Government Reporting of Tax Abatements

The GASB issued an exposure draft, Tax Abatement Disclosures, for public comment in October 2014. The period for public comment ended just a couple of weeks ago and now the Board will evaluate comments and may issue a new statement this August that will provide guidance on how governments should disclose tax abatements. The proposed …

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How to Deduct Recurring Maintenance? The Routine Maintenance Safe Harbor

The Tangible Property and Repair Regulations & guidance issued in 2013 and 2014 has many new provisions including new “safe harbors” and definitions which affect all businesses that have depreciable property or pay for supplies and repairs. One area covered in the regulations is costs related to improving or repairing property and which of these …

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Materials and supplies – IRS guidance on how to deduct

One of the areas included in the new Tangible Property and Repair Regulations released in 2013 and 2014 is guidance from the IRS regarding what are materials and supplies and when a business can deduct them. The new regulations, which apply to tax years beginning in 2014, include: New definitions of materials and supplies Rules …

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Functional Expense Allocation

It’s important as a not-for-profit organization to accurately allocate expenses among your program(s), management and general, and fundraising. Many donors restrict grants and contributions specifically for the entity’s programs. Therefore, it’s vital to only allocate expenses that are related (either directly or indirectly) to the purpose or mission of the not-for-profit to the program functional …

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A Brief Look at GASBS 71

GASB Statement number 71 has been issued for the simple purpose of amending one paragraph in GASB Statement 68. Because of this, it is required to be applied in the same year of implementing GASB 68. Also, it is only going to be used in the first year of implementing 68, the transition year, and …

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Expense Your Property under the De Minimis Safe Harbor

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 regulations”. The new regulations apply to tax years beginning in 2014 and include new “safe harbors” and definitions which …

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Arizona – To Conform or Not to Conform to Tax Legislation?

One of our annual rites of passage here in Arizona, is the annual question we all ask – Will Arizona conform to the tax legislation that was passed by the federal government this year? Okay, maybe everyone does not ask that – but those who are in the tax compliance business sure do! And many …

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YARR! The IRS is After Me Booty – Is it income?

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 code identifies income for tax purposes as income from all sources unless it is specifically …

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Single Audit Reform

We’ve been waiting a while for this, as single audit reform has been an ongoing conversation for a few years. There will be a number of changes to single audit requirements as well as some changes to the single audit process. For now, since these changes won’t take effect until 2015 calendar year-end audits, the …

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