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Casey Peterson, Ltd. Adds Online Payment to Website

Sep 20, 2018, 8:45 AM

We are excited to announce the addition of an online payment option to our website! Casey Peterson, Ltd. has teamed up with USPAY/Xpress-pay to offer a safe and secure way for clients to pay invoices without having to mail a check, call, or stop by the office.
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Should I keep it on my menu?

Sep 19, 2018, 9:25 AM

You want to build a successful menu, but what exactly is successful menu? In general, it is a menu that helps you increase sales. After you have defined what success means for you, how can you measure that success over time and ensure your menu stays successful? One strategy is “menu engineering”.”
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Withholding on Tips

Sep 11, 2018, 2:45 PM

All tips are subject to federal income tax. Cash tips of $20 or more received in any month are considered wages for federal income tax withholding and FICA purposes, while noncash tips are not. In general, an employee who receives cash tips of $20 or more in one calendar month must report these tips to the employer on or before the 10th day of the following month.
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Mid-year Review of Estimated Taxes

Aug 23, 2018, 8:00 AM

It is not a major disaster if you owed some money when you filed your return-after all, you would rather have the use of the funds for as long as possible. What you want to avoid is having to pay the IRS a penalty for underpaying your taxes during the year. If you owe the estimated tax underpayment penalty, which is nondeductible, you are, in effect, paying the IRS interest for part of the money you should have prepaid during the year for taxes but did not. On the other hand, if you received a large refund on last year's return, you made an interest-free loan to the government which is something you may want to avoid this year. If that happened, you should consider reducing the amount of withholding taken from your salary and/or the amount of estimated tax payments you make.
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Tax Audits

Aug 22, 2018, 7:00 AM

The IRS will audit hundreds of thousands of individual tax returns this year. Although that represents only a small percentage of all returns filed, it is little consolation if your return is among those selected for audit. With proper preparation and planning, you should fare well.
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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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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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