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Andrew Presti

2010 Planning: Independent Contractor vs. Employee

Currently, the likelihood of your business being involved in a worker classification or employment tax audit is increased because the IRS is aggressively attempting to reduce the “tax gap,” which is the annual shortfall between taxes owed and taxes paid. Employment tax noncompliance is estimated by the IRS to account for approximately $54 billion of […]

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Andrew Presti

Navigating revised payroll Form 941 to maximize your HIRE credit

The IRS has revised Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return, and its instruction to reflect the payroll forgiveness tax credit provided by the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act. Form 941 was revised for use beginning in the second quarter of 2010. If you are claiming the credit for the second quarter, the […]

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Andrew Presti

How Do I? Report interest from savings bonds?

U.S. Savings Bonds can be a relatively risk-free investment during times of upheaval in the stock market, such as we are experiencing now. There are two different types of savings bonds for tax purposes. The first includes Series EE bonds and Series I bonds. You purchase these bonds at a discount from their face value […]

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Andrew Presti

FAQ: Can I deduct the costs incurred doing charitable work?

Q. I spend 20 hours every week cooking meals and delivering them to an organization that feeds the hungry and homeless. Am I entitled to a deduction for my time and the food I pay for out of my own money? A. Generally, if you do volunteer work for a charity, you are not entitled […]

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Andrew Presti

Common IRA contribution and distribution mistakes

Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) — both traditional and Roth IRAs — are among the most popular retirement savings vehicles today. Protecting the value of your IRA (and other retirement accounts) is incredibly important. While some factors affecting the value of your retirement savings may be out of your control, there are many things within your […]

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