M&A transactions: Avoid surprises from the IRS

If you’re in the process of a merger or acquisition, it’s important that both parties report the transaction to the IRS in the same way. Otherwise, you could increase your chances of being audited. If a sale involves business assets (as opposed to stock or ownership interests), the buyer and the seller must generally report…

Grading the performance of your company’s retirement plan

Imagine giving your retirement plan a report card. Is it a straight-A student or could it use some help after school? Many plan sponsors track common metrics such as benchmarked fees, participation rates and average deferral rates. But don’t stop there. A sometimes-overlooked measure is average account balance size. Knowing your plan’s asset growth rate…

Hiring this summer? You may qualify for a valuable tax credit

If you hire from certain “targeted groups” and get proper certification, you can claim the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) on your 2019 tax return. You can claim it for eligible workers whose employment begins before January 1, 2020. Targeted groups include qualified veterans, eligible summer youth, the long-term unemployed, ex-felons and certain government assistance…

Employers: Be aware (or beware) of a harsh payroll tax penalty

If payroll taxes withheld from employees’ paychecks aren’t remitted to the IRS, a severe tax penalty can be personally imposed on “responsible” individuals. The IRS can assess a penalty of 100% of the unpaid tax amount on shareholders, owners, directors, officers, employees and others. The Trust Fund Recovery Penalty (or “100% Penalty”) is assessed when…

Build long-term relationships with CRM software

Customer relationship management software can help you build long-term relationships with those most likely to buy your products or services. These solutions are generally designed to gather and organize customer data and then integrate it with other systems and platforms (including social media). The right product can help you track leads, forecast and track sales,…

Buy vs. lease: Business equipment edition

Life presents us with many choices. A common conundrum for business owners is whether to buy or lease their companies’ equipment. Some still take pride in owning their assets. If you do, work to pass along this dedication to employees. Also, consider enhanced tax breaks under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for purchasing. Meanwhile,…