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European and State Governments Squeezing Businesses for tax Dollars!

European governments are attacking American businesses trying to get as much tax money as possible. The latest leader in this witchhunt is France. They are not only going after companies for large civil taxes but they are at going after the businesses and the employees of the business for criminal penalties and possibly jail. Leading the list are Google, McDonald's and All these companies have some relationship to France by having services sold through subsidiaries, but the French do not care about legal structures of business. They just want their tax!

This sounds a lot like many State governments. New Jersey is always trying to find "nexus" to pull in out-of-state businesses as being subject to New Jersey taxes. Also any business located in New Jersey is subject to grueling sales and use tax audits and lengthy appeals and court hearings. It is a real problem particularly when the company tries to handle it themselves or have an accountant represent them i…

Hign Tax States Sue Federal Government

The high tax States, including New Jersey, are suing the Federal Government because of the Tax Reform Act. They are arguing the $10k cap on State and Local Taxes is somehow Unconstitutional. They will lose. There is no right to have a Federal Tax Deduction for local taxes. It would be surprising if the Courts side with the States. Here is a good article on the lawsuit from Thompson-Reuters:

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - Four U.S. states sued the federal government on Tuesday to void the new $10,000 cap on the federal deduction for state and local taxes, included as part of the President Donald Trump's 2017 tax overhaul.

The lawsuit by New York, Connecticut, Maryland and New Jersey came seven months after Trump signed into law the $1.5 trillion overhaul, which also lowered taxes for many wealthy Americans and slashed the corporate tax rate.
It also adds to the many legal battles between Democratic-led and -leaning states, including several that impose comparatively high taxes, and the Trump a…

How to Avoid the !00% (6672 VCivil Penalty) for Employment Taxes

How to avoid getting hit with payroll tax penalties
For small businesses, managing payroll can be one of the most arduous tasks. Adding to the burden earlier this year was adjusting income tax withholding based on the new tables issued by the IRS. (Those tables account for changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.) But it’s crucial not only to withhold the appropriate taxes — including both income tax and employment taxes — but also to remit them on time to the federal government.
If you don’t, you, personally, could face harsh penalties. This is true even if your business is an entity that normally shields owners from personal liability, such as a corporation or limited liability company.
The 100% penalty
Employers must withhold federal income and employment taxes (such as Social Security) as well as applicable state and local taxes on wages paid to their employees. The federal taxes must then be remitted to the federal government according to a deposit schedule.
If a business makes p…

New Tax Law Qualified Business Income Dedcution

Close-up on the new QBI deduction’s wage limit The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) provides a valuable new tax break to noncorporate owners of pass-through entities: a deduction for a portion of qualified business income (QBI). The deduction generally applies to income from sole proprietorships, partnerships, S corporations and, typically, limited liability companies (LLCs). It can equal as much as 20% of QBI. But once taxable income exceeds $315,000 for married couples filing jointly or $157,500 for other filers, a wage limit begins to phase in.

Full vs. partial phase-in
When the wage limit is fully phased in, at $415,000 for joint filers and $207,500 for other filers, the QBI deduction generally can’t exceed the greater of the owner’s share of:
50% of the amount of W-2 wages paid to employees during the tax year, orThe sum of 25% of W-2 wages plus 2.5% of the cost of qualified business property (QBP). When the wage limit applies but isn’t yet fully phased in, the amount of the limit is …

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Does Your Online Business Need to Collect Sales Tax>

Does your business have to begin collecting sales tax on all out-of-state online sales?
You’ve probably heard about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing state and local governments to impose sales taxes on more out-of-state online sales. The ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. is welcome news for brick-and-mortar retailers, who felt previous rulings gave an unfair advantage to their online competitors. And state and local governments are pleased to potentially be able to collect more sales tax.

But for businesses with out-of-state online sales that haven’t had to collect sales tax from out-of-state customers in the past, the decision brings many questions and concerns.

What the requirements used to be Even before Wayfair, a state could require an out-of-state business to collect sales tax from its residents on online sales if the business had a “substantial nexus” — or connection — with the state. The nexus requirement is part of the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitu…

LLC vs. C Corporation vx. S Corporation under the new Tax Cuts

Choosing the best business entity structure post-TCJA
For tax years beginning in 2018 and beyond, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) created a flat 21% federal income tax rate for C corporations. Under prior law, C corporations were taxed at rates as high as 35%. The TCJA also reduced individual income tax rates, which apply to sole proprietorships and pass-through entities, including partnerships, S corporations, and, typically, limited liability companies (LLCs). The top rate, however, dropped only slightly, from 39.6% to 37%.
On the surface, that may make choosing C corporation structure seem like a no-brainer. But there are many other considerations involved.
Conventional wisdom
Under prior tax law, conventional wisdom was that most small businesses should be set up as sole proprietorships or pass-through entities to avoid the double taxation of C corporations: A C corporation pays entity-level income tax and then shareholders pay tax on dividends — and on capital gains when they sel…

Sales tax Disaster for Small Online Businesses

Supreme Court issues an Opinion Allowing States to Force online US Retailers to Collect Sales Tax
What a disaster for US online businesses! In SD v. Wayfair, the US Supreme Court slapped online retailers the burden of collecting Sales Tax on sales out-of-state. This means small businesses must comply with thousands of state and local sales tax rates and the different laws of each jurisdiction. This was backed by the big online companies such as Amazon, Apple, Walmart, as well as the big storefront retailers.
Compliance will be next to impossible with expensive services and will drive small US online companies out of business, jacking-up prices for consumers. The large online companies and non-US companies will have a big advantage.  Starting a new online business means many people will choose a foreign entity and complicated ownership structures to remain competitive.
Poor decision!

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