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

COVID-19 Strategy: Hire Family Members to Create Tax Benefits

The COVID-19 pandemic may create tax benefit opportunities for you and your family members. For example, you could hire your under-age-18 children, pay them, say, $10,000 each, and they could pay zero federal income taxes. And you or your corporation, the employer, would deduct the $10,000 you paid to each of the children. The child… Read More

Nine Insights into PPP Loan Forgiveness for the Self-Employed

When you are self-employed with no employees, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a COVID-19 gift designed to help you get through this pandemic. If you now have your PPP funds, we have identified nine insights for you. 1. New Law, Enacted June 5, 2020, Creates Easier PPP Loan Forgiveness On Thursday, May 28, 2020,… Read More

Four Insights into the PPP for Partnerships

The PPP free-cash program to assist businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic is gaining traction and clarity. If you operate your business as a partnership, several recent developments have made the free-cash program more to your benefit. 1. Partner’s Self-Employment Income Creates Cash and Forgiveness Just as sole proprietors failed originally to ask for their PPP… Read More

Create Deductions: Use Your Vacation Home for Business Lodging

Here’s good news: the properly used business vacation home or condo does not suffer from the vacation-home rules, the passive-loss rules, or the entertainment-facility rules. In these days of COVID-19, you may have solid reasons to use your vacation home or condo for two purposes only, which are personal pleasure, and business lodging. How Business… Read More