If you’re in business and use QuickBooks to keep track of income and expenses for the year, you should do the following:   For the year, you must maintain accurate accounting records, and this includes saving your bank records and maintaining all your income receipts and expense receipts. You must maintain your records under the… Read More

  The October 16, 2023, extension filing deadline is coming up, and many taxpayers who requested an extension are now choosing a tax return preparer. Most tax return preparers provide honest, quality service, but there are some bad apples out there – from unethical preparers to outright scammers. When hiring an individual or firm to… Read More

Starting a new business can seem overwhelming for new entrepreneurs or even seasoned professionals. The IRS has resources to help new business owners understand the tax responsibilities of running a business. Here are a few things any entrepreneur needs to do when starting their business. Choose a business structure   The form of business determines… Read More

Natural disasters can strike without warning. Sometimes even the most diligent taxpayers are left without the important personal and financial records they need. People may need documentation for tax purposes, federal or state assistance programs or insurance claims. Here are some steps that can help them reconstruct their important records. Tax records Taxpayers can get… Read More

 Using a Durable Power of Attorney rather than a Form 2848 in Tax Matters   Normally, a taxpayer must sign an IRS Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative, to allow someone to represent them in a tax matter with the IRS — the representative must also have certain professional credentials. In some… Read More

Taxpayers who make home energy improvements in 2023 may be able to take advantage of tax credits for a portion of the qualifying expenses. The credit amounts were increased, and types of qualifying expenses were expanded, by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. Who can claim energy credits. There are two energy-related credits available to taxpayers making… Read More

  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The IRS has sounded the alarm repeatedly regarding a scam involving the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). Third parties have been aggressively promoting that businesses may be eligible for the ERC when they are not. The ERC is a refundable tax credit that was… Read More

The base Medicare Part B monthly premium for 2022 increases to $170.10/month (from $148.50/month for 2021). The higher premiums some taxpayers have to pay for 2022 vary depending on the taxpayers’ modified AGI (MAGI) as shown on their 2020 income tax returns. The various MAGI levels increased a small amount with the exception of the… Read More

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA) was signed into law on Nov. 15, 2021. The IIJA includes IRS information reporting requirements that will require cryptocurrency exchanges to perform intermediary Form 1099 reporting for cryptocurrency transactions. Generally, these rules will apply to digital asset transactions starting in 2023. As you are aware, if… Read More

With the year-end approaching, it is time to start thinking about strategies that may help lower your tax bill for not only 2021 but 2022 as well. Planning is more challenging than usual this year due to the uncertainty surrounding pending legislation that could, among other things, increase top rates on both ordinary income and… Read More