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Key Deadlines for First Quarter 2019 Taxes

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Jan 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The start of a new calendar year is always busy and taxes are no exception. The first quarter sees deadlines for both the fourth quarter of 2018 and year end. We’ve pulled together a general list for corporate and household employers. This is not exhaustive so please consult a personal or business tax consultant if you have specific questions.

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Topics: CPA

2018 Household Employment Year End Roundup

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 18, 2018 3:50:00 PM

Every year HomeWork Solutions prepares a "what's new or changed" roundup of household employment tax and benefit information.

HOUSEHOLD EMPLOYEE 2019 WAGE BASE:

The IRS annually reviews, and adjusts as necessary, the wage payment threshold that obligates a family to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes and issue employees W-2 forms. This threshold remains at $2100 of wages in a year for 2019.

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Topics: CPA, agency, nanny, senior

Six Tools that Should Be in Every Modern CPA’s Tech Stack

Posted by TechnologyAdvice on Dec 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM

This is a community post provided by TechnologyAdvice

To say that the life of a modern CPA is a busy one would be an understatement. Whether you work for a firm or have your own business, your workday is likely pulled in many directions. You are faced managing your own time and workload, along with balancing the conflicting attention needs of immediate problem solving with deep-cycle planning and strategy for your business or those of your clients. Fortunately, you’ve got a massive number of apps and services that can help keep your head above water.

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Topics: CPA

529 Plans Offer Two Tax-Advantaged Education Funding Options

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Dec 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Section 529 plans are a popular education-funding tool because of tax and other benefits. Two types are available: 1) prepaid tuition plans, and 2) savings plans. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) made one of these plans even better.

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Topics: CPA

Businesses Aren’t Immune to Tax Identity Theft

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 29, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Tax identity theft may seem like a problem only for individual taxpayers but, according to the IRS, there are an increasing number of businesses becoming victims. This is because identity thieves have become more sophisticated, knowing filing practices, the tax code and the best ways to get valuable data.

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Topics: CPA, agency

How to Explain a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA)

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 29, 2018 9:20:17 AM

More and more we’re seeing employers asking about how to help employees with health insurance. That’s great! Just how to go about doing it is where things get confusing. In this post we’ll lay out the landscape as we see it and how we go about consulting clients on healthcare for their employee(s).

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Topics: agency, CPA, nanny

Senior Caregiver Couple's Overtime Claim Advances in Court

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 15, 2018 10:00:00 AM

A federal district court ruled October 15, 2018 that a senior caregiver couple's unpaid overtime claim against the estate of their deceased employer may proceed.

In the case of    Stalnaker v. Estate of Beall, the married senior caregiving couple alleges  that they were not paid overtime wages due them in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and West Virginia labor laws.
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Topics: senior, CPA, agency

Stop Your Trade Secrets from Walking Out the Door

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Trade secrets are among the most critical yet often overlooked assets of any organization. They aren’t always as sophisticated as proprietary software or as famously secret as Coca-Cola’s formula. A trade secret can be as seemingly innocuous as a customer list, business strategy, policy manual or pricing sheet.

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Topics: CPA, agency

How to Reduce the Tax Risk of Using Independent Contractors

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Nov 1, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Classifying a worker as an independent contractor frees a business or family from payroll tax liability and allows it to forgo providing overtime pay, unemployment compensation and other employee benefits. It also frees the business from responsibility for withholding income taxes and the worker’s share of payroll taxes – household employers can legally omit withholding even for an employee.

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Topics: CPA, agency, nanny, senior

An FLP Can Save Tax in a Family Business Succession

Posted by HomeWork Solutions on Oct 25, 2018 10:00:00 AM

One of the biggest concerns for family business owners is succession planning. Often, the best time tax-wise to start transferring ownership is long before the owner is ready to give up control of the business.

A family limited partnership (FLP) can help owners enjoy the tax benefits of gradually transferring ownership yet allow them to retain control of the business.

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Topics: CPA

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