Does your business have multiple owners? If so, you need a buy-sell agreement. This type of binding contract determines how (and at what price) ownership shares of a privately held business will change hands should an owner depart. There are also potential tax consequences to consider.
In Notice 2023-62, the IRS addressed a technical error in the SECURE 2.0 Act that wouldn’t have allowed catch-up contributions to 401(k)s and similar plans after 2023.
Despite the generally robust job market, some people are still losing their jobs. If you’re laid off or terminated from employment, taxes are probably the last thing on your mind. However, you may face tax implications due to your changed personal and professional circumstances. Depending on your situation, these can be complex and require you to make decisions that may affect your tax picture, both this year and in the future.
What does it mean if a business receives a Notice CP2100 or CP2100A from the IRS?
These notices tell recipients that the Form 1099 information returns they’ve submitted contain missing or incorrect Taxpayer Identification Numbers, names, or both.
As a small business owner, figuring out which form of business structure to use when you started was one of the most important decisions you had to make; however, it’s always a good idea to periodically revisit that decision as your business grows. For example, as a sole proprietor, you must pay a self-employment tax rate of 15% in addition to your individual tax rate; however, if you were to revise your business structure to become a corporation and elect S-Corporation status, you could take advantage of a lower tax rate.
When a married couple files a joint tax return, each spouse is “jointly and severally” liable for the full amount of tax on the couple’s combined income. That means the IRS can pursue either spouse to collect the entire tax, not just the part that’s attributed to one spouse or the other. This includes any tax deficiency that the IRS assesses after an audit, as well as any penalties and interest. In some cases, however, one spouse may be eligible for “innocent spouse relief.” This generally occurs when one spouse was unaware of a tax understatement that was attributable to the other spouse.
The IRS is warning taxpayers about emails and text messages that promise refunds and credits but that actually result in identity theft. Many current schemes involve the third Economic Impact Payment (originally made in 2021). Messages may also reference the …
Individuals – Paying the third installment of 2023 estimated taxes, if not paying income tax through withholding (Form 1040-ES).
Calendar-Year Corporations – Paying the third installment of 2023 estimated income taxes.
Calendar-Year S Corporations – Filing a 2022 income tax return (Form 1120-S) and paying any tax, interest, and penalties due if an automatic six-month extension was filed.
Calendar-Year S Corporations – Making contributions for 2022 to certain employer-sponsored retirement plans if an automatic six-month extension was filed.
Calendar-Year Partnerships – Filing a 2022 income tax return (Form 1065 or Form 1065-B) if an automatic six-month extension was filed.
If you’re a small business owner who uses your home for business, you may be eligible to claim the home office deduction, which allows you to deduct certain home expenses on your tax return. The benefit to this, of course, is that it can reduce the amount of your taxable income.
Many people assume tax planning is the same as tax preparation, but the two are quite different. Let’s take a closer look: