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CARES Act – topics effecting you and your business

Dear Client:

We hope that you are keeping yourself, your loved ones, and your community safe from …   Read More >>

 

COVID 19 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

As we continue to monitor changes due to COVID-19, we are providing an update to recent changes that will impact taxpayers, employers and employees.  The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law on March 18, 2020.  Currently, …   Read More >>
 

COVID-19

As we all find ourselves in unknown territory, changes are rapidly being made that affect taxpayers, employers and employees due to COVID-19. On March 13, 2020, an emergency declaration was issued in response to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CO …   Read More >>
 

Current COVID-19 Update

As the Coronavirus crisis poses a real and serious threat, we feel it is our responsibility to do everything we can to help curb the severity of this problem.  In response to recent events, Westbrook & Co., PC is taking the necessary steps to protect …   Read More >>
 

MISSOURI MINIMUM WAGE – changing effective January 1, 2020

The minimum wage rate in Missouri will increase 85 cents each year through the year 2023.  The increases apply to all private, non-exempt businesses.  As a result, the new minimum wage rate will be $9.45 (up from $8.60) for all hours worked on or after …   Read More >>
 

NEW OVERTIME RULE – Effective January 1, 2020

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides basic workplace protections to most workers.  The federal labor law requires the federal minimum wage for every hour worked.  It also requires overtime at one and one-half times the regular rate of pay for ho …   Read More >>
 

What businesses should know about General Business Credits

The general business tax credit is not a single separate credit but a combination of specific tax credits that promote certain business activities, such as research, oil recovery, reforestation or starting a pension plan. Detailed information on how certa …   Read More >>
 

Tax Credit for Employers Providing Paid Family and Medical Leave

We would like to remind you that eligible employers who provide paid family and medical leave to their employees during tax years 2018 and 2019 might qualify for the new business tax credit. To claim the credit, eligible employers must have a writte …   Read More >>
 

Sales Tax Compliance Issues that May Affect Your Business

History In Brief
  • For years, the US Supreme Court’s Quill decision has limited states’ ability to require out-of-state companies to collect and remit sales tax on sales made to customers in their state.
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ESTATE PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS

  As you may be aware, the law has changed dramatically for estate and gift taxes in recent years. In 2011, the estate tax exemption increased to $5 million and there have been subsequent increases under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). For 2019, …   Read More >>
 

Form W-2 employees

To all clients with Form W-2 employees As you may be aware, the Fair Labor Standards Ac …   Read More >>
 

4029 Exemptions

Reminder – 4029 exemptions As y …   Read More >>
 

Corporate Minutes

As you are probably aware, one of the requirements for maintaining a corporation’s existence (and the liability protection that it affords) is that the shareholders and Board of Directors must meet at least annually. Although most people view this requi …   Read More >>
 

Tax Tip 2019-104: Business owners may be able to benefit from the home office deduction

Taxpayers who qualify may choose one of two methods to calculate their home office expense deduction:
 

Opportunity Zones

Do you/will you have capital gains in 2019? Do you wish to possibly defer the gain? The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides temporary deferral of capital gain income if  the gain is reinvested in a qualified opportunity fund (QOF) and the permanent exclusi …   Read More >>