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Tax Reform Highlights – Business Provisions

Although some have criticized the process, priorities, and policies used in the formulation of this major tax system overhaul, we in the tax and accounting industry anticipated action. After several iterations, we finally got our wish for something—anything—in concrete so that we could get tax plans in place before year end and have answers to the many questions that our clients are asking about what tax reform does to their 2018 tax bill. On December
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Tax Reform Highlights – Individual Provisions

Although some have criticized the process, priorities, and policies used in the formulation of this major tax system overhaul, we in the tax and accounting industry anticipated action. After several iterations, we finally got our wish for something—anything—in concrete so that we could get tax plans in place before year end and have answers to the many questions that our clients are asking about what tax reform does to their 2018 tax bill. On December
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Research and Development Credits Updates

On 12/19/2014, President Obama signed the H. R. 5771 Bill, known as the Tax Increase Prevention Act.  This means that a host of tax credits are being extended to another tax year. Among these is the Research and Development credit. Many small and middle sized businesses do not claim the credit because of the complications in calculating it: The research credit equals the sum of: (1) 20% of the excess (if any) of the qualified
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Latest Updates on the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014

On December 16, 2014, Congress passed what is known as an extenders package including more than 50 of the tax credits that expired at the end of 2013. President Obama has signed the Act on December 19, 2014 and it is effective for the 2014 tax year only. Some of the most prominent tax credits are: state and local sales tax deduction, higher education tuition deduction, and the exclusion for discharge of mortgage debt, business and
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IRS Audits

Anatomy of an IRS Audit As a taxpayer representative and preparer, I’ve recently finished up 3 interesting audit cases with the IRS and would like to share how they went: 1st Case: A client of mine was selected for an IRS audit due to a large partnership loss from a K1 that he invested in.  The IRS is currently auditing partnership losses especially for passive activity limitations.  Only issue is that partnership losses in this case
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IRS debt – Ways to consolidate your back taxes

People who have dealt with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) before know how much of a herculean task it is come out of their grip unscathed. This federal tax collection body is entrusted as the guardian of the nation’s tax code. However, if the ground realities are to be considered, then people are bound to face financial crisis at any moment that may force them stop making tax payments and spend those money on more
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Obama Potential Tax Hikes after 2012

Five Types of Obama Tax Hikes President Obama’s unnecessary tax hikes break down into five categories: 1. Repeal of the 2001 and 2003 Tax Cuts for Upper-Income Families. President Obama reached an agreement with Congress in late 2010 to extend all 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for two more years, through 2012. After praising that agreement immediately after its passage, the President changed quickly back to his long-held preference of allowing those tax cuts to
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R&D Tax Credit – Discovery test invalidated

Important R&D tax case back in June 9, 2009, 5th Circuit of Appeals in Texas Southern District ruled in US vs McFerrin.  The Mcferrins co-founded KMCO Inc a manufacturer of chemicals. The engaged an R&D tax credit firm to perform a study for them.  IRS challenged the credit and the district court ruled in the government’s favor that the taxpayer failed to engage in the controversial discovery of information test showing some threshold of innovation
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