Even though the overall IRS audit rate is currently low historically, it’s expected to increase as a result of provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act signed into law in August 2022. So it’s more important than ever for taxpayers to follow the rules to minimize their chances of being subject to an audit. How can you reduce your audit chances? Watch for these 10 red flags that can trigger IRS scrutiny:
Those who have money invested in the stock market are well aware of potential volatility. Needless to say, this volatility can affect a person’s net worth. Something many investors might not think about is the potential effect on estate tax liability. Specifically, if the value of stocks or other assets drops precipitously after a person’s death, estate tax could be owed on value that has disappeared. This article details how an executor can ease estate tax liability in this situation by electing to use an alternate valuation date.
What makes Roth IRAs so appealing, primarily, is the ability to withdraw money from them tax-free. But to enjoy this benefit, there are a few rules taxpayers must follow, including the widely misunderstood “five-year rule.” This article explains the ins and outs of this rule.
Companies that wish to reduce their tax bills or increase their refunds shouldn’t overlook the fuel tax credit. Many businesses qualify for it and it’s relatively easy to calculate. This article explores the potential savings and how to go about claiming this often-overlooked tax break.
Many companies are eligible for tax write-offs for certain equipment purchases and building improvements. These write-offs can do wonders for a business’s cash flow, but whether to claim them isn’t always an easy decision. In some cases, there are advantages to the regular depreciation rules. This article reviews why it’s critical to look at the big picture and develop a strategy that aligns with a company’s overall tax planning objectives.
A Section 1031 exchange (also known as a like-kind exchange) allows commercial or investment real estate owners to avoid capital gains tax when selling the property by swapping qualifying properties. This article notes that recent legislation has cracked down on Sec. 1031 exchanges, but currently it’s still possible to use this technique for qualified real estate transactions. A sidebar explains multiple-party transactions.
If you need to hire, be aware of a valuable tax credit for employers hiring individuals from one or more targeted groups. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is generally worth $2,400 for each eligible employee but can be worth more — in some cases much more.
High demand for homes has created a seller’s market. Those thinking about selling their homes will want to determine whether they qualify for the home sale gain exclusion. This article details the exclusion’s requirements.