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CARES Act Stimulus Package Update

  I hope this update finds you, your family, friends, and loved ones healthy + safe. Navigating our new “stay at home” lives has no doubt been a challenge. But hopefully, you’re adapting. And on the “managing the coronavirus fallout” front, congress officially passed the CARES Act earlier this week. This $2 trillion economic stimulus package runs over 880 pages in length. And it’s positively packed with financial aid and economic relief programs for individuals
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More COVID-19 Financial News Updates, Aid Packages + Governmental Relief Programs

I sincerely hope you and your family are remaining healthy and safe despite the coronavirus’s continued spread. The “new normal” — homeschooling your children, working from a laptop in the corner of your family room + only venturing out for a jog or quick trip the grocery store — is a BIG adjustment. But hopefully, you’re settling into a rhythm. In the meantime, as I predicted, the flood of new information surrounding the coronavirus crisis
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COVID-19 Tax + Financial Update

At the moment, we find ourselves on some pretty shaky ground. And in response, I want to offer my best wishes to everyone out there reeling in the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. I sincerely hope you, your family, friends, and assorted loved ones are all healthy and safe. As we enter this truly unprecedented time in modern history, we’re all feeling unsure (and likely a bit nervous) about what may come. But the reality
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The Tax Consolidation Act of 2020 Promises to “Extend” Tax Savings in the Coming Fiscal Year

Squeezed in just under the wire late last December, alongside the annual government spending bill, The Tax Consolidation Act of 2020 further chips away at Obama Care tax consequences, offers some new tax-savings, and includes extensions on several money-saving tax deductions. More Obama Care Repeals Three key tenets of the Affordable Care Act (ACA — AKA “Obama Care”) were repealed in the Tax Consolidation Act, including: The “Healthcare Tax” has been nixed (California, however, has
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How to Take Advantage of Opportunity Zones

When it comes to real estate investing, what single factor takes the biggest bite out of your profit margin? Capital gains taxes. You can expect to lose up to 20% of your returns to Capital Gains when it’s time cash out an investment simply as a matter of course. And if you’re like most investors, this “cost of doing business” is a bitter pill after working tirelessly to amass investment funds, only to have the
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Tax Payers First Act Brings Welcome Reforms to IRS Appeals Process

Few things induce gut-churning panic faster than notice of an IRS audit. It’s a fear to which no taxpayer is immune. But thankfully, the recent passing of the Taxpayer First Act (TFA) is bringing some solace to taxpayers grappling with an IRS audit. Particularly for those appealing an audit. Internal Revenue Service Independent Office of Appeals To begin with, the TFA establishes the Internal Revenue Service Independent Office of Appeals. This new administrative body is
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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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Benefits of the R & D Tax Credit for Small Business

The tax deal instituted by Congress at the end of 2015 makes the R & D tax credit permanent. This deal also includes two crucial changes to the R & D tax credit which provide a vital benefit to innovative small businesses, especially startups. Business owners need to examine these changes closely. First, the legislation permits small businesses to take the credit against their AMT (the AMT turnoff). Secondly, the bill permits small businesses to
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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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