The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act Passed! Here’s All the Info You Need.

tax-1501475It’s official! The House, Senate, and President passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act), which includes momentous tax breaks and incentives for taxpayers. Included in this legislation are over 20 vital permanent provisions that will benefit individuals and businesses alike, including a permanent R&D credit, Section 179 deduction, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit.

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Working out at the Office is a Tax-Free Perk

fitness-series-2-1467446Your company probably offers an array of fringe benefits to its employees, including health insurance and group-term life insurance. While there are certain requirements, these fringe benefits are generally deductible by the company and tax-free to the employees as long as they are not discriminatory in nature. (If your company decides to reward a select group, such as limiting benefits to only the corporate officers, the benefits are generally taxable to the recipients.)

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Handling Interest on Loans to Inject Capital in your Business

capital; money; businessThere are instances when you can write off interest on personal loans used for business purposes, such as injecting capital into an S corporation, multi-member LLC, partnership or C corporation. But keep in mind that interest expenses must be classified into one of four categories (see box at the bottom of this article for details).

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Top 5 Succession Tips for your Business

shaking-hands-1240911Did you know that more than half of the small business owners in the United States are at least 50 years old or older? In the U.S. alone there are 28 million small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) and over 22 million self-employed business. According to CNBC surveys, it is believed that 80% of small-business owners plan to sell their business to fund their retirements, however only 30% percent have a written succession plan. At MKS&H, we work with our clients to be prepared, so here are our top 5 successful succession tips that will benefit small-business owners:

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Transfer Pricing for Multinationals: Maximize Opportunities and Minimize Risks

flagsTransfer pricing continues to be one of the most important matters facing multinational companies. The tax situation in any given country can affect whether or not your business sets up facilities or holds intellectual property ownership there. The IRS and numerous tax authorities worldwide are intensifying their focus on how corporations allocate income and expenses among related entities abroad because of the potential to shift income inappropriately to lower tax jurisdictions.

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Is Choosing an Accountant like Choosing a Presidential Candidate?

ballot-1440045-1599x1068So you’re in the market for a new accountant? Well it’s time to think about the issues important to you and see how the candidates stack up. Choosing the right accountant is important. Besides operational needs, often times they become a trusted advisor you look to during critical times. Consider these five qualities as a basis for your decision.

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