October 2021 Individual AND Business Tax Due Dates

October 2021 Individual Due Dates October 12 – Report Tips to Employer If you are an employee who works for tips and received more than $20 in tips during September, you are required to report them to your employer on IRS Form 4070 no later than October 12. Your employer is required to withhold FICA…

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October Extended Due Date Just Around the Corner

Article Highlights: October 15 is the extended due date for filing federal individual tax returns for 2020. Late-filing penalty Interest on tax due Other October 15 deadlines The normal April 15, 2021 filing deadline for 2020 individual tax returns was extended by the IRS to May 17, 2021 due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. If…

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The Importance of a Well-Oiled Accounting Function

Though it’s natural for management to focus on its profit-making areas, the importance of a sound accounting foundation to support the operation cannot be overemphasized. The more diligent and meticulous your accounting team is, the more easily the rest of the organization can function and grow. If the system you currently have in place is…

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The Treasury Green Book of Biden Proposed Tax Changes

Article Highlights Long-Term Capital Gains Rates Top Individual Tax Rate Pass-Through Income Subject to 3.8% NIIT or SECA Tax Limit Nonrecognition of Like-Kind Exchanges Transfer of Appreciated Property by Gift or Death Family-Owned and -Operated Businesses 15-Year Fixed-Rate Payment Plan Excess Business Loss Limitation Carried Interest Enhanced Financial Account Reporting The U.S. Treasury has released…

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Should You Charge Late Fees? QuickBooks Can Help

Do you have a lot of aging receivables? Assessing finance charges can speed up customer payments. Have your customers been submitting payments later than usual these last several months? It wouldn’t be surprising. Many businesses are struggling to pay bills these days. Still, you need to get paid – and on time. Tardy receivables have…

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IRS Offers New Identity Protection for Taxpayers

Article Highlights: IP PIN Identity Verification Opt-in Program Application Process : In the past, the IRS has assigned verification numbers to victims of identity theft to file their tax returns, if requested by the victimized individual. These numbers are referred to as identity protection (IP) PINs. The IP PIN is a six-digit code known only…

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Charitable Contributions Deduction Liberalized for 2021

As a means to stimulate charitable contributions during the COVID crisis, Congress made two notable changes for 2020—one allowing taxpayers that don’t itemize their deductions an above-the-line deduction for cash contributions of up to $300 and another for those itemizing their deductions to increase the maximum deduction for cash contributions to 100% of their adjusted…

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IRS Lowers Standard Mileage Rate for 2021 to 56 Cents per Mile

Effective Jan. 1, 2021, the optional standard mileage rate used in deducting the costs of operating an automobile for business will be 56 cents per mile, down 1.5 cents from 2020, the IRS announced Dec. 22 in Notice 2021-02. Businesses often use this amount—also called the safe harbor rate—to pay tax-free reimbursements to employees who use…

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Increased Business Meal Deductions for 2021 and 2022

Article Highlights: Business Meals Under TCJA 100% Deduction for 2021 and 2022 Qualifications If you recall, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), effective beginning in 2018, eliminated the business-related deduction for entertainment, amusement or recreation expenses. However, it did retain a deduction for business meals when the expense is ordinary and necessary for carrying…

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