How Summer Jobs Help Teens

Hiring a teen for a summer job can help them to gain valuable skills. Here’s how summer jobs help teens, as well as how we can help you with tax preparation for teens. 

Why include teens in job programs and internships?

1.  It teaches teens responsibility 

Some teens do not yet realize the hard work needed to become successful. Helping them to enter the workplace and introducing them to corporate life will teach them how to earn their money and the responsibilities that come with having a job. They will learn how to accept feedback and the value of teamwork, among other responsibilities.

2.  A summer job teaches valuable skills

Teens can learn valuable skills such as good ethics and time management through summer jobs. These lessons are important as they enter adulthood and learn to be responsible working adults. 

3. Build teens’ self-esteem 

Teens are growing up in a digital age where they tend to compare themselves to others on social media. Their self-esteem can take a dive but with a job, they can grow their confidence and feel better about their achievements in life. 

4. Jobs provide independence 

A summer job is a good way for teens to gain independence from their parents. Earning their own money will help them to save up for college or eventually start their own business. They will also learn to be tax-abiding citizens. 

How can we help you with tax preparation for summer jobs?

If you are hiring teens even for summer jobs, or your teen is looking for a summer job, you will need to check the tax implications. At Georgen Scarborough, we help families and businesses with their tax preparation, payroll services, and financial audits. We can help you to sort out your tax documents and help your business with payroll for teens. 

For more information on our tax preparation and accounting services, call us today!

Tax Considerations When Forming a Business Entity

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Tax preparations can be complicated. The type of tax you pay will depend on the type of business entity you have. If you need to know whether you are on the right track or if you plan on changing your business structure, this guide will help you out. 

Tax Considerations According to a Business Entity 

Regardless of whether you own a sole proprietorship or a limited liability company, you are going to need to pay tax, but will you have to file for tax as an individual or business entity? You might decide to change your business based on tax implications, or your financial status. Before you decide, here are some tax considerations for each business type.  

  • Sole proprietorship 

A sole proprietorship owned-business is probably the least complicated when it comes to filing taxes. According to the IRS, you would not be taxed as a business entity but rather as a business owner. What this means is your business assets and liabilities belong to you and you will have to pay individual taxes on these. 

  • General partnership 

A partnership operates similarly to a sole proprietorship. It is also not taxable as a business entity. All the owners will legally have the responsibility to pay tax on their terms. Income tax is paid according to the partner’s tax rates and not a partnership income tax. 

  • Limited liability company 

Limited liability companies (LLCs) are treated as partnerships, unless it elects to be treated as a corporation. LLCs’ tax considerations work according to the personal tax returns of the owners. All income and loss and tax due are paid by individuals. 

  • C corporations

Corporations can be complicated and costly in comparison with LLCs and partnerships. A regular corporation or C corporation has to pay corporate income tax that is taxed at the corporate level. They are also subject to potential double taxation. Double taxation occurs on taxable dividends, i.e., the profits of the business that are distributed to owners. What this implies is that the Corporation will have to pay tax on its profits and the individual shareholders will pay tax on the dividends they receive. Let’s not forget that you also need to pay taxes if you receive a salary from the Corporation.

  • S corporation 

S corporations are a little less complicated as the IRS treats them as a pass-through entity for tax purposes. Shareholders will pay tax on the income of the business as individuals.

Tax preparation can be overwhelming for any business entity but at Georgen Scarborough, we handle all your tax considerations, financial statements, and audits. From your estate and trust tax preparation to LLC tax preparation, we can ensure that your business’s taxes and accounting are taken care of. 

For professional tax preparation, you can trust, give our team of experts a call today!

Get ahead on your 2022 tax filing

Get ahead on your 2022 tax filing

The deadline for your 2022 tax filing is only a few months away. You may think that’s plenty of time, but it is always better to start early, be prepared. It’s even better to file early if you can. Here are a few pro tips to help you avoid the last-minute stresses of tax season.

Tips to stay ahead on your tax return in 2022

For most people, a frantic, last-minute rush is par for the course when it comes to filing their tax returns. However, there really is no need to manage your taxes in this way. By taking a few simple steps early in the season, you can ensure that your taxes are wrapped up efficiently, accurately, and without stress. Here are four simple steps to help you stay ahead.

  • Organize your records: The best way to avoid last-minute stress is to ensure that all your tax documents are collected, collated, and filed at all times. This includes pay stubs, receipts, etc. Don’t leave paperwork at the bottom of a desk drawer. Nor should you save your electronic documents in a haphazard way. This will have you searching for hours through folders and email attachments to get them in order. Organize everything as you go.
  • Set up an online IRS account: With an online IRS account, you can get immediate access to your tax records without having to reach out by phone or email. Then you can work faster and more accurately as you prepare your taxes.
  • Check on the annual changes to tax rates and deductions: At the end of each year, the IRS announces rate adjustments. Make sure you stay on top of these so you can file accurately and timely.
  • Get the help of a CPA: One of the best ways to rid yourself of the stress of filing your taxes is to leave the job to a professional. A certified public accountant knows all the rates and regulations, will be able to guide you through the filing procedure, and will know what it takes to file on time and with the most benefit to you.   

As you prepare your taxes for the coming year, reach out to Georgen Scarborough for help. We are a firm of CPAs based in Vienna, Virginia. Contact us if you need help with your 2022 tax filing.

Learn more about current ax laws in the Wall Street Journal’s Tax Guide 2022.

Tax inflation adjustments for 2022

Tax inflation adjustments for 2022

At the end of last year, the IRS announced its latest set of tax inflation adjustments for 2022. It is very important that both individual taxpayers and businesses familiarize themselves with these changes so that they can make the necessary provisions for their tax filing and payments in the coming year. Here is a brief look at the most important adjustments.

Adjusted tax rates for 2022

Among the most important new provisions for the new tax year are the following:

  • The standard deduction for married couples filing jointly has risen by $800 from $25,100 to $25,900.
  • The standard deduction for individual taxpayers has risen to $12,950 (up $400)
  • The maximum Earned Income Credit has also risen. It now stands at $6,935—a $207 rise from the previous year.
  • As of 2022, the dollar limitation for employee salary reductions for health flexible spending arrangements increases to $2,850.
  • The foreign earned income exclusion is $112,000, as opposed to $108,700 in 2021.
  • Deceased estates (for people who pass away during 2022) have a basic exclusion amount of $12,060,000, up from a total of $11,700,000 for estates of decedents who died in 2021.
  • The annual exclusion for gifts increases to $16,000 for 2022, up from $15,000 for 2021.

It is advisable to get the assistance of an experienced certified public accountant (CPA) to help you manage your taxes in 2022. CPAs always have a complete grasp of the new tax limits, rates and regulations, and will know exactly how to apply them to your income and tax requirements. Georgen Scarborough is a firm of CPAs based in Vienna, Virginia. Contact us if you need help managing the tax inflation adjustments for 2022.

Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Tax Professional

Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Tax Professional

Tax season has officially begun. And, after the past two years, the stress of filing tax returns and gathering documents is one that many people don’t want to deal with. Here are 10 reasons why you should be using the services of a tax professional this year: 

Ten Reasons to Use a Tax Professional

Accuracy

The tax code can be complicated. Plus, any errors made when filing your return can be costly; legally and financially. This is why we pay tax professionals. Tax professionals keep you up-to-date with the tax code and have the necessary expertise to ensure accuracy in your tax returns.

Can keep you updated

The tax professional can update you on any IRS tax changes or tax law changes. 

You may get a higher return

A tax professional can get you the highest return possible by ensuring you don’t accidentally miss any deductions. 

Saves you time

Normally, it takes between 8 and 10 hours to compile a complete tax return. If you have a busy schedule, a tax professional is a great resource to free up this valuable time. Time is money after all. 

Expert Advice

Tax professionals can answer any questions you may have and help you make smarter decisions to ensure maximum tax savings and returns. 

Saves you money

If your tax preparer finds just one deduction you may have missed, it could easily cover their fee. Not to mention, the more deductions they help you find, the higher your return will be. They can also recommend ways for you to save on your taxes and increase your returns. 

Reduced risk of an audit

You lower your risk of an audit when you use tax preparation services. Plus, if you are audited or the IRS starts asking you questions, the preparer will know exactly how to answer the questions and deal with the IRS. 

Lowered Stress Levels

You no longer have to worry about filing the return yourself. Sometimes just knowing that you have professional assistance can reduce your stress levels. 

Human contact

You get a personal touch from using a tax professional that tax software cannot provide. Plus, no matter how advanced the software is, it cannot represent you in an audit. 

Current and future peace of mind

Tax professionals can equip you with the tools and knowledge to ensure that your current and future tax seasons go off without a hitch. They provide you with the best strategies to ensure you make smart tax-saving decisions. 

For expert, professional assistance with your 2022 tax returns, contact Georgen Scarborough Associates, PC, today.

Charitable donations tax deduction limit 2021

Charitable donations tax deduction limit 2021

The charitable donations tax deduction limit for 2021 contains provisions that enable businesses to help those in need. It also helps by claiming certain deductions against their tax bills. The CARES Act, together with the stimulus package signed into law at the end of 2020, makes several provisions in regard to charitable tax incentives. Are you planning your income, expenditures, and taxes for this year?  You should take careful note of the CARES Act and its stipulations. This will keep you informed of charitable donations tax deduction limits for 2021.  

How much can you deduct from charitable donations for 2021?

The CARES Act and the stimulus package allow for deductions of up to 100% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). This applies to cash contributions made in 2021. If you are itemizing your charitable donations, you can receive this deduction.

Also, the CARES Act allows for other deductions if you are not itemizing your cash contributions. It allows for an additional, “above-the-line” deduction for charitable gifts made in cash of up to $300. This provision is extended into 2021 for taxpayers filing separately. Plus, it increases the deduction to $600 for taxpayers filing jointly. 

Contributions to Donor-advised Funds

No changes have been made to existing deductions for contributions made to a donor-advised fund sponsor like Fidelity Charitable. So, you can still deduct up to 60% AGI in cash. Or, you can deduct up to 30% AGI in appreciated assets contributed to a donor-advised fund. Also unchanged are rules around Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD). Surprisingly, these allow seniors over 70½ years of age to donate up to $100,000 in IRA assets directly to charity annually. Meanwhile, these donations of IRA assets would not count toward the distribution of taxable income.

Need help managing your charitable donations for 2021?

The assistance of an experienced certified public account (CPA) can help you manage your taxes, including the charitable donations tax deduction limit for 2021. Georgen Scarborough is a firm of CPAs based in Vienna, Virginia. Contact us if you need help with your taxes.

Best strategies in tax reporting for nonprofits

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Tax reporting for nonprofits

Being a charitable non-profit does exempt the organization from paying income taxes. However, it is important to file an annual information return every year. Most charitable nonprofits have an obligation to file an annual information return with the IRS. Read on to find out the nitty-gritties from Georgen Scarborough on how to report taxes for nonprofits.

How nonprofits file tax returns

The type of tax return filed by a nonprofit organization depends on its size and type. Learn which Form 990 is applicable for your nonprofit below.

Form 990-N

This is the simplest tax return. Form 990-N applies to small nonprofits with gross receipts of less than $50,000. This form must be submitted by the 15th day of the fifth month following the organization’s tax year.

Form 990-EZ

Nonprofits can submit Form 990-EZ when they meet certain conditions. Firstly, they would have annual gross receipts of less than $200,000, and secondly, assets of less than $500,000. They must report on:

  1.     Revenues, expenses, and changes in net assets. (Part 1)
  2.     Simplified balance sheet (Part 2)
  3.     Statement of program accomplishments (Part 3)
  4.     List of officers, directors, employees, and stakeholders (Part 4)
  5.     Miscellaneous questions (Part 5)
  6.     Only to be filled if the non-profit is exempt under 501 (c) (3) (Part 6)

Form 990

If you are a nonprofit with annual gross receipts of more than $200,000 and assets of $500,000, then you would submit a Form 990. Simply enough, page one of this form is similar to Form 990-EZ. However, Form 990 requires detailed information about the organization as well as additional attachments. This Form is open to the public. So, the organization’s Board or senior-most personnel should review and approve the information.

Not required to file

Certain organizations receive tax-exempt status from the IRS. These include:

  • religious or church-affiliated organizations
  • specific political organizations, or
  • black lung benefit trusts.

These do not need to submit a Form 990.  However, if they are engaged in unrelated business activities, a Form 990-T is required annually.

If you are a charitable nonprofit organization, contact Georgen Scarborough for more information on tax reporting for nonprofits.

How Do I File for an Extension?

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From individuals and families to non-profits and government contractors, tax season seems to appear faster and faster each year. An extension of time to file gives you more time to prepare your federal tax return.

Although you may request up to an additional six months to file your individual income tax return, this does not grant you any extension of time to pay your taxes. It is also essential that you apply for an extension no later than the regular due date of your return.

Here are three ways you can request an extension:

1. E-file Your Extension Request 

Regardless of your income, individual tax filers can submit their Extension Request with the assistance of a tax professional who uses e-filing. Keep the electronic acknowledgement that the IRS has accepted your filing for your records.

2. Make a Payment and Get an Extension

Another way to get an extension is to pay all or part of your estimated income tax due and indicate that the payment is for an extension. Use IRS Direct Pay, EFTPS: The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, or your credit or debit card. The confirmation number you receive for your records means that you do not have to fill out a separate extension form.

At Georgen Scarborough Associates, PC we have never wavered from our commitment to give each client the personal attention they deserve. For more information on how to apply for a tax return extension, please contact us today. Our tax preparation experts are ready to assist you with tax returns for individuals and small businesses.

Tax Laws That Can Save You Thousands

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Tax laws are continually changing, and it’s essential to be aware of all the new regulations, so you file your income taxes correctly and efficiently. By taking advantage of all new tax laws, you can potentially save thousands of dollars on your next tax return. Here are three of the recent income tax changes for the 2020 tax year that will affect many American taxpayers when they file their next return.

Recovery Rebate Credits 

The first round of stimulus payments ($1,200 single, $2,400 for couples), along with the second round ($600 per person) are tax free. These Recovery Rebate payments will not add to your 2020 taxable income. As these payments were technically advanced payments, you will have to calculate the amount you should have received. If you are owed more, you can get the difference back in the form of a refund, or a lower tax bill. Best of all, if you were overpaid, you will not need to repay the difference!

Sick and Family Leave Credits for Self-Employed

The new Families First Coronavirus Response Act has tax relief for self-employed people who couldn’t work due to coronavirus. Self-employed people might qualify for tax credits if they were unable to work for a reason that would have allowed them to claim coronavirus-related sick or family leave had they been an employee.

Boost Your Retirement Savings 

For those saving for retirement, the IRS has increased the employee contribution limit for 401(k), 403(b), and most 457 plans to $19,500, from $19,000 in 2019. For those over 50, the catch-up contribution limit has been raised to $6,500, from $6,000 in 2019.

Not being aware of changes in income tax laws could have you leaving thousands of dollars on the table. To make sure you maximize your refund, consider having your taxes done by a professional tax expert who will know all the relevant tax laws for your situation.

At Georgen Scarborough Associates, PC, we provide various accounting and tax services to people in Virginia, Maryland, and District of Columbia (DC). We provide tax preparation services for individuals, families, estates and trusts as well as other accounting services. If you need help or advice filing your tax return, please contact one of our tax preparation experts today.

Tax Tips for First-Timers

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Whether you have just reached adulthood, or are a new resident in America, the first time you file your income tax return can be a daunting experience. Here are some tips to help you through the process.

Do I even need to file a tax return? 

It’s possible that if your income is below a certain amount, you will not need to file an income tax return. However, if you want to claim any refundable tax credits, or get a refund for any income tax withheld from your paycheck, you must file a tax return.

Make sure you have all your tax documents 

Before you start, make sure you have all your tax documents ready. These can include:

  • W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement)
  • 1099 (Income other than employment income)
  • Educational expenses
  • Supporting documents such as receipts

What forms you need will depend on your individual circumstances, so think about things that could impact taxes like any change in your job, selling stocks or other investments, opening retirement accounts, or medical expenses.

Remember all your side income

If you have earned income from freelancing work like rideshare driving or deliveries, don’t forget to report that income on your tax return. You can often deduct expenses related to your work like maintenance costs to your car, insurance, supplies etc.

Claim all your relevant deductions and credits 

Deductions and credits can lower the amount of tax you owe or increase your refund, but you must file and claim them to take advantage of these. Common deductions for first-time filers include:

  • Education credits
  • Student loan interest deductions
  • Home office deductions for self-employed people

Choose how to file 

There are many ways to submit your income tax return. You can go old-fashioned and file by paper through the post office, but if you want your refund quickly, you should consider filing online or having your taxes done by a tax preparation service.

At Georgen Scarborough Associates, PC, we provide various accounting and tax services to people in Virginia, Maryland, and District of Columbia (DC). We provide tax preparation services for individuals, families, estates and trusts, and other accounting services. If you need help or advice filing your tax return, please contact one of our tax preparation experts today.