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States Fail to Overturn SALT Deduction Caps

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Oct 8, 2019 3:12:43 PM


In a blow to several high-tax states, a federal judge has upheld a key provision of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction cap.

Under the TCJA, congress placed a cap on the amount taxpayers could claim on their Schedule A for state and local taxes.

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Topics: Taxes - Individual, taxes, IRS, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, SALT

The 6 Business Expenses Every Small Business Should Monitor

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Aug 20, 2019 5:14:00 AM

Running a small business can be challenging. Owners must always strike a balance between having the tools they need to run the business and controlling expenses.

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Topics: expenses, payroll, Business - Management, Issues & Concerns, taxes, Insurance, SMB

Ask the Expert: I need help for my small business. Should I pay someone as an independent (1099) contractor or hire them as a part-time employee?

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Jun 18, 2019 6:41:00 AM

Using a contractor can be an attractive option that allows you to scale hours up or down as needed. This can be significantly cheaper too, since you do not have to provide them with benefits or vacations. But before you pull the trigger on utilizing an independent contractor, you should know that the IRS takes intentional misclassification of contractors very seriously. The IRS understands the financial incentives to using 1099 contractors and they know the temptation exists to classify a worker as a contractor when you truly view and treat them as an employee.

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Topics: Employee or Independent Contractor, employment, taxes

Lessons from this Tax Season

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Apr 30, 2019 7:22:52 AM

Well…it’s over.  This year’s individual tax return filing deadline has come and gone.  As the dust settles and we take stock of this year’s tax season, a few trends have appeared.

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Topics: deductions, taxes, income tax, IRS, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

IRS Changing Process for Applying for an EIN

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Apr 1, 2019 9:21:00 AM

As the responsible party on employer identification number (EIN) applications, effective May 13, 2019, the IRS will only accept EIN applications from individual taxpayers who have either a Social Security number or individual taxpayer identification number.

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Topics: taxes, IRS

IRS Offers Relief for Underpayment and Under-Withholding Penalties for More Taxpayers

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Apr 1, 2019 6:43:45 AM

On Friday, March 22, 2019, the Treasury and IRS announced they have lowered the withholding underpayment penalty threshold to 80%. This means that taxpayers who were 80% or less under-withheld on their income tax withholding or quarterly tax payments may qualify for relief.

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Topics: tax services, taxes, income tax, IRS, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

10 Steps to Take to Get Ready for Tax Season

Posted by Barbara Theofilos, CPA, MBA on Feb 4, 2019 9:41:00 AM

This year’s tax season is going to be different. The new tax laws that took effect for 2018 represent the biggest changes to the tax code in over 30 years. So if you haven’t thought about preparing your taxes for 2018, you’ll want to get a jump on it.

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Topics: taxes, income tax, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

What Will the Government Shutdown Mean to Your Tax Return?

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Jan 8, 2019 1:20:22 PM

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the battle between the President and Congress over funding for a southern border wall. The government “shutdown” created by the impasse has created a lot of uncertainty about many government-provided services.

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Topics: Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Individual, taxes, IRS, Shutdown


Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Dec 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

What’s IRMAA? 

IRMAA stands for Income-related Monthly Adjustment Rate, and it is a monthly surcharge levied on high-income retirees as an adjustment to the fee they pay for Medicare Parts B and D coverage.
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Topics: taxes, Medicare

Important Tax Dates and Deadlines for 2019

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Dec 6, 2018 7:10:00 AM

Well, 2019 is right around the corner, and before you know it important tax-related deadlines will be upon us. Due to changes in the tax code created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) we highly recommend you allow extra time in gathering required information for the 2018 tax season.

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Topics: taxes, income tax, planning


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