Generally, the IRS has three years to audit a tax return, from the later of the due date of the return, or the date the return is filed. But many exceptions exist that make it prudent to keep financial records even longer. Some states also have different records retention requirements. Here’s the lowdown on records retention, broken down by various types of documentation.

Businesses shut down for many reasons, including the owner’s retirement, an expired lease, staffing shortages, partner conflicts and increased supply costs. Closing a business means taking care of various tax obligations that must be met.  This article provides a rundown.

Owners of incorporated businesses know there’s a tax advantage to taking money out of a C corporation as compensation rather than as dividends. The reason: A corporation can deduct the salaries and bonuses that it pays executives, but not dividend payments. Therefore, if funds are paid as dividends, they’re taxed twice, once to the corporation and once to the recipient. Money paid out as compensation is taxed only once — to the employee who receives it.

Payable-on-death accounts can provide a quick, simple and inexpensive way to transfer assets outside of probate. They can be used for bank accounts, certificates of deposit and even brokerage accounts.

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