August

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  • With glitch fixed, consider business property upgrades

    August 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 220

    Abstract: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act fixed a legislative glitch that prevented businesses from claiming 100% bonus depreciation for qualified improvement property. This brief article describes the situation and advises business owners to keep this tax break in mind.

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  • Taking distributions from your traditional IRA

    August 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 404

    Abstract: If you’re like many people, you’ve worked hard to accumulate a nest egg in your traditional IRA. Knowing the finer points of the distribution rules is critical — particularly as some of these rules have temporarily changed under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This article covers the latest details.

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  • Is your portfolio ready for a REIT?

    August 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 482

    Abstract: The stock market’s roller coaster ride this year, spurred largely by the COVID-19 crisis, has many people craving stability. One way to potentially steady a portfolio is with real estate. This article looks at real estate investment trusts.

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  • Risks vs. benefits of life insurance loans

    August 2020
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 565

    Abstract: Because of the economic downturn triggered by the COVID-19 crisis, many people have found themselves in need of cash to pay unexpected medical bills, mortgage payments and other expenses. One option is to borrow against the cash value of a permanent life insurance policy. This article explores the risks and benefits of such a strategy, while a sidebar looks at a myth that represents a life insurance loan as a tool that “pays for itself.”

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  • Planning for the net investment income tax

    August 2019
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 293

    Abstract: Despite its name, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act didn’t cut all types of taxes. It left several taxes unchanged, including the 3.8% tax on net investment income (NII) of high-income taxpayers. This brief article defines the NII tax and urges you to explore strategies for reducing it if you must pay it.

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  • Know a teacher? Tell ’em about this tax break!

    August 2019
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 421

    Abstract: When teachers are setting up their classrooms for the new school year, it’s common for them to pay for a portion of their classroom supplies out of pocket. A special tax break allows these educators to deduct some of their expenses. This article explains how the educator expense deduction has changed under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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  • Tax document retention guidelines for small businesses

    August 2019
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 464

    Abstract: Most small business owners probably breathed a sigh of relief after filing their 2019 taxes (or requesting an extension). They’ll have a much easier time filing next year if their tax-related files (whether paper or digital) are culled of clutter. This article provides both general and business-specific guidelines for tax document retention.

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  • Consider the flexibility of a self-directed IRA

    August 2019
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 555

    Abstract: Traditional and Roth IRAs can be relatively “safe” retirement-savings vehicles, depending on what they’re invested in. But a drawback is that they limit investment choices. This article looks at an alternative: self-directed IRAs, which provide more flexibility in investment choices but also come with a greater risk. A sidebar examines the IRA’s role in estate planning.

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  • Is your company overpaying on sales and use taxes?

    August 2018
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 262

    Abstract: State tax authorities usually let a business know if it hasn’t paid enough sales and use taxes. But the lines of communication may not be so open if the company is overpaying. This brief article explores the complex but often beneficial process of conducting a reverse audit to find overpayments and seek reimbursements.

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  • LLC and LLP owners should befriend the PAL rules

    August 2018
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 401

    Abstract: The IRS has treated owners of LLCs and LLPs as limited partners for purposes of the passive activity loss rules. This could be a tax negative. As this article explains, however, LLC and LLP owners can now be treated as general partners, which means they can meet any one of seven “material participation” tests to avoid passive treatment.

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  • Assessing your exposure to the estate tax and gift tax

    August 2018
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 491

    Abstract: Every taxpayer with a high degree of wealth shouldn’t let estate tax liability or gift tax liability take their heirs by surprise. This article provides the latest info on estate and gift tax exclusions and exemptions, and explains how to help forecast one’s estate tax exposure.

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  • Take note of the distinctive features of Roth IRAs

    August 2018
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 571

    Abstract: For some people, Roth IRAs can offer income and estate tax benefits that are preferable to those offered by traditional IRAs. However, it’s important to make the right choice. This article discusses the distinctive features of Roth IRAs. A sidebar notifies readers of an important rule change regarding Roth IRAs under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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  • Shifting capital gains to your children

    August 2017
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 296

    Abstract: Investors looking to save tax dollars should look to their kids for assistance. Giving appreciated stock or other investments to one’s children can minimize the impact of capital gains taxes. This brief article suggests one strategy involving a stock sale and the purchase of a car.

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  • IRS permits high-earner Roth IRA rollover opportunity

    August 2017
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 411

    Abstract: As highly compensated employee (HCE) 401(k) plan participants approach retirement, a potentially useful tax-efficient IRA rollover technique may be a valuable savings tool. This brief article reviews IRS rules about how HCEs can allocate both pretax and after-tax employee contribution 401(k) assets between standard and Roth IRAs.

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  • Cool down with a dip into your tax records

    August 2017
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 481

    Abstract: A good way to beat the heat during the dog days of summer is to organize your tax records. Granted, it may not be as exhilarating as jumping off the high dive, but a dip into these important documents now may save taxpayers headaches later. This article explains the IRS guidelines for tax-record retention, as well as some important exceptions to consider.

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  • Should you convert from a C corporation to an S corporation?

    August 2017
    Newsletter: Tax & Business Alert

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 550

    Abstract: Many private business owners elect to incorporate, turning their companies into C corporations. But, at some point, they may consider converting their businesses into S corporations. This article reviews some of the important considerations associated with this decision. A sidebar looks at the requirements for converting to S status in the first place.

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