Lowdown on Transportation Fringe Benefits - Path Act Equalizes Tax Free Amounts

Employers may provide ways to make it easier for employees to commute back and forth from work. Now the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act) has equalized the three main tax-free benefits for transportation, beginning in 2016. This relates to mass transit passes, commuter highway vehicle expenses and qualified parking fees.

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What's Your Small Business Worth? How to Value Business Interests

It is often difficult to put a price tag on a company that is not publicly traded. For instance, the value of a family-owned business will typically exceed the total value of the hard assets such as equipment and inventory. In addition, assigning a value to intangible assets such as goodwill is a difficult proposition at best.

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The Rules for PALs Are Not Friendly - Maximize tax benefits for passive activities

Do you own investment real estate—say, an apartment building—that you rent out to tenants? Real estate can be a valuable and reliable source of income. Of course, the rental income is subject to tax, but the resulting tax liability may be offset by deductible expenses. In some cases, you might even qualify for a loss.

However, there is another wrinkle in the tax law. The loss may be disallowed under the passive activity loss (PAL) rules.

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Five Big Tax Penalties to Avoid - Cut your tax bill down to size

Paying income tax is bad enough, but insult is added to injury if you are assessed any tax penalties. There are numerous no-nos for individuals and small-business owners to avoid, but here are five of the major offenses in the tax code.

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How to Bridge the Retirement Gap - Making up lost ground quickly

What is your greatest financial fear? For some people, it is outliving their retirement savings. Besides the inherent volatility of economic markets and concerns about the viability of Social Security in the future, you may not have been able to save enough to secure a comfortable retirement. As things stand now, you may be afraid you will face a retirement “gap.”

But all is not lost. First piece of advice: Don’t panic. Even if retirement is imminent, you may be able to make up lost ground quickly or take other steps to protect yourself. Next, here are several practical ideas to consider.

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