As a way to cut costs, more organizations are replacing their company-paid benefits with voluntary benefits. However, choosing (or negotiating) the wrong voluntary benefits plan can result in extra fees, added paperwork and push-back from employees. Here are five key questions to ask when shopping for voluntary benefits:
Small Business Tax Deduction Strategies
Section 179 vehicles should be a key part of your small business tax deduction strategies. Can Section 179 property fit in with your business tax strategies?
Let Business Management Daily help you get each and every rental property depreciation credit and business tax deduction you’re entitled to.
Confused about the 65% COBRA subsidy provision that was included in the big federal stimulus package approved in February? You’re not alone. In an effort to clarify things, the IRS has published new information on its web site to help employers claim the credit for COBRA medical premiums they pay for former employees.
It’s not enough if you pay your income tax to Uncle Sam, it’s also a question of when the tax is paid. You could be assessed an “estimated tax” interest charge penalty if you don’t fork over the required tax in a timely fashion. Fortunately, you can avoid any penalties if you qualify under one of three safe-harbor methods. The new economic stimulus law eases one of these safe harbors for qualified small business owners.
If you die with most of your retirement funds intact, your family could get walloped by estate tax on top of a hefty income tax bill for required plan distributions. Strategy: Use retirement plan funds to buy life insurance. When you die, the life insurance benefits are tax-free to the beneficiaries. They can use the cash to pay off their tax bills and pocket the rest.
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Q. I work for a nonprofit agency. We plan to start using an agency credit card. We need a policy that covers who can use the card and when, plus some other things I haven’t thought of yet. What should the policy include?
The economic recovery and stimulus bill President Obama signed Feb. 17 features several provisions affecting HR. Most require federal agencies to write new administrative rules, so it’s difficult to predict now exactly how they will work on an everyday basis. Here are some key provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Q. Payroll taxes are hurting our bottom line. May I convert part-time bookkeepers to "1099" employees?
Some employers unknowingly misclassify some of their employees as independent contractors. In doing so, they risk suffering severe consequences. By becoming familiar with the following tests, you minimize the chances of misclassifying an employee.
President Obama’s budget outline is casting a long shadow over tax planning. Although the proposed tax changes generally would not take effect until 2011, upper-income individuals and businesses would shoulder the brunt of the burden.