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Business Valuation Methods for Optometrist Practices

“What is my optometrist practice worth?” This is a question we get frequently from the medical community, and optometrists are no different.  Today and in the near future, there are a large number of professionals retiring nationwide who are curious about the worth of their business. The unfortunate part is that most optometrists don’t know […]

September 1, 2021

How Will the Proposed Biden Tax Plan Affect Nebraska Business Owners?

As a small business owner, you have spent countless days worrying about your business as you grow it from the ground up. You’ve also likely faced the devastating effects of COVID-19 for almost two years now.  As you focus your time and energy on growing your revenues, growing a team, and working on your personal […]

September 1, 2021

What Does Rising Inflation Really Mean for Consumers?

Chances are, you’ve been worrying about the potential for rising inflation since the pandemic — and what this means for your purchasing power. This may also have you wondering where you should put your money, and you’re not the only one. The truth is, rising inflation is here, and small businesses everywhere are asking for […]

August 31, 2021

Inflation Concerns Webinar

August 10, 2021

Business Valuation Services: Why You Need to Know Your Value?

The COVID-19 pandemic, uncertain market conditions, and potential tax law changes continue to impact small business owners and their families nationwide, and our community is no different. It has left many owners unsure of what the future may hold for their business and what planning they should consider to keep their business viable for years […]

August 4, 2021

5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Personal Financial Specialist

As a business owner, if you are considering partnering with a personal financial specialist (PFS), you are on the road to mastering your financial future. You may have reached a position in your small business where you have accumulated enough assets and feel the need to work with an expert.  And most importantly, you want […]

August 4, 2021

5 Compelling Reasons Why Small Businesses Need a CPA

Many small businesses lack the capacity and the financial muscle to manage specific functions effectively. Preparation of financial statements and complying with the federal tax laws are among the most challenging functions that can put small businesses at risk.​​As a business owner, do you find yourself wondering if your business is maximizing profit? Do you […]

August 4, 2021

WEBINAR – 7/22/21 MARKET UPDATE – HALFTIME MARKET REPORT

Dimensional Fund Advisors Vice President, Apollo Lupescu, PhD and Jared Faltys, CPA/PFS provide a current market update. Questions from the audience we answered afterwards.

July 29, 2021

Child Tax Credit

Recently, there were changes made to the child tax credit that will benefit many taxpayers. As part of the American Rescue Plan Act that was enacted in March 2021, the child tax credit: Amount has increased for certain taxpayers Is fully refundable (meaning you can receive it even if you don’t owe the IRS) May […]

June 24, 2021

Be Prepared

Natural and human-made disasters can strike anywhere and anytime. Here are ways your business can be prepared. Identify all your risks. Hurricanes, floods and wildfires may be on your list. But consider prolonged power outages and cyber threats. Develop an emergency plan, communicate employees’ responsibilities and have alternate locations where you can work. Design a […]

June 2, 2021

Valuing Your Business

Knowing how much your business is worth can do more than figure out how much money you can get when you sell it. Creating an accurate valuation is part of an ongoing business strategy. COMPARING AND PROJECTING Think of a business valuation as an appraisal, which is generally created by analyzing a company’s tangible and […]

May 19, 2021

Professional Financial Designations

When it comes to managing your personal finances, you need the right financial professional on your team. Knowing the differences between the various professional designations will help. CPA (Certified Public Accountant): One of the more widely recognized certifications. These professionals are tax and accounting specialists who can help with reducing taxes, preparing tax returns, and […]

May 12, 2021

Big Changes to Child Tax Credit

The American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law in March 2021, made significant changes to the child tax credit for 2021 only — unless Congress extends these changes. OLDER CHILDREN COVERED The tax credit now includes children who are age 17 as of December 31, 2021. INCREASED AMOUNT The credit amount increased from $2,000 to […]

May 5, 2021

Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)

Applications are now open for restaurants and other eligible businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) was established under the American Rescue Plan Act and provides up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location for pandemic-related revenue loss. Businesses will not have to […]

May 3, 2021

Understanding Interest Rates

From a mortgage to credit cards, interest rates affect nearly everyone’s budget. Understanding how interest rates are set and how your credit score affects the rate you receive can show you ways to potentially pay less. HOW RATES ARE SET The twelve Fed members of the Federal Open Market Committee set the federal funds rate. […]

April 27, 2021

WEBINAR – 4/7/2021 Market Update: Lessons Learned from the Past Year in the Market

It’s been about a year since the market bottomed in 2020, and stocks around the world have rebounded strongly from their pandemic lows. What lessons can investors draw from the past year as they look toward what’s ahead through 2021 and beyond? Apollo Lupescu, PhD and Jared Faltys, CPA/PFS will provide insight into recent market […]

April 7, 2021

Reminder of Special Tax Breaks

The December 2020 stimulus package provided a few noteworthy tax breaks for companies. A temporary tax break for 2021 and 2022 allows businesses to deduct 100% of business meals eaten at a restaurant, up from the usual 50%. For businesses hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Employee Retention Tax Credit is available for the […]

April 7, 2021

Tax Benefits for Education

The IRS provides numerous tax breaks for higher education expenses. Tax credits and tax-deferred savings plans take some of the sting out of paying for college. TAX CREDITS The American Opportunity Tax Credit is available to students in the first four years of higher education. Using this credit can offset up to $2,500 of qualified […]

April 2, 2021

Tax Deadline Updates!

Details on the extensions issued by the IRS: • There has been a 30 day extension (to May 17th, 2021) to file your federal income tax return and to pay your balance due for the 2020 tax year.• There has been a 30 day extension (to May 17th, 2021) to file your Nebraska state income […]

March 18, 2021

American Rescue Plan Act signed—a quick look

President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act today, March 11th, 2021. Among the act’s many provisions there are several tax related items to pass along. Here is a look at the key tax provisions that may affect you: Unemployment benefits The act makes the first $10,200 in unemployment benefits tax-free in 2020 for taxpayers […]

March 11, 2021

VIDEO – Recently updated PPP eligibility for self-employed Schedule C filers

Andrew Steffensmeier, CPA, brings you the most recent details for Schedule C filers. These new rules expand the eligibility for the self-employed. Gross income can now be used to determine eligible loan amount. Recorded 3/5/2021

March 5, 2021

VIDEO – Nebraska Property Incentive Tax

Prior to meeting with your CPA, please use the look-up tool to determine your amount of eligible school district tax paid for the credit and print off the worksheet.    We ask that you look this information up, because you are in a better position to know what parcels of real estate you own.  At […]

February 10, 2021

WEBINAR – Recap of Recent Tax Act

Overview of the NEW tax act for businesses and individuals! Recorded 1/28/2021

January 29, 2021

COVID Stimulus programs recap—does your organization qualify?

With the COVID relief package passed in late December, many are still reviewing the rules to see if they qualify.  There were numerous changes retroactive to the beginning of the CARES Act (March 2020) and many new changes going forward in 2021 which has made this new bill cumbersome to navigate.  Based on the rules […]

January 25, 2021

What you can do now to prepare for round two PPP loan applications

List of items to consider: Head count numbers for 2019 and 2020. Companies with 300 or fewer employees are eligible to apply. For restaurants and other companies with an NAICS code starting with 72, the 300-employee limit is for each location. 2019 and 2020 payroll reports. 2019 and 2020 forms 941, 940 and State Unemployment […]

January 5, 2021

Update to original Paycheck Protection Program loan rules

An eligible recipient may have a PPP loan forgiven in an amount equal to the sum of the following costs incurred and payments made during the covered period: (1) payroll costs; (2) interest (but not principal) payments on any covered mortgage obligation (for mortgages in place before Feb. 15, 2020); (3) any payment for any […]

December 31, 2020

CAA, 2021 changes to Paycheck Protection Program second draw

At the end of 2020, Congress passed, and President Trump signed, a new law that provides for additional relief related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This law, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA, 2021), includes a second draw of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans (PPP Second Draw Loans). It also allows businesses to deduct ordinary […]

December 31, 2020

2020 COVID relief bill provisions affecting individual taxpayers

Here is an overview of key provisions in the recent COVID relief legislation that affect individuals. The legislation is the COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020 (the “Act” or COVIDTRA) and the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 (TCDTR), both of which are part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. RECOVERY REBATE/ECONOMIC […]

December 31, 2020

Additional 2020 economic impact payments

You’ve probably heard that IRS will be making millions of ”economic impact payments” (also called ”recovery rebates”) in the near future to help people stay afloat during this time of economic uncertainty related to the COVID-19 crisis. These payments are in addition to the $1,200 payments ($2,400 for married couples) issued earlier in 2020. Here’s […]

December 30, 2020

New law’s tax provisions that affect businesses

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the CAA, 2021), signed into law on December 27, 2020, is a further legislative response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The CAA, 2021 include–along with spending and other non-tax provisions and tax provisions primarily affecting individuals–the numerous business tax provisions briefly summarized below. The provisions are found in two of […]

December 29, 2020

Deductibility of business meals provided by restaurants in 2021 and 2022

You’ve probably heard that the recent stimulus legislation included a provision that removes the 50% limit on deducting business meals provided by restaurants in 2021 and 2022 and makes those meals fully deductible. Here are the details. In general, the ordinary and necessary food and beverage expenses of operating your business are deductible. However, the […]

December 29, 2020

What you need to know: Key highlights of the latest COVID-19 legislation passed by Congress.

We will continue to update you as more information becomes available. IMPORTANT NEWS ON THE LATEST COVID-19 LEGISLATION PASSED BY CONGRESSCongress just passed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The bill has not been signed into law yet, but we wanted to provide you with some of the […]

December 23, 2020

IRS Finally Rules on PPP Expense Deduction

The IRS has issued Revenue Ruling 2020-27 which denies any taxpayer the ability to deduct expenses that have been forgiven under the PPP loan program in 2020. This is also true if you wait until 2021 to ask for forgiveness. This follows the past IRS’s logic that expenses related to tax-exempt income are not deductible. This […]

December 2, 2020

WEBINAR – 2020 Year End Tax Planning

McMill CPAs & Advisors, Andrew Steffensmeier and Clint Weeder, discuss tax planning strategies to wrap up tax year 2020 and begin 2021.

November 16, 2020

Nebraska is Offering New Grant Programs – Applications Open 10/21

SECOND ROUND OF GRANTS AVAILABLE TO NEBRASKANS! APPLICATIONS OPEN AT 10 AM WEDNESDAY 10/21 APPLY HERE The Governor announced that Nebraska will award a second round of grants to use remaining funds from the states coronavirus relief grant. This round of grants will be offered to a larger variety of groups, including small businesses, farmers, […]

October 21, 2020

Market Update Webinar – VIEW RECORDING NOW!

Dimensional Fund Advisors Vice President, Apollo Lupescu, PhD and Jared Faltys, CPA/PFS have a round table on the current status of the economy and the market, including perspectives on election implications. During a year of COVID and an election, many people may be feeling a variety of emotions. Any time you make emotional decisions, they […]

October 15, 2020

FAFSA for 2021-2022 Academic Year Opens on October 1

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2021-2022 year opens on October 1, 2020. The FAFSA is a prerequisite for federal student loans, grants, and work-study. In addition, colleges typically require the FAFSA before distributing their own need-based aid and, in some cases, merit-based aid. Students must submit the FAFSA every year to […]

September 30, 2020

ImagiNE Nebraska Act

Is expansion in the future for your business located within the State of Nebraska?   Nebraska passed LB 1107 ImagiNE Nebraska Act on August 17, 2020 to help businesses grow their workforce and/or invest major funds into buildings or equipment.    This incentive program will replace the 2005 Nebraska Advantage Act which is currently in place. There […]

September 28, 2020

Payroll tax holiday for employees—pros and cons for the business owner

In response to the stalemate, on August 8, the president signed four executive actions including the presidential memorandum to allow employees to defer certain payroll tax obligations. The memorandum directs the Treasury Secretary to use his authority to defer the withholding, deposit and payment of employees’ 6.2% Social Security tax for wages or compensation paid […]

September 10, 2020

Clint Weeder is Recognized as a 40 Under Forty Honoree

McMill CPAs & Advisors is pleased to announce that Clint Weeder has been recognized as a 2020 “40 Under Forty” honoree by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). The 40 Under Forty program recognizes emerging leaders for their past accomplishments and their contributions yet to come. Clint is a shareholder at McMill […]

August 28, 2020

Special Edition Lemonade Camp 2020!

McMill CPAs & Advisors is proud to announce the success of Lemonade Camp 2020!  We are thankful for the community support of our two lemonade stand finalists who collectively raised over $1,400 for their selected charities, Christ Lutheran School and the Animal Shelter of Northeast Nebraska.  Both lemonade stands will also have a portion of […]

August 28, 2020

IRS Backlog & Possible Incorrect Late Payment Notices

Did you receive a letter from the IRS with a late payment notice? You are not alone. The IRS has begun mailing backlogged letters and notices as it returns to normal operations. Many of these are being mailed with past due payment or response dates due to IRS delays. We are finding many of these notices […]

August 26, 2020

VIDEO – David Booth on Value and Values

David Booth, Dimensional Executive Chairman and Founder, on Value and Values. History shows that you can’t time stock returns. To capture the market’s historical premiums, you have to be patient. dimensional.com

August 18, 2020

Important Reminder about Applying for COVID-19 Grants

DED Issues Important Reminder about Applying for COVID-19 Grants for Small Businesses, Livestock Producers There are two major steps to completing an application. After filling out an online eligibility form, those who are eligible will receive a confirmation email containing a confirmation number and a link to the full application. You are not finished applying […]

June 25, 2020

Apply Now! Grant Available for Small Businesses & Livestock Producers

Nebraska Small Business Stabilization (SBS) Grant for Small Businesses & Livestock Producers –The DED is Now Accepting Applications!The SBS Grant allocates working capital to help cover operating expenses. This will enable small businesses and livestock producers to get back on their feet and back to profitability. *FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED* Steps to Complete: Complete the eligibility […]

June 15, 2020

Four New COVID-19 Relief Grants

These four new grants are designed to provide assistance to individuals, families and businesses who have been economically impacted by COVID-19. May 27, 2020, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) will co-administer four new State grant programs — utilizing $392 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) […]

June 1, 2020

Nebraska Personal Property Tax Penalty & Interest Waiver

Personal property tax returns normally due May 1st have been extended to July 15th if you want to be allowed the $10,000 exemption. Any returns filed after that time but by December 31, 2020 will forfeit the exemption but will not be assessed the late filing penalty. Interest will start to accrue starting July 16th […]

April 14, 2020

Coronavirus: What to Do if You’re Out of Work

Coronavirus—aka COVID-19. It has flooded our social media, nightly news, and has even made its way into some of our communities. It goes without saying that this thing has created mass hysteria and panic across the globe. But if you’re looking for that here—you won’t find it. We haven’t lost our hope, and you shouldn’t […]

April 6, 2020

A Message of Hope Series: Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze and Ken Coleman

Hope is greater than fear. Join bestselling authors Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze and Ken Coleman as they give super practical, super clear advice on what you need to do with your money and career right now.

March 27, 2020

Nebraska Chamber on Unemployment Options

The Nebraska Chamber hosts Nebraska Department of Labor Commissioner John Albin & General Counsel Katie Thurber for a briefing on Nebraska’s unemployment programs during the coronavirus outbreak. Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:30 p.m. CDT

March 24, 2020

Ricketts extends tax filing deadline, praises crowd compliance

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Monday that Nebraska’s state income tax filing deadline would be moved from April 15 to July 15, matching the three-month federal extension already granted by the Internal Revenue Service. But the governor urged Nebraskans who have not been significantly impacted by the economic fallout resulting from the spread of the coronavirus […]

March 24, 2020

Tax Filing Deadline Update

Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the April 15th tax filing deadline will be extended to July 15th. This extension applies to federal income tax only. Nebraska has not extended filing or payment deadlines at this time. The tax payment extension applies to federal tax due with 2019 tax returns, plus 2020 first quarter tax payments. […]

March 22, 2020

Tax Deadline & Market Update

TAX DEADLINE (3/18/20) Details on the payment extension issued by the IRS: ● April 15th, 2020 remains the deadline for filing taxes.  UPDATE 11:30am 3/20/20: The Treasury Secretary recently announced the federal filing date will be July 15th, 2020. ● There has been a 90 day extension (to July 15th, 2020) for all federal payments […]

March 19, 2020

Stock Market Corrections

The average decline for stock market corrections is about 13.7% and they last around four months- unless, of course, they become bear markets, characterized by a dip of 20% or more .-CNBC, February 27, 2020

March 2, 2020

TAX EXTENDERS AND DISASTER TAX RELIEF

Congress passed and the President signed the Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act.  Here are a few of the extenders that may affect you: If you have canceled debt that is also qualified principal residence indebtedness, you may be able to exclude that canceled debt from income.  This provision had expired in 2017, but has […]

February 26, 2020

Tax Tips For Individuals

With time left before the April filing deadline, it makes good financial sense to recheck for don’t miss deductions and credits that can lower your tax bill. One caveat: You will have to choose between taking the standard deduction and itemizing individual deductions. BIG BREAKS One big break is the adoption tax credit, which is […]

February 12, 2020

McMill Tax Letter

October 16, 2019 To Our Clients and Friends: With year-end approaching, now’s the time to take steps to cut your 2019 tax bill. Here are some relatively foolproof year-end tax planning strategies to consider, assuming next year’s general election doesn’t result in retroactive tax changes that could affect your 2020 tax year. Year-end Planning Moves […]

February 12, 2020

Amazon Stock

On January 30th, Amazon’s stock rose 12% in a matter of minutes, and that increase added $110 billion to the market value of the company. By comparison, UPS’s entire market cap is $93 billion.-Bloomberg, January 30, 2020

February 10, 2020

Business Owners Resolve To Become More Competitive

Business owners typically have little time for planning. However, making that time during this New Year — and new decade — can help most businesses become more competitive now and in the future. PLAN YOUR SUCCESSION Whether you plan to eventually sell your business to strangers or pass it down to the next generation, succession […]

January 20, 2020

You, Your Retirement, and the SECURE Act

You may have missed the news – buried in a much bigger spending bill, and passed in the thick of the holiday season. But after months of nearly bringing it to the finish line, it’s now official: On Friday, December 20, 2019, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into […]

January 10, 2020

2020 Tax Brackets, Deductions, Plus More

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has new annual inflation adjustments for tax rates, brackets, deductions and retirement contribution limits. Note, the amounts below do not impact the tax filing you make in 2020 for the tax year 2019. These amounts apply to your 2020 taxes that you will file in 2021. […]

January 10, 2020

Resolve To Become More Financially Secure

Many people make resolutions to coincide with the advent of the New Year, including becoming more financially secure. If you want to improve your financial outlook, now is a good time to take steps to achieve this goal. TAP THE EXPERTS You go to a doctor for medical care and a mechanic to fix your […]

January 6, 2020

Lacking Confidence

Few employers are “very confident” their employees are on the way to becoming retirement-secure, according to the report, “Employers: The Retirement Security Challenge,” from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies. Only 17% of employers felt very confident, which lined up with 18% of employees who felt the same. About 23% of employers were not too […]

January 6, 2020

There’s Still Time

Individuals have a few tax breaks to explore. The IRS disallows many deductions if you take the standard deduction, but not all, for 2019. For example, you can deduct some expenses related to self-employment if you’re self-employed. Student loan interest and college tuition and fees may also be deductible. Talk to your tax professional to […]

December 23, 2019

Tax-Loss Harvesting

If investments you sold in 2019 lost money, you may find some solace in the IRS tax code. You can deduct certain losses from your taxable income – called tax-loss harvesting – when you understand the rules. Here they are briefly: TERMS DEFINED For starters, the IRS has separate tax rates for long-term investments – […]

December 23, 2019

2020 W-4 Update

On Dec. 5, the IRS released the long-awaited final version of the 2020 Form W-4, retitled Employee’s Withholding Certificate, with major revisions designed to make accurate income tax withholding easier for employees starting next year. All new employees hired as of Jan. 1, 2020, must complete the new form. Current employees are not required to […]

December 13, 2019

NEW IRS INDEXED LIMITS FOR 2020

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced that employees in 401(k) plans will be able to contribute up to $19,500 next year. The IRS announced this and other changes in Notice 2019-59 (PDF), posted today on IRS.gov. This guidance provides cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items […]

December 4, 2019

Five Ways to Get Your Financial House in Order in 2020

As the end of the year draws near, many families think they have a sound “financial plan” because they own investments or have established a saving strategy for retirement. This is a good start but it’s incomplete. There are many components to ensuring your financial future and getting your “house in order” is the first […]

December 4, 2019

Update from McMill Wealth Regarding TD Ameritrade

It was confirmed that Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade are combining (11/25/19).  This has no bearing on our firm and we will still manage the accounts in the same manner we previously have.  We have had a relationship with both firms for a long period of time and will evaluate possible changes to make sure […]

December 4, 2019