Financial Cents

January 10, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Paying Taxes on Household Help

If you employ someone to work for you around your house, it is important to consider the tax implications of this arrangement. While many people disregard the need to pay taxes on household employees, they do so at the risk of paying stiff tax penalties down the road. As you will see, the rules for […]

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January 3, 2017 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Tax Changes for 2017: A Checklist

Welcome, 2017! As the New Year rolls around, it’s always a sure bet that there will be changes to current tax law and 2017 is no different. From health savings accounts to tax rate schedules and standard deductions, here’s a checklist of tax changes to help you plan the year ahead. Individuals For 2017, more […]

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December 22, 2016 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Employee or Independent Contractor – Which is it?

If you hire someone for a long-term, full-time project or a series of projects that are likely to last for an extended period, you must pay special attention to the difference between independent contractors and employees. Why It Matters The Internal Revenue Service and state regulators scrutinize the distinction between employees and independent contractors because […]

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December 12, 2016 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

2016 Recap: Tax Provisions for Businesses

Whether you file as a corporation or sole proprietor here’s what business owners need to know about tax changes for 2016. Standard Mileage Rates The standard mileage rates in 2016 are as follows: 54 cents per business mile driven, 19 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, and 14 cents per mile driven […]

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December 5, 2016 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

2016 Tax Provisions for Individuals: A Review

Many of the tax changes affecting individuals and businesses for 2016 were related to the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH) that modified or made permanent numerous tax breaks (the so-called “tax extenders”). To further complicate matters, some provisions were only extended through 2016 and are set to expire at the end […]

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December 1, 2016 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

The Overtime Rule: What Employers Need to Know

UPDATE: On November 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking the enforcement of the Overtime Rule, that was to have gone into effect on December 1, 2016. The injunction is not a final decision; rather it means that it preserves the status quo. As such, employers are not required to […]

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November 16, 2016 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Year-End Tax Planning for Businesses

There are a number of end of year tax planning strategies that businesses can use to reduce their tax burden for 2016. Here are a few of them: Deferring Income Businesses using the cash method of accounting can defer income into 2017 by delaying end-of-year invoices so payment is not received until 2017. Businesses using […]

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November 3, 2016 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals

Tax planning strategies for individuals this year include postponing income and accelerating deductions, as well as careful consideration of timing related investments, charitable gifts, and retirement planning. General tax planning strategies that taxpayers might consider include the following: Sell any investments on which you have a gain or loss this year. For more on this, […]

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October 24, 2016 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Eight Ways Children Lower your Taxes

Got kids? They may have an impact on your tax situation. If you have children, here are eight tax credits and deductions that can help lower your tax burden. Dependents: In most cases, a child can be claimed as a dependent in the year they were born. Be sure to let the office know if […]

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October 17, 2016 | Juanita Farmer, CPA

Cash Flow Management: the Secret to Success

Cash flow is the lifeblood of any small business. Some business experts even say that a healthy cash flow is more important than your business’s ability to deliver its goods and services. While that might seem counterintuitive, consider this: if you fail to satisfy a customer and lose that customer’s business, you can always work […]

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