06Jan
Holiday Fun
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06Jan
Don’t wait! Take these last-minute steps now to reduce your 2019 tax bill
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As the year draws to a close, there’s still time for individuals to effectively reduce their tax bills. This article offers some useful strategies for year-end tax planning. It also suggests several steps individuals can take, including grouping deductible expenses together and making contributions to employer-sponsored retirement plans, that can help reduce their tax bill.

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06Jan
Feast of famine: Protecting a windfall
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Receiving an inheritance, a legal settlement or prize winnings may seem wonderful, but it can also raise new problems. It’s important for recipients to use smart strategies that will help ensure the money continues to grow over the long term. This article offers some guidelines and advice for recipients that will help them avoid potential traps and pitfalls. It suggests that it’s a good idea to determine the tax obligations on the amount received, pay off any debt and increase savings before spending the money. The article points out that, with care, thought and planning and windfall can help provide financial security.

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02Dec
The R&D credit: Are you leaving tax dollars on the table?
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Federal and state research credits (often referred to as the “research and development,” “R&D” or “research and experimentation” credit) are among the most valuable tax incentives available today. But many businesses overlook these tax breaks because they mistakenly believe that they don’t qualify or wouldn’t benefit. In recent years, federal legislation credit and explains which companies are eligible for it.

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02Dec
Tax Tips
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These brief tips detail a recent U.S. Supreme Court case highlighting state taxation of trust income; explain why now may be a good time to forgive intrafamily loans, and explore the benefits of deducting employee bonuses this year and paying them next year.

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02Dec
When it comes to taxes, getting married may cost you
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One byproduct of the U.S. tax system, under which married couples file joint tax returns, is that marriage may produce a tax penalty or bonus, depending on a couple’s particular circumstances. In other words, when couples marry, their tax liability may be more or less than their individual tax liabilities combined. Using fictional examples, this article explains how getting married can affect your tax bill.

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01Nov
Top year-end tax-planning tips for business
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Business owners are still getting used to the massive tax law changes that generally went into effect last year. But it’s still possible to take steps before the end of the year to reduce liability. This article presents some options to consider, such as making capital purchases, establishing a new retirement plan and reviewing entity structure. The article also points out that all of these strategies could affect other aspects of a business’s tax planning, so obtaining professional advice is essential.

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01Nov
Staying one step ahead of capital gains tax
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The end of the year is an excellent time to revisit your tax strategies with an eye toward ensuring you’re taking any and all actions needed to reduce your tax bill — before it’s too late. One area to look at is capital gains. Rising value is a good thing, but if you sell an investment, be aware that the gains are potentially taxable. This means that, depending on the kind of asset it is, your tax bill might increase along with the proceeds of the investment sale. But with proper planning, you can reduce your capital gains tax liability — and avoid unpleasant surprises.

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01Nov
Changing jobs? What to do with your retirement plan
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When an individual changes jobs, an important consideration is how to handle any money accumulated in his or her current employer’s retirement plan. Although on option is simply to withdraw the funds, this can be costly. This article suggests several strategies, including leaving the funds where they are or rolling over the funds to an IRA, that will help people changing jobs avoid unfavorable tax consequences and penalties.

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01Oct
Tax implications of equity-based compensation
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Equity-based compensation is a powerful tool for attracting, retaining and motivating executives and other employees. By rewarding recipients for their contributions to a business’s success, it aligns their interests with those of the company and provides them with an incentive to stay. This article explores several equity-based compensation options.

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