• Comps for Your Home & Comps for Your Business

    October 26, 2018

    The Market Approach is commonly used by business valuation experts to determine value. The basis for the approach is similar to residential real estate appraisers using “comps” to determine a home’s value. This blog post will look at how the Market Approach is used to value businesses as well as the strengths and potential shortcomings of the approach.

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  • Do You Qualify for a 20% Deduction on Your Qualified Business Income?

    October 22, 2018

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) passed late in 2017 introduced a new deduction for business owners. Individuals who own and/or operate qualified business activities can deduct up to 20% of their qualified business income.

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  • How Much is Your Business Truly Valued At?

    October 17, 2018

    When comparing two companies, it may seem very logical that a business that makes more money is worth more than another business with smaller earnings.  However, business’ are often exceedingly complex and need to be examined in greater detail.  

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  • How to Start Your Succession Planning in the Construction Industry

    October 8, 2018

    Succession planning is a key factor when you are a business owner. At some point as a business owner you will have to pass down the legacy. This task might be easier for some than others, but each owner will have to face the inevitable. Starting this plan early on into your business career will help make for an easier transition when the time eventually comes. It will also help assess the short and long-term development needs of the company.

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  • Senior Citizens Form 1040SR

    October 1, 2018

    Part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA) included issuing Form 1040SR, which would be made available to any individual who is 65 years or older. In the past tax compliance has not been easy for these individuals. Seniors age 65 and older are not eligible to use Form 1040EZ. They could file Form 1040A, but may not find relief in filing this as there is a $100,000 cap on taxable income and there are prohibitions on itemized deductions from the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. You may be asking yourself, what is Form 1040SR? The Form 1040SR is similar to Form 1040EZ, except it is exclusive for seniors 65 years and older. Those taxpayers can still use other forms however, the Form 1040SR is just another option.

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  • Are You Double Checking Your Paycheck?

    September 18, 2018

    With the tax changes that are now in place for 2018, the IRS is encouraging taxpayers to review their individual tax situations and to check and adjust their withholding, if needed. In other words, “a paycheck checkup.” Checking and adjusting withholding can help prevent an unexpected tax bill this upcoming April.

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  • Online Shopping Changes as we Know It

    August 8, 2018

    Have you ever gone online shopping and realized you were never charged sales tax on the items you purchased? To this day states make it so unclear whether or not an online company has a requirement to collect and remit sales tax. However, a recent Supreme Court case has changed online shopping as we know it.

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  • New York State Responds to Federal Tax Reform (Part 2) – Decoupling from the Federal Tax Code

    August 1, 2018

    We released Part One covering New York State’s Response to Federal Tax Reform at the end of May. You can find that post here. In this post we are digging deeper into New York State’s thoughts on decoupling from the Federal Tax Code to protect New York State Taxpayers from Tax increases.

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  • IRS Clarifies Estate and Non-grantor Trust Expenses not Subject to Miscellaneous Itemized Deduction Suspension

    July 25, 2018

    In Notice 2018-61, the IRS and Treasury Department stated that they intend to issue Regulations clarifying which items estates and non-grantor trusts will still be able to deduct. Under the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act “TCJA,” miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2% of adjusted gross income floor have been suspended and can no longer be deducted in individual income tax returns.

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  • Merger & Acquisition Boom Under the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

    July 19, 2018

    Merger and acquisition activity in the first half of 2018 in the United States was the highest it has ever been according to data from Thomson Reuters as reported by Axios in this article. Although there are a number of factors that contributed to this M&A boom, the impact of the TCJA has provided an acquisition-friendly tax landscape for businesses to operate. On top of the highly publicized drop in the corporate tax rate to 21%, subtle changes to the bonus depreciation rules could be an even bigger driver of merger and acquisition activity.

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