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2018 – 02/02 – Auditing work in progress

Auditors closely evaluate how you report work in progress (WIP) inventory. Why? WIP relies on management’s estimates. Inexperienced or dishonest managers sometimes inflate these estimates, which makes the company appear healthier than it really is. Auditors consider whether allocations of materials, labor and overhead cost appear reasonable. They also monitor how revenue is being recognized based on product sales or the completion level of outstanding work. We can help you make reliable estimates and understand how to report WIP and revenue with confidence.

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2018 – 01/29 – 2 tax credits just for small businesses may reduce your 2017 and 2018 tax billsv

Providing employee benefits can help businesses attract and retain the best workers. But the cost can be out of reach for some small businesses. Two tax credits can help make benefits more affordable for eligible small employers: 1) a credit equal to as much as 50% of health coverage premiums paid, and 2) a credit of up to $500 for creating a retirement plan. Contact us to learn if you can take these or other credits on your 2017 tax return and to plan for credits you might be able to claim on your 2018 return if you take appropriate actions this year.

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2018 – 01/23 – Can you deduct home office expenses?

For 2018, fewer taxpayers will be eligible for a home office deduction. Employees claim home office expenses as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. For 2017, this means there’s a tax benefit only if these expenses plus other miscellaneous itemized expenses exceed 2% of adjusted gross income. For 2018, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act suspends miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2% floor. But if you’re self-employed, you can deduct eligible home office expenses against self-employment income. Additional rules and limits apply; contact us for details.

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2018 – 01/19 – Footnote disclosures are critical to transparent financial reporting

Do you read the fine print in financial statement footnotes? It’s often worth the effort. Comprehensive disclosures contain a wealth of valuable information and can reveal hidden risk factors, such as unreported or contingent liabilities, related-party transactions, accounting changes (including justification and impact) and significant events that could have an adverse effect on future performance. Contact us to discuss concerns that arise when reviewing your company’s footnotes or the disclosures made by publicly traded competitors and potential M&A targets.

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2018 – 01/16 – Personal exemptions and standard deductions and tax credits, oh my!

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, in addition to generally reducing individual tax rates, eliminates personal exemptions, increases the standard deductions and expands the child credit. For some taxpayers, a higher standard deduction may compensate for lost exemptions and even provide additional tax savings. But for those with many dependents or who itemize deductions, these changes might result in a higher tax bill, depending in part on how much they can benefit from child credit enhancements. These changes are just the tip of the iceberg. Contact us to learn more.

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2018 – 01/22 – Meals, entertainment and transportation may cost businesses more under the TCJA

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) curtails business deductions for meals, entertainment and transportation. Under the TCJA, deductions for business-related entertainment expenses, once 50% deductible, are disallowed. Meal expenses related to business travel are still 50% deductible, but the 50% rule now also applies to meals provided on an employer’s premises for its convenience. The TCJA also eliminates employer deductions for providing employee transportation fringe benefits, such as parking allowances and mass transit passes. Contact us for more details.

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Effective Date of New Roth Conversion Recharacterization Prohibition Clarified:

Prior to enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), a taxpayer could convert a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA, pay tax on the conversion, and then later decide to reconvert the Roth IRA back into a traditional IRA. Recharacterizations were permitted for trustee-to-trustee transfers through the extended due date, including extensions, of the taxpayer’s tax return, among other requirements. Under the TCJA, the reconversion of a Roth IRA back into a traditional IRA is no longer permitted. The IRS has clarified in a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) posted to the IRS website that reconversions back into a traditional IRA will be permitted through October 15, 2018. A Roth IRA conversion made on or after January 1, 2018 cannot be recharacterized. See www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/retirement-plans-faqs-regarding-iras-recharacterization-of-roth-rollovers-and-conversions

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2018 – 01/09 – Don’t be a victim of tax identity theft: File your 2017 return early

The IRS has announced that it will begin accepting 2017 income tax returns on January 29. Filing as close to that date as possible can help protect you from tax identity theft, an all-too-common scam in which thieves file bogus returns using victims’ Social Security numbers. Tax identity theft can cause big headaches and delay legitimate refunds. But if you file first, it will be the return filed by a potential thief that’s rejected, not yours. If you’re getting a refund, you’ll also benefit from getting it sooner. Contact us for help filing early.

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2018 – 01/12 – How financial statements can be used to value private businesses

How much is your business worth? The answer lies in your financial statements. The balance sheet serves as the basis for the cost approach, though adjustments may be needed to align the book values of assets and liabilities with their fair market values. Likewise, the income statement and statement of cash flows can be used to derive value from 1) discounting techniques under the income approach, and 2) pricing multiples under the market approach. Contact our experienced financial pros for help calculating an estimate of value that you can count on.

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Reminder – Forms W-2 and 1099 Due Date

We would like to remind you January 31, 2018 is the due date for payroll and information returns.  Forms W-2 and 1099s are to be distributed to your employees and contractors by this day.  These forms along with Form W-3 are due to the government on the same day. 

If you need our assistance with form preparation we are asking you to get your information to us by Monday January 22, 2018.  Make sure you have updated addresses for employees and contractors, along with SSN or EINs.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

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