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How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Will Affect Small Business Owners

MiBiz explains how small businesses may benefit from Pass-Through Deduction, Flat C Corp Tax Rate, Bonus Depreciation, and Accrual or Cash Accounting. The article even features our very own Sally Steffes, CPA!  Click the link below to read more!

Small Business Owners See Benefits From Pass-Through Deduction, Flat Tax Rate

Times Indicator – Effective Use of Your Retirement Plan or IRA

You’ve worked long and hard for years, saving diligently through your employer-sponsored retirement savings plan. Now, with retirement on the horizon, it’s time to begin thinking about how to tap your plan assets for income.

First, evaluate your needs. Estimate your non-negotiable basic needs for things like housing, food and medical care. This is how much you’ll need just to get by. Then, estimate your income needs for things like travel, leisure and entertainment to determine how much income you’ll need for your desired lifestyle. You can adjust the lifestyle items, if necessary, but conventional guidance says you’ll need at least 70 percent of your pre-retirement income in retirement.

Second, assess your predictable income. Determine how much you can expect from Social Security and traditional pensions. If your predictable income will be enough to cover your basic needs, you may be in a position to use your retirement savings to fund your lifestyle.

On the other hand, if your basic needs exceed your predictable income, think carefully about how you tap into your retirement savings.

For example, if you have both tax-deferred and tax-free (Roth) accounts, you might consider utilizing tax-deferred accounts first to maximize the tax-free growth potential of your Roth.

Third, understand your plan options. Upon leaving your employer, you typically have four options. Plans may allow you to leave the money alone or may require that you begin taking distributions upon reaching the plan’s normal retirement age. You may choose to withdraw the money as a lump sum or receive equal payments for life. You may roll the money into an IRA. Or, if you continue to work during retirement, you may be able to roll the money into your new employer’s plan. Be sure to compare fees and expenses for each option before making a decision!

Determining the appropriate way to tap your assets can be extremely challenging and should take into account a number of factors, including income taxes, other income-producing assets, your overall health, and your estate plan.

The good news is you don’t have to do it alone. Speak with an accountant, attorney or financial advisor today to learn more about your options.

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H&S 2019 Tax Newsletter

We hope that you enjoyed the holidays and that 2019 is off to a great start! For us, the new year brings a new tax season and a new tax newsletter.

Our annual tax newsletter is full of many new tax law changes, and we hope you find it helpful. Please feel free to contact your H&S tax professional if you have any questions – we are here to help!

Click the image below to download a copy of our 36th annual tax newsletter. Please feel free to pass it on!

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If you’d also like a copy of the checklist or questionnaire, please click the links below to download:

H&S Tax Questionnaire

H&S Tax Checklist

Turn-key Payroll Services

Our Payroll Specialists at H&S take care of your payroll needs from start to finish with turn-key services. Why take the time to stay up-to-date with ever-changing payroll rules? Let us ensure you meet all compliance regulations. Click on the image below to download our one-pager detailing everything we offer.

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Tax Extenders Passed!

In case you missed it, the tax extenders included in the budget deal passed on February 8th. Of course, please feel free to reach out to your H&S tax professional with questions about these provisions.

Click the image below to download a summary of tax provisions extended as part of the budget deal signed 2/9/18!

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H&S 2018 Tax Newsletter

Well folks it’s here, another new year! Happy 2018! We hope you enjoyed the holidays, and were able to spend time with family and friends.

Our annual tax newsletter is full of many new tax law changes, and we hope you find it helpful. There are sure to be questions, so please feel free to contact your H&S tax professional – we are here to help!

Click the image below to download a copy of our 35th annual tax newsletter. Please feel free to pass it on!

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If you’d also like a copy of the checklist or questionnaire, please click the links below to download:

H&S Tax Checklist

H&S Tax Questionnaire

2017 Tax Reform! Last-minute year-end moves…

Check out this letter for last-minute year-end moves you can make, in light of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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CPA's & Business Advisors

Tony Rubleski Coming to Muskegon!

Hey there Muskegon area folks! We have an exciting opportunity…mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 8th at 8:00 am because we’re bringing in Author & Speaker, Tony Rubleski to share leadership lessons to take your business and career to the next level. We’re hosting this event in partnership with our friends at the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. There’s still room to reserve a seat!

There will be a continental breakfast, presentation by Tony, and books available for purchase as well as signing! Click the image below to download the invite with all the details.

Reserve a spot for you and your colleagues today by emailing Stephanie Hendon at stephanieh@hscompanies.com or calling 616-456-6550 x1908.

We hope to see you at the Shoreline Inn & Conference Center on the 8th!

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CPA's & Business Advisors

IRS phone scammers caught!

IRS scams have been a big problem over the past few years, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Luckily, this group of phone scammers were caught!

Just remember that the IRS will never call you and ask you to wire money. They will never email you telling you what you owe. And they will certainly never threaten you!

If you ever have a situation where you are unsure of its legitimacy, please don’t hesitate to call us – we are here to help!

Click here to read the article from the Detroit Free Press

CPA's & Business Advisors

What Employers Need to Know…

…about the Affordable Care Act, that is! Click the image below to download this one-pager from our friends at the IRS for some very helpful information and links regarding employers and the ever-confusing Affordable Care Act!

Still have questions? No problem, that’s what we’re here for. Please contact one of our qualified CPAs today! Check out our locations page for one near you.

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