Many businesses use independent contractors to help keep their costs down - especially in these times of staff shortages and inflationary pressures. Businesses that use independent contractors should be careful that these workers are properly classified for federal tax purposes. If the IRS reclassifies them as employees, it can be an expensive mistake.

Businesses that operate in the retail or restaurant spheres have it relatively easy when it comes to collections. They generally take payments right at a point-of-sale terminal and customers go on their merry way. Of course, these enterprises face many other challenges. Here are some collection tips for other types of companies.

Owners of residential real estate may consider renting their properties to family members. As rents rise in many parts of the country, renting property at a discount to family members may seem like a good way to help relatives in need. But these arrangements can be fraught with tax perils. A misstep can lead to the loss of significant tax deductions. This article reviews the tax treatment of rentals to unrelated parties and examines how renting to family changes the rules.

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are designed as tax-advantaged savings vehicles for funding uninsured health care expenses. But if you're in relatively good health, an HSA also can serve as an attractive retirement savings vehicle. Here's how an HSA allows an eligible individual to pay health expenses, cut his or her federal income tax bill, and save for retirement.

This calendar notes important tax deadlines for the third quarter of 2024.