Tax Reform Brings Several Benefits to Small Businesses

 

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An author and Certified Financial Planner, Robert M. Ryerson is a respected presence in the Freehold, New Jersey, community. Among his activities, Robert M. Ryerson teaches a comprehensive retirement planning course at a number of colleges and universities statewide.

With Congress having enacted a new tax reform law in late 2017, individuals and small businesses are set to benefit in a number of ways. For C-corporations, the change involves a lowering of the tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent.

Some 95 percent of American companies are structured as pass-through entities, which include partnerships, sole proprietorships, LLCs, and S-corporations. Under the new rules, pass-through companies can now take an across-the-board 20 percent deduction on taxes. There are certain restrictions, such as those placed on service-based businesses that exceed specific annual revenue thresholds ($157,500 for a single-filer entity).

Another change is that qualifying equipment purchased for a business now receives a deduction equal to the full amount of the asset. Previously this was 50 percent, with a portion of the asset written off each year.

In addition, net operating losses (NOL) are no longer backward-facing but are applied going forward, indefinitely. This occurs in situations where business tax deductions exceed taxable income and offers tax relief in that the NOL can be applied to tax payments in the future. A downside is that taxes completed in years past can no longer be restructured to reflect current realities.

Published by Robert Ryerson

A financial professional with more than three decades of experience, Robert Ryerson works closely with clients in the Freehold, New Jersey, area to meet their financial planning needs. As a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) at New Century Planning, he focuses on retirement income planning, as well as estate administration, regularly assisting his clients with legacy and estate planning. He also advises them on health and disability insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Medicare Supplement Plans. Mr. Ryerson’s many years helping his clients navigate the complexities of retirement planning gave him a deeper understanding of the healthcare costs that retirees face. In 2013, he drew upon this knowledge to co-author the book What You Don’t Know About Retirement Will Hurt You. Outside of his work at New Century Planning, Robert M. Ryerson is a regular fixture at workshops and seminars on retirement. He has delivered several keynote speeches on the often-confusing topic of required minimum distributions. Mr. Ryerson continues to share his financial expertise as a facilitator of online courses for Certified Public Accountants through The Society for Financial Awareness. In the early 2010s, Mr. Ryerson became concerned about the threat of identity theft after noting the many cybersecurity breaches suffered by major companies. He became a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist (CITRMS) in 2014. He has since taught identity theft recovery courses at local community colleges. Mr. Ryerson also wrote a book on the topic entitled What’s the Deal with Identity Theft: A Plain English Look at Our Fastest Growing Crime. A graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in economics, Mr. Ryerson began his career in the financial services industry as a stockbroker. He obtained his CFP designation in 1991 and began working as an independent financial planner a few years later. In addition, he is a notary public.

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