How the R&D Credit Can Help New Companies Offset Payroll Taxes

According to the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, new businesses or start-up companies that are eligible to receive research & development (R&D) credit can elect to offset employer portion of social security payroll tax liability.  The maximum benefit an eligible company can claim against payroll taxes is $250,000 for up to five years.  This payroll offset allows companies to receive a benefit for research activities even if they aren't profitable.

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Maryland Income Tax Alert - Guidance for Sales and Use Tax Collection Requirements

The Comptroller of Maryland has provided a Tax Alert regarding the sales and use tax collection requirements applicable to marketplace facilitators and sellers.  Under the new law effective October 1, 2019, marketplace facilitators must collect Maryland sales and use tax on a retail sale or sale for use by a marketplace seller to a buyer in Maryland. A marketplace seller is not required to collect sales and use tax if the marketplace facilitator collects the sales and use tax.

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“Tracing Rules” that Apply for Deductibility of Interest

Often times, we get asked whether certain interest that clients paid during the year is deductible on their income tax return.  Unfortunately, not all interest that an individual pays is deductible.  The rules for deducting interest vary, depending on whether the loan proceeds are used for personal, investment, or business activities.

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BGH Blog Series: QuickBooks Most Common QuickBooks Mistakes & How to Fix Them - Lists

Lists are an essential foundation of QuickBooks functionality.  Two of the lists that may become cumbersome are the Chart of Accounts and the Items List.   The Chart of Accounts is the complete list of all the company’s accounts and balances. In QuickBooks, it represents and organizes the company's assets, liabilities, income, and expense. You can tell how much money your company has, how much money it owes, and how much money is coming in and out by simply looking at your Chart of Accounts. Items are important for effective tracking and reporting.

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Operating Leases Now Join Capital Leases on Balance Sheets

According to the new Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) accounting standard release (ASU 2016-02) regarding the treatment of leases, most operating leases will need to be reported as an asset and liability on the balance sheet of businesses and not-for-profits just like its counterpart, capital leases. 

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The Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington has worked with Bormel, Grice & Huyett, P.A., since 1988. Their knowledge of the arts and the arts community make their services invaluable. They can translate accounting terminology into a comprehensive language. For many organizations, the accounting firm of Bormel, Grice & Huyett provides the financial "information bridge." We whole-heartedly recommend Bormel, Grice & Huyett, excellent accountants who care about our arts organizations.
Jennifer Cover Payne, Executive Director, Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington

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