Now that so many types of gambling are legal in Ohio, when do you have to report your gambling winnings to the IRS? If you enjoy gambling, whether occasionally or frequently, it is crucial to understand how your winnings and losses can affect your tax liability. Basic Rules to Reporting Gambling Winnings Winnings: You report...Continue reading
Looking to maximize your vehicle tax deductions for 2023 and wondering if there's still time? - Do you need a replacement business car, SUV, van, or pickup truck? - Do you need tax deductions this year? - Do you need a tax credit to offset what you owe to the IRS? 2023 Tax Credits /...
It's not too late to consider 2023 tax strategies. Are you thinking of getting married or divorced? If so, consider December 31, 2023, in your tax planning. Here’s another planning question: Do you give money to family or friends (other than your children, who are subject to the kiddie tax)? If so, you need to consider...Continue reading
Are you hoping to write off more than one vehicle and have been told you can't? Contrary to popular belief, the IRS does not limit business owners to claiming deductions on only one business vehicle. When Should You Write Off More Than One Vehicle? You might maximize tax benefits by using multiple vehicles for business...Continue reading
With more people working from home, one has to wonder if the home-office deductions on tax returns are out of control or warranted. Will the IRS be scrutinizing home office deductions and what do they look for. In short, will your home office deduction pass in an IRS audit or will it raise red flags?...Continue reading
Form 8275 is filed to disclose all types of tax positions. When you're considering taking an aggressive position on your tax return that could result in a substantial tax reduction, but you're worried about having to pay a penalty, talk with Ken-Mar Tax for a free consultation. As an Enrolled Agent, Ken Weinberg is up-to-date...Continue reading
An inconvenient rule applies to how S corporation owners deduct the cost of health insurance that a corporation puts on its W-2s. The words that make this an inconvenient rule are “earned income,” and this is unusual because you generally think of earned income as a good thing. But for the S corporation owner who...Continue reading
Q&A: Home-Office Deduction for Orthodontist Question: Bob, an orthodontist, wants to claim a home-office deduction. His employees and contractors do the billing and accounting for his practice. Bob and his wife (who is an employee) do payroll once a month in the home office. Bob’s primary use of the home office is preparing treatment plans...Continue reading
In Chief Counsel Advice (CCA) 202151005, the IRS opined on this issue. But before we get to what the IRS said, understand that the CCA’s conclusions cannot be cited as precedent or authority by others, such as you or your tax professional. Even so, we always consider what the CCA says as semi-useful information, so here’s some...Continue reading
To deduct an office in the home, you must pass the regular-use test, so what is regular use for the home-office deduction? (Side note: this is a re-post of content created in 2011 and references tax cases from the 70's that laid a foundation for determining how to define "regular use" for the home office...Continue reading
Question: Can you deduct a home office if you also have a non-home office? Answer: Yes! As the tax reduction specialists for the self-employed we navigate through the home office deduction issues regularly. We know what the IRS looks for and what you will not get away with. SO let's make sure your tax reduction...Continue reading
If the IRS audits you and says you owe more tax, they will often impose an accuracy-related penalty on top of the tax. This penalty is not small - at 20 percent of the additional tax owed. For a $10,000 audit assessment, that’s an additional $2,000 you have to send to Uncle Sam. In this...
What Are Self-Employment Taxes? Do I Pay Them? Self-employment taxes are to individual business owners what payroll taxes are to employers and employees. They fund Social Security and Medicare. All individuals with self-employment income must pay self-employment taxes, regardless of their age. When business owners reach retirement age, they’ll be able to collect Social Security...Continue reading
Looking to convert to an S corporation? At first glance, the corporate tax rules for forming an S corp appear simple. They are not. In this article, we do two things: First, we help you avoid the potholes that destroy your S corp. Imagine what a shock that is—to find out that what you thought was...Continue reading
Landlords and small business owners should know the newly enacted Inflation Reduction Act contains tax credits and depreciation benefits for owners of commercial property and residential rental property. As a Cleveland landlord, or small business owner, if you implement various types of renewable energy improvements, you can qualify for hefty tax credits or deductions. One...Continue reading
Home-Office Deduction Question: I heard that if I had an office in my home and in that home-office room I had a pool table, I could simply subtract the amount of square footage that the pool table takes up from the square footage of the office. I do have a pool table, and I actually...Continue reading
The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 amended the Clean Vehicle Credit, and added a new requirement for final assembly in North America that took effect on August 17, 2022. Three major things to know about this new law when it relates to tax planning for your business and buying an electric vehicle: 1.The existing electric vehicle...
Question from a Cleveland small business owner: How do I pay my daughter? I will hire my 15-year-old daughter to work in my single-member LLC business, and I expect to pay her about $12,000 this year. Do I pay her through payroll checks and file a W-2? W-2 Payment is Important When Paying Your Daughter...Continue reading
By now you know you can't run from your back taxes and you can't hide from your back taxes, but you do not have to work with a "tax resolution firm." From our experience, most tax resolution companies are large call centers, are not local companies, charge an initial fee of $3,000-6,000 and then drag...Continue reading
What are RITA Penalties and CCA Cleveland Collections? Are you receiving letters from organizations such as RITA and CCA? Do they threaten to apply late fees and garnished wages for taxes you’ve paid already? Are you confused, wondering how you can afford this on top of income tax? Local taxes collected by the city can be...Continue reading