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Last-Minute Tax Breaks
If you haven’t filed your 2018 tax return yet, double-check it to make sure you’ve taken every tax break you can. New tax rules are in effect, so you may find deductions you overlooked.

Avoid This!
If you don’t want to experience an IRS audit of your tax returns, you can reduce your chances by doing the following:

Too Much of a Good Thing
Like all good things, investing requires moderation. For example, owning too many shares of your company’s publicly traded stock in your 401(k) plan can hurt your retirement income prospects. Enron employees learned this painful truth in the early 2000s when the company’s stock, in which many of them were heavily invested, became worthless.

April 2019 Client Profile
Rafael wants to offer employees his company’s public stock as one of the investments in his firm’s employer-sponsored 401(k) plan. He heard there are limits to how much company stock employees can buy, but I told him there weren’t. Who’s right?

Reducing Seasonal Business Risks
Many businesses, from farms and ski resorts to surf shops and landscapers, depend on seasonal employees to keep them successful. Seasonal businesses come with added risks because they don’t have the entire year to make up for a bad month or two.

Your Business May Owe Sales Tax
A handful of court decisions have sided with states that want to levy sales taxes on online purchases from companies located outside their states. Retailers who operate in more than one state may want to reexamine their tax practices in order to comply with each state’s tax laws.

April 2019 Q and A
Let's talk about finances as a married couple, and insurance coverage needs for a seasonal business.

April 2019 Short Bits
The IRS announced it will generally waive an underpayment penalty for taxpayers who come up short on their withholding or estimated tax payments, but paid at least 85% of their total tax liability for 2018.

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A Taxing Situation
Starting your first business as a self-employed individual may be exciting, but it can also be taxing. To make the best of it, you’ll need to understand and attend to your tax obligations.

Home Sweet Home
You could be eligible to deduct some costs of your home for business — if you follow strict rules.

Selling Your Home
If you sell your home and don’t buy another one, and you make a large profit on the sale, you could owe federal capital gains taxes on your profit.

March 2019 Client Profile
Marilyn owns a business with 20 employees. For the past five years, she has awarded cash gifts to her employees of the month, but she is concerned that the new tax law will adversely affect her and her rewarded employees. What should she do?

Turbo-Charge Retirement Savings
If you aren’t saving enough for the future, the simplest way to increase your retirement plan balance is to increase contributions by 1%. If you’re considering deferring 3% of a $50,000 salary, you would contribute $1,500 annually. Over 20 years at 6% compounded daily, your 3% contribution, which is $125 monthly, would have grown from zero to $57,994.74.

Choosing the Right Retirement Plan
If you own a business, you’ll need to explore the variety of employer provided retirement plans before choosing one. Some allow participants to make contributions that are deductible from taxable income, timely during this tax season. Here’s a summary of some of them:

March 2019 Q and A
Let's discuss life insurance beneficiaries, and deducting investment losses.

March 2019 Short Bits
CONSUMER EXPECTATIONS MIXED. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Center for Microeconomic Data conducts a monthly survey of consumer expectations for the future.

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Lighten Your Tax Load and Save More
Need to save more for retirement? Both traditional and Roth IRAs can help you get there, and both offer tax advantages. Better yet, you have until your tax filing deadline to contribute to a traditional IRA and have it count as a potential deductible contribution for tax year 2018.

Know Your Benefits Limits
If your business offers its employees a retirement plan and other benefits, you should be aware of increases to contribution and income limits for tax year 2019 due to an inflation adjustment. Here’s a look at some of them:

February 2019 Client Profile
Randall owns an S corporation and learned that he may be eligible to take a pass-through tax deduction, a new tax feature included in the most recent federal tax legislation. What is it and how might it apply to him?

When Disaster Strikes Your Business
If a catastrophic event damages or disrupts your business, lost or destroyed tax records can add to your stress. The IRS suggests some steps you can take to deal with them if a disaster strikes.

Pieces To The Retirement Puzzle
Individuals may have singular needs, but past history and a few surveys show many retirees have a few common ones, too. Here’s a look at two of them.

February 2019 Q and A
Let's discuss annuities, and filing estimated quarterly taxes for a new business.

February 2019 Short Bits
Let's review short bits on the state of retirement accounts and the economy.

February 2019 Insights and Tips
Business Taxes - Business owners should keep an eye out for some tax features that may not last long.

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Year-End Tax Planning Ideas
At the end of every year, Americans rush to make money moves that can reduce their tax liabilities. As 2018 comes to a close, consider these moves to reduce your tax bill and put more money in your pocket.

Taking Care of Business
The end of the year is a good time to tidy up loose tax ends and fine-tune your tax planning strategies to maximize business net income. Here are three ways to make your company’s financial picture look brighter today and tomorrow.

All In The Family (Part 2)
In the last issue of ClientLine, we talked about the foundation family businesses need to turn family members into eventual company owners. This issue, we’ll examine three ways business owners and their trusted advisors can work together to achieve this financially, short of buying the company with ready cash (with its various tax implications).

December 2018 Client Profile
Mark runs a small architectural firm in a North Carolina region that Hurricane Florence flooded badly, and he hasn’t been able to file his company or individual federal taxes, including his 2018 third-quarter estimated tax returns. Will he still owe a penalty when he files and pays?

And The Magic Number Is?
Most retirees face the same choices when nearing retirement: Do they take early Social Security payments, which will be smaller but received over more years? Or will they wait and begin payments between normal retirement age and 70, which would mean larger payments over a shorter time? While you should see your financial pro for guidance, the following provides an overview:

Slicing The Inheritance Pie
How do you fairly treat family members who aren’t involved with the business when other family successors inherit your company? If estate equalization is the goal, life insurance can help you get there cost-efficiently.

December 2018 Q and A
Let's talk year-end tax planning strategies.

December 2018 Short Bits
Employees in their 20s have more target-date funds (TDFs) and other balanced types of mutual funds than older employees do. For many younger investors, the last recession was their introduction to investing.

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