Exceptions to the 10% Early Distribution Penalty

If you take a distribution from a retirement account before you reach the age of 59 1/2, generally, you will have to pay a 10% early distribution penalty. However, if you take an early distribution to pay for unreimbursed medical expenses or qualified higher education expenses, you may be able to avoid the early withdrawal penalty. For other common exceptions in which you may not be subject to the 10% penalty, read this C.P.A. Insight.

The Deadline is Here and My 1099 is Not

If you find yourself waiting on a 1099 form before you attempt to calculate your income tax return, you may be able to proceed without the missing form. In many cases, it is possible to find the necessary information using other sources. For more information on the different types of 1099 forms and where you might find accurate information if your form is missing, read this C.P.A. Insight.

Recordkeeping for Individuals

When gathering your previous year’s tax information or planning for the current year’s taxes, it is important to consider how you keep your personal records. Some basic records that everyone should keep include: W-2 Forms, bank statements, invoices, insurance records and various investment information. For more information on which records are vital to keep and organize for the tax season, read this C.P.A. Insight.

Should My Small Business Be a Sole Proprietorship?

About 75% of the businesses in our country are structured as sole proprietorships, unincorporated businesses that consist of one individual owner. This business structure is the simplest and least expensive to form and dissolve; however, it opens the owner to unlimited personal liability and debts of the business are debts of the owner. For more information on sole proprietorships, read this C.P.A. Insight.