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Taxes And Virtual Currencies: What You Need To Know

Bitcoin, blockchain, cryptocurrency… Digital and virtual currencies are all the rage lately. However, just because there isn’t a physical coin in hand, doesn’t mean they are shielded from taxes. Following are some virtual currency tax consequences you must know if you decide to dip your toe in that world.

“While Bitcoin is the most popular virtual currency there are many others (e.g. Ripple, Ethereum, Lite Coin, etc.). The IRS rules on income recognition apply regardless of which virtual currency you’re using.” — Ren Cicalese III, CPA, MST

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How To Cut Taxes Under The New Tax Act

What moves should you make now in order to cut your taxes as the new tax law takes effect?

Now that the massive new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is finally the law of the land, what should you do? Every situation is different, but here are several practical suggestions for improving your tax outlook for 2018 and beyond:

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New 2018 Capital Expense Rules

There are many provisions in the tax reform bill (The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act) passed in late 2017 designed to benefit small business owners. They include a lower corporate tax rate as well as a special tax reduction for business structures taxed as pass-through entities. There are also a variety of new tax tools affecting how small businesses account for deducting the cost of capital purchases under the new tax law.

Here’s what you need to know about them: Read more

What Does Tax Reform Mean For Me As An Individual?

Many of the politicians touted the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as the simplification of our tax code. While it is true that some people may now be able to file less complicated tax returns, the law contains so many provisions that it could effect each person’s tax return in a different way. Much of the “simplification” comes from the repeal of certain deductions which required detailed record keeping and calculations. Whether or not this will save people money is yet to be seen. Read more

Gov. Christie Orders NJ Towns To Accept 2018 Property Tax Prepayments

In anticipation of the new tax law, some taxpayers are seeking ways to try to minimize their future tax burden. Due to the incoming $10,000 cap on the state and local tax deduction, this includes prepaying 2018’s property taxes for deduction on their 2017 tax return.

On December 27, 2017, NJ Governor Chris Christie issued an executive order allowing NJ homeowners to prepay property taxes for the first two quarters of 2018. While some towns were already accepting prepayments, this order instructs all municipalities to accept at least partial 2018 prepayments from residents. The prepaid property taxes must be postmarked by the end of the year to be eligible for deduction.  Read more

The Essentials Of An Effective Business Disaster Recovery Plan

John Adams, Tax Connections

If there’s any guarantee in life, it’s to expect the unexpected. Small businesses are the most impacted when it comes to disasters because they do not usually have a formal disaster recovery plan. As a result, 40 to 60 percent of small businesses close permanently after a disaster, according to Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Do what you can ahead of time to not be a part of that statistic. Now is a great time to review your business’ disaster recovery plan, or to make one if you don’t have one. By focusing on some of the most critical elements of a disaster plan, you can avoid being overwhelmed by the challenge. Read more

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