As it typically does, the IRS has made inflation adjustments for various tax items for the coming year — 2020. More details can be found in Rev. Proc. 2019-44. Below are the adjustments that apply to a wide range of taxpayers.
Every year, the IRS takes a fresh look at contribution limits and makes changes as necessary. Below are some of the more significant changes for 2020:
Whenever you spend money on your business, the expense is either deducted on your federal tax return in the year it is incurred or depreciated over time. But much more is involved than just that. And when you hear terms like capitalization and safe harbor, it can feel even more complicated. Here are details to help you better understand the process.
According to a spokesperson from the Risk Unit of Marquette University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, "Establishing effective internal controls can help a department operate more efficiently and effectively and provide a reasonable level of assurance that the processes and products for which it is responsible are adequately protected."
There are myths and misconceptions about estate planning. Here are the top common mistakes to avoid and help your family save thousands of dollars in unnecessary taxes and probate fees:
Budget forecasting is an essential part of good financial management, yet many companies rely on their once-a-year projections throughout the year. Although that strategy may have worked in the past, it’s no longer effective. Things are moving too fast: Technology, government regulations and artificial intelligence are only some of the disruptors businesses are subject to on a regular basis.
In theory, a compensation philosophy is a formal written statement that reveals the company's stance on employee pay and rewards. Compensation philosophies vary from company to company. However, they often involve addressing the "what," "why," "how," "how much" and "how often" of employee rewards in a manner that aligns with the company's mission, vision and strategic objectives. Ultimately, the result is a synchronized set of practices and policies that guide decision-making when it comes to creating and distributing compensation.
Numerous tax experts agree that addressing your tax liability effectively requires planning throughout the year. Those business owners who reap the most benefits consider their taxes year-round, rather than waiting to focus on tax payments just a few weeks before the filing date.
As noted in a September 24 statement, the Department of Labor has updated "the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative or professional employees from the FLSA's minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, and allows employers to count a portion of certain bonuses (and commissions) towards meeting the salary level." Nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) may be able to satisfy up to 10% of the salary level.
Not all reverse mortgages are the same. The home equity conversion mortgage, insured by the federal government, is available only through a Federal Housing Authority-approved lender. For homeowners 62 years of age or older with significant equity in a home, an HECM may be an attractive idea. It's a way to supplement retirement income by allowing eligible homeowners to access a portion of the equity.
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