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Traveling for business in 2024? What’s deductible?

Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert February 2024

If a small business is operated as a sole proprietorship, the owner may have thought about forming a limited liability company (LLC) to protect his or her assets. Or, if the owner is launching a new business, he or she may want to know what options are available for setting it up. This article explains the basics of operating as an LLC and why it might be a good choice for a small enterprise.

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Corporate Transparency Act

The Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) was enacted by Congress on a bipartisan basis on January 1, 2021, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.

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The advantages of using an LLC for your small business

Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert January 2024

If a small business is operated as a sole proprietorship, the owner may have thought about forming a limited liability company (LLC) to protect his or her assets. Or, if the owner is launching a new business, he or she may want to know what options are available for setting it up. This article explains the basics of operating as an LLC and why it might be a good choice for a small enterprise.

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Is disability income taxable?

Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert November 2023

Many people who began working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic are still doing so, full or part-time. Business owners who moved their operations to a home office, or at least began performing some work functions there, may be able to claim home office expenses against their business income. This article describes how to qualify for home office deductions and the two methods owners can choose from to claim this tax break.

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Do you run a business from home?

Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert October 2023

Many people who began working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic are still doing so, full or part-time. Business owners who moved their operations to a home office, or at least began performing some work functions there, may be able to claim home office expenses against their business income. This article describes how to qualify for home office deductions and the two methods owners can choose from to claim this tax break.

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An “innocent spouse” may be able to escape tax liability

Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert September 2023

When a married couple files a joint tax return, each spouse is “jointly and severally” liable for the full amount of tax on the couple’s combined income. Therefore, the IRS can pursue either spouse to collect the entire tax — not just the part that’s attributed to one spouse or the other. This includes any tax deficiency that the IRS assesses after an audit, as well as any penalties and interest. But there may be relief. A brief sidebar addresses what to do about future returns.

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Your estate plan: don't forget about income tax planning

Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert August 2023

As a result of the current estate tax exemption amount ($12.92 million in 2023), many people are no longer concerned with federal estate tax. This article points out that before 2011, a much smaller dollar amount resulted in many people attempting to avoid estate tax. Now, because many estates won’t be subject to estate tax, more planning can be devoted to saving income taxes for heirs. A sidebar briefly looks at certain exclusions or discounts.

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Lost your job? Here are the tax aspects of an employee termination

Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert July 2023

Despite the robust job market, some people are still losing their jobs. For those who are laid off or terminated from employment, taxes are probably the last thing they’re concerned about. However, they may face tax implications when personal and professional circumstances change, and there may be some decisions to make.

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Is it a good time for a Roth conversion?

Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert June 2023

The volatility in the stock market may have caused the value of retirement accounts to decrease. To those with traditional IRAs invested in stocks, a decline may provide a valuable opportunity: that is, taxpayers may be able to convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA at a lower tax cost.

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