Tax Advantages of S-Corporations

Tax Advantages of S-Corporations 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…

October 1 Deadline to Set up SIMPLE IRA Plans

October 1 Deadline to Set up SIMPLE IRA Plans Of all the retirement plans available to small business owners, the SIMPLE IRA plan (Savings Incentive Match PLan for Employees) is the easiest to set up and the least expensive to manage. The catch is that you’ll need to set it up by October 1st. Here’s what you need to…

Homeowner Records: What to Keep and How Long

Homeowner Records: What to Keep and How Long Keeping full and accurate homeowner records is not only vital for claiming deductions on your tax return, but also for determining the basis or adjusted basis of your home. These records include your purchase contract and settlement papers if you bought the property, or other objective evidence…

Credit Reports: What You Should Know

Credit Reports: What You Should Know Creditors keep their evaluation standards secret, making it difficult to know just how to improve your credit rating. Nonetheless, it is still important to understand the factors that determine creditworthiness. Periodically reviewing your credit report can also help you protect your credit rating from fraud–and you from identity theft.…

Three Tips for Getting an Accurate Business Valuation

Three Tips for Getting an Accurate Business Valuation If you’re conscientious about financial reporting, you may already have a sense of your company’s worth, but in some instances, you might need a formal business valuation, such as: Certain transactions: Are you selling your business? Planning an IPO? Need financing? Tax purposes: This includes estate planning,…

Who Can Represent You Before the IRS?

Who Can Represent You Before the IRS? Many people use a tax professional to prepare their taxes. Anyone who prepares, or assists in preparing, all or substantially all of a federal tax return for compensation is required to have a valid Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). All enrolled agents must also have a valid PTIN.…