Discover Four Benefits of the Safe Harbor Expensing Rules   For 2018, you can elect the de-minimis safe harbor to expense assets costing $2,500 or less ($5,000 with audited financial statements or something similar). The term “safe harbor” means that the IRS will accept your expensing of the qualified assets if you properly abided by the rules of the safe harbor. Here are four benefits of this safe harbor: Safe harbor...

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  Lending corporate cash to shareholders can be an effective way to give the shareholders use of the funds without the tax consequences of dividends. However, an advance or loan to a shareholder must be a bona fide loan to avoid being classified as a constructive dividend. Further, the loan must have an adequate interest rate to avoid being classified as dividends under the below-market loan rules of Sec. 7872.   What is...

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      By now you have learned the disturbing news involving the now widely reported Equifax data breach affecting over 143,000,000 consumers. To put the massive size of this breach in perspective, there are about 326,000,000 people in the United States. While the credit reporting agency announced the breach on September 10th, the breach actually occurred July 29, which means sensitive data from about half of the U.S....

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As Hurricane Irma weakened into a tropical depression, the IRS said it is providing tax relief to people affected by the massive storm in parts of Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands (IR-2017-150). The relief applies to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) as qualifying. The IRS disaster relief page currently lists the islands of St. John and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin...

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  Placing a realistic value on your company is one of the most important aspects in selling a business. Business valuation is an extremely subjective process. And while many business owners tend to inflate the value of their company, the real value will always be determined by the marketplace. Some of the many factors that come into play when valuing a business include: the historical financial statements (usually the last 3 to 5...

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