Keep Real Estate Out of Your Corporation

Including the wrong kinds of assets in a corporation can be an expensive mistake. Things that are worth more over time, like investments, collectibles, and especially real estate, should be kept out of a closely-held corporation.  This mistake costs more for C-corporations than for S-corporations, but even  S-corps should be cautious about what assets they hold.  Business real estate […]

Identity Verification Letters (IRS 5071C)

Have you received an identity verification letter from the IRS??  While there are always a lot of scammers trying to impersonate the IRS, the IRS does send identity verification letters out to some taxpayers.  Real identify verification contacts will always come by paper mail.  are never sent by telephone or e-mail.  A real identity verification […]

Don’t incorporate too early!

The decision to incorporate is often one of the first choices new business owners makes, even before they’ve drafted a business plan or secured start-up capital.  In many cases, this can turn out to be a costly mistake.  While it’s true that incorporating a profitable business can sometimes yield tax savings, most businesses lose money […]

Contributions for Specific Individuals

The tax code doesn’t allow a charitable contribution deductions for gifts made for a specific individual.  This is true even when a qualified charity collects the donation for the individual.  Donations made directly to a member of the clergy to be used for their own purposes are also not deductible.  Sadly, this restriction also extends […]