General Business


  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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    During my 20+ years of experience I have concluded that most business ventures fail not because it was a bad idea, but because it was a poorly implemented idea; or there were entrepreneurial mistakes that ended up driving the business into a downward spiral. If you are a startup business, what will set you apart from the rest is having a plan then having the discipline to act on it. Mistakes are part of the growing process....

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  This is another story from the war zone. This is not a new subject, it has been covered many times by myself and many other tax professionals; the importance of good record keeping. However, it seems not to be at the top of the priority list of business owners until the IRS comes knocking at their doors for an audit. Trying to recreate what happened two or three years ago it almost impossible, maybe that is part of the IRS...

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