Maintaining Multistate Compliance with a Remote Workforce

The pandemic has changed the work landscape dramatically, and for many companies—as many as 70% according to a recent study—the massive transition to remote and hybrid work is here to stay. Remote work has many benefits for both employees and employers, but these benefits come with some major compliance requirements. With remote work policies varying from state to state, navigating key issues like tax compliance, workers compensation, payroll compliance, and insurance coverage can be complicated—especially when employees are working remotely in different states than the company’s headquarters location.

Your 2022 Tax Calendar: First Quarter Deadlines for Businesses

As 2021 comes to a close, we thought it would be helpful to provide some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the first quarter of 2022. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you.

Providing a company car? Here’s how taxes are handled

The use of a company vehicle is a valuable fringe benefit for owners and employees of small businesses. This perk results in tax deductions for the employer as well as tax breaks for the owners and employees using the cars. (And of course, they get the nontax benefit of getting a company car.) Plus, current tax law and IRS rules make it even more beneficial than it was in the past.

Top 4 Exceptions to the 10 Percent Early Distribution Penalty

Generally, the IRS will impose a 10 percent early distribution penalty if you withdraw assets from your traditional IRA before the age of 59½. So, what would happen if you needed to tap into your IRA before then? Sure, you’ll have to pay income tax on the untaxed portion of the IRA. But are there ways to avoid paying that 10 percent early distribution penalty? Luckily for some, the IRS offers several exceptions to this penalty. Here are four of the most important ones.

Federal Crackdown on Cryptocurrency Tax Fraud

With the rise of cryptocurrency, the IRS and US government have been faced with questions surrounding how to define, regulate and report this new form of currency. Federal banking regulators question whether cryptocurrency firms are in the business of banking, and according to the SEC, some, but not all, cryptocurrencies are considered to be securities.

Key Thresholds in Federal Estate & Gift Tax and Massachusetts Estate Tax

The United States has taxed the estates of decedents since 1916, and gifts since 1924. With tax rates and exemption levels varying greatly over the last two decades, including recent changes with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), I thought it would be helpful to outline some key forms and current thresholds relating to estate & gift tax.

President Biden Announces Revised Build Back Better Framework

Like the rest of the country, we have been waiting to learn what President Biden’s federal tax proposal will look like, and how it will impact individuals and businesses. On October 28, 2021 Biden announced a new version of the Build Back Better (BBB) framework that outlines spending provisions of $1.75 trillion over ten years, and revenue offsets of up to $2 trillion during that time period. 

Massachusetts Enacts Pass-Through Entity Tax Election Effective for 2021

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TJCA) was enacted in 2017, it limited the amount of state and local taxes (SALT) that individuals can deduct for federal income tax purposes to $10,000 (or $5,000 for a married individual filing separately). This “SALT cap” has brought on a flurry of legislative action as states enact Pass-Through Entity (PTE) tax elections that allow owners of PTEs such as S-Corporations and Partnerships to bypass the SALT cap by allowing their share of taxes to be paid by the entity at the entity level, and therefore lowering the owner’s federal income tax liability.

Tax Breaks to Consider During National Small Business Week

The week of September 13-17 has been declared National Small Business Week by the Small Business Administration. To commemorate the week, here are three tax breaks to consider.

Claiming a Theft Loss Deduction if Your Business is the Victim of Embezzlement

A business may be able to claim a federal income tax deduction for a theft loss. But does embezzlement count as theft? In most cases it does but you’ll have to substantiate the loss. A recent U.S. Tax Court decision illustrates how that’s sometimes difficult to do.