq.com/taxpros) gives us the tax benefits and requirements for establishing a home office in order to apply for the tax deduction on business miles from the IRS.