Dickinson & Clark Updates

How to avoid a surprise tax burden for 2016

As you come to the end of 2016, ask yourself a few simple questions in regard to your tax position. What will I do if my return is prepared and there is a large balance due that I am not prepared to pay? What can I do now to estimate what my tax liability may

Payroll Setup Checklist

These are some common items that need to be done to get your first payroll ready to go. This list is not meant to be comprehensive, but a good place to start getting your records in order so you can run a proper payroll.

Iowa taxpayers benefit from the Wynne Decision

If you are in a school district that imposes the School District Surtax or the EMS Surtax (click here for a list of districts that impose the surtax) AND have paid taxes on earnings in another state, you may be eligible for a refund.

The HSA … proof that the IRS really does give things away

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) have little to no down side. HSAs allow anyone with an eligible high deductible health care plan to get a tax break. Generally speaking, medical expenses are only tax-deductible if you both itemize your deductions and your eligible medical expenses exceed 10% of your adjusted gross income. HSA accounts offer a full and current deduction of your future qualifying medical expenses regardless of your income as long as you have a qualifying high deductible health care plan.

Can you deduct your home office?

A deductible home office is an area in the home that is both used exclusively for business and is where you do a substantial amount of work, not just where you “manage” your investment. It is often the only fixed location for your business. You look at whether or not you can claim a home office deduction every year.

Optimizing the Iowa Beginning Farmer Tax Credit

On January 8, 2015 at 1:00 PM,  we will be hosting a workshop on the Iowa Beginning Farmer Tax credit at Dickinson & Clark. This workshop is intended to help landlords and beginning farmers that are pursuing the credit consider the lease structures that effect the credit calculation. Steve Ferguson from the Iowa Finance Authority

Required Minimum Distribution Tips

My father said that he quit having birthdays a long time ago, but hopefully he didn’t stop paying attention to birthdays when he reached the mystical age of 70 ½. That is the year he needed to take his first required minimum distribution (RMD) from his IRA account(s). Birthdays do matter when making this decision, and you should consider the timing of your first RMD for the best tax results.

Are your books real-time or redundant?

Does your financial information help you make daily decisions? Does your financial information give you meaningful insights to develop a clear plan for the future? Are you digging deeper than reviewing the reconciled cash balance and examining net income for business management and financial analysis?

Tax Credit Cash in Your Old Tax Returns

Although the passage of time has brought new rules about the Small Employer Health Insurance Tax Credit under the ACA (Affordable Care Act), there are still tax returns that may need amending even if you don’t qualify for the tax credit this year. The 2010 Tax return amending period is now over, but tax returns from 2011-2013 may be hiding a pile of cash for you and your business.

What Accounting Reports Should You Be Looking At?

As a business owner, there are three statements that you should be looking at to assist you in analyzing your company (Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow Statement).