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Sarah J. Fischer, CPA | Business Meals, Travel, Entertainment Expenses | Dalby Wendland & Co. | CPAs & Business Advisors | Colorado

Business Meals, Travel, and Entertainment Expenses

When owners, managers and salespeople attend trade shows, call on customers or evaluate suppliers, they may incur meal, travel and entertainment expenses. Many of these expenses may be deductible if they’re properly substantiated, but some of the rules have changed under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Entertainment Expenses No Longer Deductible Business “entertainment” […]

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Rules of Deducting Business Losses

Sole proprietorships and pass-through entity structures, which include partnerships, S corporations and certain limited liability companies (LLCs), provide owners with some valuable tax benefits, such as avoidance of double taxation and the potential ability to deduct losses from the business on their individual tax returns. However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has placed […]

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Little Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf | The big bad kiddie tax | Dalby Wendland & Co. | CPAs & Business Advisors | Grand Junction CO | Glenwood Springs CO | Montrose CO

The Kiddie Tax

The “kiddie tax” name sounds cute, but it is not what it may seem. Changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) makes the tax more serious and now, children with unearned income could wind up in a tax bracket higher than that of their parents. However, the TCJA also created new opportunities […]

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family business owners planning estate tax issues

Estate Tax Relief for Family Businesses

Fewer people currently are subject to transfer taxes than ever before. But gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes continue to place a burden on families with significant amounts of wealth tied up in illiquid closely held businesses, including farms. Fortunately, Internal Revenue Code Section 6166 provides some relief, allowing the estates of family business […]

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business office building

Tangible Property Repair vs. Improvement

Did you repair your business property or improve it? Repairs to tangible property, such as buildings, machinery, equipment or vehicles, can provide businesses a valuable current tax deduction — as long as the so-called repairs weren’t actually “improvements.” The costs of incidental repairs and maintenance can be immediately expensed and deducted on the current year’s […]

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Jennifer Wright, Enrolled Agent | Rules of the Home Office Deduction | Dalby Wendland & Co. | CPAs | Business Advisors | Grand Junction CO | Glenwood Springs CO | Montrose CO

Rules of the Home Office Deduction

Working from home has its perks. You can skip the commute, wear comfy clothing, keep a more flexible schedule, and you might even save money on your tax return. The home office deduction can save you a bundle, if you meet the tax law qualifications. The home office deduction is available for homeowners and renters, […]

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Tax Cuts Jobs Act (TCJA) 2019 | Understanding the TCJA Limit on Interest Expense | Dalby Wendland & Co. | CPAs | Business Advisors | Grand Junction CO | Glenwood Springs CO | Montrose CO

Understanding the TCJA Limit on Interest Expense Deductions

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) introduced a variety of tax benefits for businesses, including  slashing corporate income tax rates, temporarily reducing individual rates, and it established a new 20% deduction for certain pass-through income. However, the TCJA also placed limits on several tax breaks, including the amount for the interest expense deduction. Small […]

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Financial Reporting: Measuring Fair Value

Business assets are generally reported at the lower of cost or market value. Under this accounting principle, certain assets are reported at fair value, such as asset retirement obligations and derivatives. Fair value also comes into play in M&A transactions. That is, if one company acquires another, the buyer must allocate the purchase price of […]

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