How to Deal with the New $142,800 Base for Self-Employment Taxes

What happens when lawmakers enact a new tax? It starts small. It looks easy. In 1935, the self-employment tax topped out at $60. Those 1935 lawmakers must be twirling in their graves with the new rules for 2021, which levy the following taxes: A self-employment tax of up to $21,848, which comes from the 15.3… Read More

Deduct 100 Percent of Your Business Meals under New Rules

Since 1986, lawmakers have limited business meal deductions: first to 80 percent, and then to 50 percent (unless an exception applies). But on December 27, 2020, in an effort to help the restaurant industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers enacted a new, temporary 100 percent business meal deduction for calendar years 2021 and 2022.… Read More

Avoid Trouble: Don’t Let the IRS Set Your S Corporation Salary

You likely formed an S corporation to save on self-employment taxes. If so, is your S corporation salary nonexistent? too low? too high? just right? Getting the S corporation salary right is important. First, if it’s too low and you get caught by the IRS, you will pay not only income taxes and self-employment taxes… Read More

How Many Whole or Partial Rooms Can You Use for Your Home Office?

With the COVID-19 pandemic still going on, you may be spending more time working from your home office. You may have taken some extra rooms for your business use. Is that okay? Section 280A(c) states that you may claim a home office based on the portion of the dwelling that you use exclusively and regularly… Read More

PPP Update: Two New Rules for Owners of S and C Corporations

The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) rules—they keep a-changin’. During the past month, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a new set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and a new interim final rule, which in combination create the following good news for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP): More forgiveness. The $20,833 cap on corporate owner-employee compensation… Read More

7 Things To Know Before You Take Out an Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)

Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) can be a great source of low-interest funding for businesses struggling with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans, EIDLs are not forgivable—borrowers have to pay them back. But they have a low 3.75 percent interest rate and a long… Read More

All About Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)

Limited liability companies (LLCs) are a popular choice of entity for small businesses and investment activities. LLC owners are called members. Single-member LLCs have one owner, although spouses who jointly own an LLC in a community property state can elect treatment as a single member LLC for federal income tax purposes. We will call LLCs… Read More