Monthly Archives: February 2016

Three Positive Steps to Financial Well-Being

While you’re gathering information to prepare your 2015 tax return, set aside time for a financial review. Here are steps to get started. Compile a year-end list of your assets and debts and compare the list to last year. Are you gaining or losing ground? What actions can you take to improve your financial situation in 2016? Review your insurance.… (more…)

Do you know who you’re giving to?

Many charities use your donations wisely. Unfortunately, others spend too much of your contribution on fundraising and administrative expenses. Some even misrepresent themselves and solicit your money for phony causes. In today’s world, investigating a charity before you make a donation is wise. Here’s a checklist of precautions. ● Request written documentation about the charity’s mission and how your contribution will… (more…)

Corporate Minutes Support Tax Deductions

Well-documented corporate minutes can provide valuable supporting evidence if the IRS questions choices you make on your tax returns. Minutes are especially important when related-party transactions are involved, such as payments, loans, or distributions between the company and you or other owners. For example, the IRS may challenge the amount of your compensation. Corporate minutes that document the factors considered… (more…)

Poor recordkeeping means lost deductions

What’s worse than keeping records? Losing tax deductions because you didn’t keep records. Tax court cases routinely deal with “unsubstantiated” expenses – business costs that taxpayers claim but cannot prove – and taxpayers routinely lose. Every legitimate and supported deduction can save you tax dollars. As the end of the year approaches, take time to make sure your records are… (more…)