Monthly Archives: December 2015

Will your employees stay after the holidays?

A survey of employees and human resources professionals showed that what employees want and what the professionals think they want may not be the same. According to the survey, one in three employees is looking for a new job. Reasons include salary levels and lack of a clear career path. If employee retention is a problem at your company, perhaps… (more…)

Need money to pay bills? Raiding your 401(k) is not a good idea

When you’re short of cash, raiding your 401(k) plan may seem like a good idea. Here are two reasons why it isn’t. Penalties and taxes. If you’re not at least 59½ years old, you’ll be hit with a 10% penalty for early withdrawals except in certain limited cases, and the money you withdraw will be taxed at your regular tax… (more…)

Are you 65 or older? Include these tax breaks in year-end planning

Celebrate your 65th birthday with federal income tax benefits. Here are some of the breaks available once you reach age 65. Higher standard deduction. Your standard deduction is the sum of the basic standard deduction plus an additional standard deduction if you are age 65 or older at the end of the tax year. You are considered to be 65… (more…)

Make use of your 2015 gift tax exclusion

This year you can give up to $14,000 to as many individuals as you want without any gift tax liability. If you’re married and your spouse joins in the gift, you can, as a couple, elect to give $28,000 to each person with no gift tax liability. Once December 31, 2015, has come and gone, your 2015 gift tax exclusion… (more…)

Tax planning is good for corporations too

If you own a calendar-year corporation, you can benefit from planning moves you make before December 31. For example, corporations can accelerate or defer income or deductions to stay within a certain tax bracket. You’ll also want to look at your corporate alternative minimum tax exposure to determine whether you qualify for an exception to the tax. Finally, reviewing estimated… (more…)