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Tax Season – Time to Get Organized and Start Filing

If you didn’t begin creating year-end tax plans before last December 31, it could be worth your while now to start gathering together all your documentation and get organized. The Internal Revenue Service started accepting tax returns as of Tuesday, January 19, though you could have prepared a return on paper or with tax software and submitted it earlier. The IRS wouldn’t accept such returns until the 19th however. Filing early helps to lower any
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2015 Strategic Tax Planning for Businesses

YEAR-END BUSINESS PLANNING As with prior years, business tax planning is unsure due to the expiration of many popular but temporary tax breaks that have been of an “extenders” package of legislation. Another factor leading to uncertainty is the far-reaching Affordable Care Act. Additional changes to the tax law in 2015 made by new regulations and other IRS guidance also need to be weighed when evaluating year-end strategies. Code Sec. 179 Expensing Code Sec. 179
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2015 Strategic Tax Planning for Individuals

YEAR-END INDIVIDUAL PLANNING As in years past, there may be value in the customary year-end methods of shifting income. Taking stock of income and expenses to determine whether measures to defer or accelerate one or the other, before the close of the current tax year, should be considered as applicable at year-end 2015 as it has been in the past. As markets continue to adjust and fluctuate, it makes sense to evaluate current gains and
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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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Alternative Minimum Tax

AMT (Alternative Minimum Tax) AMT was created back in the 1970’s and then with serious teeth in the 1986 tax reform act which was to simplify taxes. AMT is a political system that renders certain tax deductions useless like state income and property taxes.  AMT was actually created and refined when Republicans held the legislative and executive branches and is seen by many as a way to equalize the field for taxpayers in high state
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2011 Year End Tax Planning

This first article is entitles Part I because of uncertainty regarding some key developments that may or may not pass: Obama’s payroll tax cut extension and the Republican counterweight, odds are both are dead in the water and some pieces of it may pass possibly by year end. Longer term tax planning is especially challenging this year because of uncertainty over whether Congress will enact sweeping tax reform that could have a major impact in
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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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Obama Tax Compromise through 2012

The tax compromise extending Bush-era tax cuts has now been signed into law. It has cleared up some uncertainty concerning tax rates and deductions that made tax planning problematic for both this year and next. At the least, we hope the compromise brings certainty through 2012. The following main points summarize the compromise:
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IRS notices – CP 2000

Recently I’ve been helping clients with CP 2000 notices. Many people get panicked when they get this notice. Many times the IRS assumes the worst when they send this notice. What is a CP 2000 notice, basically the IRS received a 1099 indicating that the taxpayer is missing income.  For example , the IRS received a 1099 from Bank of America indicating you were paid $1,000 to your CD.  Most people I meet, never really
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