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New Per Diem Business Travel Rates Became Effective on October 1

Are employees at your business traveling again after months of virtual meetings? In Notice 2021-52, the IRS announced the fiscal 2022 “per diem” rates that became effective October 1, 2021. Taxpayers can use these rates to substantiate the amount of expenses for lodging, meals, and incidental expenses when traveling away from home. (Taxpayers in the transportation […]

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2021 Q4 Tax Calendar: Key Deadlines for Businesses and Other Employers

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the fourth quarter of 2021 (Q4). To clarify, keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. In addition, contact us to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more […]

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Merger and Acquisition Transactions: Be Careful When Reporting to the IRS

Are you currently involved with a merger and acquisition (M&A) transaction? Low interest rates and other factors have caused global merger and acquisition activity to reach new highs in 2021. Refinitiv, a provider of financial data reports that 2021 is set to be the biggest in M&A history, with the United States accounting for $2.14 […]

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Tax Breaks to Consider During National Small Business Week

The week of September 13-17 has been declared National Small Business Week by the Small Business Administration. To commemorate the week, here are three tax breaks to consider. 1. Claim Bonus Depreciation or a Section 179 Deduction for Asset Additions Under current law, 100% first-year bonus depreciation is available for qualified new and used property […]

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Want to Find Out What IRS Auditors Know About Your Business Industry?

How does the IRS prepare for a business audit? Generally, an IRS examiner does research about the specific industry and issues on the taxpayer’s return. Examiners may use IRS “Audit Techniques Guides (ATGs).” A little-known secret is that these guides are available to the public on the IRS website. In other words, your business can […]

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Getting a Divorce? Be Aware of Tax Implications if You Own a Business

If you’re a business owner and you’re getting a divorce, tax issues can complicate matters. Your business ownership interest is one of your biggest personal assets and in many cases, your marital property will include all or part of it. Tax-Free Property Transfers You can generally divide most assets, including cash and business ownership interests, […]

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The Deductibility of Corporate Expenses Covered by Officers or Shareholders

It is often difficult to determine the deductibility of corporate expenses covered by officers or shareholders. Do you play a major role in a closely held corporation and sometimes spend money on corporate expenses personally? These costs may wind up being non-deductible both by an officer and the corporation unless proper steps are taken. This […]

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Getting a New Business Off The Ground: How Start-Up Expenses Are Handled On Your Tax Return

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, government officials are seeing a large increase in the number of new businesses being launched. From June 2020 through June 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that business applications are up 18.6%. The Bureau measures this by the number of businesses applying for an Employer Identification Number. Entrepreneurs often don’t know […]

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Recordkeeping DOs and DON’Ts for Business Meal and Vehicle Expenses

Do you know the DOs and DON’Ts of recordkeeping? If you’re claiming deductions for business meals or auto expenses, expect the IRS to closely review them. In some cases, taxpayers have incomplete documentation or try to create records months (or years) later. In doing so, they fail to meet the strict substantiation requirements set forth […]

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2022 Health Savings Accounts Amounts Announced

The IRS recently released guidance providing the 2022 inflation-adjusted amounts for Health Savings Accounts. Fundamentals of HSAs What is a Health Savings Account (HSA)? It is a trust created or organized exclusively for the purpose of paying the “qualified medical expenses” of an “account beneficiary.” It can only be established for the benefit of an […]

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Claiming the Business Energy Credit for Using Alternative Energy

Are you wondering whether alternative energy technologies can help you manage energy costs in your business? If so, there’s a valuable federal income tax benefit (the business energy credit) that applies to the acquisition of many types of alternative energy property. The credit is intended primarily for business users of alternative energy (other energy tax […]

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