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Health Savings Accounts

Aug 3, 2018, 10:00 AM

Given the ever-escalating cost of providing employee healthcare benefits, we want to advise you of a more cost-effective method of providing these benefits; namely, a health savings account (HSA). For eligible individuals, HSAs offer a tax-favorable way to set aside funds (or have their employer do so) to meet future medical needs
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Spousal IRAs

Aug 2, 2018, 8:45 PM

Increased tax benefits may be available to you under the rules for "spousal" individual retirement accounts (IRAs). Under these rules, the amount a married couple can contribute to an IRA for a nonworking spouse in 2018 is $5,500. The same limit applies for the working spouse.
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Now Hiring Accounting Services and Tax Associate (Gillette, WY)

Jul 25, 2018, 4:00 PM

Casey Peterson, Ltd. is seeking an Accounting Services and Tax Associate to join their Gillette, WY team.
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Taxation of Social Security Benefits

Jun 29, 2018, 10:45 AM

Social Security benefits are taxed depending on your other income. In the worst-case scenario, 85% of your benefits would be taxed. This does not mean you pay 85% of your benefits back to the government in taxes, but you would include 85% of them in your income subject to your regular tax rates.
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Taxation of Lottery Winnings

Jun 25, 2018, 12:45 PM

There are several tax considerations when winning a lottery, as well as important nontax considerations, you should take into account. How lottery winnings are taxed. Lottery winnings are taxable for both cash winnings and for the fair market value of noncash prizes, such as a car or vacation. Depending on your other income and the amount of your winnings, your federal tax rate may be as high as 37%. Your lottery winnings may also be subject to state income tax. Thus, depending on where you live, your total tax bill could be as high as 50%, or more. You do not get any capital gains rate break for lottery winnings, nor is there any income averaging to help lower your tax bill.
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Deducting the Costs of a Spouse on a Business Trip

Jun 18, 2018, 7:45 AM

The rules for deducting a spouse's travel costs are very restrictive. To qualify, your spouse must be your employee. Therefore, you cannot deduct the travel costs of a spouse, even if his or her presence has a bona fide business purpose, unless the spouse is an actual employee of your business. This requirement prevents deductibility in most cases.
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Renting a Home to a Relative

Jun 15, 2018, 10:00 AM

If you rent a home to a relative who (1) uses it as his or her principal residence (that is, not just as a second or vacation home) for the year, and (2) it is rented at fair rental rate (not at a discount), then no limitations apply. You can deduct all the normal rental expenses, even if they result in a rental loss for the year. If you have a loss, however, it is a "passive" loss, which may be subject to a different set of limitations.
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Casey Peterson, Ltd. wins Top Wealth Advisory Firm award.

Jun 5, 2018, 4:00 PM

Rapid City, SD, May 23, 2018 – Local CPA firm, Casey Peterson, Ltd. has been awarded the 2017 Top Wealth Advisory Firm from HK Financial Services (HKFS). Casey Peterson, Ltd. earned this award by helping clients with wealth management planning. Casey Peterson, Ltd. works closely with HKFS to provide independent and objective financial services to their clients. Congratulations, Casey Peterson, Ltd.
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Is your worker an independent contractor or employee?

May 29, 2018, 2:45 PM

The question of whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee for federal income and employment tax purposes is a complex one. It is intensely factual, and the stakes can be very high. If a worker is an employee, the company must withhold federal income and payroll taxes, pay the employer's share of FICA taxes on the wages plus FUTA tax, and often provide the worker with fringe benefits it makes available to other employees. There may be state tax obligations as well. These obligations do not apply for a worker who is an independent contractor. The business sends the independent contractor a Form 1099-MISC for the year showing the amount paid to the contractor (if the amount is $600 or more), and that is it. Who is an “employee?” There is no uniform definition of the term.
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IRS's Voluntary Classification Settlement Program for Misclassified Workers.

May 21, 2018, 10:45 AM

The IRS offers an employment tax settlement program called the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP). This program allows employers to reclassify as employees those workers they have erroneously treated as independent contractors. The program has generous payment terms, and participants get relief from employment tax audits for previous years. Here are the details.
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