By Wiss, Posted in Tax Advantages

Livingston, NJ – In December of 2015, the Research and Development Tax Credit, or R&D Tax Credit, under section 41 of the Internal Revenue Code, was made permanently available to businesses as a credit for increasing research activities by the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act).    Designed to garner confidence in research and experimentation conducted within the United States, the PATH Act made several temporary tax provisions permanent, including... read more.

Does Your Business Qualify for Lucrative R&D Tax Credits?

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By Chris Colyer “My company’s not in the business of research and development, so how could we qualify for R&D tax credits?” If that’s what runs through your head when you think of this particular credit, it’s understandable – especially if you don’t have any scientists or many engineers on staff. Or a dedicated research and development department. The truth is, you could earn lucrative federal, state and local tax credits with work that you don’t even... read more.

If You’re Self-Employed, You May Qualify for Insurance Deductions

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For myriad professionals, becoming an entrepreneur can be a dream come true. Fortunately, health insurance deductions can make maintaining that dream much easier. The Self-Employed Health Insurance Tax Deduction within the Affordable Care Act can assist in lowering your adjust gross income by your payment quantity in premiums on dental, medical, and qualified long-term care insurance for you and your loved ones. For self-employers unable to access a partner’s insurance plan, taking on this career path... read more.

Tax Benefits of Charitable Giving

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As the new year is set in motion and you tuck away holiday presents, you may have stumbled upon items that you rarely ever use. Instead of finding additional space for these objects, it can prove to be more beneficial—and profitable—to donate them! If you break down your deductions, a contribution to an eligible philanthropic group can award you a charitable contribution deduction against your income tax.  Normally, you can subtract up to half of your adjusted gross income, b... read more.

Plug in Your Car and Receive a Tax Break

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Have you recently purchased an electric or hybrid car? If so, you may be eligible for a significant tax credit. Consumers of these energy-friendly vehicles can benefit from a tax break of $2,500 to $7,500, contingent on two essential factors: a car’s battery size and the amount of income taxes you owe during a specific year. Contrariwise, vehicles that have 4 kWh batteries can be eligible for a $2,500 tax benefit. In order to stay informed on the complex rules of this federal tax credit, make sure yo... read more.

New Doors, Windows, or AC Unit? Get ready to receive a tax credit!

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If you made your home a little more energy efficient last year, you may qualify for a tax credit on your federal income tax return. In previous years, to encourage clean energy conservation in residences of Americans everywhere, the Department of Energy and the EPA have worked collectively to develop Energy Star, a program designed to promote business and home energy efficiency by deeming appliances like solar panels, air conditioning and heating systems, and windows tax deductible. In turn, the program sav... read more.

How the Permanent QSBS Capital Gains Exclusion Benefits Investors

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By Kevin Kerrigan The relatively unknown Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS) capital gains exclusion was permanently extended in December 2015, giving many investors and entrepreneurs much reason to celebrate. While the QSBS tax break has been around since early 2009, the 2015 permanent extension incentivizes small business investors to look more closely at the QSBS. Here are some of the advantages, conditions and drawbacks of QSBS. Overview of the QSBS The QSBS tax incentive was established to offer... read more.

Top Earners Should Consider this Retirement Strategy

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By Russ Faye If you are a high-income sole proprietor or the owner of a small business searching for a tax-advantaged retirement strategy, defined benefit pension plans could be the ideal tool for your needs. Here’s how to determine whether you should discuss this option with your trusted financial adviser.  How it works A defined benefit pension plan is a qualified retirement plan to which you make an annual contribution, which fund a chosen level of retirement income you will receive at a p... read more.