Constructive Dividends in St Petersburg Florida

Reclassifying Business Expenses as “Constructive Dividends”

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To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your field of business. A necessary expense is one that’s helpful and appropriate for your business. The IRS sometimes challenges deductions...
Underperforming in St Petersburg Florida

Underperforming Employees May Be Salvageable

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It’s easy to spot underperformance, but correcting it is a different matter. The fact is, effectively managing your workforce, especially problem employees, just doesn’t come naturally to most people. Here’s some guidance to potentially help turn around an...
Growth in St Petersburg Florida

5 growth strategies for today’s businesses

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It’s probably safe to say that nearly every business owner wants his or her company to grow. The question is: How? As you ponder your company’s ideal strategic direction, here are five common business growth strategies to consider: Creating and delivering new products and...
Onboarding in St Petersburg Florida

Give Employees a Running Start with a Strong Onboarding Program

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Your new hire may be thrilled to have secured a job with your company. But most likely, he or she will still be nervous at the outset. More than that, the first few weeks on the job is a time of vulnerability, presenting hazards both for the new employee and for your...
Before in St Petersburg Florida

Cohabitation: What You Should Know Before the Movers Arrive

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For many people, the federal home sale gain exclusion is the single most valuable tax break available. But if you’re getting divorced and selling a home, you may need to plan ahead to take advantage of the tax break. If you’re unmarried, you can potentially sell a...
Communications in St Petersburg Florida

Can You Monitor Your Employees’ Communications?

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Employers have many reasons to monitor employee communications from time to time, including staying out of legal trouble. For example, if any kind of illegal discrimination or employee harassment is going on, and you allow it to continue by ignoring possible evidence of its...
Green in St Petersburg Florida

Green Tax Breaks: Are You Claiming All the Credits You Deserve?

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In recent years, the IRS has offered “green” tax credits to individuals who purchase qualifying residential energy-efficient equipment and certain electric vehicles. Some of these breaks expired at the end of 2016. But others are still ripe for the taking in 2017 and...
Professional in St Petersburg Florida

Real estate investor vs. professional: Why it matters

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Income and losses from investment real estate or rental property are passive by definition — unless you’re a real estate professional. Why does this matter? Passive income may be subject to the 3.8% net investment income tax (NIIT), and passive losses generally are deductible...
Spouse in St Petersburg Florida

Reviewing the innocent spouse relief rules

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Married couples don’t always agree — and taxes are no exception. In certain cases, an “innocent” spouse can apply for relief from the responsibility of paying tax, interest and penalties arising from a spouse’s (or former spouse’s) improperly handled tax return. Although it isn’t...
IRD in St Petersburg Florida

Watch out for IRD issues when inheriting money

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Once a relatively obscure concept, income in respect of a decedent (IRD) can create a surprisingly high tax bill for those who inherit certain types of property, such as IRAs or other retirement plans. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize or even eliminate the IRD tax bite....