We were first introduced to the new W-8BEN (for individuals) and W-8BEN-E (for entities) when the IRS released draft forms applicable to the 2014 tax year. The IRS continues to fine-tune the W-8BEN-E forms and instructions in the 2015 drafts. … read more
The rules for making charitable donations from your business are similar to those governing personal donations. For example, you can donate cash or property, your total deduction may be limited, you may need to get an appraisal to establish value, … read more
If you lose your job, you may qualify for unemployment benefits. The payments may serve as much needed relief. But did you know unemployment benefits are taxable? Here are four key facts about unemployment compensation: Unemployment is taxable. You must … read more
All income is taxable unless the law excludes it. Here are some basic rules you should know to help you file an accurate tax return: Taxed income. Taxable income includes money you earn, like wages and tips. It also includes … read more
Growing up we used run around pretending that we were pirates finding buried treasure while sailing the dangerous seas. Nineteen years later as new tax interns, we found that pirates have to pay taxes just like everyone else. The tax … read more
The question sometimes arises “do I have to pay tax if I win a prize or award from my employer?” Unfortunately, the answer usually makes Uncle Sam the winner as well. So before you take those big winnings with you … read more
In today’s economic environment, States are finding themselves with budget shortfalls and California is among them. With that said, the state is aggressive in its attempts to tax. The California franchise tax generally imposes a minimum tax of $800 on entities … read more
Summer is the perfect time to begin your year-end tax planning so that you have time to identify the strategy (or strategies) that work for you and implement them well before year end. Try to avoid the new 3.8% net … read more
The IRS announced on Monday, June 30 that unused Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) will expire if they have not been used on a federal income tax return for five consecutive years. ITINs are issued to United States taxpayers who … read more
The IRS recently released some statistics regarding the 2014 Filing Season. Included in this release was a projection of the number of amended returns that the IRS expects to be filed during 2014. Believe it or not, they expect more … read more
There is nothing more complex than the world of taxes. We know this and yet we chose careers where we face these issues everyday. We get questions day in and day out about new tax laws, forms and news items and how they affect everyday people and businesses. Well, here at Henry & Horne we have set out to do what we do best; help everyday people understand what is going on in the world of state, local, federal, estate and international taxation. We will provide these weekly posts and we encourage you to give us feedback on those posts as well as letting us know what else you would like to know more about. Welcome to "Tax Insights." We hope you find this blog informative and worthy of your time.
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