Federal Tax News for Business

1. Be on the lookout for tax season scams! 2. New Form 1099-K reporting delayed 3. New rules for employee participation in 401(k) plans 4. Don't fail to report cash transactions 5. Controversy surrounds Employee Retention Credit

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Is an ESOP Right for Your Business?

Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) often are used by owners to help exit their business. But they're not right for every company. Here are the basics on how these tax-advantaged retirement plans work, along with pros and cons to consider before establishing an ESOP.

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Federal Tax News for Individuals

1. New 401(k) contribution limits for 2024 2. Check your withholding while there's time 3. Tax benefits for child adoption 4. Be charitable and collect tax benefits with your IRA 5. Don't fall for charity scams

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5 Ideas to Help Small Business Owners Reduce Taxes for 2023

Small business owners still have time to reduce their federal income tax bills for this tax year. Here are five tax-smart moves to consider between now and year end. The good news is it appears there won't be any significant unfavorable federal tax changes that will take effect next year, which simplifies year-end tax planning for 2023.

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Itemizing Deductions on Your Federal Income Tax Return

Due to today's relatively high standard deduction amounts, fewer taxpayers are itemizing deductions on their federal returns than they did before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act became effective in 2018. However, if your total itemizable expenses are close to the standard deduction, it's usually advantageous to itemize, if possible. Here are some last-minute ideas that could allow you to itemize for 2023.

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Year-End Tax Planning Tips for Individuals

Have you made moves to lower your federal income tax obligation for 2023? Fortunately, there's still time — and this year, tax planning may be simpler, because Congress isn't expected to pass any additional tax-related legislation that will affect your 2023 or 2024 tax situation. Here are seven ideas for you to consider before year end.

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Federal Tax News for Individuals

1. Making Cash Gifts in 2023 and 2024 2. How Life Affects Taxes 3. Last Chance to Minimize Your 2023 Tax Bill 4. Appointing Someone to Handle Your Tax Matters 5. 2024 Social Security Figures

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FAQs About Self Employment Tax

Self-employment (SE) tax can be a major expense for small business owners — and many self-employed individuals are blindsided by this tax when they file their first tax return with SE income. This article provides answers to questions you may have regarding SE tax, including how much it is, who owes it, whether it's deductible, how to pay it and more.

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