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Little Known Successor Rule Means Big Tax Savings

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There are tax credits and savings all around us, but if you do not know what to look for or have an experienced tax adviser, you may be missing out.  One rarely known tax savings is the Successor employer rule.  The regulations can be found under IRS Code 31.3121(a)(1)-1(b), and there is a single, small paragraph that makes mention of it in Publication 15 Employer’s Tax Guide, but I will give you the rundown here.   If you have purchased or looking to purchase a business, then this is definitely one you do not want to overlook. Most employer taxes are…

Are You Getting The Credit You Deserve? Here Is a TIP.

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The Credit For Portion Of Employer Social Security Paid With Respect To Employee Cash Tips, or Excess FICA Tax Credit on Tips, for short, to be exact. If you are familiar with this tax credit, then congratulations, you are one of the few (just be sure you are not a victim to the ‘Confusions’ I point out below).  The IRS recently reported that for tax 2012 (yeah, it takes them this long to report), 66,400 taxpayers took advantage of this credit.  This quantity seemed underwhelming to me, so I did some research as to how many businesses were potential candidates. …

New Tax Credit for Employers Offering Paid Leave

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When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law back in December 2017, it included Section 45S to the IRS Code which includes a credit for employers who pay for family and medical leave.  The credit is a percentage of the amount of wages paid to a qualifying employee while on leave for up to 12 weeks per taxable year.  The minimum percentage is 12.5% and is increased by .25% for each percentage point by which the amount paid to a qualifying employee exceeds 50% of the employee’s wages, with a maximum credit of 25% (for employers that…

Hurricane Relief Law for Employers

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This past week, September 29th, President Trump signed into law the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017.  In addition to allowing early withdrawals and loans from retirement plans, deductions for casualty losses, and other personal tax considerations, there is an employment related tax credit for employers (Sec. 503) for retaining their employees during one of the three recent hurricanes; Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Qualifying businesses with locations in one of the Federal declared disaster areas can claim a tax credit for continuing to pay their employees during the time that the business was inoperable until…

Employing Family – A Potential Tax Savings

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While there are many factors to consider when hiring family members, there may be a few advantages from the payroll tax perspective.  But, only if you are aware and perform the necessary overrides in your payroll system or notify your payroll service provider. Let’s break this down into the types of family relationships as the advantages are different for each. Parent employs Child – If the child is under the age of 18 and works in their parents business, their wages are not subject to Social Security (OASDI) or Medicare taxes  This only if the business is setup a sole proprietorship…

WOTC Transition Relief

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Late last year, Congress passed what is titled the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015.   This past week, the IRS issued Notice 2016-22 which provides guidance and Transition Relief for employers claiming the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).  If you are not familiar with the WOTC, it is a tax incentive for employers to hire and retain individuals from specific target groups.  The groups include certain Veterans, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, Food Stamp recipients, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Referred Individuals, Ex-Felons, Summer Youth employees, and  effective January 1st, 2016, there is…

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Extended and Expanded

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On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Omnibus Spending Bill H.R. 2029 and the PATH Act (Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015) into law, which among other provisions, provides a five-year extension to the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program, as well as expands its scope of eligible groups. The WOTC is basically a tax incentive for employers to hire and retain individuals from specific target groups.  The groups include certain Veterans, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, Food Stamp recipients, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Referred Individuals, Ex-Felons, and Summer Youth employees.…