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Higher Mileage Rate May Mean Larger Tax Deductions for Business Miles in 2019

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

This year, the optional standard mileage rate used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business increased by 3.5 cents, to the highest level since 2008. As a result, you might be able to claim a larger deduction for vehicle-related expense for 2019 than you can for 2018. Actual costs vs. mileage rate Busine... Learn more about the higher mileage rate

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IRS Confirms Tax Filing Will Open January 28

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

The IRS has confirmed that it will begin accepting and processing 2018 tax returns on January 28, 2019, and that it will pay tax refunds despite the partial shutdown of the federal government. The IRS said Congress has directed the payment of all tax refunds through a permanent, indefinite appropriation. This year, the deadline to file ... Will issue tax refunds despite government shutdown

You May Be Able To Save More For Retirement In 2019

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

Retirement plan contribution limits are indexed for inflation, and many have gone up for 2019, giving you opportunities to increase your retirement savings: Elective deferrals to 401(k), 403(b), 457(b)(2) and 457(c)(1) plans: $19,000 (up from $18,500) Contributions to defined contribution plans: $56,000 (up from $55,000) Contri... You can save more on retirement in 2019

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Mutual Funds: Handle With Care at Year End

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

As we approach the end of 2018, it’s a good idea to review the mutual fund holdings in your taxable accounts and take steps to avoid potential tax traps. Here are some tips. Avoid surprise capital gains Unlike with stocks, you can’t avoid capital gains on mutual funds simply by holding on to the shares. Near the end of the year, funds typi... Learn more

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Yeo & Yeo Recognized Among Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness 2018

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

For the fifth consecutive year, Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants has been selected as one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness. The program highlights companies, schools, and organizations that promote a culture of wellness, as well as those that plan, implement and evaluate efforts in employee wellness to make their busines... Learn more

How to Avoid Getting Hit with Payroll Tax Penalties

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

For small businesses, managing payroll can be one of the most arduous tasks. Adding to the burden earlier this year was adjusting income tax withholding based on the new tables issued by the IRS. (Those tables account for changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.) But it’s crucial not only to withhold the appropriate taxes — includin... Learn More

Casualty Losses can Provide a 2017 Deduction, but Rules Tighten for 2018

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

If you suffered damage to your home or personal property last year, you may be able to deduct these “casualty” losses on your 2017 federal income tax return. For 2018 through 2025, however, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act suspends this deduction except for losses due to an event officially declared a disaster by the President. What is a ca... Learn More

Make Sure Repairs to Tangible Property Were Actually Repairs Before You Deduct the Cost

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

Repairs to tangible property, such as buildings, machinery, equipment or vehicles, can provide businesses a valuable current tax deduction — as long as the so-called repairs weren’t actually “improvements.” The costs of incidental repairs and maintenance can be immediately expensed and deducted on the current year’s income tax retu... Learn More

Three Questions to Ask Your IT Staff About Cybersecurity

Joe Malott

As a responsible party to the security of your companies data, it boils down to a simple question – when it comes to cybersecurity, how do you know that your organization is secure? Yeo & Yeo Computer Consulting is providing three questions, and a little background about each topic, so you can be confident when reporting to ... Learn More

Unclaimed Property – State of Michigan Filing Requirements

Kristi Krafft-Bellsky

It’s that time of the year when the State of Michigan would like all organizations to look through their bank reconciliations to determine if there are any uncleared checks that have reached a dormancy period as of March 31, 2018, that would require reporting to the state. A general rule of thumb is that the dormancy period is one year f... Learn More