Harless Tax Blog

Harless Tax Blog

ESOPs can be expensive

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Business owners sponsoring ESOPs may realize advantages, but there are drawbacks as well. Payouts to departing employees, for share buybacks, can be a cash drain. The same is true for regulatory requirements, including annual appraisals. In addition, ESOP participants lack diversification in their retirement plans because the primary holding is the sponsoring company’s stock. Therefore, companies that sponsor ESOPs also may offer a retirement plan such as a 401(k), where employees can defer some of their salary (and the tax on that income) in order to acquire other investments.

If the idea of using an ESOP as a retirement plan appeals to you, our office can help you evaluate the costs and the potential benefits.  See More

Advantages to owners

Monday, May 22, 2017

Why should business owners consider an ESOP? Some studies indicate that employees become motivated to excel when they become employee-owners. They know that good corporate results will boost the annually appraised value of their shares, and ultimately provide a bigger payout. Strong results will benefit major shareholders as well.

What’s more, ESOPs offer some exceptional tax benefits to the sponsoring company and its principals.  See More

ESOPs as Retirement Plans

Friday, May 19, 2017

Among the retirement plans that small businesses can offer to their workers are employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). As the title indicates, an ESOP is a process for transferring ownership of the company to employees. How does that work as a retirement plan?

In some ways, an ESOP is similar to a profit-sharing plan (see the CPA Client Bulletin, January 2017), in which the company makes cash contributions. With a “vanilla” or unleveraged ESOP, the company funds the plan by contributing shares of its stock, or cash to buy those shares.  See More

Deciding About a Vacation Home

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Whether you live in the thawing North or in the always mild South, the onset of spring leads to thoughts of summer vacations. After all, next month will be May, which includes Memorial Day, often considered the unofficial beginning of weekend and weeklong getaways.

At this time, you might be weighing the purchase of a second home specifically for vacations. Here are some of the issues to think about, so you can make a well-reasoned decision.  See More

Dealing With an IRS Audit Part 2

Friday, May 12, 2017

Dealing With an IRS Audit See More

Dealing With an IRS Audit: Part 1

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Know your rights
For any type of audit, professional assistance can be valuable. Indeed, you’re entitled to have a CPA, an attorney, or an enrolled agent represent you at an office or a field audit. In such a situation, it may be possible for the audit to take place at your CPA’s office.

You also can receive help in requesting a postponement, if you need time to gather your records. If you must be present during the audit, you should answer all questions accurately, but there’s no need to volunteer any information that the IRS does not request. If an appeal of IRS findings seems warranted, your CPA can handle that as well.  See More

Upcoming Tax Deadlines

Friday, May 05, 2017

May 10
Employers. For Social Security, Medicare, and withheld income tax, file Form 941 for the first quarter of 2017. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the quarter in full and on time.

May 15
Employers. For Social Security, Medicare, withheld income tax, and nonpayroll withholding, deposit the tax for payments in April if the monthly rule applies. See More

Congratulations to Min Huang!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Congratulations to one of our Accountants, Min Huang!  He has recently been promoted to Supervisor, International Accounting.  Min will be working directly with our international clients to navigate the US tax code.  Click here to contact Min.   See More

Did You Know?

Monday, May 01, 2017

Source: tradingeconomics.com

Housing starts in the U.S. have averaged 1.439 million since 1959. The monthly seasonally adjusted annualized peak rate of 2.494 million was reached in January 1972, and the record low rate was 478,000 in April 2009. For 2017, forecasts range from seasonally adjusted annualized rates of 1.23 million in the second quarter to 1.16 million in the fourth quarter.  See More