Properly Classifying Property Held for Sale

Proper classification of assets on your entity’s statement of financial position (SOFP) and disclosure in the footnotes is important for both accuracy and transparency purposes. The users of your financial statements should know all significant purposes and uses of the assets listed. When you contact a broker to sell any property, you may need to …

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Going to School? Get a Break with the American Opportunity Tax Credit

Sending a child to school is expensive. Really expensive. I have 2 sons in college and the costs of tuition, books, and extracurricular activities add up quickly. Fortunately, there are tax credits you can take advantage of to help offset the rising cost of education. If you, your spouse, or dependents are currently attending or …

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Use of a Calculation Report in the Court Room

Per the AICPA Statement on Standards for Valuation Services #1 (SSVS #1), a valuation analyst may complete a calculation engagement for which he/she would submit a calculation report. A calculation engagement is much more limited in scope than a valuation engagement. A valuation engagement is performed for the purpose of expressing an opinion of value …

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Estate & Gift Tax Valuations: Can the IRS Disregard an Agreed Upon Value for Shares in a Buy-Sell Agreement?

Section 2703 of the Internal Revenue Code enacted in 1990 states that buy-sell agreements are disregarded for valuation purposes, unless the agreement satisfies the following tests. Test One: The Agreement Must Constitute a Bona Fide Business Arrangement The buy-sell agreement (Agreement) cannot be a ploy to transfer shares to members of the family at a …

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Do You Have a Hardship?

Ever since Congress changed the rules to allow plan hardship withdrawals, hardship distributions have been continually increasing among plan participants. There are six safe harbor expenses which the IRS deems to be an immediate and heavy financial need: Purchase of a principal residence College tuition Funeral expenses Eviction from principal residence Medical expenses Repair expenses …

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Inventory Reserves

If you are a company that carries inventory, you should most likely have an inventory reserve accounting policy in place. Creating an inventory reserve is a proactive and conservative accounting approach that companies use to prepare for events such as spoilage, theft, obsolescence, and other adverse situations on their inventories. An inventory reserve is a …

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Requirements for Communications to Attendees at Your Special Event

You may be aware of the rule for sending an acknowledgement to a donor after receiving a contribution, but are you also aware of the IRS requirements when someone attends a fundraising event? Usually, special events provide some sort of benefit back to the attendee, so that only a portion of their ticket cost is …

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Start Up Companies – Why You Need a Valuation for Stock Options

It seems everyone remembers the Enron accounting scandal. Prior to the company going bankrupt, Enron executives were accelerating payments under their deferred compensation plans in order to cash in before the bankruptcy. Other publicly-traded companies were seemingly abusing the timing of stock option awards by back-dating the option grants. Section 409A was added to the …

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