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2017 IRS Mileage Rates

Here Are The IRS 2017 Standard Business, Medical and Moving Mileage Rates

Posted: June 20, 2017

IRS Standard Mileage Rates For 2017 The Internal Revenue Service has recently issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or… Read more »

IRS Installment Agreements: 2017 User Fee Schedule and Options

Posted: February 28, 2017

IRS Installment Agreements: 2017 User Fee Schedule and Options Starting in 2017, the IRS has revised its user fee schedule for installment agreements. The new fee schedule applies to installment agreements entered into, restructured or reinstated on or after January 2, 2017. The final regulations increase the existing user fees (except for low-income taxpayers) and… Read more »

2016: IRS Warns & Updates Taxpayers of Numerous Tax Scams Nationwide: All Taxpayers, Tax and Financial Advisers Need To Read This

Posted: December 15, 2016

2016 Tax Scam Alert As tax season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service, in IR-2016-164,  has just reminded taxpayers to be on the lookout for an array of evolving tax scams related to identity theft and refund fraud. Every tax season, there is an increase in schemes that target innocent taxpayers by email, by phone and… Read more »

2016 IRS Launches New Online Tool to Assist Taxpayers with Basic Tax Account Information

2016 IRS Launches New Online Tool to Assist Taxpayers with Basic Tax Account Information: Do You Want To Know About Your IRS Account Balance?

Posted: December 06, 2016

IRS Online Tool The Internal Revenue Service announced on December 1, 2016 (IR-2016-155) the launch of an online application that will assist taxpayers with straightforward balance inquiries in a safe, easy and convenient way. This new and secure tool, available on IRS.gov allows taxpayers to view their IRS account balance, which will include the amount… Read more »

2016 Tax Update: Governor Christie Reverses and Repeals New Law and Reinstates Pennsylvania-New Jersey Reciprocal Tax Agreement Preventing Adversely Impacting 250,000 Workers & Thousands of Employers

Posted: November 16, 2016

IMPORTANT TAX ALERT: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, reinstated a four-decade old tax reciprocity agreement with Pennsylvania that allows residents who work in either state to pay income taxes at their home state’s rate. You can almost hear the collective sigh of relief of the many commuters that would have been… Read more »

City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue Announces Wage Tax Reduction for July 1, 2016

City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue Announces Wage Tax Reduction for July 1, 2016

Posted: July 12, 2016

Philadelphia Landmark: The Famous and Quirky 45 Foot Steel Clothes Pin Created by Sculptor Claes Oldenburg Across from City Hall City of Philadelphia Wage Tax Reduction For July 1, 2016 The City of Philadelphia has reduced the City Wage Tax rate effective July 1, 2016. The new Wage Tax rate for residents of Philadelphia is… Read more »

2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving

2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving

Posted: December 18, 2015

2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving The Internal Revenue Service on December 18, 2015 issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the use of a… Read more »

2015 Tax Law Changes and FBAR Filing Deadlines & Other Noteworthy Compliance Provisions: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

2015 Tax Law Changes Tax and FBAR Filing Deadlines & Other Noteworthy Compliance Provisions: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Posted: August 09, 2015

Overview of 2015 Tax Law Changes On Friday, July 31, 2015, President Barack Obama signed HR 3236, the “Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015” (the “Act”). Not sure how this name relates to taxes but in any event the following tax law changes and provisions became law under this Act:… Read more »

Philadelphia Estate and Tax Blog Named The Best Tax Blog in America For 2015

Posted: March 17, 2015

My Very Own Philadelphia Estate and Tax Attorney Blog Has Just Won as the Best Tax Blog In America for 2015! I am most appreciative of all of you who took the time to vote for my blog.  You can see the final voting results by going to: http://wallethub.com/blog/best-tax-blog/10470/?user=sjfpc. Thanks so much to everyone who voted!

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2014 Year-End Tax Planning Guide For Businesses: Discover 9 Proven Tax Planning Strategies

Posted: December 26, 2014

Overview of 2014 Year-End Tax Planning The arrival of year-end presents special opportunities for most small businesses to take steps in lowering their tax liability. The starting point is to run projections to determine the income and tax bracket for this year and what it may be next year. Once this is known, decisions can… Read more »

Gifting Family Home Is A Bad Tax Idea

The Biggest (Tax) Loser: Misguided Gifts of Real Estate By Uninformed Do It Your-Selfers, Realtors & Attorneys

Posted: January 10, 2014

The Really Bad Idea of Transferring Real Estate When You Are Older Can Result in Needless Income Taxes Being Paid By the Family With the increase of the federal estate tax exemption to $11,700,000 in 2021, most taxpayers are not subject to federal estate taxes. The focus for many now has shifted to the income… Read more »

Small Businesses: 8 Great Year-End Tax Planning Tips and Tricks: A Must Read

Small Businesses: 8 Great Year-End Tax Planning Tips and Tricks: A Must Read

Posted: December 22, 2013

Year-End Tax Planning For Businesses The arrival of year-end presents special opportunities for most small businesses to take steps in lowering their tax liability. The starting point is to run projections to determine the income and tax bracket for this year and what it may be next year. Once this is known, decisions can be… Read more »

Same-Sex Marriage Tax Guide: Essential Tax Rules

Same-Sex Marriage Tax Guide: 16 Essential Tax Rules and Tips

Posted: October 17, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Tax Guide: Essential Tax Rules and Tips Federal tax rules for same-sex couples have recently been issued in response to the Supreme Court decision in Windsor, No. 12-307 (U.S. 6/26/13). This landmark case invalidated a key provision of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) and resulted in major changes in the tax… Read more »

Playing Games With Employees: IRS May Come Knocking

Employers Playing Employment Tax Games With Employees: IRS May Come Knocking

Posted: July 09, 2013

The IRS Is Aware That Employers Do Not Comply With Employment Tax Rules and Have Increased Enforcement The Treasury Inspector General of For Tax Administration recently issued a report entitled Employers Do Not Always Follow Internal Revenue Service Determination Rulings that indicated the employers just do not get it when it comes to treating workers… Read more »

Hurriance Sandy Casualty Loss

Hurricane Sandy: Tax Deductions For Casualty Losses

Posted: November 06, 2012

Casualty Loss Deduction For Hurricane Sandy My last post talked about when we can trash tax and other important records. Well, Hurricane Sandy brought a whole new meaning to the concept of trashing records and a whole lot more. Experts estimate that Hurricane Sandy has caused $50 billion of damage. Eqecat Inc., a financial advisory… Read more »

Tax Record Retention Guidelines

Can I Trash It Now? Tax Record Retention Guidelines

Posted: October 23, 2012

Tax Record Retention Guidelines Papers, papers and still more papers. When can I destroy these documents? There are no hard and fast rules in this area. The following offers some general guidance to carefully consider when determining any destruction of documents. Against the urge to purge, remember that maintaining documents and records is often essential… Read more »

IRS Slams Taxpayers: Attention to Tax Details Matter

IRS Slams Taxpayers: Attention to Tax Details Matter

Posted: August 17, 2012

Failure To Pay Attention To Detailed Tax Requirements and Contemporaneous Documentation Can Result in IRS Disallowing Tax Deductions Taxpayers found out the hard way that the documentation rules imposed by the IRS better be followed exactly and to the letter.  In Durden, TC Memo, 2012-140, taxpayers claimed a $22,517 charitable contribution for 2007.  The IRS… Read more »

New Tax Alert: Employers Playing Tax Games with Workers: IRS Offers Way to Come Clean

Posted: September 30, 2011

The IRS has just introduced a new Voluntary Worker Classification Settlement Program offering past payroll tax relief when the employer agrees to reclassify workers as employees.  For the details and discussion of this VCSP program please see my just published article at my website at the following link: Employers Playing Tax Games with Workers: IRS Offers Way… Read more »

Hidden Offshore Bank Accounts: IRS Offers A Second Chance To Come Forward

Posted: April 27, 2011

Hidden Offshore Bank Accounts: IRS Offers Another Chance To Come Clean The Internal Revenue Service announced on February 8, 2011 a special voluntary disclosure initiative designed to bring offshore money back into the U.S. tax system and help people with undisclosed income from hidden offshore accounts get current with their taxes. Here are some of… Read more »

Failing To Update Retirement Plan: IRS VCP Program

Failing To Update Retirement Plans: How to Avoid IRS Plan Disqualification & Penalties by Using VCP

Posted: August 26, 2009

Correcting Failures To Update Retirement Plans: The IRS Offers a Special Program To Help Taxpayers In our fast paced world, many retirement plans are drafted and then often neglected.  In extreme cases, plans are put aside without ever being updated.  Some plan sponsors have failed to restate their plans for years or even decades.  For many individuals, retirement… Read more »

The Silver Lining of a Bad Economy: Gifting of Shares of Stock in a Closely Held Business

Posted: June 05, 2009

Gifting Shares of Stock In a Closely Held Business When Business Is Bad Presents Certain Tax Opportunities As with most things in life, when things are bad, there usually is something good that can come out of it. Our current economic troubles have resulted in many closely held or small businesses being worth far less… Read more »

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