Monthly Archives: November 2015

Turn your part-time employees into winners

Part-time employees play a valuable role in a small business. They help deal with fluctuations in workload and can job-share with full-timers. In addition, because part-timers often look for flexibility in hours, you may find a skilled worker whose schedule fits perfectly with existing staff. But part-timers can turn into a liability if not managed well. You could end up… (more…)

Decide when to start social security benefits

Whether you should take social security retirement benefits at the earliest possible date or defer benefits until reaching normal retirement age (or even age 70), depends on several factors. For example, you’ll want to consider your overall health and life expectancy, your plans to earn income before reaching normal retirement age, anticipated returns on your other investments, and, surprisingly, your… (more…)

Get ready for the “Cadillac” tax

The 2010 Affordable Care Act added a 40% excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health insurance (sometimes called “Cadillac” plans). “High-cost” means plans with an annual cost of more than $10,200 for an individual and $27,500 for a family. Beginning in 2018, the tax applies to the amount above that limit. The tax is assessed annually, and is permanent, nondeductible, and… (more…)

Law Revises Due Dates for 2016 Returns

The Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 changed due dates for some 2016 federal business returns (the ones you’ll file in 2017). Here’s a sample of the changes: Partnerships (Form 1065) – 2½ months after the close of the tax year. For calendar-year partnerships, that means a due date of March 15. C corporations (Form… (more…)