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December 28, 2019

Affordable Care Act Compliance: IRS Forms and Important Due Dates

CBM has published guidance for businesses that receive a notice from the IRS (Letter 226J) relating to penalties associated with compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Click here to read our guidance. Please also keep in mind the important deadlines below. Don’t Miss Early 2020 Due Dates February 28, 2020 – Paper copies of Forms 1094-C and 1095-C must be filed with the IRS by this date. Employers with less than 250 employees can paper file. March 2, 2020 –… Read more ›

December 28, 2019

Affordable Care Act Compliance: What Do I Do If I Get IRS Letter 226J?

The IRS is currently issuing the Letter 226J proposed employer-shared responsibility payment (ESRP) notice to businesses they suspect of having not complied with the 2017 tax-year Affordable Care Act requirements. The Letter identifies the amount of the proposed penalty that the business would be responsible for paying— an amount which can be steep. CBM has seen penalty amounts ranging from $3,160 to over a million dollars. CBM advises businesses that receive such a letter to respond promptly, especially since Letter… Read more ›

December 3, 2019

Year-End Tax Planning in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act World – 2019 Year-End Tax Planning Letter for Businesses

A PDF version of CBM’s year-end tax planning letter for businesses can be accessed by clicking here. Dear Business Owner: As this year is about to end, now is an excellent time for businesses to review their current tax planning strategies to ensure they’re still meeting intended goals and develop plans for 2020. It’s also a good time to take advantage of last-minute planning opportunities that could save money now and in the coming year. With that in mind, business… Read more ›

October 15, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor Finalizes the New Overtime Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released the finalized rule on overtime exemptions for white-collar workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The rule updates the standard salary levels for the first time since 2004. While it is expected to expand the pool of nonexempt workers by more than 1 million, it’s also more favorable to employers than a rule proposed by the Obama administration in 2016. That rule would have expanded the pool by more than 4 million… Read more ›

August 13, 2019

DOL Expands Retirement Plan Options for Smaller Businesses

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released a final rule which should make it easier for smaller businesses to provide retirement plans to their employees. According to the DOL, the rule will enable more small and midsize unrelated businesses to join forces in multiple employer plans (MEPs) that provide their employees a defined contribution plan such as a 401(k) plan or a SIMPLE IRA plan. Certain self-employed individuals also can participate in MEPs. In October 2018, the DOL issued… Read more ›

August 15, 2018

What Makes Your Firm Profitable?

Examine Economic Drivers Profitability, in a nutshell, is revenue minus expenses. But, as law firm leaders know, increasing profitability is much more complicated than that simple equation might imply. The economy, for example, can make it difficult for firms to simply raise rates as they have in the past. How do you solve this quandary? Go back to basics and revisit your firm’s economic drivers. Needs vs. Wants For many firms, the main driver of profitability is increased rates —… Read more ›

December 22, 2017

President Trump Signs New Tax Law, Bringing Big Changes for Individual and Corporate Taxpayers

Today, President Trump signed the reconciled tax reform bill–commonly called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (TCJA)–which represents the most sweeping federal tax legislation in more than three decades. While many of the new law’s provisions affect businesses, it also includes significant changes for individual taxpayers, most of which take effect for 2018 and expire after 2025. Here are some of the most notable changes. Tax brackets The TCJA maintains seven income tax brackets but temporarily adjusts the tax rates… Read more ›

November 28, 2017

Getting Around the $25 Deduction Limit for Business Gifts

At this time of year, it’s common for businesses to make thank-you gifts to customers, clients, employees and other business entities and associates. Unfortunately, the tax rules limit the deduction for business gifts to $25 per person per year, a limitation that has remained the same since it was added into law back in 1962. Fifty-five years later, the $25 limit is unrealistically small in many business gift-giving situations. Fortunately, there are a few exceptions. The exceptions Here’s a quick… Read more ›

November 20, 2017

Year-End Business Tax Planning Strategies in Light of Tax Reform

It’s not too late! You can still take steps to significantly reduce your business’s 2017 income tax bill and possibly lay the groundwork for tax savings in future years. How to Defer Income Most small businesses are allowed to use cash-method accounting for tax purposes. If your business is eligible, cash-method management can help you tweak your 2017 and 2018 taxable income to minimize taxes over the two-year period. Here’s what you can do if you expect business income to be… Read more ›

November 3, 2017

House passes sweeping tax changes for individuals and businesses

  Update: On November 16, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by a vote of 227 to 205. What are tax reform’s next few steps? On November 17, the Senate Finance Committee approved its own tax reform bill, and the full Senate is expected to weigh in on the bill after the Thanksgiving holiday. If the Senate passes its bill, the House and Senate will work to reconcile their two bills into a final… Read more ›