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

Posted: December 26, 2014

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 made as to whether any… Read more »

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

Posted: January 10, 2014

With the increase of the federal estate tax exemption to $5,340,000 in 2014, most taxpayers are not subject to federal estate taxes. The focus for many now has shifted to the income tax implications that arise when wealth passes to the next generation. With no regard to the income tax implications, many times elderly people… Read more »

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

Posted: December 22, 2013

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 made as to whether any… Read more »

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

Posted: October 17, 2013

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 landscape for many same-sex partners. These new tax rules… Read more »

Playing Games With Employees: IRS May Come Knocking

Posted: July 09, 2013

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 correctly for tax purposes.  This report sheds more light on non-compliance and will result in more audits… Read more »

Hurricane Sandy: Tax Deductions For Casualty Losses

Posted: November 06, 2012

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 firm out of Oakland, California predicts… Read more »

Can I Trash It Now? Tax Record Retention Guidelines

Posted: October 23, 2012

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 if a tax audit… Read more »

IRS Slams Taxpayers: Attention to Tax Details Matter

Posted: August 17, 2012

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 disallowed this deduction and the United States Tax Court agreed. The taxpayers had canceled checks and a letter… 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

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 the basic provisions of this program. 1. Deadline To Come Forward:… Read more »

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