Month: April 2024

Take Cash From Your Corporation And Avoid Dividend Treatment

If you want to withdraw cash from your closely held corporation at a low tax cost, distributing cash as a dividend is the easiest way. However, a dividend distribution isn’t tax efficient since it’s taxable to you to the extent of your corporation’s “earnings and profits,” but it’s not deductible by the corporation.

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Maximize the QBI Deduction Before It’s Gone

The qualified business income (QBI) deduction is available to eligible businesses through 2025. After that, it’s scheduled to disappear. So if you’re eligible, you want to make the most of the deduction while it’s still on the books because it can potentially be a big tax saver.

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Standard Mileage Rates for 2023

2024 Depreciation Limits for Business Vehicles

IRS guidance provides the 2024 depreciation limits for “luxury” business vehicles. For vehicles placed in service in 2024, depreciation limits (including first-year bonus depreciation) are $20,400 for year one, $19,800 for year two, $11,900 for year three, and $7,160 for each year after that. This includes passenger cars and SUVs, trucks, and vans if their gross vehicle weight (GVW) is 6,000 pounds or less. The IRS also announced lease inclusion amounts for lessees of passenger vehicles first leased in 2024. Read Rev. Proc. 2024-13 on for more details (PDF).

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Is Your Business Closing? Here Are Your Final Tax Responsibilities

Businesses shut down for many reasons. Examples include an owner’s retirement, a lease expiration, staffing shortages, partner conflicts, and increased supply costs. If you’ve decided to close your business, you might need assistance with some steps in the process, including handling various tax obligations.

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4 Ways C Corporations Ensure “Reasonable” Compensation

If you own a C corporation, you know there’s a tax advantage to taking money out as compensation rather than as dividends. The reason: A corporation can deduct the salaries and bonuses that it pays executives, but it can’t deduct dividend payments. Therefore, if funds are paid as dividends, they’re taxed twice, once to the corporation and once to the recipient. Money paid out as compensation is taxed only once to the recipient employee.

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Russo CPA Tax Tips for Filling a Final Tax Return for A Deceased Person

Payable-on-Death Accounts: Beneficial Tools if Used Correctly

Payable-on-death (POD) accounts can be a quick, simple, and inexpensive way to transfer assets outside of probate. They can be used for bank or credit union accounts, certificates of deposit, and even brokerage accounts. Setting up such an account is as easy as providing the financial institution with a signed POD beneficiary designation form. Upon your death, your beneficiaries need to present identification to the bank, with a certified copy of a death certificate, and the money or securities will be theirs.

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Tax Records: What Can You Toss, and What Should You Keep?

Generally, the IRS has three years to audit a tax return, from the later of the due date or the date you file. If you overlooked something, you can also file an amended return within this time frame.

Here’s what you need to know about keeping financial records involved in your tax returns.

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