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Archives for December 2018

2018 – 06/01 – Don’t let collaborative arrangements cause financial reporting headaches

Businesses often enter into so-called “collaborative arrangements” when embarking on a major project, such as designing a new medical device or producing a film. However, the rules for reporting shared costs and revenue under U.S. GAAP are unclear, and the new revenue recognition standard has added to the confusion. In April, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued a proposal to help clarify matters. We’re atop recent developments on reporting collaborative arrangements. Contact us with questions or to help you implement the latest guidance.

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2018 – 12/26 – You may be able to save more for retirement in 2019

Retirement plan contribution limits are indexed for inflation, and most have increased for 2019. So you may have opportunities to increase your retirement savings. Limits for 401(k)s, SIMPLEs and IRAs increase by $500, to $19,000, $13,000 and $6,000, respectively. Catch-up contributions (for taxpayers age 50 or older) remain unchanged, however. They’re $6,000, $3,000 and $1,000, respectively. Additional factors may affect how much you’re allowed to contribute. For more on how to make the most of tax-advantaged retirement-saving opportunities in 2019, contact us.

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2018 – 12/17 – 6 last-minute tax moves for your business

Tax planning is a year-round activity, but there are still some year-end strategies you can use to lower your 2018 tax bill. Here are six last-minute tax moves business owners should consider: 1) Postpone invoices. 2) Prepay expenses. 3) Buy equipment. 4) Use credit cards. 5) Contribute to retirement plans. 6) Qualify for the new “pass-through” deduction. These strategies are subject to various limitations and restrictions, so consult us before you implement them. We can also offer more ideas for reducing your taxes this year and next.

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2018 – 12/11 – Year-end tax and financial to-do list for individuals

With 2019 arriving here soon, there are several tax and financial to-dos you should address before 2018 ends. For example: Incur qualifying health care Flexible Spending Account expenses by Dec. 31 to use up these funds or you’ll potentially lose them. Also, max out contributions to retirement plans. Or, if applicable, take required minimum distributions from those plans. If gift and estate taxes are a concern, make $15,000 annual exclusion gifts. Finally, check your withholding and increase it if needed to avoid underpayment penalties. Contact us to learn more.

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2018 – 12/14 – How to prepare for year-end physical inventory counts

It’s time for calendar-year entities to conduct year-end physical inventory counts. This activity is more than a compliance chore. Proactive companies see it as an opportunity to improve operational efficiency. Are you ready to start counting? Consider ordering prenumbered tags, conducting a dry run to identify roadblocks and schedule workers, writing off unsalable items, and precounting slow-moving items. Contact us for more tips on how to perform an effective inventory count.

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2018 – 12/11 – Year-end tax and financial to-do list for individuals

With 2019 arriving here soon, there are several tax and financial to-dos you should address before 2018 ends. For example: Incur qualifying health care Flexible Spending Account expenses by Dec. 31 to use up these funds or you’ll potentially lose them. Also, max out contributions to retirement plans. Or, if applicable, take required minimum distributions from those plans. If gift and estate taxes are a concern, make $15,000 annual exclusion gifts. Finally, check your withholding and increase it if needed to avoid underpayment penalties. Contact us to learn more.

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2018 – 12/07 – Accounting for overhead costs

Accurate overhead allocations are essential to understanding financial performance and making informed pricing decisions. But many business owners and their internal accounting teams are uncertain how to estimate overhead rates to appropriately allocate these indirect costs to their products and how to adjust for variances. We can help you minimize the guesswork in accounting for overhead and identify when it’s time to adjust your allocation rates. Our accounting pros can also suggest ways to monitor cost allocations to prevent errors and mismanagement.

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2018 – 11/26 – When holiday gifts and parties are deductible or taxable

It’s a great time of year for businesses to show their appreciation for employees and customers by giving them gifts or hosting holiday parties. Gifts to customers are generally deductible up to $25 per recipient per year. De minimis, noncash gifts to employees aren’t included in their taxable income yet are still deductible by you. Holiday parties are fully deductible provided they’re primarily for the benefit of non-highly-compensated employees and their families. If customers attend, parties may be partially deductible. Questions? Contact us.

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2018 – 12/04 – Check deductibility before making year-end charitable gifts

With tax law changes going into effect in 2018 and many rules applying to the charitable deduction, it’s a good idea to check deductibility before making year-end donations. First, total up your potential itemized deductions for the year, including the donations you’re considering. The total must exceed your standard deduction (which has been nearly doubled by the TCJA) for year-end donations to provide a tax benefit. Next, make sure the organization is qualified: http://bit.ly/2gFacut  Finally, meet the Dec. 31 delivery deadline. Contact us with questions.

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2018 – 12/03 – 2019 Q1 tax calendar: Key deadlines for businesses and other employers

Here are a few key tax-related deadlines for businesses during Q1 of 2019. JAN. 31: File 2018 Forms W-2 with the Social Security Administration and provide copies to employees. Also provide copies of 2018 Forms 1099-MISC to recipients and, if reporting nonemployee compensation in Box 7, file, too. FEB. 28: File 2018 Forms 1099-MISC if not required earlier and paper filing. MAR. 15: If a calendar-year partnership or S corp., file or extend your 2018 tax return. Contact us to learn more about filing requirements and ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines.

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