Donating Appreciated Stock to Charities

Most individuals donate to the same charitable organizations each year (church, national organizations, colleges, Goodwill, etc.), and generally, the same type of donation is given to each of these organizations as well.  Cash is the most common means of donating, but many donate clothing and household goods to Goodwill and other similar organizations.  However, there is another donatable asset that you may not have considered: Securities with an appreciated value held outside of a retirement

Tax Deductions for Business Gifts vs Promotion

As a business owner, you know the importance of maintaining and strengthening your relationships with key customers, vendors and community contacts.  One proven way of enhancing business relationships is the giving of business gifts.  What are the tax rules for deducting business gifts?  How does the tax law distinguish between business gifts and promotion, and are the tax consequences between the two different? 

Tax Identity Theft

Over the last few years, there has been a seemingly non-stop epidemic of tax identity theft cases.  As tax preparers, we continue to see this problem escalating, especially in today's technologically savvy society.  Even if you have not been personally victimized, you may have heard about "tax identity theft".  In this issue of our Tax Update we are going to briefly explain what “Tax Identity Theft” is and strategies you can employ to reduce the odds that it happens to you.

Fringe Benefits

As a business owner, you are well aware that a salary is only one way to compensate your employees.  Fringe benefits are another way!  But you may not know the general tax rules which apply to fringe benefits.  That is the topic of this installment of our Tax Update – how the government taxes fringe benefits. 

Deducting Costs to Pursue an MBA

As a business owner, you are well aware of the importance of learning new processes, techniques and procedures to keep your business a step-ahead of your competitors.  Many business-owners have viewed obtaining a Master of Business Administration (MBA) as an opportunity to impro

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