Tax Preparation vs. Tax Planning

Many people assume tax planning is the same as tax preparation but the two are actually quite different. Let’s take a closer look: What is Tax Preparation? Tax preparation is the process of preparing and filing a tax return. Generally, it is a one-time event that culminates in signing your return and finding out whether…

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Tax Advantages of S-Corporations

As a small business owner, figuring out which form of business structure to use when you started was one of the most important decisions you had to make; however, it’s always a good idea to periodically revisit that decision as your business grows. For example, as a sole proprietor, you must pay a self-employment tax…

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File 2018 Tax Returns by Oct. 15 Extension Deadline

Time is running short for taxpayers who requested an extra six months to file their 2018 tax return. As a reminder, Tuesday, October 15, 2019, is the extension deadline for most taxpayers. For taxpayers who have not yet filed, here are a few tips to keep in mind about the extension deadline and taxes: 1.…

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7 Tips to Help You Figure out if Your Gift Is Taxable

If you’ve given money or property to someone as a gift, you may owe federal gift tax. Many gifts are not subject to the gift tax, but there are exceptions. Because gift tax laws can be confusing, here are seven tips you can use to figure out whether your gift is taxable. 1. Most gifts…

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It’s Not Too Late to Check Paycheck Withholding

Did you know that the average tax refund was $2,729 for tax year 2018? While some taxpayers may find it advantageous to get a large tax refund, others may wish to have more of their money show up in their paychecks throughout the year. No matter which preference taxpayers choose, they should remember that they…

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Homeowner Records: What to Keep and How Long

Keeping full and accurate homeowner records is not only vital for claiming deductions on your tax return, but also for determining the basis or adjusted basis of your home. These records include your purchase contract and settlement papers if you bought the property, or other objective evidence if you acquired it by gift, inheritance, or…

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Jarrard, Nowell & Russell promotes Justine Lovell

Charleston, S.C. – Jarrard, Nowell & Russell, LLC (JNR) a Charleston-based accounting and business advisory firm, has promoted Justine Lovell to supervisor in the firm’s N. Charleston office.     Lovell joined the firm as bookkeeper and accounts manager in 2017 when JNR acquired the practice of Donald R. Stephens, CPA. She had held positions…

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October 1 Deadline to Set up SIMPLE IRA Plans

Of all the retirement plans available to small business owners, the SIMPLE IRA plan (Savings Incentive Match PLan for Employees) is the easiest to set up and the least expensive to manage. The catch is that you’ll need to set it up by October 1st. Here’s what you need to know. What is a SIMPLE IRA Plan? SIMPLE IRA…

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Credit Reports: What You Should Know

Creditors keep their evaluation standards secret, making it difficult to know just how to improve your credit rating. Nonetheless, it is still important to understand the factors that determine creditworthiness. Periodically reviewing your credit report can also help you protect your credit rating from fraud–and you from identity theft. Credit Evaluation Factors Many factors are…

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Jarrard, Nowell & Russell promotes two

 Charleston, S.C. – Jarrard, Nowell & Russell, LLC, a Charleston-based accounting and business advisory firm, has named Aaron Gaspar and Jay Gibson as supervisors. Both work out of the firm’s downtown Charleston office.     Gaspar previously served as senior tax accountant with the firm. In addition to preparing and reviewing personal, corporate, non-profit, and…

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