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Business income limit for individuals claiming the research credit

By Tyee |

The federal tax credit for increasing research activities (research credit) provides a permanent tax benefit for many kinds of businesses. For many companies the credit can be a substantial tax savings. However, subsection (g) of the tax code (IRC 41) brings a significant limitation to owners of sole proprietorships and flow-through entities, like LLCs taxed…

You need a business to claim business deductions…

By Tyee |

It may seem like an obvious statement, but I’ve seen it more than once. An entity is formed and an entrepreneur starts racking up what they think are operating expenses, which they will be able to deduct. The only problem is that they have missed the part, where you have to actually have a business.…

No go for partners trying to be classified as employees

By Tyee |

Partners who are working for their partnership are generally considered to be self-employed and are not employees for federal tax purposes. This means that a partner is subject to self-employment tax and isn’t eligible for certain tax favored employee benefits sponsored by their partnerships. These rules would also apply to an LLC taxed as a partnership. Some taxpayers…

CHAMP Should Continue to Impact Cannabis Tax Planning

By Tyee |

Twelve years onward, the Californians Helping to Alleviate Medical Problems (CHAMP) tax court decision, is still an important cornerstone to federal tax law for the Cannabis industry.  From a federal income tax standpoint, it doesn’t matter whether income is derived from legal or illegal source. All income is taxable. However, tax deductions are a “grace…

Why accounting is important for startups

By AJ Wheeler |

Representing your client with the IRS

By Tyee |

This one’s for my tax professional colleagues… Ever wondered how to best represent your clients under IRS audit? I’ve had the opportunity to work with former IRS agents as well as pick up a few things as a tax adviser. Here are a few tips on what you should know about the interview with an IRS auditor.…

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