How to Avoid Common Errors Around Required Minimum Distributions in Your Retirement Accounts

When it comes to their retirement accounts, many investors often fail to think about required minimum distributions (RMDs). That oversight can lead to unnecessary tax burdens and other financial issues. In order to handle RMDs effectively, an understanding of the rules—and common errors people make—can be beneficial.

Section 199A - How the Qualified Business Income Deduction Might Impact Your Taxes This Year

Have you heard the terms “Section 199A” or “QBI Deduction” this tax season and wondered what they meant, or whether they will impact your taxes? You’re not alone.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) created a new tax deduction for business owners and others, called the Section 199A Qualified Business Income (QBI) Deduction. Since its release, there has been much confusion about the rules of this deduction, even in the tax world. In August, the IRS and the Department of the Treasury released some additional guidance, and in October, held a public hearing to field comments and questions.

On January 18, 2019, The IRS and the Treasury issued final regulations to clarify and update the proposed rules. Here’s a high-level overview:

Top Tax Reform Impacts for Tech Companies

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is the most comprehensive tax reform our country has seen in more than 3 decades, bringing broad and complex changes to businesses in every industry.

With more and more technology firms calling the Boston area home, I thought it might be helpful to discuss some of the implications of the TCJA specific to the tech world.

Market Volatility and Your Investing Strategy

Fluctuations in your 401(k) or workplace retirement savings account can stir up negative emotions, making you want to hit the panic button. But in turbulent times, it's more important than ever to remain calm and stay on course toward your long-term retirement savings goals.

What Business Owners Should Know about Changing Tax Laws

You've likely heard about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the South Dakota vs. Wayfair, Inc. case, and its impacts on the e-commerce industry, consumers, and state and local governments. The June 2018 ruling overturned decades of precedent when it comes to the taxation of revenue from out-of-state sales, allowing states to collect tax where they previously could not. 

But did you know that the ruling will also impact buyers and sellers of businesses?

2018 Tax Planning: 5 Impacts of TCJA for Individuals and Businesses

Tax planning is always a good idea, but this year it is especially critical. With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) making sweeping changes that impact virtually every taxpayer, and looming additional legislative action following the mid-term elections, new strategies should be considered to maximize your tax savings.

Does Your Paycheck Need a Check-up?

If you receive a paycheck, you have probably noticed an increase in take home pay this year. No, it's not from an unexpected raise, but rather a decrease in the amount of income tax withheld. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) made sweeping changes to the tax law, not the least of which is new lower income tax withholding rates. But before you go out and spend all of that extra money, keep in mind that withholding only represents the amount of tax paid to the IRS on your behalf, not necessarily the amount you owe.

7 Tips to Help Smooth Your Job Transition

Starting a new job is exciting, but it can also be stressful, especially when it comes to transitioning your benefits package. I've put together a list of tips to help make this transition as seamless as possible and keep your financial plan on track.

Does Your Business Need an Accountable Expense Plan?

Almost all businesses have employees who incur expenses while on the job—everything from office supplies, to travel and business dinners. But not all business owners are sure how to best handle the reimbursement of these expenses. We frequently get questions from our clients on this subject—should reimbursements be included in the employee's income? Are they tax deductible?

In order for an expense to be tax deductible to the business, and received tax-free by the employee, it must be reimbursed under an "accountable plan".

Is a Donor-Advised Fund the Right Option for Your Concentrated Stock?

If you have worked at the same company for a long time, or received a large inheritance, it's likely that a significant portion of your wealth is tied up in a concentrated stock position. While this can certainly have monetary benefits when the company stock is rising, it also comes with a certain level of risk. A concentrated position  means that you are reliant on the success of a single company—while the market as a whole might bounce back from a decline, an individual stock might not. Additionally, selling the entire stock position may result in a large capital gains tax bill.

There are several options for mitigating this risk. If you are charitably inclined, a donor-advised fund may be an attractive solution, because of its ease, convenience, and overall benefits.