COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020

COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020 The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, H.R. 133 included funding for the government, extensions for expiring tax extenders, COVID tax relief under the COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020, and many more items. Passed by both the House and Senate, it was signed into law by President Trump on December…

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Identity Protection Pin Available To All Taxpayers

Identity Protection Pin Available To All Taxpayers Starting in January 2021, the IRS Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program will be expanded to all taxpayers who can properly verify their identity. Previously, IP PINs were only available to identity theft victims. What is an Identity Protection PIN? An identity protection personal identification number (IP PIN) is…

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Beware of Gift Card Tax Scams

There’s never an off-season when it comes to scammers and thieves who want to trick people to scam them out of money, steal their personal information, or talk them into engaging in questionable behavior with their taxes. While scam attempts typically peak during tax season, taxpayers need to remain vigilant all year long. For example,…

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Charitable Donation Deduction Could Lower Your Tax Bill

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted last spring, includes several temporary tax changes that help charitable organizations. One such provision allows taxpayers to deduct cash donations of up to $300 made before December 31, 2020. Designed especially for people who choose to take the standard deduction, rather than itemize. In tax-year…

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ABIP CPAs & Advisors Combines with Parr & Associates in San Antonio

 ABIP, a 100+ person firm, has officially merged in San Antonio based Parr & Associates, effective October 15th, adding their professionals to ABIP’s San Antonio office. ABIP has additional offices in Houston and Pearsall, Texas. Founded in 1993, Parr & Associates is a full-service accounting firm based in San Antonio. They deliver results-driven tax and…

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Investing in Opportunity Zones: The Facts

Investing in Opportunity Zones: The Facts The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included numerous changes for businesses and individuals. One of these was the creation of the Opportunity Zones tax incentive, the purpose of which is to spur economic development and job creation in distressed communities by providing tax benefits to investors. Which Communities Qualify…

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Year-End Tax Planning Strategies for Business Owners

Year-End Tax Planning Strategies for Business Owners Several end-of-year tax planning strategies are available to business owners that can be used to reduce their tax liability. Let’s take a look: Deferring Income Businesses using the cash method of accounting can defer income into 2021 by delaying end-of-year invoices so that payment is not received until…

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Individual Taxpayers: Year-End Tax Planning Strategies

Individual Taxpayers: Year-End Tax Planning Strategies With the end of the year fast approaching, now is the time to take a closer look at tax planning strategies you can use to minimize your tax burden for 2020. General Tax Planning Strategies General tax planning strategies for individuals include accelerating or deferring income and deductions, as…

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Tax Preparation vs. Tax Planning

Tax Preparation vs. Tax Planning Many people assume tax planning is the same as tax preparation, but the two are quite different. Let’s take a closer look: What is Tax Preparation? Tax preparation is the process of preparing and filing a tax return. Generally, it is a one-time event that culminates in signing your return…

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Pandemic Diaries: Providing Liquidity Through Divestitures

By Michael Lovell Typically, businesses have a life cycle and transition through phases, from initial launch through maturity. The coronavirus has impacted the economy in such a manner that even industries that have traditionally been resilient to economic duress have had to react to stay afloat. But, just as a business maturing through the various…

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Unlocking Value – Quality of Earnings Reports

Progressive Thinking Webinar Series Unlocking Value – Quality of Earnings Reports Strategic Considerations for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Watch this event to understand the most significant financial tool for evaluating proposed transactions or financings – Quality of Earnings (QoE) Reports. This is a great opportunity for business owners, CFOs, controllers, or other similar financial executives.…

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Preparing for a Successful Retirement

Preparing for a Successful Retirement As you approach retirement, it’s vital that you pay attention to several important financial matters to ensure a smooth transition. Here are five of them: 1. Health Insurance Are you among the lucky few who will continue to be covered after retirement? If not, then you’ll need to replace your…

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The Home Office Deduction

The Home Office Deduction With more people working from home than ever before, taxpayers may be wondering if they can claim a home office deduction when they file their 2020 tax return next year. The short answer is that self-employed taxpayers who use their home for business may be able to deduct expenses for the…

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Tax Considerations When Hiring Household Help

Tax Considerations When Hiring Household Help If you employ someone to work for you around your house, it is important to consider the tax implications of this type of 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…

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