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Can’t Meet in Person? Try a Video Conference

Video conference options mean meeting with the professionals at David Mills CPA, LLC is as easy as looking at your phone.

We utilize the Zoom software to host video conference meetings with clients. It’s an easy-to-use program, where no account or password is created.

Laptops, tablets and cell phones are designed for video conferences

Because most laptops, tablets and cell phones have built-in cameras, there’s no additional hardware to purchase.

We understand individuals and business owners lead busy lives. Finding time to come to either our Morton or East Peoria location can be difficult.

With a video conference, you can have a meeting wherever you are. We will send you a link to directly connect to your tax preparer. It’s the ideal solution for those out of town or with busy schedules.

Set up your video conference appointment today

Contact David Mills CPA, LLC today to learn more about video conferencing or to set up an appointment.

Small Businesses: It May Not Be Too Late to Cut Your 2019 Taxes

Don’t let the holiday rush keep you from taking some important steps to reduce your 2019 tax liability.

You still have time to execute a few strategies, including:

1. Buying assets

Thinking about purchasing new or used heavy vehicles, heavy equipment, machinery or office equipment in the new year? Buy it and place it in service by December 31, and you can deduct 100% of the cost as bonus depreciation.

Although “qualified improvement property” (QIP) — generally, interior improvements to nonresidential real property — doesn’t qualify for bonus depreciation, it’s eligible for Sec. 179 immediate expensing. And QIP now includes roofs, HVAC, fire protection systems, alarm systems and security systems placed in service after the building was placed in service.

You can deduct as much as $1.02 million for QIP and other qualified assets placed in service before January 1, not to exceed your amount of taxable income from business activity.

Once you place in service more than $2.55 million in qualifying property, the Sec. 179 deduction begins phasing out on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Additional limitations may apply.

2. Making the most of retirement plans

If you don’t already have a retirement plan, you still have time to establish a new plan, such as a SEP IRA, 401(k) or profit-sharing plans (the deadline for setting up a SIMPLE IRA to make contributions for 2019 tax purposes was October 1, unless your business started after that date).

If your circumstances, such as your number of employees, have changed significantly, you also should consider starting a new plan before January 1.

Although retirement plans generally must be started before year-end, you usually can deduct any contributions you make for yourself and your employees until the due date of your tax return. You also might qualify for a tax credit to offset the costs of starting a plan.

3. Timing deductions and income

If your business operates on a cash basis, you can significantly affect your amount of taxable income by accelerating your deductions into 2019 and deferring income into 2020 (assuming you expect to be taxed at the same or a lower rate next year).

For example, you could put recurring expenses normally paid early in the year on your credit card before January 1 — that way, you can claim the deduction for 2019 even though you don’t pay the credit card bill until 2020.

In certain circumstances, you also can prepay some expenses, such as rent or insurance and claim them in 2019.

As for income, wait until close to year-end to send out invoices to customers with reliable payment histories. Accrual-basis businesses can take a similar approach, holding off on the delivery of goods and services until next year.

Proceed with caution
Bear in mind that some of these tactics could adversely impact other factors affecting your tax liability, such as the qualified business income deduction.  For more information about small business tax liability or other business advisement services, contact the experts at David Mills CPA, LLC. 

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New Law Provides Variety of Tax Breaks to Businesses and Employers

While you were celebrating the holidays, you may not have noticed that Congress passed a law with a grab bag of provisions that provide tax relief to businesses and employers.

The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 was signed into law on December 20, 2019. It makes many changes to the tax code, including an extension (generally through 2020) of more than 30 provisions that were set to expire or already expired.

Two other laws were passed as part of the law (The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 and the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act – SECURE).

Here are five highlights:

1. Long-term part-timers can participate in 401(k)s

Under current law, employers generally can exclude part-time employees (those who work less than 1,000 hours per year) when providing a 401(k) plan to their employees.

A qualified retirement plan can generally delay participation in the plan based on an employee attaining a certain age or completing a certain number of years of service but not beyond the later of completion of one year of service (that is, a 12-month period with at least 1,000 hours of service) or reaching age 21.

Qualified retirement plans are subject to various other requirements involving who can participate.

For plan years beginning after Dec. 31, 2020, the new law requires a 401(k) plan to allow an employee to make elective deferrals if the employee has worked with the employer for at least 500 hours per year for at least three consecutive years and has met the age-21 requirement by the end of the three-consecutive-year period.

There are a number of other rules involved that will determine whether a part-time employee qualifies to participate in a 401(k) plan.

2. The employer tax credit for paid family and medical leave is extended

Tax law provides an employer credit for paid family and medical leave. It permits eligible employers to claim an elective general business credit based on eligible wages paid to qualifying employees with respect to family and medical leave.

The credit is equal to 12.5% of eligible wages if the rate of payment is 50% of such wages and is increased by 0.25 percentage points (but not above 25%) for each percentage point that the rate of payment exceeds 50%. The maximum leave amount that can be taken into account for a qualifying employee is 12 weeks per year.

The credit was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2019. The new law extends it through 2020.

3. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is extended

Under the WOTC, an elective general business credit is provided to employers hiring individuals who are members of one or more of 10 targeted groups. The new law extends this credit through 2020.

4. The medical device excise tax is repealed

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contained a provision that required that the sale of a taxable medical device by the manufacturer, producer or importer is subject to a tax equal to 2.3% of the price for which it is sold.

This medical device excise tax originally applied to sales of taxable medical devices after Dec. 31, 2012.

The new law repeals the excise tax for sales occurring after December 31, 2019.

5. The high-cost, employer-sponsored health coverage tax is repealed

The ACA also added a nondeductible excise tax on insurers when the aggregate value of employer-sponsored health insurance coverage for an employee, former employee, surviving spouse or other primary insured individual exceeded a threshold amount.

This tax is commonly referred to as the tax on “Cadillac” plans.The new law repeals the Cadillac tax for tax years beginning after December 31, 2019.

Stay tuned

These are only some of the provisions of the new law. We will be covering them in the coming weeks. If you have questions about your situation, don’t hesitate to contact us at David Mills CPA, LLC.
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How do Business Structures Differ?

Starting a new business is an exciting venture, but with so many business structures, deciding the legal structure of your company can seem overwhelming. Will it be a sole proprietorship? A corporation? Is it an LLC?

Trying to figure out the various business legal structures can seem complex. However, the experts at David Mills, CPA, LLC have the experience and knowledge to provide expert advice and guidance

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says there are five primary types of business structures. Which one you chose will affect which income tax return form you have to file.

The five most common business legal structures are:

Sole Proprietorship

In a sole proprietorship, the individual who owns the business is an unincorporated business by themselves. 

This type of business structure is sometimes known as the sole trader, individual entrepreneurship or proprietorship. There is no legal distinction between the owner and the business entity. 

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, a sole proprietorship is “the simplest and most common structure chosen to start a business.” 

Partnership

A partnership is when two or more individuals join together to create a business. According to the IRS, in a partnership “each person contributes money, property, labor or skill, and expects to share in the profits and losses of the business.”

Within a partnership, there are two common types: limited partnerships (LP) and limited liability partnerships (LLP). 

The U.S. Small Business Administration notes a limited partnership has one partner with unlimited liability and all others with limited liability. 

In a limited partnership, the partners with limited liability tend to have limited control over the company. Profits are passed through to personal tax returns, and the general partner — the partner without limited liability — must also pay self-employment taxes.

A limited liability partnership (LLP) gives limited liability to every owner. This structure protects each partner from debts against the partnership.

Corporation

When a corporation is formed, prospective shareholders exchange money, property or both, for the corporation’s capital stock. 

Sometimes called a “C-corp” a corporation is a legal entity separate from its owners. 

The Small Business Administration notes corporations offer “the strongest protection to its owners from personal liability” but “the cost to form a corporation is higher than other structures.”

Operating a corporation requires more extensive record-keeping and reporting.

S Corporation

The IRS says S Corporations “are corporations that elect to pass corporate income, losses, deductions, and credits through to their shareholders for federal tax purposes.”

Becoming an S Corporation requires a business to meet certain qualifications including being a domestic corporation and having no more than 100 shareholders.

Businesses must file with the IRS to earn S Corporation status.

Limited Liability Company

A limited liability company, more commonly referred to as an “LLC” combines the advantages of both the corporation and partnership business structures.

An LLC can protect an individual from personal liability in most instances. 

Owners of an LLC are known as “members” and the members can be individuals, corporations, other LLCs or foreign entities. Most states, including Illinois, permit “single-member” LLCs, in which there is only one owner.

Let the Experts at David Mills, CPA, LLC Help

The professionals at David Mills, CPA, LLC, have offices in both Morton and East Peoria. They work with business clients in the Tri-County (Peoria, Woodford and Tazewell) area as well as beyond.

When establishing a business, contact David Mills, CPA, LLC to ensure the legal entity you select best matches your professional goals.

Tax Preparation Near Peoria, IL

Are you a small to medium sized business near the Peoria, IL area? Do you need help with business tax preparation? Then you have come to the right place. It can be confusing and difficult to prepare your business’ taxes, so we are here to help clear up any confusion. Each business is different as well, and we know the ins and outs of taxes. Your taxes will be different depending on if:

  • You are a Sole Proprietorship, S Corporation, C Corporation, Limited Liability Corporation (LLC), or Partnership
  • You have started your business in the current year
  • Sold part or all of your business
  • Are considering selling your business in the near future
  • Have added partners or shareholders, or they have left your company
  • You need guidance on “reasonable compensation” for shareholders
  • Knowing you are taking advantage of all the deductions you are entitled to
  • Is it time to change the business structure of your company to minimize taxes?

We can help you minimize your taxes each year! Each year, businesses lose tons of money because they aren’t aware of regulations and constantly changing laws. David Mills CPA is here to help guide you through your tax season.

Individual Tax Preparation

We also provide tax preparation near the Peoria, IL area to individuals looking for guidance. You may think your taxes are simple, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are constant changes to the tax laws. Each year there are hundreds of changes. Can you keep up with those tax laws and regulations? Probably not. But we can! We will help you get the biggest return possible.

Contact us today and we will help you or your business with tax preparation. We look forward to being able to guide you or your business through the maze that can be taxes. It’s better to prepare now so you have peace of mind all year! Give us a call today.

Thoughts on the 2018 Tax Season

April 15th is behind us and if you’ve filed your tax return you’ve probably had the chance to see how the Tax Act affected you. Here are some thoughts on this past tax season and about the tax seasons going forward:

    • In 2018, the look of the 1040 tax form was completely different than in previous years. That didn’t diminish the amount of information needed. It will be a bit harder to trace your income and deductions from previous years.
    • tax seasonIf you are 70 ½ or older consider charitable contributions directly from your IRA required minimum distribution (RMD). This reduces your taxable income and is a much more tax effective way than the usual cash contributions. This distribution must be from your account-do not take the money first and give to the charity.
    • The IRS is already issuing guidance on more information they will require for the 2019 tax season in 2020. If you are divorced or separated we will need to know the date of the decree if we don’t already have it on file.
    • As you have read, Illinois wants to replace the current flat tax to a graduated rate. For household incomes up to $250,000 the rate will be 4.95% or lower. If your family income is $250K or more, your rate goes to 7.75%. The top rate is 7.95% for incomes at $1,000,000 or more. Also, if you are at this level the higher tax is effective for all income, not just the incremental amount. There is no inflation indexing in these rates.
    • If this tax change occurs, the State Business Tax Climate index estimates the overall tax rate will be 48th out of 50 states. It currently is at #36. Our property taxes rate the 45th highest (only 5 states are higher).
    • The Illinois corporate rate will be 10.45% the third highest in the nation.
    • Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri have all lowered tax rates.
    • Illinois has instituted the $15 minimum wage requirement by 2025.
    • If you’re an S Corporation shareholder the IRS is requiring additional information if the company has loss, if you loaned the company funds and were repaid (full or partial), or dispose of your stock. They require that “basis” information be provided with the tax return. If we prepare your corporate tax return we’ll provide this information. If another tax preparer provides form K-1 please ask them for the basis statement.
    • Illinois is sending notices requesting additional information on property tax payments and verification of Illinois withholding payments. If you receive a notice it’s not that something is wrong-Illinois wants further information. Failure to provide this information can result in you losing your Illinois refund.

There are some big changes that are happening and it will be interesting to see their effects. It’s best to stay on top of the changes. We can help you there! Contact us about your financial needs.

Get Help with Tax Season for You or Your Business

This tax season, make sure you are getting the tax return you deserve with our help. Taxes are a complex system and having a knowledgeable and experienced professional at your back can be the best way to improve your return. We offer tax planning and preparation for both individuals and small to medium-sized businesses.

Tax Preparation for Businesses

For business owners, your personal and businesses taxes are closely linked. It’s especially important for business owners to have proper tax preparation. One issue many business owners face is that sometimes business owners think only of yearly taxes, but they are subject to many more such as:

  • tax seasonFederal and state payroll withholding and taxes
  • Appropriate tax deposits to avoid penalties
  • Sales tax and use tax issues
  • Worker’s compensation issues
  • Local sales taxes
  • Union reporting
  • Retirement plan contributions and deductions

We have the experience and knowledge required to guide you through the many regulations and laws. Minimizing these taxes is a goal of every business. We can help you and your business through our advising!

Tax Preparation for Individuals

Many individuals believe that their tax return is relatively simple. You can go the simple route, but you are likely making mistakes and missing out on deductions you are able to claim. We can help you get the most out of your tax return.

  • tax seasonIf you are a new client, we review your last 2-3 years tax returns to check for accuracy.
  • No matter if you owe money on your return or have a large refund, we will help you adjust your withholding tax to eliminate problems.
  • Tax returns are carefully reviewed to ensure you take all the deductions you are entitled to.
  • As part of our income tax preparation process, we electronically file your tax return.
  • We prepare most state income tax returns.
  • We can also help you with out-of-state individual tax preparation.

Get the most out of your tax return, call us today so we can provide you with professional tax preparation. You’ll see the difference for yourself and your business.

David Mills CPA: East Peoria Location Now Open!

Exciting news! David Mills CPA has officially opened our East Peoria location. We can provide your business with accounting and financial services. Our office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

David Mills Services Offered David Mills East Peoria location

In order to best serve our customers, we offer a wide variety of services. We can assist your business with the financial aspects so you can focus on what is most important to you. A list of our services include:

  • QuickBooks
  • Bookkeeping
  • Family Office Services
  • Trust & Estate Taxation
  • Income Tax Planning
  • Daily Money Manager
  • Financial
  • Tax Preparation
  • Controller/CFO Services
  • Payroll
  • Business Structure
  • Cash Flow & Budgeting

Now Booking Appointments

Our East Peoria location is now booking appointments. For all of your financial needs, contact David Mills CPA today. We look forward to working with you and serving our customers in East Peoria.

 

5 Reasons to Hire A Tax Consultant

If you are like most people when it comes to taxes, you don’t feel confident in what you are doing. A tax consultant can help relieve stress and reduce mistakes while filing taxes. Check out five reasons why you should consider hiring a tax consultant.

1. You Find A Mistake On A Previous Return

Have you found a mistake on a previous tax return in the past three years? You can work with a tax constant to file an amended return. A consultant can help to minimize any damage that may have been caused. It can also provide you with peace of mind in knowing that your tax return will be properly handled.

2. Your Marital Status Has Changed Tax consultant

Have you gotten married or divorced in the last year? If so, your tax filing may be affected.

  • Newly Married Couples: A consultant can help you decide whether to file your taxes together or separate. It is helpful to get a tax consultant’s opinion of what will be most beneficial since every couple’s situation is different.
  • Recently Divorced Couples: A consultant can help you determine if it is best to file separate or together. They can also help ensure that alimony has either been paid or received properly.

3. Filling Your Own Taxes Can Be Time Consuming

Filling Your taxes can be time-consuming. A tax consultant will be able to work quickly and efficiently. They will be able to save you the stress of making sure your taxes are done right.

4. You Work or Live In Different States

Taxes can become confusing if you live and work in different states. If you’ve recently moved to a new state it can be confusing as well.

A tax consultant will be able to assist you in the different states’ tax rules and can help you sort out any issues that arise.

5. You’ve Started A Business

A common mistake of new business owners is waiting to hire a tax professional. How you file your taxes the first year can impact future tax filings. It is important to start off right.

David Mills Can Assist You With Taxes

David Mills is proud to assist our customers with their taxes and make recommendations that fit your needs.  If you need assistance with your taxes, contact David Mills today. We look forward to working with you!

 

 

Planning & Preparation For Taxes

Planning & Preparation For Taxes

With tax season approaching, it is time to start planning and preparing for taxes. In order to effectively plan for taxes, it is important to plan with an experienced professional. Continue reading to learn about David Mills’ approach to tax planning and tax preparation.

Tax Planning planning and preparation for taxes

How does David Mills help you and your company with effective tax planning? We take into consideration the following things:

  • Interviewing you to find out what your goals are
  • Review past year’s returns
  • Advise on current and proposed tax legislation.

If you are a business owner, we take into consideration both your personal and business objectives. At David Mills, we take a long-term approach to planning. Our team will provide several planning scenarios that consider both your short and long term goals.

Tax Preparation

In recent years, there have been over 300 tax law changes and revisions. Several of the laws have limited time frames. The David Mill’s team keeps up with all of the current tax law developments that affect you and your business.

We also can answer any questions about any returns that you have prepared yourself or by someone else who prepared them for you. Our team can review your past tax returns to ensure they are accurate and provide you with advice.  Learn more about our tax preparation service.

Contact David Mills CPA Today

As tax season approaches, it is time to call David Mills. Our team will be happy to help you with both planning and preparation for taxes. Contact our team today for all of your tax needs!