Tax Reform: Tax Tips for Lowering Rates for 2018 Taxes!

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Be ready for the new tax reform.

Get your to do list out and take some action to reduce your 2018 taxes now! Although taxpayers might be hurriedly finishing their 2017 tax returns before the e-file deadline, some tax deductions will not be there for the next tax season due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. (TCJA) Ultimately, the design of the new tax reform is to lower taxes for individuals of all income groups until 2025. Bear in mind that along with that idea, many individuals who itemize their deductions are worried about the tax turmoil they’ll face when filing with each capped or eliminated deduction.

Did you know that can take steps in 2018 to decrease your taxes for next tax season? Here’s a few tax tips for you.

Rack up your medical receipts.

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The 5 Ws of a 1099-K

Don’t let your 1099-K stand in the way of business.

If you’re an Uber driver, run an Etsy shop, or rent out your home to AirBNB frequenters, then you might notice a new tax form that has found it’s way into your mailbox in recent years.

It’s nothing to stress over. This is generally a straightforward form to review, and easy to report on your tax return.

What is a 1099-K?

Form 1099-K, otherwise known as Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions, is one of the more recently introduced tax forms. It was created by the IRS in order to report income received from online electronic payments (e.g. credit cards, PayPal, debit cards, etc.) through third party processors. Prior to this form, many independent contractors who used online payment methods were left confused on how to report those sales on their tax returns.

Who gets a 1099-K?

Wondering if you’re one of the lucky ones who will get a 1099-K this year? The qualifications are somewhat more specific compared to other forms such as the W-2. With a 1099-K, it is based on sales volume.

Retailers who accept online credit card payments will receive a 1099-K from any business that processed their payments. However, the 1099-K is only mandatory if online processing meets the following stipulations:

  1. Sales volume is over $600 per year via credit card companies.
  2. Sales volume is over $20,000 and more than 200 individual transactions were made via third party processors.

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Prepare a Business Tax Return with RapidTax

Let RapidTax help you and your business this year!

Starting this year, RapidTax is offering online business tax return preparation and e-filing. We’ll now be able to further assist existing customers who already use our website to prepare their individual returns. We’ll also be able to welcome new customers with businesses who need to file a tax return. Below are a few questions that you’ll want answered before preparing your business tax return with RapidTax.

What type of businesses can use RapidTax Business preparation?

Your business entity is determined when you register your business with the state you are located in. Our team at RapidTax welcomes four main business entities when it comes to preparing and e-filing business returns. These include the following:

  • Single Member LLCs
  • Partnerships
  • S-corporations
  • C-corporations

If you do not fall under one of these business entities or you’re unsure of what type of business you have, feel free to give our tax team a call at 844-CORPTAX (267-7829) to help you out. Continue reading “Prepare a Business Tax Return with RapidTax”