Category: General Business/Management Strategies

2018 Year-End Tax Planning Letter

Dear Clients and Friends, Last December, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which will greatly impact taxes for 2018. While the law was signed nearly a year ago, the Internal Revenue Service continues to issue regulations in response to tax professional questions in interpreting these new laws. Among the major changes: Lower individual … Continued

Tax Planning for 2017

In the early part of December each year we focus on year-end tax planning of our clients. The reality is, however, that December is too late to implement some really effective strategies—that planning should begin in January. One of the more effective tax planning strategies for taxpayers of all income levels is to manage their … Continued

Annuity Option for Pension Plan Payouts

The following is a summary of an important tax development that has occurred in the past three months that may affect you, your family, your investments, and your livelihood. Please call us for more information about any of these developments and what steps you should implement to take advantage of favorable developments and to minimize … Continued

Simplified Per-diem Increase for Business Travel

The following is a summary of an important tax development that has occurred in the past three months that may affect you, your family, your investments, and your livelihood. Please call us for more information about any of these developments and what steps you should implement to take advantage of favorable developments and to minimize … Continued

60-day Rollover Deadline

The following is a summary of an important tax development that has occurred in the past three months that may affect you, your family, your investments, and your livelihood. Please call us for more information about any of these developments and what steps you should implement to take advantage of favorable developments and to minimize … Continued

Residence Interest Limits Separate for Unmarried Co-Owners

The following is a summary of an important tax development that has occurred in the past three months that may affect you, your family, your investments, and your livelihood. Please call us for more information about any of these developments and what steps you should implement to take advantage of favorable developments and to minimize … Continued

Research Credit for Internal Use Software

The following is a summary of an important tax development that has occurred in the past three months that may affect you, your family, your investments, and your livelihood. Please call us for more information about any of these developments and what steps you should implement to take advantage of favorable developments and to minimize … Continued

Tax Cuts and Job Act (TCJA): Impact on IC-DISC Effectiveness

Tax Cuts and Job Act (TCJA): Impact on IC-DISC Effectiveness Let’s explore the use and effectiveness of the Interest-Charge Domestic International Sales Corporation (IC-DISC) in the new tax environment. For those new to an IC-DISC, the IC-DISC converts what would normally be ordinary business income into qualified dividends, thus generating a tax savings due to … Continued

Last Minute Plan to Reduce Estate Taxes

In April, my mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and told she might not be alive to celebrate the Christmas Holidays. My sister took over the medical advocacy role and I became the financial point person.  It gave us a place to focus our attention in this time of grief. I want to share … Continued

New beginnings for HKP partner Don Kurth

He is set to retire in October after 42 years with the firm. It’s been a while in coming, according to Don Kurth, owner and partner of HAGEN, KURTH, PERMAN & Co., P.S. (HKP), when talking about his upcoming retirement after 42 years with the firm. The path to becoming an accountant had a few … Continued