Late last month, the California Supreme Court made headlines when it adopted a new test to determine whether a worker should be considered an independent contractor or an employee. This distinction is an important one; California labor law protects the rights of workers deemed to be employees by enforcing wage and hour requirements, and by upholding anti-discrimination laws. Independent contractors are not offered these same protections.
You probably felt relieved after you filed your 2017 income tax return (or filed for an extension). However, if your office is now littered with years’ worth of tax returns, canceled checks, receipts and other financial records (or you are drowning in equivalent computer files and tax-related data), you most likely are ready to dispose of what you can. These retention guidelines will help you as you purge.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) contains several modifications that impact tax breaks for employee benefits. The adjustments include four negatives and one positive; they will affect both the employees and the businesses providing the benefits.
Classifying those you employ as independent contractors — rather than employees — may save your company money and offer other benefits, too. However, the IRS has their eyes peeled, watching for companies who do this improperly in order to bypass taxes and employee benefit obligations.
These are several important tax-related deadlines for businesses and other employers occurring in 2018’s second quarter. Be advised that this list isn’t all-inclusive — you may have other deadlines specific to your company. If you want more information about the filing requirements, please call us at 949-860-9902 or click here to contact us. We can also make certain that you meet all deadlines that apply.
A significant section of society now belongs to the “sandwich generation,” a group who takes care of both their children and also their parents. Part of this group must offer financial assistance to parents, too. Because of these adaptations, the definition of estate planning has morphed from providing primarily for one’s children to also include aging parents.
Business hiring increased in 2017, and more is planned for 2018. If you are hiring this year, you may be eligible for the Work Opportunity tax credit (WOTC), should your hires consist of members of a “target group.” If the hires you made in 2017 qualify (and you got the appropriate certification), you can claim the WOTC on your 2017 tax return.
One simple way to reduce your taxable estate is to gift assets to loved ones. What’s not as straightforward is determining whether or not you need to file Form 709, the federal gift tax return. Read on to figure out if you need to file this form before the April 17 deadline.
The new tax law has significantly changed much of the tax code including reduction in value or elimination of tax deductions and credits, enhanced depreciation rules and even new income deductions for certain business owners. While tax reform does impact the federal tax code, many businesses, especially those in construction, may be unsure how the changes will impact them.
The changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) for 2018 through 2025 will lower individual income tax rates on the whole, but your income tax liability will not automatically go down with it. The TCJA changes involve some tax break expansions while other breaks are reduced or eliminated.