Starting a New Business? Get Up to $100,000 in Tax-Free Money

You likely already know that the employee retention credit (ERC) is a good deal—if you qualify. Now, thanks to the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), you can qualify for up to $100,000 of ERC in the third and fourth quarters of 2021 if you begin the business after February 15, 2020… Read More

Secrets to IRS Penalty Forgiveness Using Reasonable Cause

The IRS can waive penalties it assessed against you or your business if there was “reasonable cause” for your actions. The IRS permits reasonable cause penalty relief for penalties arising in three broad categories: Filing of returns Payment of tax Accuracy of information Contrary to what you might think, the term “reasonable cause” is a… Read More

Tax Considerations When a Loved One Passes Away (Part 2)

If you become an executor of your loved one’s estate, you may have some important tax decisions to make. Here are some quick thoughts. The decedent’s medical expenses provide you with planning opportunities to deduct as itemized deductions (subject to the 7.5 percent floor) not only the medical expenses incurred during the taxable year of… Read More

New Stimulus Law Grants Eight Tax Breaks For 1040 Filers

As you doubtlessly know, Congress recently passed a massive new stimulus bill that was enacted into law on December 27, 2020. Most of the public’s attention has been focused on the bill’s authorization of additional stimulus checks and new PPP loans and other aid targeted to struggling businesses. But Form 1040 American taxpayers who are… Read More