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2023 – 11/27 – There still may be time to reduce your small business 2023 tax bill

December 1, 2023
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In the midst of the holiday whirlwind, don’t forget to take steps to cut the 2023 tax liability for your business. There’s still time to implement a few strategies. For example, you can charge expenses normally paid early in the year on your credit card before Jan. 1. That way, you can claim the deduction for 2023 even though you don’t pay the bill until 2024. Are you thinking about purchasing heavy vehicles, equipment, machinery or office equipment early in the new year? Buy them now and place them in service by Dec. 31, and you can deduct 80% of the cost as bonus depreciation. Or take advantage of the Section 179 first-year depreciation deduction, if eligible. Questions? Contact us.



2023 – 11/28 – Don’t forget to empty out your flexible spending account

November 30, 2023
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If you have a tax-saving flexible spending account (FSA) with your employer to help pay for health or dependent care expenses, it’s a good time to review 2023 expenses. A pre-tax contribution of $3,050 to a health FSA is permitted in 2023. This is increasing to $3,200 for 2024. To avoid forfeiting your health FSA funds because of a “use-it-or-lose-it” rule, you must make eligible medical expenditures by the last day of the plan year (Dec. 31 for a calendar year plan), unless the plan allows an optional grace period. Like health FSAs, dependent care FSAs are also generally subject to a use-it-or-lose-it rule. They generally have a $5,000 maximum annual contribution. Other rules may apply.



2023 – 11/20 – Key 2024 inflation-adjusted tax parameters for small businesses and their owners

November 29, 2023
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The IRS recently announced various inflation-adjusted federal income tax amounts for next year, including those for Section 179 deductions. For tax years beginning in 2024, small businesses can potentially write off up to $1,220,000 of qualified asset additions in year one (up from $1,160,000 for 2023). However, the maximum deduction amount begins to be phased out once qualified asset additions exceed $3,050,000 (up from $2,890,000 for 2023). Various limitations apply to these deductions. Also, keep in mind that under the (separate) bonus depreciation break, you can deduct up to 60% of the cost of qualified asset additions placed in service in 2024. For 2023, you could deduct up to 80%.



2024 – 11/21 – Key 2024 inflation-adjusted tax amounts for individuals

November 28, 2023
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The IRS recently announced various 2024 inflation-adjusted federal tax amounts that affect individual taxpayers. Here are the inflation-adjusted standard deduction numbers for 2024 for those who don’t itemize: $14,600 for single filers (up from $13,850 in 2023); $29,200 for married joint filers (up from $27,700); and $21,900 for heads of household (up from $20,800). Older taxpayers and those who are blind are entitled to additional standard deduction allowances. In 2024 for those age 65 or older or blind, the amounts will be: $1,550 for a married taxpayer (up from $1,500 in 2023) and $1,950 for a single filer or head of household (up from $1,850 for 2023).



2023 – 10/31 – Contributing to your employer’s 401(k) plan: How it works

November 8, 2023
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Does your employer offer a 401(k) plan, but you haven’t started participating? Here are the basic features of these plans to illustrate why you should strongly consider it.