June 16, 2017
should i use a roth or traditional

How a Properly Planned 401k Can Lower Your Taxes?

If you participate in a qualified 401k plan, you’re among millions of Americans utilizing this option for retirement planning. These plans are a great way to stock away pre-tax dollars to fund your future lifestyle once you retire. A properly planned 401k can also represent an excellent benefit for a business owner as well. Here’s how. The Scenario We recently met with small business clients, along with their CPA. This particular client generates around two-and-a-half million dollars in gross revenue a year. The owners, a husband and wife team, each earn $75,000 a year in W-2 wages, and the business saw a profit of just over $297,000, which is split 50/50 between them. They’re frugal with their money, carrying no debt and spending roughly $6,000 a month on living expenses. This has been the key to their success. The Before and After They’re making almost $450,000 a year in taxable income. Before they incorporated 401k planning into their business model, it wasn’t unusual for them to get tax bills ranging from $150,000 to $180,000 a year. Now, with their 401k plan in place, their combined tax bill was $63,000. We placed $106,000 of their income into the plan. Utilizing employee […]
May 30, 2017
Scams targeting taxpayers

Scams Targeting Taxpayers

IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scams Aggressive and sophisticated phone scams targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, using fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. Scammers tend to know a lot about their targets, and usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They tell victims they owe money to the IRS and it to pay immediately. They often insist the payment is with a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Or, victims may be told they have a refund due too, trying to trick them into sharing private information. If the phone isn’t answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request. Please See: Consumer Alert: Scammers Change Tactics, Once Again Some con artists have used video relay services (VRS) to try to scam deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Taxpayers are urged not trust calls just because they are made through VRS, as interpreters don’t screen calls for validity. For more details see the IRS YouTube video: Tax […]
May 23, 2017
Tips for Taxpayers Who Owe Taxes

Tips for Taxpayers Who Owe Taxes

Tips for Taxpayers Who Owe Taxes The IRS offers a variety of payment options where taxpayers can pay immediately or arrange to pay in installments. Those who receive a bill from the IRS should not ignore it. A delay may cost more in the end. As more time passes, the more interest and penalties accumulate. Here are some ways to make payments using IRS electronic payment options: Direct Pay. Pay tax bills directly from a checking or savings account free with IRS Direct Pay. Taxpayers receive instant confirmation once they’ve made a payment. With Direct Pay, taxpayers can schedule payments up to 30 days in advance. Change or cancel a payment two business days before the scheduled payment date. Credit or Debit Cards. Taxpayers can also pay their taxes by debit or credit card online, by phone or with a mobile device. A payment processor will process payments.  The IRS does not charge a fee but convenience fees apply and vary by processor.Those wishing to use a mobile device can access the IRS2Go app to pay with either Direct Pay or debit or credit card. IRS2Go is the official mobile app of the IRS. Download IRS2Go from Google Play, the […]
May 16, 2017
tips for disaster preparedness

IRS Offers Tips for Disaster Preparedness

IRS Offers Tips for Disaster Preparedness Hurricane Preparedness Week was May 7-13. Preparing for hurricanes and other natural disasters, before disaster strikes, can reduce stress when it comes time to file claims or rebuild after the catastrophic event. Here are some things to consider: Update Emergency Plans — Because a disaster can strike anytime, be sure to review emergency plans annually. Personal and business situations change over time, as do preparedness needs. Make plans ahead of time and be sure to practice them. Create Electronic Copies of Documents — Taxpayers should keep a duplicate set of key documents. Keep documents including bank statements, tax returns, and insurance policies in a safe place. Doing so is easier now that many financial institutions provide statements and documents electronically, available on the Internet. Even if original documents are available only on paper, scan them into an electronic format and store them on DVD, CD or cloud storage. Document Valuables — It’s a good idea to photograph or videotape the contents of any home, especially items of higher value. Documenting these items ahead of time will make it easier to claim insurance and tax benefits after disaster strikes. The IRS has a disaster loss […]