Retirement Plan

IRA Charitable Donations: An Alternative to Taxable Required Distributions

You can make cash donations to IRS-approved charities out of your IRA using so-called “qualified charitable distributions” (QCDs). This strategy may be advantageous for high-net-worth individuals who have reached age 70 1/2. It expired at the end of 2014, but QCDs were made permanent for 2015 and beyond under the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH)… Read more »

10 Elections That Can Save Money on Your 2015 Federal Taxes

This year’s presidential election has drawn significant attention, but the elections you make on your 2015 personal tax return can be just as important to your financial welfare. Here’s a list of 10 potential elections for individuals (including self-employed taxpayers) to consider making before tax day on April 18, 2016 (or April 19 for taxpayers… Read more »

New Law Closes Loopholes Involving Social Security Benefits

A new law closes loopholes in the Social Security rules that have allowed married couples to receive more benefits over their lifetimes by following certain strategies. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed by President Obama on November 2, 2105, shuts down loopholes that Congress said will “prevent individuals from obtaining larger benefits than Congress… Read more »

TOP 8 ACCOUNTANT MISCONCEPTIONS

When operating a small business, your focus tends to be more on how much money you are making or how many products you’re selling. Less time is being spent on basic financial functions like staying updated on government regulations or growth opportunities. All of these factors play a huge part on the success of your… Read more »

What You Should Consider When Hiring a Benefit Plan Auditor

As an employer with more than 100 participants in your employee benefit plan, your retirement plan is required to have an employee benefit plan audit. One of the most important duties you have as the plan administrator is to hire an independent qualified public accountant to perform the audit. Determining if You Need an Audit… Read more »