The election to apply the research tax credit against payroll taxes

The credit for increasing research activities, often referred to as the research and development (R&D) credit, is a valuable tax break available to eligible businesses. Claiming the credit involves complex calculations, which we can take care of for you. But in addition to the credit itself, be aware that the credit also has two features that are especially favorable to small businesses:

Operating Your Business as a Sole Proprietor? 8 Things You Need to Know

If you’re in business for yourself as a sole proprietor, or you’re planning to start a business, there are certain tax issues that you should be aware of. Here are eight important issues to consider:

Financial Planning Considerations for Single Women

For various reasons, the state of a woman’s financial security often depends on her marital status. A study from the U.S. Government Accountability Office says that women’s household income dropped by 41 percent after divorce, nearly double the size of the decline men experienced. In 2020, women earned just 82.3 cents on the dollar compared with men, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, a gap that was more pronounced for women of color. And women earn less than their male counterparts in nearly every occupation. Whether you are newly divorced, widowed, or single by choice, the following tips could help you shore up your financial security.

Massachusetts Continues to Offer COVID-19 Relief Grants to Small Businesses in the Commonwealth

From its share of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has made a total of $75,000,000 available to support small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds will be administered by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) through two different grant programs, the New Applicant Grant Program and the Inclusive Grant Program.

Can You Deduct The Costs of a Spouse on a Business Trip?

If you own your own company and travel for business, you may wonder whether you can deduct the costs of having your spouse accompany you on trips.

The Importance of Business Recordkeeping

If you operate a business, or you’re starting a new one, you’ll need to keep records of your income and expenses. Specifically, you should carefully record your expenses to claim all the tax deductions to which you’re entitled. You’ll also want to make sure that you can defend the amounts reported on your tax returns in case you’re ever audited by the IRS.

Entrepreneurs and Taxes: How Start-up Expenses are Claimed on Tax Returns

While some businesses have closed since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, many new ventures have launched. Entrepreneurs have cited a number of reasons why they decided to start a business in the midst of a pandemic. For example, they had more time, wanted to take advantage of new opportunities or they needed money due to being laid off. Whatever the reason, if you’ve recently started a new business, or you’re contemplating starting one, there are tax implications you should be aware of.

An Introduction to Benchmarking: Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2 of our benchmarking blog series, we introduced benchmarking and provided examples of key benchmark findings for staffing companies. Based on these findings, we identified specific problems for the companies to solve. This blog provides some hypothetical solutions stated below.

Debt Management in a Healthy Financial Plan

Wise debt management is a key component of healthy and effective financial planning. Today, most people carry some amount of debt to finance a degree or buy a home or car. Other debts may be incurred out of necessity or as part of an investment plan. Whatever your reasons for taking on debt, you should understand the different types of debt and their risks. This knowledge will help you manage debt wisely as part of your overall financial plan.

An Introduction to Benchmarking: Part 2

In Part 1 of this three-part blog series, we introduced benchmarking and chose four staffing companies from clients in the employment services industry to demonstrate the financial metrics that we used for benchmark analysis. In part 2, we will take a look at the key findings from this analysis.