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Concern Over IRS Guidance on Presidential Order Deferring Payroll Tax

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Sep 1, 2020 4:56:19 PM

On Aug. 8, President Donald Trump issued a memorandum on deferring payroll tax obligations in light of the ongoing COVID-19 Disaster, which directed the Treasury Department to suspend collection of the employee portion of Social Security taxes from Sept. 1 through the end of 2020.

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Topics: Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, deductions, taxes, IRS, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Don't Panic if You Received a Tax Notice from the IRS or State of Ohio

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Aug 21, 2020 9:31:32 AM

Over the past few weeks, we have received dozens of calls from clients, who have received tax notices from both the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Ohio.

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Topics: Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, tax, taxes, IRS

IRS Clarifies 90-Day Payment Relief

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Mar 18, 2020 5:21:06 PM

On March 18, the Internal Revenue Service provided clarification to special payment relief for individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak.

For individual returns, income tax payment deadlines with a due date of April 15, 2020, are automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due.

This payment relief applies to all individual returns, including self-employed individuals, and all entities other than C-Corporations, such as trusts or estates. The IRS will automatically provide this relief to taxpayers. Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this relief.

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Topics: tax services, Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Taxes - Individual, tax, taxes, income tax, Zinner & Co., Coronavirus, Treasury Department, COVID-19, Deferring Tax Payments

IRS Deferring Tax Payments by 90 Days

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Mar 18, 2020 9:29:28 AM

Tax Deadline Remains April 15

While taxpayers still have to file their taxes by April 15, 2020, the deadline to pay taxes has been extended by 90 days until July 15, 2020.

During a March 17th press conference regarding the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced taxpayers will have an additional 90-days through July 15, 2020 to pay their taxes, penalty-free and interest-free. 

He said individual taxpayers can defer up to $1 million of tax payments and corporations up to $10 million in tax payments.

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Topics: tax services, Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Taxes - Individual, tax, taxes, IRS, Coronavirus, Treasury Department, Steven Mnuchin, COVID-19, Deferring Tax Payments

The Benefits of Filing a Tax Extension

Posted by Brett W. Neate, CPA, MTax on Feb 6, 2020 8:43:00 AM

One of the most common tax-related misconceptions is that filing a tax extension increases your risk of a tax audit. 

This longstanding myth is simply not true, as filing a tax extension can statistically decrease the risk of an audit.

In addition to statistically decreasing the risk of an audit, there is also one other benefit to extending a tax return.

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Topics: tax services, Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Taxes - Individual, tax, taxes, income tax

Plan for Tax Season

Posted by Brett W. Neate, CPA, MTax on Jan 30, 2020 9:13:00 AM

Many individuals may think the time to plan for tax season occurs during the tax season, which occurs after their tax year has ended.

Unfortunately, this is often too late to make any adjustments, which may have benefited the taxpayer.  

Similarly, businesses can also fall into this line of thinking and fail to plan for tax season during their tax year.

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Topics: tax services, Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Taxes - Individual, tax, taxes, income tax, tax avoidance

Extensions are not an Invitation for an Audit

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Jan 24, 2020 12:52:05 PM

Due to many changes in the tax law under numerous tax acts that have been implemented over the past decade, including delay in the issuance of tax forms needed to complete individual income tax returns, the compression of the tax preparation and filing season has become even more severe. 

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Topics: Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Taxes - Individual, taxes

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

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