While we’ve all been focused on the lingering pandemic, or balancing real life with work-from-home life, cybercriminals are taking advantage our distractions with attacks via email and text messages.
As young professionals get married, have children, buy a house, and perhaps grow a business, not many people in their 30s and 40s have “estate planning” near the top of the to-do list. Unfortunately, tragedies happen. Preparing for the wo
After a dramatic and emotional year for financial markets in 2020, stocks and bonds have taken divergent paths to begin 2021. Stocks have continued to climb higher, while the price of bonds has declined. This is a result of higher economic growth exp
Do you feel like you’ve missed the boat when it comes to educating your kids about finances? It’s not too late to teach them these four basic principles.
Congress' recent move to retroactively make a portion of 2020 unemployment income tax-free is creating havoc during this year's tax filing season. Here is what you need to know.
Here is a recap of market performance for the month of March and year-to-date. Stocks increased during the month of March, with US large cap and international stocks leading the way. US small stocks were positive, but lagged for the month. Year to date, small cap is the clear leader, while large cap and international have also posted impressive returns. Bonds continued to struggle for both the month and the year, having negative returns over both timeframes.
The same factors that we've been dealing with for the past 12 months during the pandemic can also create an opportunity if you are considering starting a small business.
Tax challenges can be VERY expensive. As a small business owner, you may face the issue of whether to classify workers as employees or as independent contractors. Classifying your workers as independent contractors generally saves you money. That’s because you avoid paying employment taxes and benefits on their behalf.
Here’s a look at the new world of bank reconciliations and some ideas to use to ensure your bank account is accurate.
With the April 15 tax filing deadline right around the corner, here are answers to some common tax questions.
We hope you are doing well. Here is a recap of market performance for the month of February and year-to-date: Stocks increased during the month of February. US small stocks performed best, followed by US large cap and international stocks. Bonds, however, have lost money both for the month and the year, as interest rates continued to rise.
Many business owners hire their children, their spouse, or other family members to work in their business. Sometimes this works out well. Other times it causes problems. Let’s look at the pros and cons of putting family members on your payroll.
The Problem - You hang up the phone with a huge smile on your face. You just learned that you’re getting a pretty sizeable tax refund this year. Now all you need to do is kick back and wait a week or two for the IRS
How companies use your identity and what you can do to protect it.
We hope you are doing well. Here is a recap of market performance for the month of February so far:
Here are some suggestions to help you master the art of documenting and organizing your business now and in the future.
Don’t get shocked by a high tax bill! Be prepared for these pandemic-related tax surprises when you file your 2020 tax return.
Here are four ways to make sure the preparation of your tax return keeps humming along until it gets filed.
We hope you are doing well. Here is a recap of market performance for the month of January: Stocks were a mixed bag in January. US small stocks increased for the month, while US large and international stocks declined. Bonds were also down, as intermediate and long-term interest rates increased.
As part of your 2021 tax planning, now is the time to review funding your retirement accounts. By establishing your contribution goals at the beginning of each year, the financial impact of saving for your future should be more manageable.
Be looking for new Form 1099-NEC! Here are three tasks to consider that will make meeting your business's information reporting requirements less stressful this tax season.
Whitcomb & Hess is pleased to announce that Ryan Gilmer, CFA®, CMT® has joined our owner group effective January 1, 2021. Teri Yoder, CPA, has been promoted to Manager within the firm.
The CARES Act significantly loosened some of the rules governing charitable deductions for the tax year 2020. Here are some highlights:
As we welcome the new year, we want to help you refocus on your personal financial plan. Here are a few things to keep in mind for a successful 2021, including some reminders from the SECURE Act which took effect in January 2020.
Viewed through almost any lens, 2020 was a historic and incredible year. And now it’s over. Let’s take a look back at what happened over the last 12 months in the market.
If you or your business received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the recently passed Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020 will help to dramatically cut your tax bill. Here’s what you need to know.
Here are seven tips to help you become more financially fit.
We hope you are doing well. Here is a recap of market performance for the month of December, and 2020 year-to-date. Stocks had another positive month in December. US small cap outperformed large cap and international stocks, which were also positive. Bonds were relatively unchanged. As you can see from the table above, all four of the major benchmarks we track had solid returns for 2020, despite high levels of volatility at the beginning of the year.