Thinking About Loaning Cash to Your Business?

Are you looking to start a business, or is your current business in need of some cash? Maybe you can’t get a loan from a bank, or maybe you would rather not use a bank. What about lending some of your own money to your company? Can you do that? Yes, you can, but you’ll need to make sure you do it right.

The first thing to be aware of is the need to document your transaction properly. If you decide to loan your business cash in order to purchase more inventory but your company defaults on the loan then you might be able to write the loan off as a business bad debt instead of a loss from an investment.

A business bad debt is helpful because it can help offset other ordinary income like interest and dividend, and W-2 income. It can also serve to create a net operating loss on your individual return in the event that your income is not high enough to offset your business loss.

There are many other aspects of lending money to your corporation and important steps you should take in order to do it right. You can learn more about the process of lending money to your corporation by clicking here. If you would like to speak with us personally then give us a call at 1-877-CPA-2006 or click here to contact us.

 

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Business in New York Being Buried by Heavy Tax Load

New York, New York: It’s the town so nice they named it twice. But when it comes to taxes in one of the world’s greatest states, things aren’t so nice. That’s because New York is one of the worst places to live if you don’t want to pay a lot of taxes.

 New York has some of the highest tax rates on income, whether it’s personal or business, in the country. The high taxes don’t stop there, either. New York also has some of the highest property taxes, as well. In fact, according to the Tax Foundation New York has the nation’s highest tax burden and the second highest all-in top tax income.

The bad news doesn’t stop there for New Yorkers, as the state is also has the highest local and state corporate tax rate in the country, as well as the country’s seventh highest property tax figure. New York also has the fifth highest workers’ compensation cost and to top it all off New York even gets you in the afterlife with its death tax.

The effects of these taxes are notable. Thanks to its never-ending tax burden, New York has lost more money in income from people and businesses moving out of the state than any other state in America. The numbers are staggering. Between 1993 and 2010, New York lost more than $67 billion in yearly income to other states, along with more than a million taxpayers over that same time period.

The bottom line, if you live, work or own a business in New York, then you won’t be getting any favors at tax time.

 

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Is Corporate America Getting Away With Too Little Tax?

It’s an argument that’s all too common in the business world: big multi-national companies don’t pay their fair share of taxes. A new study will only serve to add more fuel to the fire, as according to its findings, seven of the 30 biggest companies in the United States reportedly paid more to their CEOs in 2013 than they did in taxes.

The Companies

The seven companies who showed up on the list included Ford, Verizon, Boeing, General Motors, Citigroup, Chevron and JPMorgan Chase & Co. According to the study, which was conducted by the Institute for Policy Studies and the Center for Effective Government, the average CEO salary for each of these seven companies was $17.3 million.

 

The Other Side of the Story

However, not all of these companies agree with the numbers. For its part Verizon refutes the claim that it paid more to its CEO than it did in income taxes. The company issued a statement claiming that its total income tax bill in 2013 was $422 million. The company did not disclose a breakdown between state and federal amounts, but it did state that its CEO made much less than what it paid in federal income tax.

 

More Debate

All of the companies, except JPMorgan Chase, have had some kind of response to the study, and each of the companies have stressed that they abide by all tax laws and regulations, both here and abroad.

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Looking to Grow Your Firm? Consider GROCO

There are hundreds of tax and accounting firms all over the country, including right here in the Bay Area. These firms come in all levels of size and expertise. At GROCO, we are always looking to grow our business and we know that many, if not all, companies are looking to do the same.

If you are looking to merge or sale your company, we invite you to consider GROCO as a partner. An ideal merger candidate for our company is a firm that has one to three partners, along with a small staff already in place. This firm should be primarily focused on tax work for very wealthy individuals, but it should also have at least one other area of expertise, including audit services, estate planning, business valuations or forensic accounting.

GROCO has a lot to offer existing tax and accounting firms, including those who may be looking to retire. We are one of the fastest growing companies in the region and we continue to earn many awards and recognitions for our quality and professional work.

 If you would like to learn more about our company and what we stand for, then please visit our About Us page, or continue to research our website to see what drives us. You can also click here to learn more about the possibility of merging with us and you click here to contact us.

 

 

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So-Called Temporary Recession Tax Not So Temporary

Remember the great recession of 2009? Although the recession may now be a thing of the past, some so-called “temporary” taxes are having a harder time fading into the background. That’s because many states throughout the country are still collecting on tax bills that were enacted solely for the purpose of refilling public reserves.

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia imposed 25 new measures during the recession years of 2008 – 2011. So what’s the status of those measures now that the recession is over? Good question. Nine of them have expired on schedule, while three more have yet to reach their termination date.

So what about the other 13? They have all been extended, replaced or in some cases they’ve even been made permanent. For example, in Connecticut, a 10 percent “temporary” corporate income surtax has been renewed twice and has also jumped up to 20 percent. In Kansas, lawmakers imposed a sales and excise tax from 5.7 percent to 6.3 percent then lowered the tax to 6.15 percent, but also made it permanent.

In New York, the state took direct aim at one income group by imposing a tax hike on the rich. They upped the ante even more by imposing a second “temporary” hike on the even richer. That increase is set to expire in 2017 and will impose an 8.82 percent top rate on anyone with income more than $2 million.

The bottom line is if you live in a state that increased taxes for some “temporary” help with the recession, then don’t hold your breath if you’re expecting those measures to disappear anytime soon.

 

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Which Tax Extensions Will Affect Your 2014 Return?

Are You Ready for Your 2014 Taxes? Although many people might answer yes to that question, the fact is taxpayers can only do so much as long as Congress is dragging its feet on several expired tax extenders. The fact that these extenders are still sitting in limbo is nothing new. It happens almost every year, but time is running out to vote on them, which can be frustrating for taxpayers.

Congress extended several laws from 2013 into 2014, which was helpful to a lot of people. Now those same lawmakers need to decide which laws will stay and which laws will go. According to the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act Committee Report several tax provisions are under review for extension. They include:

  • Tax-free distributions for charitable purposes from an individual retirement plan
  • Mortgage debt forgiveness
  • Deduction for state and local general sales taxes
  • Mortgage interest premiums deduction
  • Credit for energy efficient improvements of existing home
  • Deduction for higher education expenses
  • Expense deductions for elementary and secondary school teachers

How Congress decides to vote on these important deductions and credits could have a big impact on many taxpayers’ returns. Meantime, the fact that these are still in limbo makes it difficult to plan for the rest of the year. However, at GROCO we can help you get ready for the tax season no matter what. Just give us a call at 1-877-CPA-2006 or click here to contact us online.

 

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NBA Stars Losing Hefty Amounts of Their Salary to the Taxman

Just about everyone knows that professional athletes make a ton of money. Whether you agree with athlete salaries or not, the fact is those hefty numbers you always see reported when an athlete signs a new deal aren’t really all that they’re cut out to be. Oh sure, they are making a lot of money, but they are also paying quite a large tax bill. In some cases, that bill can put a huge dent in their actual earnings.

According to a new report, when determining whom the highest paid NBA player is, it depends on which numbers you use. Kobe Bryant earns more than any other NBA player, coming in with a salary of $23 million this year. However, if you look at his tax bill, which is estimated at $11.4 million, then his actual take home pay is only $12.1 million. That means he is paying close to half of his salary to the taxman.

Several factors played a role in determining these tax numbers, including where a player lives, and where he plays both his home and road games. Road games play a big role in the equation because some cities enforce the so-called “jock-tax” on individuals who come to the area to work. Pro athletes schedules are easy to track, so these cities can easily implement this tax.

There’s no question that NBA players are well compensated for their services, but remember, most players are giving a huge percentage of their income back in taxes, thus reducing how much they actually take home by a large portion. Of course, these tax numbers are an estimate and there are certain measures these players can take to help reduce their tax bill. So they might be able to take more home than estimated.

Likewise, if you need help finding the all of the best ways to save on your tax bill, then contact. GROCO today.

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Congress Not Looking to Pass Internet Sales Tax Anytime Soon

Ever since the Internet became a worldwide sensation, there have been those who think it should be taxed, especially Internet sales from state to state. Taxing the Internet would be a huge source of extra revenue for the government, but for those who use the Internet to shop (which is just about everyone these days), those taxes would be a real headache.

However, the latest attempt at taxing the Internet may not be going anywhere. That’s because the Main Street Fairness Act, a bill that would allow state and local governments to charge and collect taxes on Internet sales from companies that are located in another state, has run into a brick wall in Congress. The bill already passed the Senate in May of 2013, but so far Congress has not jumped on board.

Even though the bill will not be moving forward this year, according to Speaker of the House John Boehner, proponents of the bill could always bring it up again next year, but it would have to start over fresh in Congress.

Those who oppose the bill claim that it will be another tax on consumers who use the Internet to shop. Plus, for those companies who sell online, the price to set the system up to collect those taxes would be costly.

For now, though, taxing the Internet is still just an idea and not a reality. The debate will assuredly rage on in Congress, but whether or not it ever becomes a reality is still to be determined. Meanwhile, you can contact GROCO at any time for all of your tax planning needs by clicking here.

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IRS Is Carefully Watching Bitcoin and Other Cyber Currency

Big Brother is watching. Always watching. In this case, Big Brother is the IRS and you might be surprised what they’re looking into now. Although, when it comes to the IRS, nothing should surprise us.

Have you ever heard of Bitcoin? It’s one of a handful of virtual currencies that making buying and selling things in the digital age much easier. Essentially, virtual currencies are exactly that: virtual. They are not tangible, their value can fluctuate constantly and they only exist in cyberspace. But that’s not stopping the IRS from taking a closer look at how it can regulate them.

That’s because it appears that virtual currencies could be a new way for tax evaders to hide money “overseas.” Simply put, virtual currencies, like Bitcoin, offer secrecy with no trail to follow. That’s why the IRS has created a team of special agents to focus on tracking these virtual currencies. So if you’re trying to hide money through Bitcoin, beware.

To use Bitcoin you have to have a virtual wallet, as well as public addresses and private keys. What many people who use Bitcoin don’t know is that every transaction they make with Bitcoin is added to a record book known as a block chain. That means to review these transactions the IRS only has to access the block chain. It then follows that chain back to the public address that was used for the original Bitcoin transaction. The IRS then uses whatever measures it takes to link the address to the identity of the user.

That means using these virtual currencies may not actually be as secretive as users thought they were. So if you’re using one or more of these types of currencies, then as always beware of the taxman.

 

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Successful Investing With Taxes in Mind

There are many ways to earn money, but no matter how you get your income the IRS wants its piece of the pie. That includes any gains you make from your investments when you sell them. Although everyone does have to pay tax on their gains, you shouldn’t give the IRS any more than what you’re legally obligated to pay 

With that in mind there are some strategies you can implement to be a tax-conscious investor. Contributing to a tax-differed retirement plan is a great way to save money. Although you will eventually have to pay tax on the income, you can accumulate a significant amount.

Another option is to consider tax-exempts. These are not for everyone, but if done right these investments can in some cases provide an investor with more gains than the after-tax return from a taxable investment would.

Mutual funds are another type of investment that can pay big dividends, but they must pay out their gains every year. That means unless you have losses from other stocks to offset those gains, you will need to pay taxes on them.

Anyone can invest, but not everyone knows how to invest wisely when it comes to taxes. If you would like to learn more about how to become a tax-conscious investor, then click here, or contact us at GROCO today. We can help you make wise investing decisions when it comes to your taxes. Call 1-877-CPA-2006 or click here to contact us online.

 

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