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Turkey Trivia

Here is a quiz to test your turkey knowledge and provide some facts you can use to stump your friends and family: Where do wild turkeys sleep? In trees On the ground in brush or tall grass In burrows On large rocks 1. In trees. Turkeys spend their nights sleeping in trees mostly for protection […]

The IRS Loves Your Business … and That is NOT Good

The IRS continues to focus their audit activities in key small business areas. The wise business owner is well advised to be able to defend the following five areas to keep the IRS at a comfortable distance: Business or hobby? Be ready to provide proof your business is truly a business and not a hobby. Those […]

Retirees Should Check Withholdings…or Else…

According to a recent announcement by the IRS, retirees might not be withholding enough for taxes this year. This is due to vast tax changes in 2018, making old withholding levels obsolete. The IRS is urging retirees to check their withholdings now and make adjustments if needed to avoid penalties. Could it be you? How […]

5 Annual Tax Essentials

The more things change the more they stay the same. This is especially true when it comes to reviewing your tax situation. Mark your calendar to review these essential items each year to ensure you are not missing something that could cause tax trouble when you file your tax return: Required minimum distributions If you […]

Inflation adjustments issued for qualified retirement plans

The IRS said that the limit on elective deferral contributions to 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan will increase from $18,500 in 2018 to $19,000 in 2019. However, the catch-up contribution limit for those 50 and older remains $6,000 (Notice 2018-83). Most other inflation-adjusted amounts related to […]

Meals Continue To Be Deductible Under New IRS Guidance

The IRS issued guidance clarifying that taxpayers may generally continue to deduct 50% of the food and beverage expenses associated with operating their trade or business, despite changes to the meal and entertainment expense deduction made by the tax law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). According to the IRS, the amendments […]

Year-End Tax Checklist

As the year draws to a close, there are several tax-saving ideas you should consider. Use this checklist to make sure you don’t miss an opportunity before the year is out. Retirement distributions and contributions. Make final contributions to your qualified retirement plan, and take any required minimum distributions from your retirement accounts. The penalty […]

The Equifax Breach and You

Be Proactive! Earlier this year, hackers were able to breach the security of Equifax, one of the three national credit reporting agencies. More than 143 million Americans — nearly half the country — were exposed to the attack, and may have had their personal information stolen, including names, birthdates, and Social Security and driver’s license […]

Tis the Season…for Review

As 2016 winds to a close, there are a number of tasks that should be reviewed. To help you plan accordingly, here are some things to consider. Employee benefits – Most employer benefit plans have enrollment periods that coincide with the calendar. Please review your benefit options with your employer and make any necessary changes. […]

Free Shipping is Not so Free

One of the most successful selling techniques used today is to offer “free” shipping for mail and internet orders. But shipping is never free. So why is it such a popular offer to buyers of goods and services? The average order size play – The classic way sellers pay for the shipping is to get […]