Work Opportunity Tax Credit – You May Still Qualify for 2014

If you hire employees of a “targeted group” (defined below), you may be eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). The IRS has granted a transitional relief period until April 30, 2015 (originally this was 28 days after hire date), for qualified employees hired January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014, since the law …

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A Lesson Learned…Hopefully

Recently, it was discovered that the State of New Mexico’s bank account was not fully reconciled, to the tune of $100 million, give or take. You’re probably asking yourself the same thing I am, “How does this even happen?” The State was asked the same question and fingers were pointed, and blame was passed all …

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Will Your 2012 Gift Tax Return be Audited by the IRS?

In 2012 taxpayers and their advisers were scratching their heads about the presidential election and its impact on future gift and estate tax exemptions because the $5 million inflation indexed per person federal estate and gift tax exclusion was scheduled to drop to $1 million on January 1, 2013. Consequently, many wealthy matriarchs and patriarchs …

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Do you own an Arizona Rental House? Get Ready to be Licensed

The Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) and Arizona cities are changing the rules for owners of residential rental properties. By 2016, all property owners who meet the licensing requirements will be required to be licensed and to individually file sales tax returns (transaction privilege tax). Licensing requirements for residential rentals are available on the ADOR …

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IRS Examinations of 401(k) Plans

Every American knows the instant anxiety associated with receiving a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). That anxiety might be overwhelming if the letter is a notification that your company’s employee benefit plan has been chosen for examination. The IRS understands this and has provided an online resource guide specifically geared to educating employers …

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Private Foundations Need IRS Approval for Grants

Private foundations are often set up with the purpose of giving out scholarships or grants to individuals. Before starting this program, the IRS requires a private foundation to request “approval” from them. There are certain criteria that must be met with the scholarship/grant program. So, when a private foundation submits a request for approval of …

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WARNING – Federal Healthcare Coverage Information May be Incorrect

Last week the Obama administration reported that 800,000 people who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act received incorrect tax information on the forms they received from the federal exchange and should wait to receive new ones before filing their taxes. It was reported that roughly 95 % of those who received …

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Write Off Your Building Improvements under the Safe Harbor for Small Taxpayers

The IRS issued regulations in 2013 & 2014 trying to bring clarity to the many conflicting rules in the area of capitalization vs expensing of business property. These new regulations are commonly called the “tangible property and repair regulations” or TPR regulations. The new regulations, which apply to tax years beginning in 2014, have many …

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What is a real estate unit of property?

Wondering what is this “unit of property” term you keep hearing? Well, here is your answer. The IRS issued new regulations in 2013 and 2014 trying to bring clarity to the many conflicting rules in the area of capitalization versus expensing of business property. These new regulations are commonly called the “tangible property and repair …

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Non-Profits and Political Activities

All section 501(c)(3) organizations are strictly prohibited from being directly or indirectly involved in campaigning activities for, on behalf of, or against a candidate running for public office, making contributions to political campaign funds, and making a public statement of position on behalf of the organization. However, did you know that 501 (c)(3) organizations are …

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