Twenty-five years ago, the IRS e-file system became operational nationwide. For the most part, it's been a secure system that protects taxpayers' information, but there have certainly been some bungles -- the latest being the subject of a lawsuit recently filed against the IRS and IRS Commissioner John A. Koskinen.
Most people think of an estate plan as just a way to specify end-of-life wishes and divvy up personal possessions among heirs. These are both important functions, but a well-written estate plan does more than that. Notably, it can reduce the chances that family and loved ones will end up in a dispute over inheritance rights.
One tax issue that can be a big one for businesses are deductions. There are a wide range of different deductions that tax law allows businesses to claim. Deduction matters can have a big impact on what a business' overall tax liability is.
From raising money to help feed hungry children to funding cancer research, many Americans have a certain cause in which they believe and want to support both during their life and after they pass. For these individuals, a charitable remainder trust provides important benefits and tax incentives that help to not only benefit a specific charity and cause, but can also provide a future income stream for oneself, a spouse and surviving heirs.
In our last post, we began a discussion about business expense deductions. If you're a small business owner, you may have struggled with this issue in the past (or are struggling with it right now). Perhaps the most confusing deductions are those involving expenses and property that are put to both business use and personal use.
If you own a business or are trying to start one, you have probably realized the legal regulations that business owners must abide by are often complex and confusing. Tax compliance alone is complicated enough to make you rethink your decision to be an entrepreneur.