Managing your assets in terms of taxes can seem intimidating at first glance. A simple mistake can cause significant damage to your business. However, understanding concepts like depreciation and amortization can help avoid potential issues in the future. This guide explains the various aspects of amortization and depreciation to help navigate your assets.
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For tax year 2021, the Child Tax Credit increased from $2,000 per eligible child to $3,600 per child ages five and younger and $3000 for children ages six to 17. The amount of Advanced Child Tax Credits is half of the new credit amounts. So, starting July 2021, if you are eligible, you will start to receive monthly Advanced Child Tax Credit payments. If your child is five years old or younger, the payment would be $300 per month through December. That is $1,800, or half of the new Child Tax Credit amount. If you have children between the ages of six and 17, your monthly payment will be $250 per month through December, or $1,500 total.
An S corporation is a type of corporation that meets the specified requirements of the Internal Revenue Code (IRS). An S corporation passes through most of its business income and loss to its shareholders like a sole proprietor. The owners are not liable to pay double tax, at the corporate level and then on the individual shareholder level.
Accountants are weird. They use funny words and use lots of spreadsheets. One common word is Capital Improvements. Similar words that they use to describe the same things: Capital Assets, Fixed Assets, Property, Real Estate, FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures, & Equipment). In the accounting tax world, all of these terms describe something with an economic benefit beyond one year.
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Lots of the old tax rules have changed in the last few years. If you haven't reviewed and adapted, you are likely paying your rich Uncle Sam too much. The Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) combined the amounts for standard deductions and exemptions into one number. The Act also eliminated deductions entirely. This effectively removed itemized deductions for many tax payers since the standard deduction/exemption for 2020 is $24,800 (married filing jointly).