Canon Capital Management Group Names Craig Covington to the Firm as Unitholder

We are proud to announce the admission of Craig Covington to the firm as a unitholder. Craig joined our Technologies business unit in 1998.

Craig serves as a Technical Consultant on the Canon Capital Technologies team, guiding business clients through all aspects of Managed IT Services, Network Security, Data Backup & Recovery, and Help Desk Support. He also leads sales and marketing for the Technologies business unit.

“Craig has been an invaluable asset to our Technologies business unit, providing leadership and expertise in his care for our clients,” said Michael Witter, managing director of Canon Capital Certified Public Accountants and co-founder of Canon Capital Management Group. “His dedication to our mission of excellence is demonstrated every day, and we are proud to welcome him as a unitholder.”

Craig holds a Business degree from Delaware Valley College, an MBA in Marketing from LaSalle University, and is a Microsoft Certified Professional.

“Joining Canon Capital over 20 years ago was one of the wisest decisions I have made,” said Covington. “It didn’t take me long to realize that this company truly cares about the success and well-being of its employees. Because of the leadership team’s commitment to biblical values, I am blessed to be able to effectively balance work and family while raising my four kids — a personal goal I set early on in my marriage. For that I am forever thankful. That, combined with their desire to maintain the highest integrity when serving clients has created the ideal workplace.”

“I was excited to be presented with the opportunity to join the leadership team and participate in carrying on this tradition of excellence,” Covington added. “I look forward to working alongside the other unitholders as we position Canon Capital to meet the needs of our clients and staff well into the future.”

Covington also serves as executive director of Healthy Neighbors International, a non-profit medical missions organization serving in Nicaragua. Craig resides in Doylestown with his wife and has four children. He enjoys spending time with his family.

Canon Capital Management Group provides a sole source of financial and business services: Accounting, Payroll, Technologies, and Wealth Management. For more information, contact us online or call 215-723-4881.

Are You Prepared for the End of Windows 7?

If you’re one of the estimated 40%+ of businesses still running the outdated Windows 7 platform, consider this your wake-up call: time is nearly up for this tried-and-true operating system. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end support for Windows 7. That means no more updates (security or otherwise) will be offered by the company from that date forward.

The clock’s been ticking on Windows 7 ever since Microsoft ended mainstream support back in 2015, and while it’s important to note that Windows 7 will still technically be usable after next January, this upcoming shift will spell trouble for users who’ve stuck it out to the platform’s bitter end.

If you’re running a business this is a risk you can’t afford. It’s time to contact your IT provider and make preparations to upgrade – preferably well in advance of the January 14, 2020 deadline. Whether you’re planning on seamlessly transitioning to Windows 10 or moving on to an alternative operating system, this is a task that needs to be at the top of your list.

Since Windows 7 will continue to work after January 14, you may wonder why you can’t just stick it out and keep using the platform. The answer is you can, but you absolutely shouldn’t. In fact, the risks and problems this decision would pose to your business make an upgrade less of a decision and more of an eventuality.

First, Windows 7 will become progressively more unstable as modern hardware continues to outpace the software. Modern software is already not being designed with Windows 7 in mind. This includes old software that’s been upgraded since the world moved on from the operating system in 2015. As technological progress continues at breakneck speed, more and more key programs will become unusable in Windows 7.

The same goes for hardware. Tech equipment advances exponentially year by year. In order to take advantage of these massive improvements, you’ll need an operating system equipped to handle these new capabilities and features. What’s more, as the hardware progresses, it may become incompatible with Windows 7 altogether.

However, these are small concerns when compared to the future security of your network. Cybercriminals are certain to flock to the operating system after support ends, eager to pick off easy targets left vulnerable by the lack of ongoing security updates.

As time goes on, new vulnerabilities are discovered in even the most well-designed operating systems. To fight against hackers, developers continuously search for ways to remove these security gaps and they release them in the form of patches. With every annoying update you’re forced to install on your machine, you’re staving off would-be opportunists on the hunt for their next victim.

After Windows 7’s end of life these security updates and patches will dry up. That means that any users still on the platform – and there will be a lot of them – will be exposed to the increasingly crafty exploits used by hackers. Cybercriminals, attracted to the lowest-hanging fruit, will come for Windows 7 users, eager to pick at the scraps.

Staying on an operating system after it’s no longer supported is like leaving the digital door open on your business—don’t do it!

At this point we are only four months out from the Windows 7 end-of-life date. That may seem like a lot of time but when it comes time to actually make the transition, you’ll need all the time you can get. Upgrading dozens, hundreds or even thousands of PCs is more laborious than you probably realize. And with so many other companies scrambling to do the same toward the end of the year, IT providers are likely to get bogged down with service requests.

Instead of putting it off to the last minute and potentially leaving yourself vulnerable, contact your IT provider as soon as possible to initiate the upgrade process. You’ll leave yourself ample time to iron out any issues as they arise without the added pressure of an imminent deadline.

When your business is on the line, it just doesn’t make sense to delay. Don’t risk losing everything you’ve worked so hard to build. Make preparations to leave Windows 7 behind today!

If you are in need of an IT provider, contact us today to discuss how we can be of service.

Canon Capital Payroll Services is Hiring! Part-time Payroll Processor Position Available

We are hiring! We currently have an opening for a Payroll Processor. This position is responsible for processing payrolls and general payroll support. This position requires excellent communication, organization, and interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate must be detail-oriented, flexible, and able to handle multiple tasks and deadlines. Payroll processing experience is required. Canon Capital offers excellent pay and flexible hours are possible.

Interested parties should mail their resume to:

H.R.
PO Box 228
Harleysville, PA 19438

Resumes may also be sent via fax (215-723-1487) or email.

July 1, 2019 Updates to Philadelphia Wage Tax and New Jersey Minimum Wage

July 1, 2019, brings changes to the paychecks of employees in the city of Philadelphia and the state of New Jersey.

Philadelphia Wage Tax

In Philadelphia, city residents and employees who live outside city limits but whose companies are located in Philadelphia will see a reduction in the Philadelphia City Wage Tax.

The Philadelphia Wage Tax affects all businesses that operate within the city as well as businesses outside of the city who hire Philadelphia residents.

Any paycheck issued with a pay date after June 30, 2019, must withhold the Philadelphia City Wage Tax at these new rates:

  • The new Wage Tax rate for residents of Philadelphia is 3.8712% (.038712).
  • The new Wage Tax rate for non-residents of Philadelphia who are subject to the Philadelphia City Wage Tax is 3.4481% (.034481).

If you are a Philadelphia-based business who does not collect the Wage Tax on behalf of your employees, or if you work for a business in Philadelphia and do not have the Wage Tax collected on your behalf, you – the employee – are responsible for paying an Earnings Tax directly to the City of Philadelphia. These rates will also lower as of July 1, 2019:

  • 3.8712% (.038712) for Philadelphia residents
  • 3.4481% (.034481) for non-residents

New Jersey Minimum Wage

On July 1, 2019, New Jersey will start a path to increase the state minimum hourly wage from $8.85 to $15.00 by the year 2024. This will be accomplished according to a timeline of steady, incremental increases. The amount of these increases differs according to the business category, to allow for implementation without a negative impact on the business. What this means is while most employers will be required to pay a new minimum hourly wage of $10.00 with annual increases of $1.00 for the following five years to reach $15.00 per hour, businesses deemed as “Seasonal & Small Employers” with fewer than six employees and “Agricultural Employers” will increase the minimum hourly wages they pay on a different scale. A full explanation is provided via this chart.

Workers who receive tips on top of their wages will see their hourly rates rise from the current $2.13 per hour to $5.13 per hour by January 2, 2022. Their cash wage tips must equal the minimum wage.

We are happy to answer any questions you might have regarding these updates or any other issue related to your payroll. Call 215-723-4881 or contact us online.

Team Canon Capital Represents at the Indian Creek Foundation 2019 Roll, Stroll, and Run

The weather was gorgeous on Saturday, June 15, for the 2019 Indian Creek Foundation Roll, Stroll, and Run.

Team Canon Capital was represented by Sarah Hughes, one of our CPAs; Payroll processer/tax preparer Linda Covel; Linda’s sister-in-law Mary Jane Yoder; and Linda’s daughter-in-law Courtney Covel.

Sarah placed first in the Women’s Division and second overall in the 5K portion of the event, with a time of 20:56!

We were proud to be among the sponsors for this annual event, a fundraiser that benefits Indian Creek Foundation’s mission of supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing them with opportunities to enrich their lives and the lives of those in their communities.

(Pictured L-R: Sarah Hughes, Linda Covel, Mary Jane Yoder, Courtney Covel)

2019 IRS Standard Mileage Rates on the Rise

As you keep records for the 2019 tax year, we want to make sure you are aware of this year’s IRS standard mileage rates. As of January 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a vehicle (car, van, pick-up truck, or panel truck) for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes are:

  • 58 cents for every mile of business travel driven (an increase of 3.5 cents from the 2018 rate)
  • 20 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes (an increase of 2 cents from the 2018 rate)
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations (no change from the 2018 rate)

If you rely on mileage deductions for tax filing, save time and stress by considering the many apps and online mileage trackers we discuss in this blog.

If you have questions about this topic or any of our other business service offerings, please don’t hesitate to call 215-723-4881 or contact us online.

Canon Capital Wealth Management Named Ascensus Signature Elite Advisor

We are honored to announce that Canon Capital Wealth Management’s investment advisory team has been named a Signature Elite Advisor in the Ascensus Elite Advisor program for 2019. The Elite Advisor program is an exclusive experience provided to financial advisors with demonstrated, results-oriented experience in the retirement industry.

“As a Signature Elite advisor, our clients will benefit from dedicated access to the Ascensus award-winning retirement plan service team,” states Patty Webb, Canon Capital partner, and Director of Wealth Management Services. “I’m proud that we have been recognized by an organization that helps millions of Americans make the dream of a stress-free retirement a reality, and I look forward to our continued partnership in serving the retirement planning needs of local small business owners and their employees.”

Ascensus is the largest independent recordkeeping services provider, third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator in the United States. The firm delivers technology and expertise to help millions of people save for what matters most: retirement, education, and healthcare. Ascensus partners closely with financial advisors across the nation to ensure that business owners and their employees have the technology and guidance they need to invest for their future retirement.

“We truly value our relationships with these key partners and remain committed to giving them the attention and dedication they deserve,” states Jason Crane, head of retirement sales at Ascensus. “As a result, we want to recognize Canon Capital Wealth Management’s achievement as an outstanding financial advisor with a higher level of service, attention, and opportunity.”

Here at Canon Capital, our Wealth Management investment advisors take the time to learn about your unique financial and investment needs. We then develop a comprehensive service plan that acutely reflects those needs. Our combination of process, service, and client communication provides you with clear expectations and the confidence of knowing that in us, you have a trusted advisor.

For more information on how we might be of service, please contact us or call 215-723-4881.

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Opportunities for Tax Beneficial Wealth and Retirement Planning

We continue our blog series recapping our recent presentation on the new tax laws to the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce. This blog discusses opportunities for tax beneficial wealth and retirement planning.

Tax years 2018 to 2025 (the year many of the changes within the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act are set to expire) brings many changes in the status quo to the individual taxpayer, including:

  • Brackets expanded and tax rates are lowered
  • Capital Gains tax rate changes
  • Standard Deduction increase
  • State and Local Tax limitation (capped at $10,000)
  • Mortgage Interest Deduction limitations (Home Equity interest no longer deductible)
  • Elimination of miscellaneous Itemized Deductions
  • Suspension of Personal Exemptions
  • Child Tax Credit expanded
  • Significant impact on AMT

At first glance, the lowering of the overall tax rate and the increase in the standard deduction looks like good news to most taxpayers. However, not necessarily so when placed alongside the loss of personal exemptions, miscellaneous itemized deductions, home equity interested deductions, and the rest of the negative impact items listed above.

These changes do present four opportunities to create long-term strategies to help build wealth as well as plan for retirement:

“Play” the Tax Brackets and Standard Deduction

For 2018, the standard deduction is now $24,000. If you’re over 65, it is $26,600. One avenue to get the most out of this scenario is to stagger the taxable year of deduction timing given this higher standard deduction.

Let’s look at charitable giving. In years past, your donations would be included amongst your itemized deductions. Now, you might consider frontloading your giving at a higher amount into a Donor Advised Fund. So, if you normally donate $5,000 each year, consider placing $25,000 now into a Donor Advised Fund – this places you above the $24,000 threshold of the standard deduction. Then, over the course of five years, give the annual gift of $5,000 from that Donor Advised Fund. This allows you to get the full advantage of the standard deduction in one tax year, followed by several tax years of maximizing itemized deductions.

Portfolio Rebalancing / Tax Loss Harvesting / Capital Gain Harvesting

Take advantage of stock market downturns and volatility by rebalancing to a formal investment allocation. The more volatile things are, the better the portfolio rebalancing works. Studies show a .75% higher return when rebalancing to a formal investment allocation.

Tax loss harvesting comes into play when the market goes down, allowing you to generate a tax loss. You can still reinvest in a similar fund and enjoy the benefits of that investment.

With historically low Capital Gains rates, take advantage of a zero tax rate Capital Gains situation. It might be an ideal time to sell certain assets, pay zero tax, and reinvest.

Dynamic Asset Location Optimization

Where are you placing your wealth as you go through life?

  • Tax Deferred: IRA, 401(k), 403(b)
  • Taxable: Investment Accounts, Bank Accounts
  • Tax Free: Roth IRA, Roth 401(k)

And, when you retire, from where will you draw this wealth? Think about an asset allocation mix between these three wealth locations.

Roth 401k & IRA

Use this 2018-2025 window of low tax rates to your advantage, with a tax-free Roth 401(k) or IRA. Consider converting 100% of your IRA to a Roth account to allow for “back door” (long-term) Roth IRA contributions in the future or convert smaller amounts over several years.

If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please call us at 215-723-4881. You may also consult our free online 2018-19 Tax Planning, which can be found here.

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Changes to Business Taxes

We continue our blog series recapping our recent presentation on the new tax laws to the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce. This blog covers changes made to business tax laws.

One of the advantageous aspects of this new tax law is that the government has provided a clear definition of what constitutes a “small business.” A “small business” is defined as a company with average gross receipts for the past three years of $25 million or less.

This means that businesses meeting the definition of a small business can now avail themselves of these aspects of the tax law:

  • Expanded ability of cash method: This means that If you have been operating on the accrual method and consistently have higher receivables than payables, you can elect to switch to the cash method, allowing for potential consistent deferment of income.
  • Inventory tracking requirements: This allows you to elect to treat your inventory as non-incidental materials and supplies (items you expense when used or consumed). However, under the non-incidental materials and supplies category there is another election called the de minimis safe harbor election, which allows you to expense, safely and without fear of audit, anything under $2500 or less. So, if you have inventory that qualifies as non-incidental materials and supplies, and the unit cost of each item is $2500 or less, you can potentially write off your entire inventory for this year, presuming the inventory is under a year old. For example, if you are the owner of a junkyard business and have $400,000 in inventory, if you did not pay over $2500 per car, you can make these elections and have a $400,000 expense.
  • Section 263A threshold raised: This was a tax requiring that you had to capitalize indirect costs, just for tax. This is gone

Other changes include:

  • C-corporate rate is a flat 21%
  • Entertainment no longer deductible: Meals, however, are another story. Technically, right now, according to the law meals are not deductible, but in October 2018 the IRS put out a guidance that they are deductible because there was a mistake in the writing of the law. This is likely one of the technical directions that will eventually be passed by Congress. Until then, we can rely on the IRS guidance.
  • Interest deductions limited: If your gross receipts are over $25 million, your interest deductions are limited to 30% of your taxable income and any unused portion will get carried forward.
  •  Business losses, no carryback and limited to 80% of income
  • Like-Kind Exchanges now only qualify on real estate
  • Technical terminations of partnerships are eliminated

Business Change Highlights – Depreciation

Changes were also made on depreciation. Here are the highlights:

  • Additional first-year/bonus depreciation: 100% for property acquired after 9/27/17
  • Bonus now allowed for new and used property: it used to be allowed only for new property
  • Bonus on qualified improvement property no longer qualifies as written. This is another item needing correction, but the IRS has not provided any guidance to date.
  • Bonus phase-down schedule for years after 2022
  • Luxury auto limits (note that the additional $8k depreciation has been extended for 2017)
  • Increased to Sec. 179 ($1M and threshold $2.5M)
  • SUV limitation remains at $25,000
  • 179 limits are indexed for inflation
  • 179 expansion for certain real property (HVAC, roofs)
  • 179 allows for residential rental property improvements

New Employer Credit

There is a new employer credit for paid family and medical leave. This is a general business credit that employers can claim based on wages paid to qualified employees while on leave, subject to conditions.

Planning Opportunities

Please keep in mind, these tax changes are set to expire at the end of 2025. There are a number of potential savings opportunities within these tax law changes. We recommend that businesses evaluate their tax structure and engage in multi-year tax planning.

If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please call us at 215-723-4881. You may also consult our free online 2018-19 Tax Planning, which can be found here.

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What’s New and How Will It Affect Your 2018 Tax Return?

We recently had the pleasure of presenting a seminar on the effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts on businesses and individuals. This is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting the information covered.

While we were all focused on the changes that were coming courtesy of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a number of additional tax law revisions took effect. The following is a brief recap.

Partnership Audit Regime Laws – Federal Law

Starting January 1, 2018, this Federal Law allows tax to now be accessed at the partnership level. While this is an administrative win, it comes with hidden ramifications to the taxpayer:

  • Assessed at the highest individual rate of tax – which is currently 37%
  • The 20% 199A (flow-through) deduction is no longer applicable
  • Current partners can be assessed for deficiencies from the year prior.

As a result, we recommend that all partnerships evaluate your partnership agreements.

1099 Withholding and Filing Requirements – State (Pennsylvania) Law

These requirements also went into effect on January 1, 2018.

The 1099 Withholding Requirement means you must engage in withholding on Pennsylvania-sourced non-employee compensation to non-residents. This includes business income and leases of real estate. This withholding is currently on a volunteer basis if the entity receiving payment is receiving $5,000 or less per year.

The new filing requirements state that starting in 2018, 1099s and W2s are required to be filed electronically if you are filing 10 or more forms. However, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is granting a waiver for the 2018 filing period. Learn more about this requirement in one of our previous blog posts.

Wayfair Decision Affecting Revenue from Online Sources

The Wayfair Decision brings economic nexus to online transactions. “Physical nexus” is when the consumer is making a purchase from a store or transacting with a business with a physical location. With the growth of online shopping, many B2C and B2B transactions take place with companies who do not have a physical presence in Pennsylvania, but their product is coming into Pennsylvania. With the Wayfair Decision, if you are a Pennsylvania-based business conducting online sales with people or companies outside of Pennsylvania, you may have multi-state filing requirements. Most states have differing thresholds, so if you are selling one or two items in a year and do not reach their particular threshold, you would not be required to file.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding these changes, please call us at 215-723-4881. You may also consult our free online 2018-19 Tax Planning, which can be found here.

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