10 Rules of Thumb for Trust Income Taxation

Rule #1: When in doubt, refer to the trust document; an investment policy for a trust cannot be created without it.
One advantage of creating a trust is that the grantor can have it tailored to his or her needs; therefore, although there may be provisions in common, trust documents vary widely.

5 Tips for a Mid-Year Tax Check Up

If you’re one of those people who is scrambling to finish your taxes by the end of the year, you may want to change your strategy by reviewing your finances mid-year. This is typically a great time for a check-up to make sure you are receiving optimal tax benefits and minimizing tax liabilities that may arise from changes in your life. Here are some things you should focus on for your mid-year tax checkup:

New Partnership Audit Rules: 3 Changes You Should Know About

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 created some new rules around Partnership Audits—rules that went into effect for tax years after January 1, 2018, with elections that may need to be made on this year's tax return.

Will Your Rental Real Estate Continue to Qualify for the New 20% Tax Deduction?

As you may be aware, the IRS recently provided a safe harbor to determine when a rental real estate enterprise will qualify as a trade or business, and thus able to receive the 20% Qualified Business Income (QBI) tax deduction. This IRS notice states that a rental enterprise will be treated as a qualifying trade or business if the following three requirements are met:

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.

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.

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".

Two Tax Credits Every Business Owner Should Know About

Is your business taking advantage of all of the tax credits available to you? There are tax credits available at both the federal and state level that are designed to reward employers who hire certain types of employees—for example, workers who, for reasons that are unrelated to their skill set or qualifications, have a hard time gaining employment. By hiring these workers, you are supporting the economy, and you can be rewarded for it!