Use IRS Adjusted Numbers for 2014 Tax Planning

Certain tax numbers are adjusted by the IRS for inflation each year. Here are some of the 2014 tax numbers you’ll need to use as you get started with this year’s tax planning.

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  • The standard mileage rate for business driving decreases to 56¢ per mile for 2014. The rate for medical and moving mileage decreases from 24¢ per mile to 23.5¢ per mile. The general rate for charitable driving remains at 14¢ per mile.
  • The maximum earnings subject to social security tax in 2014 increases to $117,000. The earnings limit for those under full retirement age is $15,480. For those at full retirement age, there is no earnings limit.
  • The “nanny tax” threshold increases to $1,900 for 2014. If you pay household workers more than this amount during the year, you’re responsible for payroll taxes.
  • The “kiddie tax” threshold for 2014 remains unchanged at $2,000. If your child under age 19 (under age 24 for students) has more than $2,000 of unearned income this year (e.g., dividends and interest income), the excess could be taxed at your highest rate.
  • The maximum individual retirement account (IRA) contribution you can make in 2014 remains at $5,500 if you’re under age 50 and at $6,500 if you are 50 or older.
  • The maximum amount of wages employees can put into a 401(k) plan remains unchanged at $17,500. The 2014 maximum allowed for SIMPLE plans remains at $12,000. If you are 50 or older, you can contribute up to $23,000 to a 401(k) and $14,500 to a SIMPLE plan.
  • For 2014, the maximum amount that can be contributed to a health savings account (HSA) increases to $3,300 for individuals and $6,550 for families. Those 55 and older can contribute an additional $1,000.
  • The alternative minimum tax exemption for 2014 is $52,800 for singles and $82,100 for couples filing joint returns.

Give a Woman a Power Tool and She Can Change the World

Insero & Company is pleased to announce that 2014 will be our 5th year participating in Flower City Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build.

Give a Woman a Power Tool and She Can Change the World

This program is dedicated to empowering women and breaking the cycle of poverty by providing a hand up (not a hand out) to a family right here in Rochester. Our team includes employees, clients, friends and family, so if you are interested in joining us, please contact us today to learn more:

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Start Planning Now for 2014 Income Taxes

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You may not have even completed your 2013 taxes yet, but now is an ideal time to start getting ready for your 2014 returns.

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We know that you’re in some stage of preparation for your 2013 income taxes. It may seem odd to start thinking about 2014 taxes just now, but actually, this is the ideal time to start planning and making business decisions with their tax implications always in the back of your mind.

As you look at the data that will be entered in your 2013 tax forms, you’re likely to come across some expenses that you might have handled differently, or some income that should have been deferred. If you begin your planning process for 2014 while 2013 is still in the works, you can start making smarter, more tax-advantageous business decisions now, instead of late in the year when everyone is rushing to take actions necessary to lower their tax obligation.

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Estate Planning Tip: Naming Your Spouse as Trustee

When setting up a trust, your first instinct might be to name your spouse as the trustee. Just be aware that without proper planning, naming your spouse as the trustee may cause tax and administration difficulties down the road.

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If your spouse has broad and/or over-reaching powers over the trust corpus, the fair market value of the trust at his/her death may be pulled into her gross estate for estate tax purposes, resulting in higher death taxes. This result may be contrary to the goals and objectives of your overall estate plan.

Also, if your spouse has strained relationships with the principal beneficiaries of the trust, it may hinder his/her objectivity to comply with the terms of the trust. He/she may have some wiggle-room based upon broad language in the trust instrument to avoid making distributions to beneficiaries which may be contrary to your intentions.

Seeking the advice of a competent estate planning professional will help minimize the above mentioned difficulties.

Make QuickBooks Yours in 2014: Customize

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QuickBooks can be used as is (with some exceptions), but you can customize many elements to improve your workflow, your form output and your business insight.

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You’ll learn far more about your company’s financial status if you use Filters in reports. We can help you set up the most effective ones for your business.

While many of the things you purchase and use in your daily work and professional lives don’t come with options, many do. Think about the last time you bought a car, for example. Did you request additional features for safety or convenience or aesthetic value?

You can’t buy “extras” with your copy of QuickBooks. You can select from the different versions (Pro, Premier, etc.) and extend the software’s functionality by installing integrated add-ons from the Intuit App Center. But if you install QuickBooks on two machines from the same DVD or download, they’ll look and work the same.

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Insero & Company Acquires Marquise Business Solutions

Insero & Company CPAs, P.C. announced today that it has acquired Rochester-based Marquise Business Solutions, LLC.

Founded in 2007, Marquise specialized in accounting, finance and strategic business consulting for start-ups and small to medium-sized businesses. Paul LeFrois, Jr., former Managing Member, will continue to provide these services as part of Insero’s Small Business Group.

Paul LeFrois, Jr.

LeFrois is a graduate of Saint Bonaventure University and a recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s Forty under 40 Award. He has volunteered for the Westside YMCA for the past 14 years and is currently serving as Chairman of the Board. He resides in Gates with his wife and twin sons.

“We have worked with Paul in the past and are very pleased that Marquise Business Solutions is now an integral part of our team,” said Nancy Catarisano, Insero’s Managing Partner. The acquisition is part of the firm’s initiative to expand its Small Business practice. “We are continuing our major push in small business because we believe small business is still a growth area in Rochester.”

Insero & Company CPAs, P.C. is one of the leading accounting and business advisory practices serving Western, Upstate and the Southern Tier of New York with offices in Rochester and Corning, New York.   A full-service public accounting firm with Tax, Audit and Outsource Accounting practices, Insero’s specialty services include Small Business, Employee Benefit Plan Audits and Outsourced and Virtual Accounting Services for businesses and not-for-profit organizations of all sizes.

 

Profile: Nancy Catarisano

Insero & Company‘s Managing Partner, Nancy Catarisano, was recently featured in the Rochester Business Journal.

Nancy Catarisano

Here is an excerpt from the profile:

Nancy Catarisano’s bookkeeping and accounting career began when she was a child collecting payments for her father’s lumber mill, logging in the workers there and balancing the company checkbook.

She is now managing partner at Insero & Co. CPAs P.C., overseeing 85 employees at its State Street headquarters and a branch office in Corning. The firm has plans to double employment in five years.

Catarisano, 52, became managing partner Oct. 1, 2012, after serving as chief operating officer since December 2008, when founder Frank Insero transitioned from managing partner to CEO. As COO, she managed the firm’s day-to-day operations.

“It’s a big change,” she says of being managing partner. “I have a lot less time to spend just doing relaxing things. The firm is on my mind 24/7.

“With any leader, that’s what you do. It’s a responsibility; I take it seriously. Everybody is looking at me to set the stage for the future, and set the vision and set the culture.”

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Estate Planning Tip: Planning for Couples in a Second Marriage

There are many factors to plan and consider when preparing for marriage, especially if you have been married before.

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In a second marriage situation, it is important to discuss with your estate planning team exactly how estate taxes will be paid. If this is not properly addressed, there are situations where the estate taxes will be paid exclusively from the inheritance of the children of the first marriage. In this scenario, assets passing to the second to die’s heirs would not bear its appropriate share of the estate tax burden. With the proper planning, this unintended consequence can be avoided simply by including the necessary language in your will.

Client Update Newsletter: Winter 2013

When it comes to your business there is no one-size-fits-all formula to success – and your relationship with your CPA should be just as unique. That’s why we promise to deliver The Highest Standard of client service built on a foundation of frequent communication.

This newsletter is just one of the ways we help you stay up-to-date on tax and financial issues that impact business owners and financial professionals like you. From year-round tax planning to tips on how to maximize profits, this valuable resource is a must read. This quarter’s topics include:

  • Health care reform law gets underway for individuals
  • Year-End Tax Moves
  • 1099s: A little form with a painful bite
  • Business or hobby? Nine factors help the IRS decide
  • Financial tips for the 20-something generation
  • How to handle the financial issues after the death of a spouse

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