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Is disability income taxable?

Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert November 2021

Many Americans receive disability income, and the question is often asked: Is it taxable? The short answer is: That depends on who paid for it. This article details how and when taxes may apply. A sidebar discusses how much disability coverage an individual may need.

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Being prepared for an IRS audit

Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert October 2021

The IRS recently announced it intends to hire thousands of new employees as part of a tax-enforcement push, which could mean an uptick in audits sometime soon. The best way to survive an IRS audit is to prepare for one in advance. This article discusses what might trigger an audit, how taxpayers are likely be contacted and who can help.

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The current state of estate planning

Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert September 2021

Because of the current estate tax exemption amount ($11.7 million in 2021), many estates no longer need to be concerned with federal estate tax. As a result, more energy can be devoted to other aspects of estate planning. This article looks at important issues to still consider.

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Batley CPA August 2021 – Know the nuances of the nanny tax

Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert August 2021

During the pandemic, many families have hired household workers. For any household worker who isn’t an independent contractor, “nanny tax” obligations may apply. This article explores the details of withholding, reporting and paying a household worker. A sidebar looks at the federal unemployment tax.

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Batley CPA July 2021 – Curtailing tax surprises with cryptocurrency

Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert July 2021

As investing in Bitcoin, Dogecoin and other cryptocurrencies becomes more popular, investors need to understand the potential tax ramifications. Unlike traditional currency, the IRS views cryptocurrency as property. This article explores the impact on capital gains and losses as well as defines key terms such as “hard forks” and “air drops.”

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Batley CPA June 2021 – Individual taxpayers, remember the rescue!

Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert June 2021

Many individual taxpayers fondly recall the stimulus payments issued this spring under the American Rescue Plan Act. However, the law contains plenty of other provisions also worth remembering. This article reviews four highlights. A sidebar looks at the income exclusion for unemployment benefits.

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Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert May 2021

Trusts can help affluent individuals and families manage, protect and grow their wealth. But there are a wide variety to choose from, so it’s important to understand the basic concepts behind trusts before choosing one. This article defines trusts and provides an example of how one popular trust type works. A sidebar looks at another example: intentionally defective grantor trusts.

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Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert April 2021

Future retirees have long grappled with whether to opt for a traditional or Roth IRA. Those who have a traditional IRA and have seen a decline in the value of their investments may want to consider a conversion to a Roth. This article reviews how these accounts work and the strategy in question.

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Batley CPA Tax & Business Alert March 2021

About a year ago, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was launched in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Business owners who took out such a loan are likely curious about the tax consequences, particularly for forgiven loans. This article provides pertinent information. A sidebar announces the launch of “second-draw” PPP loans.

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