by William E. Rogers MBA, CFP, EA The capability of artificial intelligence has reached a point that it is no longer a question of if robots will replace people, but a matter of when. Highly automated factory floors, driverless cars, and computerized medical diagnoses all exist today. In the not too distant future it is… Continue reading If Robots Replace People, Should They Be Paying Taxes?
by William E. Rogers MBA, CFP, EA Vacation rentals are nothing new. For centuries travelers have opted to stay in private residences over hotels for a variety of reasons. It’s quite common here in Southern California with the lure of our local beaches and mountains for property owners to rent out their properties on a… Continue reading Can I Claim My Airbnb Rental as a Hotel?
By William E. Rogers MBA, CFP, EA Over the past few weeks, I’ve had numerous clients ask me about how they might be impacted by the border adjustment tax. In fact, so many have expressed concern that they’re already seeking advice on how to avoid being impacted, even though nothing has been enacted into law.… Continue reading A BORDER #$@&% TAX!
“I’m taking a sick day!” This familiar refrain usually is uttered with just cause, but not always. What if there were no sick days? No, we’re not suggesting employees be forced to work when they’re under the weather. Rather, many businesses are adopting a different paradigm when it comes to paid time off (PTO).
In December, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act. The long and complex bill covers a broad range of health care topics, but of particular interest to some businesses should be the Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) provision. Specifically, qualified small employers can now use HRAs to reimburse employees who purchase individual insurance coverage, rather… Continue reading New HRA offers small employers an attractive, tax-advantaged health care option
We live and work in the information age. As such, the opportunity to gather knowledge about your company’s competitors and industry as a whole has never been better. This practice — commonly known as “competitive intelligence” — can help you stay more nimble in the marketplace and avoid getting left behind as innovation surges… Continue reading 4 principles of competitive intelligence
Taxpayer could deduct costs of getting a master’s degree. A taxpayer can deduct education expenses if they don’t qualify him or her for a new trade or business and meet other requirements. The U.S. Tax Court ruled that a man could deduct the costs of obtaining an MBA as unreimbursed employee expenses. The MBA didn’t… Continue reading Is the Cost of a Master’s Degree Tax-Deductible?