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Published: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:15:00 +0000

 



What is the Social Security Maximum Withholding...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Describes the annual maximum social security tax for the current and previous years, and how it affects earnings from employment and self-employment.



What Is Overtime? What Are New Overtime...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

New requirements for paying overtime to exempt salaried employees and how overtime is paid and calculated.



What Kind of Partnership Do You Want to Start?

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Understanding Partnership Types: Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Partnership, General Partnership and Limited Liability Company



How to Pay Yourself as a Business Owner - And...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

How business owners are paid. Most business owners don't take a salary but are paid from profits. How corporation business owners are paid.



Employed and Self-employed both? How Employment...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

If you are self-employed and also have employment income, here's how Social Security and Medicare taxes are withheld, determined and paid at tax time.



Preparing a Business Plan? Include These...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Financial statements needed for a successful business plan, including balance sheet, income statement, and sources and uses of funds.



Want to Do Your Own Payroll Processing? Get...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

How to do your own payroll and payroll taxes, in three steps: before you pay employees, paying employees, and after you pay employees.



Disregarded Entity - Clearing up the Confusion

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

A disregarded entity as a business entity which elects not to be separate from its owner for tax purposes.Tax and liability issues discussed.



Should Your Employees Be Salaried or Hourly?

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Difference between salaried and hourly employees. How to calculate salary and hourly rates and exempt vs. non-exempt employees explained.



What's the difference between tax avoidance and...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

The difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance, examples of tax evasion, and how to avoid tax evasion charges at an IRS audit.



What Makes a Business Viable?

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Viability of a business and how to create a viable business. Viability is compared to solvency and liquidity.



What Happens If I Don't Pay Employees?

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Attorney Michael Helfand discusses the legal obligation of employers to pay employees, and what happens if employees are not paid.



Is Arbitration Better than Litigation?

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Describes the arbitration process vs. the litigation process, with points of differences and similarities.



What Business Type is Best for My Company?

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

LLC, LP, LLP, JV, PC - Each type is best for a specific situation, relating to taxes, liability, & your ability to control profits and losses.



Single-Member LLC Tax Questions and Answers

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

How single-member LLC's report independent contractor income for federal income tax purposes, and employment taxes and excise taxes.



Should Your Business Have a Mandatory...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

This article discusses benefits and drawbacks to mandatory arbitration and issues with mandatory or forced arbitration clauses in consumer contracts.



What's the Corporate Tax Rate in the US?

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Current federal corporate tax rates, charged to owners of corporations, including the accumulated earnings tax, and how to calculate this tax.



Owner's Equity or Retained Earnings - The...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Owner's equity vs. retained earnings. All owners have equity, but it's different for accounting purposes with corporations.



Understanding the Member Role in an LLC

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

The owners of a limited liability company (LLC) are called members. LLC membership eligibility,taxation, liability, and management is discussed.



How to Take a Debtor to Small Claims Court

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

You may have to take someone to small claims court. Here are the steps in the small claims process, including how to collect the money.



How to Create a Sources and Uses of Funds...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

This worksheet is a simplified statement that you can use to show a lender how much you need for financing & how much collateral you will contribute.



How a Business Owner Invests in the Business

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

How a business owner's capital account works, including capital contributions. How the balance in an owner's capital account is determined.



I Didn't Get Paid! What Can I Do?

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

How to deal with non-payment by employer and make sure you get paid for your services as an employee or independent contractor.



What Does an Indemnity Agreement Entail?

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Wondering what Indemnity agreements are? Here's what they are, how they work, and where they are found in contracts and insurance contexts.



How to Calculate Employee Withholding

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

An explanation of the wages used to calculate withholding for federal income tax (FIT) and FICA taxes (Social Security and Medicare taxes).



What is Due Diligence in a Business Purchase?

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

The due diligence process in buying a business or . Due diligence includes detailed review of operations, financial records, sales and marketing, employees, and legal documents.



How to Calculate Gross Pay for All of Your...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

A definition of gross pay and how to calculate gross pay for hourly and salaried employees, including overtime calculation.



What is Gross Income for a Business? How is it...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Gross income for a business is defined and calculated, compared to other income terms, and used in financial analysis.



Congress Extends Depreciation Benefits to...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

How depreciation can benefit your business by providing tax savings on purchase of qualifying business equipment and vehicles.



Why You Shouldn't Pay Employees in Cash

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

You might wonder if it's legal to pay your employees in cash. But when it comes to taxes and the IRS, it might be more trouble than it's worth.



9 Resources for Hiring Independent Contractors

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

If you are considering hiring an independent contractor, here are some tax considerations and employment agreements you should ​know about.



What Happens in Small Claims Court -- Know What...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Find out what happens in small claims court and learn some tips for making your court appearance successful.



5 Myths about LLC's - And the Truth

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

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7 Tips for Success in Small Claims Court

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

This article details some tips to help you be successful in small claims court, including preparation and showing up.



Want to Buy a Business? Here are the Steps to...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Want to buy a business? Here are the steps, including getting your team together, doing due diligence, negotiating, and signing final documents.



How Do I Calculate Estimated Taxes for My...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Ways to calculate estimated taxes for a self-employed business owner filing business taxes using Schedule C and previous tax years.



Before You Shake Hands with Your First New Hire...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Forms you must have a new employee complete, including the W-4 form, state income tax withholding form, I-9 form, and a job application form.



Business Owner or Employee? You Need to Know...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Discussion of the different legal business types and the status of the owner in each - as owner or employee.



New Additional Medicare Tax Information for...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Details about the Additional Medicare Tax are provided for employers and self-employed individuals.



7 Important Questions to Ask Yourself Before...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Starting a business? Selecting a business type? Here is a checklist of factors to consider when selecting your legal form of business.



Before Hiring Employees - Use This Easy 12-Step...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Before you hire employees, run through this checklist, which includes new hire forms and setting up payroll systems.



Want a Business Loan? First, Check the 4 C's of...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

This article describes the four C's of credit -- character - capacity - collateral - capital -- and shows how to use them to get a business loan.



How and When to File Form 941 for Payroll Taxes

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

How and when to file Form 941, the employer's quarterly payroll tax report, including due dates and reminders.



4 Types of Pay Periods Defined

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Pay periods are important and have many laws to be aware of. Here are different types of pay periods explained and how they affect different workers.



Why You Don't Mix Business and Personal Funds

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Why it's important to keep business and personal funds separate, and some tips for separating these funds.



Sole Proprietor Businesses - What You Need to...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

What is a sole proprietor and sole proprietorship business, how to start a sole proprietorship, taxes for a sole proprietor/



Is Your Hobby a Business? Or is Your Business a...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

How to make sure the IRS sees your business as a business and not a hobby, even if your business isn't making a profit in the beginning.



What Defines a Salaried Employee?

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

All about salaried employees, their exempt status, how they are paid, employment contracts, and answers to other questions.



How Cash Flow Works to Keep Your Business Afloat

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

What is cash flow, how cash comes in and out of a business and why it's important in a small business to manage cash, especially at startup..



10 Facts You Should Know about Independent...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

What you should know about independent contractors, including hiring paperwork, how a contractor is paid, laws relating to independent contractors and more.



Commercial Real Estate Lease Documents - What's...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Common sections in commercial real estate lease documents, including subleasing, defaults, disputes, deposits, restrictions.



Want to Start a Business? Do These 8 Things.

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

First steps to starting any business: Begin with a business name, then a location, then go on to registering, financial, legal and marketing tasks.



Reporting Equipment and Supplies for Business...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

We'll look at the two types of purchases and how they are considered for both accounting and tax purposes.



Contesting a Non-compete Agreement - Can It Be...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

A discussion of non-compete agreements and how someone might be able to breach (break) an unfair non-compete agreement.



How Do I Set My Company's Fiscal Year?

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

What is a fiscal year? Why does it matter? How do I determine the date for my company's fiscal year end?



Why You Need a Personal Guarantee for a...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

What to do if you are asked to give a personal guarantee for a commercial space lease. Some alternatives and how to negotiate.



8 Important Facts about Self-Employment Taxes

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

All about self-employment taxes, including how to prepare Schedule SE for income taxes and how to include on personal tax return.



Self-employment Taxes - The Good News and Bad...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Self-employment taxes are paid by business owners for social security and Medicare. That's good news and bad news.



How LLC Ownership Works - Contributions and...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

A discussion of LLC ownership, including how LLC owner/member capital accounts work, and how LLC owners make contributions.



Can I Deduct Business Expenses if My Business...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

A recent Tax Court case explains the factors considered in whether a business can deduct expenses even if the business isn't profitable.



How to Prepare 1099-MISC Forms - Step-by-Step

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Describes the information you need and the process of completing the 1099-MISC form for non-employee workers.



Options for Paying an Independent Contractor

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Options for paying an independent contractor and payment terms that should be included in a independent contractor agreement.



Pros and Cons of 5 Different Business Structures

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

A brief description of business legal types and checklist for selecting the best legal type of business for your new business.



All the Taxes Paid by a Limited Liability...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Lists all the taxes a limited liability company pays including income taxes, self-employment taxes and property taxes.



A Guide to Filing Corporate Income Taxes

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

This guide will take you through the top pieces of information to help you prepare for corporate taxes, amend or extend your corporate tax return.



Make Sure Your Gifts to Employees are Deductible

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Tax issues to consider before you give gifts, bonuses, or awards to employees. Includes taxability to employees and deduction to your business.



What Should Be Included in a Partnership...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

A list of terms to be included in a partnership agreement, when starting a partnership, especially restrictive covenants like non-compete clauses.



LLC or Corporation - What's the Right Choice?

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Should you choose an LLC or corporation for your business? A discussion of the differences, including liability and tax affects.



The Best Way to Get a Small Business Loan

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Want a small business loan? You need to be prepared with the 4 C's - character, credibility, collateral, and capital assets.



New Business? Get Ready for Business Taxes!

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Starting a business? How to set up your business for paying taxes and for keeping good business records. And where to get help.



Is It Smart to Loan Your Business Money?

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

As a business owner, you can loan money to your business or invest in it. A discussion of the two alternatives, from a risk and tax viewpoint.



How an LLC Owner Gets Paid - Simplified

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

How an LLC owner is paid, taking a draw from business profits. How LLC owners pay self-employment taxes.



Answers to your Questions about Starting an LLC

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Answers to questions about starting an LLC, including documents needed, how to register with your state, and how to create an operating agreement.



What Should Be In a Conflict of Interest Policy...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

What to include in a conflict of interest policy for a corporate board of directors, including confidentiality and fiduciary responsibilities.



10 Important Things You Should Know about...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

All about business assets, including types of assets, what records to keep, taxes and capital gains taxes, and assets as collateral.



Becoming an Independent Contractor - The Why...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

What you need to start a business as an independent contractor, including choosing a business type and business checking account, getting an EIN.



How to Calculate Paycheck Deductions - Hint:...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Employee paychecks begin as gross pay,with withholding for federal income tax, FICA tax, state and local tax, and other deductions.



Employer's Guide to Payroll Tax Deposits

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Information for employers on how and when to make federal payroll tax deposits, including the semi-weekly and monthly deposit rules and EFTPS.



What Makes a Good Contract or Agreement?

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Basics of contracts and agreements, including why contracts are needed and 6 requirements for a valid contract.



A complete guide to partnership income taxes

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

A guide to filing federal partnership tax returns, including documents needed, due dates, forms, filing an extension or amended return.



What is Lending? What are the Types of Lenders?

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

A discussion of types of lenders for business loans, and how to match your business loan needs with the right lender.



Business Driving Expenses You Can - and Can't -...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Business owners and employees can deduct expenses for use of a car for business purposes, but these deductions are limited, and good records must be kept.



How to Prepare and File Small Business Taxes

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

This guide gives information on how to prepare your small business income tax return, including documents needed, filing an extension, and more.



10 Questions to Ask Before Signing a Commercial...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Attorney Susan Dawson discusses 10 factors you need to consider before you sign a commercial real estate lease.



The Most Important Thing Missing From Your...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Why a business plan is essential for starting a small business and how to include the missing element - getting the money to implement your business plan.



Filing an Extension for Corporate or Partnershi...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

How to apply for an automatic extension of partnership or corporation taxes on Form 7004, including how to complete the form, and deadlines.



What Are the Tax Burdens for Self-Employed...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Self-employed seniors have special issues regarding business and self-employment taxes in regards to Social Security and Medicare.



3 Ways to Identify Yourself to the IRS

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

This article explains the different types of taxpayer identification that may be used for federal tax purposes - Tax ID, Employer ID, and ITIN.



Beware of Fake Employer ID Application Sites

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Beware of fake employer ID number application sites, claiming to help you file Form SS-4, for a cost. The IRS is only legitimate SS-4 site.



Want to Get Paid? You'll Need to Send Invoices

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Find out the definition of an invoice, how to prepare one for a customer, and why they are such an important business accounting document.



What is a Conflict of Interest? Give Me Some...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

The term conflict of interest is defined and explained by using examples from the workplace, professions, boards of directors, and the public sector.



How Often Should an Employer Pay Employees?

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

How often do you get paid on salary? For employees, it depends on state regulations, cost, type of employees and the company's pay frequency schedule.



Understanding Taxes and Liability as a...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

The concept of disregarded entity is confusing. Atty. Robert Warwick discusses real questions about tax liability issues for a tax disregarded entity.



Can I Deduct the Cost of a Non-compete Agreement?

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

An agreement not to compete is sealed with a payment. This article discusses how the payment is tax deductible.



The Employer's Guide to Dealing with Payroll Tax

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

All about payroll taxes, beginning with hiring through paying employees, filing payroll tax reports, and paying federal and state agencies.



Want to Start an LLC? Here's How to Go About It

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Filing Articles of Organization for an LLC. Information you need to file articles of organization for an LLC in your state.



Find Out If Your Business Needs an EIN Number

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Find out if your new business requires an EIN number, what it's used for and how you can get one.



How a Sole Proprietor Business Pays Income Tax

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

How a sole proprietor business pays income taxes, self-employment taxes, sales taxes, and other business taxes.



Tax Return Due Dates for 2015 Business Taxes

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

April 18, 2016, is federal income tax return due date for sole proprietorships, LLCs, partnerships. March 15 is due date for corporations.



Business Licenses and Permits for Business...

2016-08-23T11:15:00Z

Business licenses and permits may be required by federal, state, and local authorities. Here's a guide to types of licenses and permits.