With 2020 nearing its end, now is the time to begin planning for the 2021 tax season. Everyone can benefit from proper tax planning, which enables you to look ahead and make last-minute financial decisions that can minimize your taxes. For those with stock portfolios, this tax planning is especially important. Here are some important things to consider in regards to your stocks and how they’ll impact your tax planning.
Your state of residence is quite easy to determine, isn’t it? It’s the state you live in, the state where your house is located. But what if you have more than one property, and they’re located in different states? In these cases, determining your legal state of residence (or legal domicile) is more complicated than you might think, and it’s not solely based on the amount of time you spend in each location. Keep reading to learn how you can determine your legal state of residence, and how that determination will impact your income taxes.
There are numerous designations for businesses. The right one for your company will depend on many factors, including your size, the number of owners, and more. However, if the option is available to you, you may want to consider filing to register your business as an S corporation. Doing so can provide you with numerous tax benefits. Keep reading to learn more about what an S corp is, what the benefits of becoming one are, and whether or not it may be right for you.
With unemployment claims on the rise, many Americans have found themselves receiving their very first unemployment checks. Having never received this kind of income before, you may find yourself uncertain about how taxes on this income are handled. Is this income taxed? And if so, how are you expected to pay those taxes? It’s important that you understand what your tax obligations are in regards to your unemployment benefits. Keep reading to learn more about this.
Tax season is still a few months away. But if you’re not thinking about and planning for it already, you could be missing out on some extremely important benefits. In fact, simply filing your return without proper tax planning and tax projections could result in you paying thousands more in taxes in some cases. That’s why we do far more for our clients than simply preparing their tax returns; we can provide you with tax projections and help you to plan for the upcoming tax season, so that you can make important financial decisions that could reduce your tax liability. Here are just a few ways that our tax projections and tax planning services can help you.
Contributing to retirement accounts is one of the smartest investments you can make with your money, as it helps to secure your financial future—and, as an added bonus, many of these contributions offer tax benefits. If you have more than one type of retirement account, and you don’t have the funds to max out all of them, you may be wondering which account you should focus on to get the greatest tax benefit. Keep reading to learn more about the different types of accounts, how taxation on contributions work, and how to determine the best account to put your money in first.
Charitable contributions can be an excellent way to reduce your tax liability, but it’s important that you ensure the contributions you’re making are actually tax deductible. Many people believe that contributions to any charitable cause can be deducted on their tax returns, but this is not the case. Even if you’re giving to a good cause, it doesn’t many it’s a tax-deductible contribution. Keep reading to learn more about what types of contributions usually do or don’t qualify. If you’re unsure if the contributions you’re making will be deductible on this year’s tax return, please reach out to one of our CPAs.
If you’ve begun collecting Social Security income, you might be uncertain about how that income will be taxed, if at all. Many people are under the impression that Social Security income is never taxed, but this isn’t true; tax rates on that income will vary depending on your total combined income. And, because Social Security distributions are not taxed upfront, many retirees find themselves surprised by the amount they owe when it comes time to file. Here’s what you need to know about Social Security income tax, so that you’re not blindsided when you file your return.
Though the deadline for filing taxes this year changed dramatically, one thing about the process hasn’t changed at all: Tax season is a prime opportunity for scammers and identity thieves to steal your information. A great deal of sensitive data is necessary to file your taxes, from your financial data to your personal identifying information, like your Social Security number. So, how can you protect your identity while filing your taxes? Keep reading for some tips.
At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, taxes were probably the very last thing on your mind. Many Americans were trying to adapt to working from home, or were losing their jobs altogether. Small-business owners were fighting to keep their business operational even as they had to close their doors, and citizens across the country were struggling more than ever to make ends meet. In addition to providing stimulus checks to ease financial burdens, the federal government also elected to extend their tax deadline to July 15th this year. That date is right around the corner, so here’s what you need to know about this new tax deadline.
The stimulus checks sent out as part of the CARES Act were the biggest headliner that came out of the $2 trillion piece of legislation. Giving $1,200 to each adult, plus $500 for each dependent child, was a relief to many citizens who are suffering financially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, due to certain wording in the way these checks were distributed, there has been a great deal of confusion over whether these checks really were a free check from the government, or if you’re expected to pay them back down the line. We hope we can answer all your questions in this regard here.
The side effects of COVID-19 go far beyond the physical health of those exposed. The economic impact is widespread and far-reaching, and the government has been constantly struggling to find ways to relieve some of the economic downturn brought on by this pandemic. The most recent of these efforts is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES Act. It’s the largest economic stimulus legislation since the New Deal that was passed in the 1930s, and includes $2 trillion of federal funding. Here are some of the major highlights of this act that may be impacting you.
At the end of 2019, the federal government signed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement, or SECURE, Act into law. At the beginning of this year, the SECURE Act officially went into effect, and it changes many things about the way Americans plan and prepare for retirement. If you’re not yet familiar with the SECURE Act, it’s important to understand how the changes it implements will impact your retirement plans—particularly if you’re close to retirement age. If you have any questions regarding your retirement planning, please feel free to reach out to us. In the meantime, this article should give you an overview of the biggest changes the SECURE Act has introduced.
From selling handmade goods online to freelance consulting or running your own registered business, there are many ways in which a person can be self-employed. In fact, having a “side hustle,” as it’s often called, is quite common these days, which makes it that much more important for taxpayers to understand how their self-employed income is taxed. This article will give you a brief introduction to self-employment taxes, what they are, why you pay them, and how you pay them. If you need assistance filing your tax return, contact our accounting firm today.
Many people who have never utilized a professional tax preparer or CPA seem to think that you absolutely must find a local tax professional to work with them. And while there are many benefits to having your tax preparer be someone you can meet with face to face, Demian & Company provides the same personalized, expert tax and accounting services to businesses and individuals to customers across the country as we do to those who live in our own backyard. Keep reading to learn more about our service areas and how we can provide this level of service no matter where you are.
If you haven’t yet heard, the IRS is now performing in-person visits with certain individuals. This new tactic, announced by the IRS in an information release, has many people wondering if they should expect a revenue officer to come knocking at their door. The good news is that this new tactic is focused primarily on high-income individuals with unfiled returns prior to 2018, so the scope is rather narrow. If you fall into this window, however, here’s what you need to know.
On March 17, the IRS announced that it would be deferring tax debt payments for all Americans by 90 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement comes in the wake of new government guidelines recommending the shutdown of many businesses, the closure of schools, and extreme social isolation for all citizens. The hope is that this deferral will not only offer some much-needed financial relief to impacted Americans, but that it will also assist in flattening the curve and slowing the spread of the virus. Here’s what you need to know about this deferral, its limitations, and its impact.
Starting a new business is a thrilling venture, especially if it’s your first business. You may be so excited about the prospect that you’re ready to dive in and start marketing your company. But there are so many other things that go into establishing a business than the products or services you provide and marketing them to potential customers. There are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes of a business, and those little details will take up a big portion of your time as a business owner. One of those behind-the-scenes details you’ll need to focus on is your company’s taxes. If you’re new to business ownership, here are some tax-related tips that you should keep in mind.
It happens to taxpayers every year: They file their taxes with a certain expectation about how much they will owe or how much they will get back in a refund. Instead, they get hit with an unexpectedly large tax bill. If this has happened to you this year, you may be wondering what your options are if you can’t afford to pay off your taxes before the tax deadline. Keep reading to learn about five different options that may be available to you.
If you tend to wait until the last minute to file your tax return despite having all the necessary documents well ahead of time, you may want to rethink your approach. Filing your taxes early has several benefits that you’re missing out on. So, ditch that habit of procrastination and get your taxes in early this year if you want to reap the benefits outlined below. And if you need a hand getting your taxes in ahead of schedule, reach out to us to work with an experienced CPA who can get your taxes filed quickly and professionally.
The holidays are over, and that means a new season is quickly approaching—tax season. As we approach the middle of January, most taxpayers are beginning to receive their first few necessary tax forms. Instead of stacking those forms on your desk or stashing them in an envelope for later, why not take a more organized approach this year? This blog will give you a few tips on getting organized for the coming tax season, so when it’s time to meet with your CPA, you’ll have every form, receipt, and bit of financial data ready
While fitness goals remain the most popular type of New Year’s resolution every year, financial resolutions are always a close second. If you’re hoping to improve your financial situation in 2020, you may want to consider setting some New Year’s resolutions to help you along the way. Here are 5 financially focused resolutions to get you started.
While your mind may be filled with thoughts of the holiday season right now, December is also the ideal time to start thinking about your taxes for this year. Why should you start thinking about them now instead of waiting until after New Year’s? Well, there are a few things you can still do to reduce your 2019 tax liability, which can help you to save significantly when you file—but you have to do them before the ball drops on December 31st! Here are a few last-minute things you should start working on if you hope to reduce your tax liability.
The holiday season is the most common time of year for individuals to give to charities. In fact, according to statistics from nonprofitssource.com, roughly 30% of all charitable giving during the year is done in the month of December. If you’re one of the many individuals who chooses to donate to charities this holiday season, here are a few things that you should know.
Whether you’re a new business owner or you’re just trying to get ahead of the curve this time around, now is a great time to start preparing to file your tax return. Why should you start before the tax year even ends? Well, there are a few things you can do before New Year’s that may improve your business’s tax situation. Here are a few things every business owner should do before the year ends.
Regardless of where your income comes from, you know that you have to pay taxes on it. If you’re an owner or partner in a business, you are expected to pay taxes on your portion of the business’s profits (whether it’s the entirety of a sole proprietorship’s profits, or a percentage of a partnership’s profits). But what happens when that business operates at a loss? Can you report that loss on your taxes? And if so, how does that impact your tax return? Keep reading to learn more about claiming a business loss on your taxes.
When President Trump unveiled his major tax reform bill, it included the goal of eliminating the estate tax completely by 2024. Until then, the estate tax actually only impacts a handful of Americans—fewer than 1% of the population—because only individuals with an estate valued at $5.5 million or higher will have their estates taxed when they die. If your estate is worth less than this, you don’t have to worry about your heirs losing any portion of their inheritance to the estate tax. However, if your estate is valuable enough to make it taxable, here are some tips to either reduce or entirely avoid the estate tax.
If you got an extension on your tax return, your new deadline of October 15th is approaching quickly. Though you should have made a payment when filing for an extension (the extension only extends your tax filing date, not your payment due date), you may have since realized you owe even more than you planned for. In these cases, you may be tempted to simply not file in order to avoid that tax bill. Don’t do this! Instead, here are some options that may allow you to get a settlement from the IRS before the extension deadline.
When you’re caught in a natural disaster, it can have long-lasting impacts on virtually every aspect of your life—and that includes your taxes. But since most natural disaster victims are focused on filing insurance claims, preserving or restoring damaged property, and otherwise coping with the impacts of the disaster, they don’t usually have much time to spare to think about their taxes. Thankfully, the IRS recognizes this, and so they offer a few different relief options to help victims of natural disasters. Here’s what you need to know about claiming this type of relief.
Alimony and other forms of support payments have been taxed in the exact same way for decades. But as of January 1, 2019, the old rules are being turned on their head. These changes are one of the last ones introduced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to be implemented. (Most of the other changes to tax law were put into effect in 2018.) So, whether you’re already divorced, contemplating divorce, or are divorced and considering renegotiating your divorce agreement, there are a few things you ought to know. Here’s a quick look at how your alimony and support payments will be treated when you file your 2019 tax returns.
If you filed an extension for your business return back in March, your new deadline is now less than a month away. It’s important that you are prepared for this deadline, as you cannot receive any further extension on filing your business’s tax return. Here’s what you need to know about the extension deadline, and how you can prepare for it.
We get it—filing taxes is no picnic. However, our primary goal is to help make the tax-filing process simpler, easier, and less stressful for you, and perhaps get you a better outcome on your tax return while we’re at it. Obviously, working with our experienced and knowledgeable CPAs will naturally make this process less of a burden for you. But we also utilize every piece of technology we have at our disposal to simplify the process for you even further. Here are just 4 pieces of technology we use in our offices to make filing your taxes easier than ever.
This tax season, many taxpayers were shocked by the numbers they saw on their tax returns. A lot of people found themselves owing far more in taxes than they anticipated, and scrambled to pay the unexpected tax bill. This unpleasant surprise was largely due to the tax law changes implemented by the TCJA, which reduced the amount being withheld from many people’s paychecks. If you want to avoid a shockingly high tax bill again next year, it may be a good idea to adjust your withholdings now. Here’s what you need to know.
Tax scams are far more common than you might think, and hundreds—if not thousands—of taxpayers deal with this nightmare each year. Of course, tax season is when these scammers and thieves are going to be most active, but now is the perfect time to start thinking about your information security, and taking steps to protect yourself from any scams, and reduce your odds of being a tax fraud victim in the coming tax season. Here are 4 things you can do to avoid falling victim to a tax scam or tax fraud.
Your return has likely been filed for a couple of months now, and you haven’t seen any reason to give it a second thought. But a second look at a previously filed tax return can actually offer you many benefits that you might not know about. Here are just a few reasons that you should consider having your tax return reviewed by one of our experienced and knowledgeable CPAs—whether you completed your tax return yourself, or had it done by a different tax preparer.
Today’s business world is full of more entrepreneurs than ever before. And if you’re looking to start your own business, it can be easy to let your excitement run away with you, and dive straight in without considering all of the little details that come with setting up your own company. One of the details that many new business owners overlook is selecting the right business structure. Here’s what you need to know about selecting the corporate structure for your company.
You only recently got done filing your 2018 tax return a month or two ago. Odds are, your 2019 tax return is far from your mind. But it shouldn’t be. In fact, proper planning and preparation can give you a better outcome on your 2019 tax return, potentially reducing your tax liability if handled properly. Here are a few things you can start doing right now to prepare for filing this year’s tax return.
Many business owners believe that maintaining the books for their own business is the most cost-effective and logical option when it comes to business bookkeeping. After all, if you believe you can handle it reasonably well, why hire someone else to do it? However, though you may have the financial skills and basic knowhow to maintain your company’s books, there are several distinct advantages to hiring a professional, third-party bookkeeping service to take care of your business’s books for you. Here are just 4 of them that you should consider if you’re making the decision regarding how to maintain your company’s books.
When it comes to filing your taxes, it seems that you generally have two options: meet with a professional to have them done, or file electronically on your own. Each of these options has some obvious pros and cons. But here at Demian & Company CPA, we offer a third option that we feel offers the best of both worlds. Here’s a little bit more about our remote tax filing services, and how you can have your taxes completed by a professional without ever stepping foot in a CPA office.
The tax filing deadline is two weeks away, and if you haven’t filed your return yet, you’re probably feeling the pressure. Whether you just put it off for too long, or you only got all the documents you need recently, rushing to meet the tax deadline can be stressful. If you’re scrambling to file, there’s another option available to you—filing a request to extend. Here’s what you need to know about tax extensions and how they can help you.
In January, the IRS posted a notice on their website stating that they would be waiving the estimated tax penalty for many taxpayers. This penalty is typically applied to any person or business who paid less than 90% of their owed taxes throughout the tax year. However, the IRS will be reducing that threshold and only applying the tax penalty to those who paid less than 85% of what they owed in 2018. Here’s what you need to know about these penalties, the waiver, and how they impact your taxes.
The tax filing deadline for business owners is fast approaching, and if you haven’t filed yet, you might be starting to feel the stress. Luckily, business owners have the option of filing for an extension that will give you some extra time to get all of your tax-related documents in order. If you’ve never filed an extension for your business before, here’s what you need to know.
Tax season is in full swing, and most people are getting their returns ready to file. If you’re one of those people who likes to file early, you might be rushing to get that return out the door so that you can get it processed more quickly (and perhaps get your refund that much sooner). However, there are a few things that you should do before you send in your tax return.
As the partial government shutdown stretches further into tax season, many taxpayers are worried about how this incident will impact their tax returns—and their refunds. Of course, nobody is certain how long this shutdown will continue. However, here’s what you need to know, given the existing circumstances.
It is officially the New Year, which means it is also officially tax season. While it might still be early on in the year, it’s important that you start gathering your tax documents now, so that you can get your return filed as early as possible. Here is a quick overview of the kinds of documents you might want to bring to a meeting with your CPA. The specific documents you need will vary based on your unique situation; however, this list provides a good starting point. If you have any questions, or you need assistance with tax preparation in East Brunswick or Cranford, contact us.
As 2018 draws to a close, there are many things that you need to examine, gather, and consider to prepare for filing this year’s tax return. And if you’re a business owner, that list of things you need to consider gets a lot longer. One important tax consideration for business owners is claiming the purchase of a vehicle as a business expense. If you’re not aware of it, many aspects of this deduction changed for the 2018 tax year, so here are a few things you need to know about claiming this deduction on your next return.
Charitable contributions are a common tax deduction for many of our clients, and are an excellent way to reduce your tax liability every year. However, many tax payers are uncertain which contributions qualify as a deduction. The specifications regarding this facet of tax law can be confusing, so here are a few of the basic requirements you should be aware of when determining which of your contributions can be listed on your next tax return.
At Demian & Company, LLC, we’re happy to handle your accounting and tax preparation. While January through April is our busiest times of the year, we are available year-round in two convenient locations. In addition to tax preparation services, we also offer bookkeeping assistance for your business. With our help, tax time isn’t something you have to dread, because we will get all the work done for you.
If you’re looking to get your taxes prepared in East Brunswick or Cranford, NJ, Demian & Company, LLC have it covered. We have served many customers and provided them with reliable tax preparation services each and every time. But you don’t have to just take our word for it. Here we’ll highlight some of our customer reviews from this most recent tax season. Some of them are return customers, and all of them were happy with the work we’ve done for them.
The IRS strikes fear in most law-abiding citizens, partly because tax matters are complicated and partly because this agency wields a lot of power. If you’re behind on your tax payments or can’t afford to pay the taxes you legally owe, it’s best to seek professional help right away. Your accountant offers various tax resolution services that can help you get your financial life back on track without fear of wage garnishments or loss important assets.
You don’t have to be an expert in taxes and accounting – that’s what you have an accountant for. Even though most business owners have a financial expert they can call, not all of them think about asking the right questions. Your CPA can solve many of your financial headaches for you if you reach out to them. Here we’ll explore six questions to ask your accountant during your next meeting or email exchange.
Bookkeeping for your business may inspire the same feelings as keeping a budget for your personal spending. As bothersome as it is to have to record every transaction, accurate bookkeeping is not optional when you’re running a business. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone. Your accountant can help you keep the books, and they’ll also help you prepare your financial statements.
Most people seek the assistance of an experienced accountant during tax season. That’s a good thing, because taxes are complicated and there are repercussions for not doing them right. On the one hand, you do not want to give the IRS money they didn’t ask for, but on the other hand, you have to pay what you legally owe. And while you may not give the matter much thought after the April filing deadline has come and gone, it’s a good idea to have an accountant on your side for other reasons, too. For example, you may need help with tax planning, audits, and making payment arrangements with the IRS.
Small business owners often try to save money by doing as much as they can on their own. Generally, bootstrapping is a good idea, especially if you’re just starting out. However, to keep a viable business up and running, you’ll need the assistance of an experienced accountant. Your business finances must be in order for you to keep your company afloat, and you also have to follow several rather tedious reporting requirements.
Tax season is still in full swing. In fact, many people won’t file their tax returns until it gets closer to the deadline, which is April 17th this year. Before you send off your return, it may be a good idea to let your Certified Public Accountant – short CPA – take a look. A CPA is an accountant who has completed a program of study in accounting, gained experience working in the field of public accounting, and passed a vigorous examination. Below you’ll learn why a CPA is the best person to talk to about your taxes.
Hiring a CPA to do your taxes can save you countless hours of pulling your hair out. It also saves you money, because they can help you find deductions and credits you didn’t even know about. We know that tax preparation is complicated – and it’s likely to stay that way. Below are some instances where you should really turn over your taxes to the experts to make sure you’re not paying too much.
Some people dislike bookkeeping just as much as another dreaded B-word: budgeting. While it’s true that keeping up with the finances isn’t fun for everyone, there are a lot of good reasons why business owners must concern themselves with it. The good news is that you don’t have to do the work yourself to gain the benefits of it.
It happens every year; April rolls around and you realize that it’s about time you started on those taxes before you miss the deadline and have to pay a fine. You don’t like filing your taxes or having to slog through them because you think they’re such a chore. But really, preparing your taxes can be fun, or at least, they’re a blast from our point of view. Let us tell you why.
QuickBooks is one of the premiere accounting software packages that is designed for small and medium-sized businesses. The software handles basic bookkeeping functions as well as monitors payments, keeps track of bills, and even deals with payroll, depending on the version of software you have. QuickBooks is used by over 80 percent of small businesses in the United States with over 1 million subscribers to the online version, QuickBooks Online.
With licensing in 49 states, Demian & Company offers boutique CPA services throughout East Brunswick and the surrounding area. With over 14 years of experience under their belt, they are ready to become your CPA of choice in all of your financial needs, both professional and personal.
There’s nothing scarier than the thought of being audited by the IRS, except maybe for being chased through the woods by an angry black bear. But while you might be able to lie down and cover your head and convince the bear to go away, the same tactic won’t have much effect on the IRS. So what should you do in the event of an audit? Well that depends on a couple of things.
Everyone knows that when you need your taxes done or some sort of auditing performed on your finances, a Certified Public Accountant is the way to go. After all, CPAs don’t just have a college degree backing up their expertise; they’ve also passed a strenuous and rigorous exam and sworn to uphold a code of ethics. However, there are also a variety of other services besides tax preparation and auditing that a CPA can assist you with.
Managing business accounts and books often requires a level of expertise and time investment that small business owners simply cannot afford to develop and maintain. While the ideal solution is often to hire a bookkeeper, a full-time employee doesn't fit into the budgets of many micro businesses, and it shouldn't have to.
April 18th was tax day, 2017 and the deadline for filing your taxes. If you're owed a refund, missing this deadline isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if you owe the IRS, not filing on time could result in heavy penalties and fees.
Accounts payable is one of the most important elements of your business, but it can be stressful and difficult, especially for newer business owners. Sending and receiving invoices is a process that takes time to get used to, especially if you've transitioned from traditional employment.
Filing your taxes is never easy. Even if you're going to your CPA's office to have them handle most of the details, you still must make time, possibly take time off work, organize your paperwork and then go back to pick it up. While you could choose to e-file, and file your own taxes online, this isn't an ... read more.
Filing your taxes is a pain in your bank account. Unless you make very little, you owe money to the government, and if you make a lot, then you owe a great deal. Luckily, the IRS offers tax deductions for everyone from individuals and investors to small business owners to help you keep as much of your hard earned money as is possible.
Over the past 14 years, the tax and accounting experts at Demian and Company, LLC have proudly served our clients in Cranford New Jersey with personalized service and great accounting. Now, we have expanded our service area to become ...