Month: December 2016

Employ Joint Tax Liability for Leased Employees

A company can use workers provided through an employee leasing company or professional employer organization (PEO) to save money on benefits such as health and life insurance, as well as administrative costs. Employee Leasing Versus Traditional Staffing Services With an employee leasing firm or PEO, companies outsource the management of duties, including human resources, employee benefits, payroll and workers’ […]

Posted In: Tax Advisor, Tax Deductions, Tax Filing

Free Speech Limits in the Workplace

Employees who make comments and express opinions that irritate, offend or anger their colleagues are a major source of workplace conflict. The same is true of employees who argue with supervisors, using inflammatory or profane language. When employees who express themselves in these ways are told to stop, they often respond: “I have a right to […]

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Long-Term Care Insurance Can Be a Tax-Free Perk

As the Baby Boom generation continues to age, there is an increasing interest in insurance to pay some of the high costs involved in staying in a long-term care facility. Your family business can provide group coverage for yourself and your employees. If you are interested in long term care insurance, it can be worthwhile to obtain […]

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Debt or Equity? New Guidance Helps You Decide

Corporations can generally deduct interest on debts for federal tax purposes. A valid obligation exists if the parties intended to create a debt, and the debt is enforceable and unconditional. In contrast, a capital contribution is a direct or indirect contribution of cash or other property to the capital of a business entity. Generally, a contribution […]

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The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) is a nonpartisan Congressional committee that, among other things, assists in the analysis and drafting of proposed federal tax legislation and prepares reports that interpret newly enacted federal tax legislation. The JCT recently issued the Overview of the Federal Tax System as in Effect for 2016. Here are the details of […]

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Customer Service: Seven Ways to Lose Business

Everyone has experienced bad customer service at some time. Perhaps you’ve encountered a rude store clerk, a curt receptionist or an apathetic customer service representative. You could probably offer advice to these people on how to shape up their attitudes. The situation takes on new meaning when it’s your clients or customers that are being snubbed. And remember, […]

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Quickbooks: So Much to Do, So Little Time!

You can have QuickBooks remind you when it’s time to pay bills, print forms such as invoices and checks, deposit money into the bank, enter memorized transactions, act on overdue invoices or complete a personal to-do note. You can also jot down important dates and information about the work you are performing using notepads. QuickBooks Alerts […]

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New Version of Form I-9 Issued

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a new version of Form I-9, “Employment Eligibility Verification,” that is dated November 14, 2016 and has an August 31, 2019 expiration date. Employers must use the new form beginning on January 22, 2017. Until then, the version dated March 8, 2013 may also be used. Form […]

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Year-End Reminder: Don’t Forget FSAs

The holidays can be a joyous — but hectic — time of year. While you’re juggling shopping for gifts, decorating your home and planning get-togethers with friends and family, it’s easy to forget to spend any remaining funds in your Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) before New Year’s Day. However, if you fail to observe the “use-it-or-lose-it […]

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