What to do if you get audited

Audited No one looks forward to a letter from the taxman requesting a closer look at the books. If you’ve received an audit letter – an official request by the tax authority to review your accounts and confirm your taxes have been paid to date – don’t panic. Prepare and call us. These four steps will help you get through the process with minimal stress and the best possible outcome.…  Read more

Restaurant Qualified Improvements

  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was passed late last year repealed the qualified retail, restaurant and leasehold improvement rules and replaced them with a new qualified improvement property acquired and placed in service after 12/31/2017 and before 12/31/2022. Qualified improvement property consists of interior modifications to commercial property (except elevators, escalators and enlargements). Prior laws enabled write offs for much of the improvements to a space which…  Read more

Changing Accounting Methods

August 3, 2018 the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2018-40 regarding changing accounting methods because of last year’s Jobs Act.  This is another attempt to simplify the lives of small business taxpayers.  Unfortunately, it is complicated before it gets simpler. Who is eligible?  Taxpayers with average revenues for the 3 prior years of $25 million or less that are currently using the accrual method accounting may change back to the cash…  Read more

Federal Tax Withholding for 2018

Federal Tax Withholding for 2018 – In late 2017 Congress passed a major tax bill which resulted in lower Federal taxes for many Americans.  When we reviewed taxes with our 2017 clients, we offered the warning “don’t spend it, ’cause they will want it back”.  In February of this year, the IRS changed their withholding tables and mostly reduced the amount of tax being withheld from paychecks.  The intention was…  Read more

Minnesota K-12 Tax Benefits

K-12 Education Credit For parents, it’s almost time to start back-to-school shopping. Most school supplies could qualify for valuable K-12 tax benefits on your 2018 Minnesota income tax returns. Do not forget to save your school supply receipts. “Each year, parents invest in their children’s education by purchasing school supplies,” said Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly. “Keeping the receipts for these purchases can help parents save when it comes time to file…  Read more

Minnesota Sales Tax

Minnesota will require remote sellers and Marketplace Providers facilitating sales into Minnesota to collect sales tax no later than October 1, 2018 ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Revenue will require remote sellers and Marketplace Providers facilitating sales into Minnesota to begin collecting sales tax no later than October 1, 2018. Remote Sellers Minnesota law requires all sellers to collect sales or use tax to the extent allowed under the United…  Read more

Internet Sales Tax

Sales Tax Issues In a case with nationwide ramifications, on June 21st the US Supreme Court overturned the old Quill corporation decision in the case of South Dakota versus Wayfair, which will now allow individual states to attempt to collect sales tax from out-of-state sellers, such as online and website sales. Since 1967, remote vendors without a physical presence in a state could not be forced to collect sales tax. In…  Read more

  IRS Unveils Draft Form 1040 ‘Postcard’ But Critics Are Not Impressed The new Form 1040 released by the Treasury Department this week meet the administration’s promise of a smaller “postcard style” tax form, but skepticism remains on whether the revisions are a meaningful step toward tax simplification. A draft version of the 2018 Form 1040, available here, reduces the number of line-items from 79 to 23 and shortens it from two…  Read more

Business mileage log requirements

F Recent Court Case Illustrates that a contemporaneous mileage log is required.  • Edwards, T.C. Memo. 2018-44 Written contemporaneous mileage logs are a requirement to claim a deduction for business mileage. The taxpayer’s job required him to respond to emergencies, such as floods and hurricanes that could adversely affect the state’s transportation system. He was responsible for supervising communications and for assigning personnel and equipment to disaster locations.  For a…  Read more

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 On February 9, 2018, the President signed into law H.R. 1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which extends federal funding for the government. The law also contains a number of tax provisions, including the extension of a number of provisions that had expired as of the end of 2016. These changes affect the preparation of 2017 tax returns.  This may delay filing of returns until the IRS…  Read more

Is it better to buy or lease a company vehicle?

If you need a car to operate your business, you may wonder whether it makes more sense to purchase or lease. On the one hand, if your business owns the car you’ll have a long-term asset and may qualify for more tax deductions. On the other hand, buying a car is a huge expense and monthly lease payments tend to be lower than car loan payments; they may also be…  Read more

Year End Taxes – 2017

A new Tax Bill was introduced in early December and we can be sure of at least one thing: future tax rates are going to change. Because this is a year-end 2017 letter, our guidance in this letter is aimed at 2017 tax planning rather than predicting 2018, but one thing we are pretty sure of is that tax rates will be lower in 2018. The general guidance for most…  Read more

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