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How Does The New Stimulus Bill Help Small Businesses?

  In my last update, I dove into the most recently passed COVID-19 stimulus bill — Officially dubbed the American Rescue Plan — specifically reviewing the key benefits this new package provides to individuals. Now, I’m shifting gears a bit to look at what the latest stimulus bill does for small businesses. It’s no secret the pandemic has ravaged a great many businesses. Countless operations have either been significantly scaled back or shuttered altogether. And sadly,
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Tax Prep Q&A

  It’s that time of year again… The tax season is upon us! And with no indication of any reprieve — in the form of an extension on this year’s filing date — the Tax Man is looking for his due no later than April 15th. Which, of course, means it’s time to get your finances in order. But with the topsy turvy year that’s just passed us by, no one would be surprised if
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2020 Year-End Tax Planning

  The “final curtain” may not quite have fallen yet… But most appearances indicate Joe Biden is destined to be the 46th President of the United States. In my last couple of updates, I’ve covered how changes to the tax code under the Biden administration might impact your taxes. And again, “Might” is the operative word here… The President-Elect is facing a tough, uphill battle in hopes of passing ANYTHING in the Republican-controlled Senate. And
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Trump Vs. Biden… Which Candidate’s Tax Plan is Best for Your Finances?

  With less than a week left until the upcoming Presidential election, it’s nearly GO TIME for US voters! The “polls” still have Biden leading President Trump by a solid margin. But it’s worth noting that Hilary Clinton held roughly the same lead at this point in the run-up to the 2016 Presidential election. And we all know that turned out… Moreover, incumbent candidates have historically dominated elections in American politics, typically scoring victories over
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AB 5 Rules Relaxed For Writers + Musicians, New CARES Act Carry-back Extension, And Biden’s Tax Plan

  Following more than six months of sheer chaos, the world seems to be settling down a bit. Or course, concerns surrounding COVID-19, and its impact on the economy persist. But most folks are looking to regain some measure of “normality” (whatever that actually means going forward) in their personal and professional lives. In the meantime, a couple of important tax legislation revisions have emerged. And with the Presidential election looming, many are wondering what
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AB 5 Generates Unintended Consequences For Many Independent Contractors

Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) was passed by the California Legislature last year (2019) and officially took effect in January. This sweeping new legislation, which impacts the 2020 fiscal year and beyond, seeks to address what the California State Government sees as a gaping hole in the so-called “gig economy.” Outfits like Uber, Lyft, and the myriad food delivery services have all refused to grant drivers official “employee” status. Instead, insisting their legions of self-scheduling
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Additional Deductions Allowed Under the CARES Act + Is More Stimulus Funding on the Way?

  When the coronavirus crashed headlong into our world, the only thing certain, was…well…uncertainty. A sentiment you’ve no doubt heard echoed on just about every media update since mid-March. Yet now, nearly six months later, the prognosis remains…well…uncertain. Some businesses are open, while others remain closed. Some businesses are approaching full operational capacity, while others remain significantly scaled back. The rise in unemployment has slowed, but new jobless claims continue to roll in. And still,
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The Recently Passed SECURE Act Brings 4 Major Changes To Your IRA

  Greetings + Happy New Year! So, after the ball drops, and the jubilant Times Square celebration fades away, what comes next? You guessed it, a new year means new laws and changes to the tax code. And one of the tax code major changes this year directly impacts your IRA and other retirement accounts. Signed into law on December 20th, in the waning days of 2019, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement
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Obama Potential Tax Hikes after 2012

Five Types of Obama Tax Hikes President Obama’s unnecessary tax hikes break down into five categories: 1. Repeal of the 2001 and 2003 Tax Cuts for Upper-Income Families. President Obama reached an agreement with Congress in late 2010 to extend all 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for two more years, through 2012. After praising that agreement immediately after its passage, the President changed quickly back to his long-held preference of allowing those tax cuts to
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