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Category Archives: Small Business Planning

Enjoy This Deduction While It Is Available.

As we all know, tax laws change frequently. Under current law, we can compute and deduct (or allocate to your members) this section 199 deduction. In fact, this deduction even increases for tax year 2009 to 9% of adjusted taxable income before PURPIMs and allocated qualified patronage (currently 6%).

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Section 199 – Good News!

Since the IRS issued Internal Legal Memorandum 200806011 in early 2008, which provided guidance on computing the section 199 deduction for both pooling and non-pooling cooperatives, we at Gardiner Thomsen have spent many hours researching this issue to provide the best possible tax service to our cooperative clients.

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FDIC Changes In Coverage

Effective October 3, 2008, the basic limit on the FDIC amount was increased from $100,000 to $250,000 per depositor through December 31st, 2009. On May 20, 2009, the FDIC extended the coverage date through December 31, 2013. (However, the extension does not apply to the Transaction Account Guarantee Program. The unlimited coverage under the Transaction Account Guarantee Program is only in effect for depositors at participating institutions through December 31, 2009.) On January 1st, 2014, coverage will revert to $100,000, except for certain retirement accounts.

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“Red Flags Rule” Enforcement Delayed

Businesses now have until August 1st, 2009 to comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) “Red Flags Rule.” The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 directed financial regulatory agencies, including the FTC, to create rules requiring “creditors” and “financial institutions” with covered accounts to implement identity theft prevention programs.

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New COBRA Provisions in the Stimulus Law

For employers, the time is now to comply with a little-known provision in the new stimulus law, signed by President Obama on February 17th. Part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is a revamping of COBRA law for certain employees.

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