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The Tax Impact of a 529 Rollover

Thirty-four states offer some sort of tax deduction or tax credit for contributions made to a 529 plan. But in 29 of those 34 states, the tax break is available only for contributions made to an in-state plan. Only in Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, and Pennsylvania give residents a tax break for contributing to anyContinue reading →

Healthcare Law Deadlines in Place

By now, most people have heard about the provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that may impose a penalty on employers who do not provide health insurance to their employees. But the ACA has numerous other health plan provisions and deadlines that employers must be concerned about. Below are just three, along with theContinue reading →

Buried in Tax Paperwork? What Can You Throw Away?

Maybe it’s a good thing that the April 15 federal tax deadline coincides with the urge to spring clean. It feels good to throw out some of the financial records stuffing your filing cabinets. But before you head for the dumpster, make sure you’re not disposing of records you may need. You don’t want toContinue reading →

Tax Court Labels Project-Based Construction Workers as Employees

The IRS and construction firms are often at loggerheads over whether certain workers should be treated as employees or independent contractors. Typically, the IRS will contend that the workers are employees, while the construction firm will argue that the workers should be classified as independent contractors. It’s not just semantics; there could be a bundleContinue reading →

Will the Healthcare Law Increase Your Costs?

Under the sweeping Affordable Care Act (ACA), which passed in 2010 and was upheld by the Supreme Court last year, the healthcare system in the United States will be overhauled and millions of uninsured Americans will become covered. The ACA has numerous provisions – some that have already taken effect and some major changes scheduledContinue reading →

Protect Your Intellectual Property from Theft

Economic espionage has captured the attention of the United States government as a potential threat to the countries prosperity and national security. One court case involving an engineer stealing trade secrets from his employer’s system and sharing them with a competitor after leaving the company underlines the importance of protecting intellectual property. Although companies takeContinue reading →

EEOC Damage Awards Rise in Spite of Steady Numbers

Close to 100,000 discrimination charges were filed by employees to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) during the fiscal 2012, signaling that employers must keep up their guard to avoid being drawn into costly and potentially damaging litigation. As in recent years, the largest categories of employment discrimination accusations were retaliation (38%), race (34%), andContinue reading →

Bonds: Tips to Keep From Getting Pinched

Encountering stock market losses early in one’s retirement years can deliver a blow to an equity-heavy portfolio. If you’ve determined that your equity weighting is extremely aggressive relative to your risk appetite, reducing risk by altering your portfolio’s asset allocation may be essential. The need to reduce the risk of your portfolio doesn’t mean youContinue reading →

Keeping Good Tax Records: A Case Study of What NOT to Do

The importance of keeping thorough and accurate records cannot be emphasized enough. If you have incomplete or no records and get audited by the IRS, it can cost you valuable deductions. A new Tax Court case illustrates what happens when adequate records are not kept throughout the year. Facts of the case: For the taxContinue reading →

Get Your Estate Plan in Gear

Estate planning laws have undergone swift changes over the past several years and may change again in the years ahead. If you’re creating or updating an estate plan, it’s essential that you seek the advice of an attorney who’s well versed in this area. Before you hire an estate-planning attorney to draft or update yourContinue reading →