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

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