When you hire a nanny, housekeeper or other domestic worker, pay close attention to the tax rules. The laws related to domestic workers are confusing and poorly understood, but ignoring them can land you in hot water—even decades from now. Over the years, there have been news stories about political appointees and others who got… Continue reading

Do you owe self-employment (SE) tax on nonwage income that you collect only occasionally or in a one-off circumstance? Some sources of income may not be subject to the dreaded SE tax. Here’s what you should know if you earn income from “irregular” sources. What Is SE Tax? SE tax is the way the U.S.Treasury… Continue reading

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are a tax-smart way to cover an individual’s uninsured medical expenses. Your business can set up HSAs for qualifying employees. Then the business can fully or partially fund the accounts or let employees fund them with salary-reduction contributions. While it’s too late to add HSAs to your benefits package for 2019,… Continue reading

It’s hard to believe 2019 is almost over! It’s been a busy year in many sectors, often forcing small business owners to put tax planning on the back burner while they’ve tended to daily business operations. But procrastinate no longer. Consider the following moves to lower your 2019 business tax bill before ringing in the… Continue reading

Reducing your current-year adjusted gross income (AGI) is usually a tax-smart idea. Here are ten ways to reduce your AGI (and modified AGI) over the short and long run. Closeup on AGI AGI equals all taxable income items minus selected deductions for such items as deductible IRA and retirement plan contributions and alimony payments required… Continue reading

Is your business part of the global economy? If not, it may be losing out on some revenue- and value-building opportunities. However, “going global” obviously isn’t as simple as snapping your fingers and tapping into new markets. And it isn’t necessarily right for every business. Here are several challenges the international marketplace can bring, along… Continue reading

A new final rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) clarifies some of the ins and outs of multiple employer plans (MEPs). These are defined contribution retirement plans—such as 401(k) plans—that are sponsored by an association or employer group on behalf of member employers. Clarifying the Rules Existing DOL rules already allow MEPs to… Continue reading