Taxpayer Elections to Consider Prior to Year End

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As a reminder, certain elections and/or company policies must be in place prior to December 31, 2018, in order to be applicable to calendar year tax returns and financials. Taxpayers should consider if they have the appropriate elections/policies in place or need to revise prior to December 31, 2018. Below are some elections/policies that are relevant to many of our clients that they may want to consider.

GILTI Accounting Policy Elections

ASC 740 does not currently directly address the accounting for GILTI. As a result, the FASB staff concluded in FASB Staff Q&A #5 that companies can make an accounting policy election to either:

  1. Treat GILTI as a period cost if and when incurred, or
  2. Recognize deferred taxes for basis differences that are expected to reverse as GILTI in future years.

If a company elects to treat GILTI as a period cost, there is a supplemental accounting method election to make in determining if a valuation allowance is required for some or all of the company’s NOL carryforwards as companies in a loss position will not be allowed a Sec. 250 deduction or foreign tax credit (FTC) on GILTI inclusions and instead will be utilizing NOL carryforwards to offset any GILTI inclusion. FASB allows a company to take one of two approaches in assessing a valuation allowance on NOLs:

  1. Incremental Cash Tax Savings Approach – The Company compares what it expects the incremental cash taxes to be with and without the NOL. The difference would be the realizable benefit of the deferred tax asset.
  2. Tax Law Ordering – The Company looks to tax law ordering to determine whether the existing NOL deferred tax asset is expected to be realized. Under this approach, the fact the company will not be able to utilize the Sec. 250 deduction and FTC is irrelevant.

Companies will need to disclose their policy elections in their audited financial statements and the accounting policy elections must be in place by December 31, 2018, for calendar year companies, in order to be effective for 2018 and future years. 

De Minimis Safe Harbor Expensing Elections

As part of the final tangible property regulations, taxpayers are required to make annual elections related to their expensing policies. The de minimis safe harbor election requires a written policy to be in place by the beginning of the taxable year. This means that the written policy must be in place by December 31, 2018, for calendar year taxpayers planning to make the de minimis safe harbor election on a 2019 tax return. 

In addition to taxpayers with audited financial statements, this also applies to taxpayers without audited financial statements, taxpayers with Schedule C business activity and taxpayers with rental real estate activity. 

Deductibility of Accrued Bonuses

In order for accrual basis taxpayers to take an income deduction for bonuses as of the end of its tax year, the bonuses must be fixed and determinable as of the end of the tax year and paid within 2 ½ months. Many taxpayers require employees to be employed on the payment date of the bonus or do not determine the amount of the bonus or bonus pool until after year end. As such, the bonus is not fixed as of the end of the tax year.

Taxpayers should review their current bonus policies to see if they meet the requirements to be deducted as of the end of the tax year. If they do not, then the taxpayer may need to have a Board resolution in place by the end of the year (December 31, 2018 for calendar year taxpayers).

All the best


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Looks Like Santa Stayed Home This Christmas And The Bear Came Out For The Holidays

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I know all of you are tired of hearing that this market correction is due to the geopolitical issues around China and trade, interest rate concerns with an anticipated slowdown in the economy for the future, and most recently a US government shut down. However, to put this recent decline in historical perspective the average intra-year decline from peak to trough is about 14.2% over the last 35 years. Corrections are expected, normal, and even healthy. That statement may feel like cold comfort while in the midst of one, but we have been in a bull market for over 8 years before this correction. It reminds us how difficult it is to time the market and how important it is to be diversified and understand the liquidity needs of each of our clients.

I Cautioned in October

As mentioned in an email to all of my clients in the beginning of October, we were cautious and due for a correction. This decline was primarily driven by the uncertainty around tariffs, the Fed rate hike as well as weaker than expected economic growth in China.  As stated in October for all of our clients we are well diversified and our portfolios have not felt the full brunt of the selloff.  However, with that people should still be concerned and cautious. 

Prepare For The Coming Year

I would like to reiterate that apart from the cash flow that you know of in each of your portfolios, if you do have a need for additional cash within the next twelve to eighteen months you should have your financial advisor hold this amount in a money market account.  Many of my clients have taken advantage of raising cash before the sell off for the additional cash needs. The only thing certain we can predict is uncertainty and therefore, if you have a need for a large cash expenditure in the next twelve to eighteen months let your financial advisor know.  

Heightened Volatility

In times of heightened volatility it is important to keep in mind the following:

  • Stay focused on your long-term objectives. 
  • Daily fluctuations will be smoothed out over time. 
  • Diversification is the key to superior risk-adjusted returns. While high-quality bonds have not kept up with the returns of the stock markets over the last few years they are an integral component in your portfolio because they provide protection against market declines. They have not only retained principal but they have earned a positive return over the last few weeks.
  • The U.S. economy is still expanding, driven by strong job growth and positive earnings from corporations.

Contact Your Financial Advisor

Make sure your financial advisor is continually monitoring your portfolio and confident that you are positioned well in terms of allocation and quality.  Don’t hesitate to let your financial advisor know if you have any questions or concerns.

Happy Holidays

We wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

All the best,


Andersen Tax LLC

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How to Save for your Holidays Financially? (Andrew Kyriacou Holiday Tips)

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This Andrew Kyriacou Holiday Tips article may help you get through the holidays with a little extra cash in your pocket. The key is to be prepared in advance for the upcoming expenses through savings.

As we all know the holidays are an important part of our busy lives. It’s the time when we splurge on gifts, food, and entertainment with our family and children. Families often plan for vacation trips during the winter holidays, which just adds to the increased spending. That trip to visit distant relatives, or the family alpine skiing trip begin to add up financially during a time of year when it’s hard to say no.

The wise man (or woman) always sets his (or her) financial savings in the present that he needs in the future. So, the decision is on you to start saving – if not then you may have greater difficulty during the high spending season.

These tips are for all the people who want to save for their holidays and stay prepared for the upcoming vacations before they come.

Andrew Kyriacou holiday tips are for saving everyone from these dangerous situations when we are at the stage of ‘can’t say no’.

Andrew Kyriacou Holiday Tips #1: Check your Current Financial Status

The first action is enquiring your current financial status. Check how much you have in your pocket or bank savings or any other source where you had saved for these expenses. This will help you to understand what you can and cannot afford. You can use your savings funds easily, but make sure you’re not over-spending. Meaning, you should also look to January and February expenses to make sure you have enough savings for AFTER the holidays.

Andrew Kyriacou Holiday Tips #2: Make a List of your Expenses

When the holidays are coming, you should discuss the needs and wants (in regards to expenses) with your family. Holidays are full of expenses such as shopping, booking fun costs and many others. Make a complete list of all your planned expenses for which you have to spend money. The list covers every single aspect of expense from normal shopping to the highest expenses. Shopping for holidays is also not so cheap, buying season clothes and other related items that you need on your holiday trip, Expenses of hotel booking and costs for outside ride on any vehicle are all making it too costly. But when the matter is on your family’s demand and expectations than you have to take care of the various need of your family.

Andrew Kyriacou Holiday Tips #3: Don’t Go Into Debt During the Holidays!

When you want to impress your family with a surprise of a grand holiday package, please don’t get into debt because of your need to impress. Credit cards and borrowing money from any lender comes with extremely high interest, which will put you in a hole that you will have a hard time getting out of once the holidays are over.

Stay within your reasonable budget because once you make a decision to borrow money at high interest, the cycle will repeat itself the next year.

Andrew Kyriacou Holiday Tips #4: Save in Advance

Always start saving earlier when you know the expenses are coming soon. Any amount you can save is fine, but you must do it. Open a savings account the gives you a little interest on your money, and simply set up an auto transfer each week or month. Make it an amount that won’t affect your normal expenses. Trust me, it adds up.

If you read these Andrew Kyriacou holiday tips carefully then you may not have any issue with your holiday planning.

The Bottom line:

These are the Andrew Kyriacou holiday tips that can help you to enjoy your vacations without any depression of finance. You can satisfy the desires of your family by providing them with all the luxuries that they expect during the holidays.

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Why you must start saving for your Children?

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Andrew Kyriacou says that saving is always necessary for every person; whether you are an employee or not. AND, your investment responsibilities will grow with new additions to your family.

With each passing year, your expenses will increase on your family, which puts added pressure on investing and savings. Growing kids need more care, and for this you need more money for satisfying the needs of your kids. The situation can get out of the budget if your children are ready for school admissions. As you know the education system is becoming more expensive in present time for providing the better education to your children you need to put high price tag out of pocket. College and University fees are going higher and higher. Also the expenses of medical treatments are too high when your child got any health issue. All these expenses add up very quickly, and can prevent your children from having a good education.

So, if you want to provide a bright future for your children you must start saving now.

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Invest as much as you can… it doesn’t have to be a huge amount. Just start early!

Your savings will help you in maintain the future costs of your children’s education and lifestyle without any depression. By starting a savings account in their childhood, you can add tiny amounts weekly, monthly or yearly, and they will add up over time.

Trust me your child will proud of you for making such a wise choice for him or her.

According to Andrew Kyriacou saving is the smart habit that will remove the chances of debt. In his articles and news he always provides smart financial bits of advice to the parents who want to save money for their children. You can invest in a child saving plan for the future use.

There is a variety of child investment plans offered by many certified insurance companies. You can get advice from your financial advisor for choosing the best plan with the low premium and high return values.

You can check the news and articles of Andrew Kyriacou for having the best suggestion from the best advisor while choosing the insurance plan for your children.


The articles of Andrew Kyriacou are really helpful for deciding about your insurance plan. Not only education but the health care of your children is also important for you. For better treatments in critical health situation of your child, you need high funds. So you just need to save for your children for saving his life and making it better. Saving in advance will never let you go out of money in the future.

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5 Ways to Save for the Future

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Saving for the future is important as it provides cover and financial safety for uncertainties in the future. There are many tools and ways to save for the future. This article provides some of Andrew Kyriacou’s tips for saving for the future which are as follows:

Open an Individual Retirement Account (IRA)

An IRA is an account opened by a financial institution which allows the account holder to save for retirement with tax-free growth or tax-deferred option. There are two basic types of IRA- traditional and Roth which offer immediate tax savings or tax-free withdrawals when the money is needed by the individual after retirement. The money in the IRA grows in a tax-deferred basis. The IRA helps the money compound faster, thereby creating a corpus for retirement. The government also promotes IRA by incentivizing the low and middle-income group through means of tax credit, known as the savers credit. Individuals can seek help and guidance from experts like Andrew Kyriacou’s tips which can prove helpful in planning for future savings.  

Become a Part of 401(k) Plan

The 401 (k) plan is an employer-promoted and sponsored retirement plan. It provides the individuals with an option of putting the money in the plan which compounds on a tax-deferred basis, to create a retirement corpus in the long-run. Employers provide matching contributions to the 401(k) plan to the employees who opt for this plan. This is an added incentive for the employees to participate in the 401(k) plan and save for the future.

Health Savings Account (HSA)

The HSAs are meant to create savings which may be needed for meeting health expenses in the future. Healthcare is becoming costly and it can wipe out major chunk of the future savings for individuals. Hence the HSA seems a good initiative to save as it allows the users to contribute money on pre-tax basis and withdraw the money in future on a tax-free basis, provided the money has to be used only towards health care expenses.

Saving for Children- 529 Plan Accounts

The 529 plans basically help individuals save for their children’s education and college expenses. It allows the individuals to make contributions in a tax-deferred account. The distribution of the eligible expenses is tax-free under this plan. Some specific states also provide additional incentives for making contributions to the 529 account.

Long-Term Stock Investing

Individuals can open a regular brokerage account for long-term stock investing. The longer the investment horizon, the greater will be the returns. However, individuals should seek professional consultation and advisory services before investing in stocks. Expert resources like Andrew Kyriacou’s tips can prove helpful for this.

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Starting a Financial Blog

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About the Author – Andrew Kyriacou

Hi, I’m Andrew Kyriacou of Shrewsbury, MA – A financial consultant for high net worth individuals at Andersen Tax.

As I start, I only find it fitting that I begin my first post with the title ‘Starting a Financial Blog’… seems pretty fitting to me. As economies change, and Gen Xers and Millenials are getting older, financial blogs are becoming more and more popular among readers. It helps create awareness on finance and financial planning among the readers, and due to increased awareness on personal finance; readers are interested in consuming such blog contents. This article provides some basic prerequisites for starting a financial blog, which I, Andrew Kyriacou, am following when starting this blog.

Be Passionate on the Topic

It is of utmost importance to be passionate on the topic. Hence to start a financial blog, one should be first passionate on finance and related topics. Beyond research, any financial blogger should also have direct experience and expertise on the topic before blogging. Andrew Kyriacou of Shrewsbury, MA is passionate about finance and has 22 years experience in the field.

Get a Creative Domain Name (like AndrewKyriacou.Tips)

You see, it’s creative because Andrew Kyriacou (me) is going to give readers tips, hence the domain – I think you get it. New bloggers should get a creative domain name, which is direct and easy to remember for the readers. The domain name should be short and should clearly reflect on what subject the blog is written on. Like for a financial blog, the domain name should convey financial meaning or terminologies for it to seem credible. It is also suggested to keep a unique domain name for readers to remember.

Prefer Quality Over Quantity

New bloggers often post blogs daily – not me. While there is nothing wrong with this approach, it is suggested to prefer quality over quantity when starting a financial blog. Research reveals that writing long posts and quality-oriented content leads to more traffic anyway, so that’s the plan here. Posting new blogs daily is too exhaustive and it can become demanding to churn out original and quality content every day. Hence, quality over quantity is the way forward when starting a financial blog. Usually, blogs with length of 2500 words do well. Posts on AndrewKyriacou.Tips might not be that long, but some will.

Proper Research on the Topic

The topic on which the blog has to be written needs intensive knowledge and insight. Also, I think that the information has to be replicable. There’s no sense in giving readers tips about what to do with 10 million dollars because most people don’t have 10 million in the bank. However, I CAN give you tips and advice on maximizing your savings as if you had 10 million.

In addition to the content, it is important to research what other bloggers have written on the same subject. I’ll do this for all Andrew Kyriacou posts. This research provides clarity on the existing content on the subject and also the gaps, which can be plugged. Hopefully, this results in creating better content on the subject and the blog becomes more relevant to the audience. Well-researched blogs will improve the search rankings and direct more traffic on to the website. 

Post Relevant and Appealing Topics

It is important to do identify topics, which are relevant and appealing to the audience. Once the topic is selected, the blog should be written in a manner which meets the need of the audience. There are many blogs on starting a financial blog, so in such fierce competition, it is imperative to grab the reader’s attention. Using Google Keywords provides the competition for a particular article or blog. Judicious use of the Google Keywords Tools helps in narrowing down the competition and coming out with blog containing content and keywords which have less competition on the online domain. Such blogs will be more likely to get hits and views by the readers. Top financial advisors like Andrew Kyriacou of Shrewsbury, MA will be blogging on such relevant and appealing topics, which will hopefully reflect popularity.

Happy reading, and happy investing:

Andrew Kyriacou

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