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Misclassifying Workers Can Be Costly!

Most business owners and executives tend to be financially conservative and preserve the cash of the business. This conservative approach frequently carries over to hiring activities, with many employers choosing to hire independent contractors/freelancers as opposed to full-time employees. In doing so, they eliminate the cost of company benefits such as vacation, sick pay, health insurance and retirement funding. Another big benefit is eliminating the employer’s matching share of Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes, not to mention the savings on unemployment taxes and worker’s compensation insurance.

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Tax Tips for the Well-traveled Businessperson
Food and lodging expenses are generally deductible when away from home for business purposes. This may be particularly beneficial for self-employed individuals who travel extensively. Like everything involving taxes, there are rules to follow.

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Understanding the Health Insurance Mandate
Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act will impose the new requirement that all people in the United States, with certain exceptions, have minimum essential health care insurance or they will be subject to a penalty. How this will affect your family will depend upon a number of issues.

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Reap the Tax Benefits of Education Planning
The tax code includes a number of incentives that, with proper planning, can provide tax benefits while you, your spouse, or your children are being educated.

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Beware of Trust Fund Penalties
The term “trust fund recovery penalty” refers to a tax penalty assessed against the directors or officers of a business entity that failed to pay a required tax on behalf of its employees. For example, employers withhold income taxes and FICA payroll taxes from employees’ wages. These funds actually belong to the government and are referred to as “trust funds.” They cannot be used by the employer to pay other business expenses.

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