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Hiring this summer? You may qualify for a valuable tax credit

Hiring this summer? You may qualify for a valuable tax credit

June 12, 2019
If the employees come from certain “targeted groups,” you may be eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).
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The chances of IRS audit are down, but you should still be prepared

The chances of IRS audit are down, but you should still be prepared

June 5, 2019
The easiest way to survive an IRS examination is to prepare in advance. On an ongoing basis, you should systematically maintain documentation — invoices, bills, canceled checks, receipts, or other proof — for all items reported on your tax returns.
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Fraud du jour: Social Security phone scams

Fraud du jour: Social Security phone scams

June 5, 2019
Despite the National Do Not Call registry and features such as caller ID, phone fraud is thriving in the mobile phone era. Using spoofed numbers — which appear to be connected to legitimate government offices and businesses or that resemble your own number — fraud perpetrators say anything and everything to try to steal your money.
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Employers: Be aware (or beware) of a harsh payroll tax penalty

Employers: Be aware (or beware) of a harsh payroll tax penalty

June 5, 2019
If federal income tax and employment taxes (including Social Security) are withheld from employees’ paychecks and not handed over to the IRS, a harsh penalty can be imposed.
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Conflicts of interest: When employees aren’t on your side

Conflicts of interest: When employees aren’t on your side

May 29, 2019
The best way to promote your business’s success is by holding all stakeholders to the highest ethical standards.
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What type of expenses can’t be written off by your business?

What type of expenses can’t be written off by your business?

May 29, 2019
The deductibility of some expenses is clear. But for other expenses, it can get more complicated. Generally, if an expense seems like it’s not normal in your industry — or if it could be considered fun, personal or extravagant in nature — you should proceed with caution. And keep records to substantiate the expenses you’re deducting.
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Selling your home? Consider these tax implications

Selling your home? Consider these tax implications

May 29, 2019
Your home is probably your largest investment. So before selling it, make sure you understand the tax implications.
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Uncover bogus resume claims — and prevent bad hires

Uncover bogus resume claims — and prevent bad hires

May 29, 2019
Job applicants aren’t always honest on their resume. And if you don’t investigate suspicious claims, you might end up hiring an unqualified and unethical employee — which could lead to financial, productivity and legal liability issues.
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It’s a good time to check your withholding and make changes, if necessary

It’s a good time to check your withholding and make changes, if necessary

May 29, 2019
You can modify your withholding at any time during the year, or even multiple times within a year. To do so, you simply submit a new Form W-4 to your employer.
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Casualty loss deductions: You can claim one only for a federally declared disaster

Casualty loss deductions: You can claim one only for a federally declared disaster

May 1, 2019
What’s considered a casualty for tax purposes? It’s a sudden, unexpected or unusual event, such as a hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake, or fire; an accident or act of vandalism; or even a terrorist attack.
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Employee vs. independent contractor: How should you handle worker classification?

Employee vs. independent contractor: How should you handle worker classification?

May 1, 2019
Many employers prefer to classify workers as independent contractors to lower costs, even if it means having less control over a worker’s day-to-day activities. But the government is on the lookout for businesses that classify workers as independent contractors simply to reduce taxes or avoid their employee benefit obligations.
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Dissecting the role of the forensic accountant in litigation

Dissecting the role of the forensic accountant in litigation

May 1, 2019
Forensic accountants specialize in conducting fraud audits and investigations to detect irregularities and troubling trends, looking for both telltale and subtle signs of white collar crime.
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