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Tax Treatment of Virtual Currency Transactions

Tax Treatment of Virtual Currency Transactions

If you've invested in Bitcoin and decide to sell you need to consider the impact of virtual currency transactions on your taxes. Here's what you should know: Background Prior to 2014, there was no IRS guidance and many people did not understand that selling virtual...

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Year-End Tax Planning Strategies for Businesses

Year-End Tax Planning Strategies for Businesses

A number of end-of-year tax planning strategies are available to business owners that can be used to reduce their tax liability. Here are a few of them: Deferring Income Businesses using the cash method of accounting can defer income into 2020 by delaying end-of-year...

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Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals

Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals

With the end of the year fast approaching, now is the time to take a closer look at tax planning strategies you can use to minimize your tax burden for 2019. General Tax planning Strategies General tax planning strategies for individuals include postponing income and...

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Rental Real Estate Qualifies as a Business

Rental Real Estate Qualifies as a Business

A safe harbor is now available for taxpayers seeking to claim the section 199A deduction with respect to a "rental real estate enterprise." What this means is that certain interests in rental real estate - including interests in mixed-use property - are allowed to be...

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Expat Compliance With US Tax Filing Obligations

Expat Compliance With US Tax Filing Obligations

Taxpayers who relinquish citizenship without complying with their U.S. tax obligations are subject to the significant tax consequences of the U.S. expatriation tax regime. If you're an expat who has relinquished -- or intends to relinquish -- your US citizenship but...

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Employer Credit for Family and Medical Leave

Employer Credit for Family and Medical Leave

Thanks to the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last year, there's a new tax benefit for employers: the employer credit for paid family and medical leave. As the name implies, employers may claim the credit based on wages paid to qualifying employees while they are...

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Be Prepared When Natural Disasters Strike

Be Prepared When Natural Disasters Strike

While September and October are prime time for Atlantic hurricanes, natural disasters of any kind can strike at any time. As such, it's a good idea for taxpayers to think about - and plan ahead for - what they can do to be prepared. Here are four tips to help...

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Small Business: Tips for Ensuring Financial Success

Small Business: Tips for Ensuring Financial Success

Can you point your company in the direction of financial success, step on the gas, and then sit back and wait to arrive at your destination? While you may wish it was that easy, the truth is that you can't let your business run on autopilot and expect good results and...

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New Tax Rules for Divorce and Alimony Payments

New Tax Rules for Divorce and Alimony Payments

Divorce is a painful reality for many people both emotionally and financially, and quite often, the last thing on anyone's mind is the effect a divorce or separation will have on their tax situation. To make matters worse, most court decisions do not take into account...

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Tax Preparation vs. Tax Planning

Tax Preparation vs. Tax Planning

Many people assume tax planning is the same as tax preparation but the two are actually quite different. Let's take a closer look: What is Tax Preparation? Tax preparation is the process of preparing and filing a tax return. Generally, it is a one-time event that...

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