It’s not too often that we talk about local/state taxes. With a state income tax, those of us in Texas tend to have it pretty easy. But for those of you keeping up with the news, you may have heard about a new sick leave ordinance that was originally scheduled to go into effect October […]
This won’t apply to too many individuals, but there are extremely high potential penalties involved, so it’s worth a quick read. If you don’t already know this, the IRS requires individuals and businesses with foreign assets above certain thresholds to report them every year. There is no corresponding tax calculation, it’s simply a reporting requirement. […]
Every year I like to remind business clients that they should soon be receiving a blank business personal property rendition form in the mail. See this previous post for details.
I hope that 2017 is off to a good start for everyone. Of course with the new year comes thoughts of taxes. To hopefully make tax time just a little easier, I wanted to give a quick reminder for those of you who keep inventory. If you have items you sell at retail or wholesale, […]
Just a quick reminder that anyone without health insurance during 2017 can get stuck with a pretty heft penalty. This year it’s 2.5% of your household income (or $695 per adult, whichever is higher). In order to avoid next year’s penalty, make sure that you have a health plan set up before the end of […]
For those of you in the Austin area needing to file Form 2290, we can help. This form is generally due on August 31, or later if you purchase the vehicle mid-year.
As year-end is fast approaching, I wanted to give you a few tips to lower your 2016 tax bill. Avoid underpayment penalties Make or adjust your quarterly estimated payments to the IRS by using Form 1040-ES or, if an employee, adjusting your W-4 withholding. Ask your employer for a new W-4 to adjust your allowances […]
For those of you with partnerships, there’s a subtle but important rule that I wanted to bring to your attention. If you’re a partner and you’re used to claiming expenses related to the partnership on your personal return (business mileage and home office expenses are common, for example), the best solution is to have the […]
Technically the IRS requires businesses to capitalize (depreciate) all assets that have a life of longer than a year. Which might not sound that bad, but it would create a lot of headaches for smaller businesses trying to keep track of everything. Imagine maintaining a depreciation schedule with staplers, chairs, etc. Luckily the IRS recently […]
Anyone without health insurance during 2014 is probably already familiar with the 1% of income penalty assessed for not having insurance. What you might not know is that the penalty increases in 2015 and 2016, when it becomes 2% and 2.5%, respectively. In order to avoid next year’s penalty, make sure that you have a […]