Reducing Your Tax Liability for Independent Consultants

As an independent consultant, you’re in business for yourself, and therefore have all the increased tax burdens that come with being a business owner. Fortunately, there are strategies that can help reduce your tax liability.

The biggest tax burden associated with being a business owner is the self-employment tax, which is basically the portion of social security and Medicare tax that would be paid by an employer if you were working for someone else. Since you are self-employed, you are responsible for payment of both the employee and the employer portion of social security and Medicare taxes, which is currently equal to an additional 15.3% of your earnings.

Choose a legal structure that makes sense for your business. There are several legal structures to choose from, and it’s advisable to speak with an attorney to determine which structure makes the most sense for you. While some structures will leave you subject to paying self-employment taxes, other structures could be subject to something called, "double taxation," in which the corporate entity is taxed on earnings, and then wages paid to employees, including yourself, are taxed again on a personal tax return. Speak with a professional to determine which type of business structure will allow you to maximize your take-home earnings.

Working with an employer of record could help to reduce your tax liability. A portable employer of record can serve as a corporate infrastructure for independent consultants, and eliminate both the need to set up a formal business entity and reduce self employment tax liability. When working through a portable W-2 employer of record, you still have to pay for employer side taxes just as you would if you were on your own, however this business structure option can greatly reduce your tax liability on retirement contributions and other benefits programs.

Maximize your itemized deductions to reduce your taxable income. Reducing your total taxable income by taking credit for every deduction for which you’re eligible will reduce your total tax liability. Many individuals fail to take deductions for any out-of-pocket medical expenses that they incur. This can mean medical premiums, co-payments, over-the-counter medications, and even procedures and tests not covered by insurance.

If you’re in business for yourself (as a sole proprietor, LLC or S Corp), your out-of-pocket expenses will have to be equal to or greater than 7.5% of your adjusted gross income before you would be eligible to take these deductions. A consultant earning $80,000 per year could probably easily meet this threshold, which would equal about $6,000. On the other hand, a consultant earning $200,000 per year would have to have a significant amount of out-of-pocket medical expenses in order to be eligible for this deduction, approximately $15,000.

Working with an employer of record might allow you to deduct all of your out-of-pocket medical expenses up to a given limit, without the need to qualify by meeting a threshold. Not all employer of record companies operate the same – some are geared toward independent consultants and some are not -- so complete your research before signing on to see what strategies they can offer you to help reduce your taxable income.

It’s also possible to take deductions for the cost of dependent care, which includes both child care and elder care. The amount of these deductions that can be taken is limited, typically up to $5,000 per year. If you’re working with an employer of record organization that offers an expense reimbursement program, sometimes this limit can be higher, even up to $10,000 annually. Most people are aware that childcare costs can be deducted, but not many realize that elder care is included in the dependent care category. If you’ve got a parent in a personal care home, assisted living facility, nursing home or even an adult daycare setting, you can easily rack up $5,000 to $10,000 a year in expenses.

Don’t forget about your miscellaneous deductions. Items such as professional organization dues, certain education expenses, professional books and trade magazines, home office expenses, work clothes and uniforms, mileage, business travel, lodging, and 50% of business meals are tax deductible, some of which are deductible only if the total exceeds 2% of your adjusted gross income. Working with an accountant can help you make sense of all the various deductions, and help you reduce your total tax liability by advising you how to keep track of your deductions. Also, some employer of record organizations even offer a simplified process of keeping track of and taking business deductions, so be sure to ask about business expenses when investigating this option.

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Robert S. Kerr What Goes Around Comes Around

Robert S. Kerr: What Goes Around Comes Around

Written by: Joshua D. Mosshart, Certified Estate Advisor

Oil man and politician Robert S. Kerr was born in a log cabin on September 11, 1896 in what is now Ada, Oklahoma. He first held elective office when he became Oklahoma's governor in 1942. During World War II, he presided over a vigorous economic expansion and directed a remarkably efficient state administration. One year after leaving the governor's office, in 1948, Kerr was successful in his first attempt at the U.S. Senate. He was reelected to two more terms. Often considered one of the finest orators that Oklahoma ever produced or that the Senate ever heard, Kerr gave the keynote address at the 1944 Democratic National Convention that nearly won him the second slot on President Roosevelt's ticket. Kerr thereafter devoted his energies to building his Senate career. He served on several key committees, most notably the Finance and Public Works committees. A partner in Kerr-McGee Oil & Gas Corp, Kerr increasingly became known as a key champion of southwestern oil and gas interests. Of course, he did not hesitate to use his influence for Oklahoma's behalf. Millions of dollars were diverted to military and civilian projects in the state. But most importantly, he supported tax legislation that empowered Congress to confiscate up to 55% of a person's assets in estate taxes.

In 1978, Senator Kerr died unexpectedly. At the time, his estate was worth approximately $20 million. Unfortunately, Kerr passed away without the most basic estate-planning tool--a living trust. As a result, his heirs had to deal with many difficult problems as well as make a number of difficult decisions. But nothing as monstrous as the federal estate-tax bill he helped create in a number of ways. The IRS wanted $9 million, and they wanted it in cash--in nine months! I guess you could say that what goes around comes around and that the Senator got his just due, considering he helped formulate the federal estate-tax rules. Kerr's heirs faced a problem common to many inheritors: how to find the necessary cash to pay the IRS in such a short time frame. Luckily, they were able to raise $3 million in cash without much difficulty. The problem was that the rest of Kerr's estate was tied up in real estate, which was not liquid. Since the family would be forced to liquidate the properties, they faced the high probability that they would have to sell at highly sacrificial prices. After much debating the family decided to take out a $6 million loan. This only served as a temporary Band-Aid, since not only did the loan have to be repaid with after-tax dollars, but the family also had to pay a substantial amount of interest. What could have been done differently?

If Sen. Kerr were alive today he could have taken advantage of several estate planning techniques that would have saved his heirs from having to mortgage the estate. As an example, he could have set up a Family Limited Partnership or FLP to hold the real estate. That could have created a discount on the value of the real estate at his death. But, more importantly, he could have gifted or sold shares of the FLP to his heirs at a relatively deep discount from fair market value, moving the assets out of his estate prior to his death and freezing the growth of his estate by moving some of the appreciating assets into the estates of his heirs. This is an important tool in modern estate planning when family businesses or commercial real estate is involved.

Furthermore, Kerr could have taken advantage of the tax laws to make annual cash gifts to his heirs. Currently, that amount is $12,000 per person. Supposing the senator had four children; he could have gifted $48,000 per year into a trust for the benefit of his children. Over the course of 10 years, he would have transferred $480,000 to his heirs out of his taxable estate, reducing his estate tax. In addition, if the $48,000 per year had been properly invested, it could have created enough wealth to cover all the estate-tax liability.

Joshua D. Mosshart CHFC,CASL, CEA Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Advisor for Senior Living, Certified Estate Advisor, President Mosshart Wealth Management Group, www.Mosshartwealthmanagement.com Joshua D. Mosshart is principle and a registered representative with and offering securities and financial planning through Linsco/Private Ledger (LPL) Member FINRA/SIPC. California Insurance # 0C90229

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Service Tax on Ocean Freight- Law And Impact

Introduction

Deletions from Section 66D ("Negative list") has become an annual exercise as part of the Finance Bill. This year, three services were removed from the Negative list. Amongst such deletions is the service of transportation of goods from outside India to first customs station in India. The article discusses the law relating to levy of Service Tax on such services post 1.6.2016 and implications thereof on various transactions.

Levy of Service Tax on transportation of goods prior to 01.6.2016

Service of transportation of goods from India to outside India and vice versa was nontaxable prior to 01.06.2016. The non-levy was because of Rule 10 of Place of Provision of Services Rules, 2012 read with Clause (p)(ii) of Negative list. In brief Rule 10 of Place of Provision of Services Rules, 2012 provides that place of provision of a service of transportation of goods is the place of destination of goods, except in the case of services provided by a Goods Transportation Agency in respect of transportation of goods by road, in which case the place of provision is the location of the person liable to pay tax (as determined in terms of rule 2(1)(d) of Service Tax Rules, 1994 (since amended). For eg. A consignment of computers is consigned from Mumbai to Shanghai. The place of provision of goods transportation service will be the destination of goods viz., Shanghai. Since the destination is outside taxable territory, such services of transportation is not liable to service tax. Conversely, if a consignment of machines is consigned from Berlin to New Delhi, the place of provision of such service will be New Delhi.

Thus, service of transportation to destination outside taxable territory is a non taxable service and conversely, service of transportation to destination in taxable territory is taxable and Service Tax shall be levied accordingly. However, while as per Place of Provision of Services Rules, 2012, such service of transportation of imports into taxable territory was taxable, such services were listed in negative list. Accordingly, even transportation of goods in case of imports also good out of the purview of Service Tax. Accordingly, no Service Tax could be levied on Ocean freight and air freight paid for import of goods prior to 01.6.2016.

Levy of Customs Duty on services of transportation in case of imports

Primary reason of inclusion of such transportation in negative list was that since such value of ocean freight is already included in the value for the purpose of levy of Customs Duty thus, levying Service Tax would be levy of two taxes on same value. Section 14of Customs Duty Act, provides that for the purposes of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 (51 of 1975), the value of the imported goods and export goods shall be the transaction value of such goods, that is to say, the price actually paid or payable for the goods when sold for export to India for delivery at the time and place of importation, where the buyer and seller of the goods are not related and price is the sole consideration for the sale. The Section further provides that such transaction value in the case of imported goods shall include, in addition to the price as aforesaid, any amount paid or payable for costs and services, including commissions and brokerage, engineering, design work, royalties and licence fees, costs of transportation to the place of importation, insurance, loading, unloading and handling charges to the extent and in the manner specified in the rules made in this behalf. Accordingly, Rule 10 of Customs Valuation (Determination of Value of Imported Goods) Rules, 2007 provides that in determining the transaction value, there shall be added to the price actually paid or payable for the imported goods

Service Tax on Ocean Freight - Law and impact is written by CA Gaurav Gupta.Though the levy has lead to a situation of double taxation, still, compliance under Service Tax is required and should not be left under the belief that Customs duty is levied on such value.

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As a consumer, you consume many products and services, on which you have to pay a fee or are levied with charges by Government in form of "Tax". Majority of taxpayers usually fail to file tax returns, due to insufficient funds to settle down the balance on the tax return. Some people may fail to file the returns in the first attempt and may delay with the payments which may result in huge penalties and claims form the IRS department. Many business owners commit innocent mistakes like inaccurate tax calculations by untrained staff, unawareness towards the constant changing laws, which confronts them with heavy financial losses. Dealing with a tax problem on your own, is not a good idea. If you are facing a tax issue you need to hire professional help of a Tax resolution firm which can provide you with expertise Tax Service to resolve Tax problems.

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Simple Lacerte Tax Cloud is Convenient to File The Returns

Lacerte is Intuit product for managing and preparing taxes. This tax management software is real time software that operates all kinds of taxes needs of an enterprise. When the business management was managed by accounting and bookkeepers, it was considered time consuming that means it took time to operate all kinds of tasks. The evolution of software application by Intuit has simplified the process of taxation planning and filing the returns. The application software has erased the paper based method of filing the taxes returns hence customers of Lacerte software get hassle free easy taxes filing quickly and fastly with this product. Today, there are millions of customers worldwide for the tax software Lacerte. The versatile application is effective in making the tax filing simpler and businesses get advantage of the application software. Lacerte application has all the forms in the software which makes easy for users to select a form and file the taxes for federal, state or local returns. Customers can manage their company tax operations when they have purchased a license of the application. A license copy provides access to get the best use of the software. Customers can file for any number of times in a year with Lacerte tax software.

Advantage of Lacerte tax solution:

Customers should contact Intuit to get a license of the tax software. When a user has no knowledge on the software Lacerte, they must learn through the various methods provided by the Intuit for knowledge gain and to learn the process of company operations. Free trial version is 30 days free use of the software on any device. Webinars and tutorials are other sources to learn the tax filing process. Lacerte tax software can install on any system so users do not need to configure setups because it's compatible to most devices. All devices like mobiles, tablets and laptops are compatible to Lacerte software hence users can file the tax return with any device they prefer. Lacerte software is easy to file the taxes and makes faster tax filing system for small and medium enterprises. It can integrate with other application flawlessly thus making quick data processing. Lacerte hosting is the method to access the application as on cloud or desktop which business owners can decide based on their needs. Lacerte tax cloud hosting is web based solution which runs from remote servers online. Lacerte hosted on desktop is operated from premises which in-house desktop hosting system and managed by accountants and professionals on local servers while it is said to have high cost of operation.

Lacerte tax cloud is easy accessible for users and tax professionals as online hosting is active anywhere anytime because a device with internet connection can connect the system. Lacerte tax cloud server is managed by hosting providers on subscription. Anytime anywhere access feature is best solution for users to work from home, cafe or during travel on any device they prefer. Software updates to Lacerte tax application is automatically done by the software and users get complete track of the tax filing on small devices. Cloud hosting providers offer security, backups, data management and 24x7 customer support.

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Tax Extensions How To Apply

If you are not ready with your tax returns yet and the dreadful tax day aka April 15 is nearing, what you mostly need is a tax extension. No matter what might be the reason for not filing, IRS allows for an extension of 6 months on filing tax returns and this provision is known as tax extension. The deadline is postponed to October 15 and this way you will have more time to make up for the mistakes such as having inadequate documents or lack of preparation. Not filing tax returns and failing to file an extension too can lead to hefty penalties, starting from 5% of the unpaid taxes to a maximum of 25%. Apart from failure-to-pay penalty, if adequate finances are a major problem in your case and provided you fail to pay off the dues within April 15, an additional failure-to-pay penalty is added to the latter. Filing for a tax extension not only provides you with extra time but also helps to avoid penalties. The procedure to apply for an extension is pretty simple, yet it provides you with an opportunity to file a good tax return and have a good tax history. Here’s more on how to apply for a tax extension.

- The last date to apply for a tax extension is April 15 and for an easy and quick filing, people prefer e-filing over the traditional ways of doing it on paper forms.

- You can either request the extension forms from IRS by mail or download for free on its website, the second option being more practical and feasible. You would need form 4868 for individual purposes and form 7004 for business purposes.

- Once you have the access to the form, all you would need to apply for a tax extension is your name, contact details and your social security number. Make sure to make no entry errors or provide any false information and you can be rest assured that your application will be approved!

- To further confirm the status of your application, you can track the same through internet. You will also receive a confirmation mail from the IRS on the approval so that you can prepare to file your tax return in peace. Note that this provision wouldn’t be available if you are filing offline.

- In addition, your application wouldn’t be lost as it would happen in the case of mail. There are many e-filing provider websites who will teach you how to apply for a tax extension, provide you with the forms for free, advice on all features of extension and help you complete filing within 5 to 6 minutes!

As told before, it is really simple to understand how to apply for a tax extension. For more information, you can contact the IRS website or take the help of an e-file provider website to help you understand how to apply for a tax extension and also managing your application for you.

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Tax Preparation Has Become Simpler With Intuit Tax

For the taxes preparation and filing the taxes returns, Intuit developed software for businesses and enterprises to let them manage taxes returns efficiently. There are millions of users globally who operate their taxation with Intuit tax software solution. Intuit is world's no.1 cloud taxation software solution. The software is a suite of accounting solutions and ERP for making the taxes returns quicker. With the help of taxation softwares, the process of taxes return has become simpler and easier. The easy application makes quick filing of the taxes and reduces the manual process of paper based filing. The manual process of taxes filing needs paperwork to be done which requires more time by users to make the taxes filing. The manual taxes filing was complex task which accountants had to work overtime to make taxes filing for multiple customers and businesses. Tax software has lot of features that makes the application efficient for small and medium enterprises. ProSeries is the best solution of tax filing for personal and professional purpose. Users or firms can file the taxes returns for federal, state or local tax submission for any number of times in a year.

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Intuit offers free trial version of tax application to learn the application before using the system. It can be installed on any device and users can learn the product anytime. The trial version allows less knowledged users to become a good learner of the application. The trial is free for 30 days from the date of installation so users should get most benefit of learning while webinars, video portals are running all the time online that can be accessed anytime. The tax software is compatible solution to most devices so users have freedom to install on any system such as smartphone, laptop, tablet and computer. It's quick and simple to install the free software application on any preferred device and get access to learning the application. Multiple users can collaborate on the real time tax application to make the tax solution simplified. All users of the firm can collaborate on the hosted solution and make tax return executed. Intuit Tax is easy, quick and fast processing software which makes easy filing of the taxes and on time. Company owners have no burdens of tax preparation and they can rest assured when they have tax solution with them. Customer can purchase the license from Intuit and get discount as new customer on new product.

Along with the license purchase, customers also get free expert tips to easily file the tax returns. The hosting of Intuit tax software on cloud and desktop are two options which customers can select to make the tax return process done. Tax solution on cloud hosting is a new solution hosted online on remote servers. Desktop hosting of the application is traditional approach that lets users prepare the tax. Cloud hosting is a low cost solution offered by hosting providers on subscriptions. The subscription feature is easy on cash management and customers get security, backups and support services.

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Tax Updates For 2010

There are many laws constantly changing with the IRS. At Online Tax Pros we stay up to date with the latest tax changes so we can relay them to you, The Public. Here are some of the most recent tax updates for 2010:

Earned Income Credit

The maximum amount of the credit has increased. The most you can receive for 2010 is: -

$3,050 with one qualifying child -

$5,036 with two qualifying children -

$5,666 with three or more qualifying children -

$457 if you do not have a qualifying child

Earned income amount increased. The maximum amount of income you can ear & still receive the cedit has increased also. You may qualify for this credit if: -

You have three or more qualifying children & you earn less than $43,352 ($48,362 if married filing jointly) -

You have two qualifying children & earn less than $40,363 ($45,373 if married filing jointly) -

You have one qualifying child and you earn less than $35,535 ($40,545 if married filing jointly) -

You do not have a qualifying child & you earn less than $13,460 ($18,470 if married filing jointly)

The maximum amount of investment income you can have and still receive the credit remains at $3,100 for 2010. If you get the advance payments of the credit from your employer with you pay, the total advance payments you get during 2010 can be as much as $1,830

Economic Recovery Payment

If you receive any economic recovery payment during 2010 it is not taxable. These $250 payments were made in 2010 to people who: -

Received social security benefits, supplements security income (SSI), railroad retirement benefits, or veterans disability compensation or pension benefits in November 2008, December 2008, or January 2009. -

Live in the U.S. States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, or the Northern Mariana Islands -

did not receive an economic recovery payment in 2009

If your married an you and your spouse both meet these requirements, each of you may get a $250 payment. If you are entitled to a payment, you will automatically receive it, you do not apply for it. However, any payment you receive will reduce your making work payment credit.

Residential Energy Credits

Nonbusiness energy property credit. This credit, which expired after 2007, has been reinstated. You may be able to claim a nonbusiness energy property credit of 30% of the cost of certain energy-efficient property or improvements you placed in service in 2010. This property can include high-efficiency heat pumps, air conditioners, & water heaters. It also may include energy-efficient windows, doors, insulation materials, and certain roofs. The credit has expanded to include certain asphalt roofs and stoves that burn biomass fuel.

Limitation. The total amount of credit you can claim is limited to $1,500.

Residential energy efficient property credit. Beginning in 2009, there is no limitation on the credit amount for qualified solar electric property costs, qualified solar water heating property costs, qualified small wind energy property costs, & qualified geothermal heat pump property costs. The limitation on the credit amount for qualified fuel cell property costs remains the same.

Itemized Deductions

The limit on Itemized deductions expired in 2010. However, under current law, the limit on itemized deductions will resume in 2011 at pre-2006 levels.

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