material participation

Material Participation: LLC & LLP Losses

Material participation is key to Deducting LLC and LLP losses. If your business is a limited liability company (LLC) or a limited liability partnership (LLP), you know that these structures offer liability protection and flexibility as well…
tax planning strategies

Three Mid-Year Tax Strategies for Business

Tax reform has been a major topic of discussion in Washington, but it’s still unclear exactly what such legislation will include and whether it will be signed into law this year. However, the last major tax legislation that was signed into…
Fringe Benefits

Tax Treatment of Fringe Benefits can Vary

According to IRS Publication 5137, Fringe Benefit Guide, a fringe benefit is “a form of pay (including property, services, cash or cash equivalent), in addition to stated pay, for the performance of services.” But the tax treatment of a…
estate taxes

Do You Need to Worry About Estate Taxes?

Among the taxes that are being considered for repeal as part of tax reform legislation is the estate tax. This tax applies to transfers of wealth at death, hence why it’s commonly referred to as the “death tax.” Its sibling, the gift tax…
Expired tax deductions

PATH Act: Will Congress Revive Expired Tax Breaks?

Most of the talk about possible tax legislation this year has focused on either wide-sweeping tax reform or taxes that are part of the Affordable Care Act. But there are a few other potential tax developments for individuals to keep an eye on. Back…
Affordable Care Act

Understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tax Penalty

Now that Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replacement efforts appear to have collapsed, at least for the time being, it’s a good time for a refresher on the tax penalty the ACA imposes on individuals who fail to have “minimum essential”…
Tax saving strategies

Tax Saving Strategies for Mid-Year

In the quest to reduce your tax bill, year end planning can only go so far. Tax saving strategies take time to implement, so review your options now. These 3 tax saving strategies for mid-year can be very effective: 1. Consider your bracket The…
vacation home

Understanding the Tax Consequences of Vacation Homes

Do you own a vacation home that you rent out and use personally?  Make sure you understand the potential tax consequences of vacation homes: If you rent it out for less than 15 days: You don’t have to report the income. But expenses…
GST Tax

Beware the Generation-Skipping Transfer (GST) Tax?

As you plan your estate, don’t overlook the generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax. Despite a generous $5.49 million GST tax exemption, complexities surrounding its allocation can create several tax traps for the unwary. Beware the Generation-skipping…
Stretch IRA

How to Convert Your IRA into a Stretch IRA

The IRA’s value as a retirement planning tool is well known: IRA assets compound on a tax-deferred (or, in the case of a Roth IRA, tax-free) basis, which can help build a more substantial nest egg. But if you don’t need an IRA to fund your…