Could New Section 2704 Regulations Eliminate Discounts Applicable to Transferred Interests in Family Owned Entities?

Section 2704(b) Internal Revenue Code Section 2704(b) provides that certain “applicable restrictions” that would typically justify the application of lack of control and/or lack of marketability discounts to transferred interests in closely-held family entities such as limited partnerships or limited liability companies are to be ignored for the purpose of valuation, if those interests are …

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Personal Financial Statements

Accountants are occasionally requested to compile personal financial statements. Unless these financial statements are specifically presented under another comprehensive basis of accounting such as cash basis or tax basis, these financial statements will generally be presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). However, there are a few key differences between GAAP for personal …

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Revised Arizona Form 5005

There have been a lot of sales tax updates for Arizona businesses in the construction/contracting industries. The modified Contractor’s Certificate (Form 5005) is yet another item you need to consider. Arizona Form 5005 is a certificate that provides subcontractors with the validation required for tax exemption of a particular project, for a period of time, …

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Supreme Court Says No to Double Taxation!

If you have ever earned income in another state, you may have been unpleasantly surprised when your tax adviser informed you that you owed taxes to two states – to the state where the income was earned and to your state of residency. What?! How can this double taxation be? The concept of double taxation …

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New AZ Law Establishes Tax Recovery Program in 2015

Do you owe money to the State of Arizona? If you do, you can minimize that amount by taking advantage of a new tax recovery program! On March 12, 2015 the State of Arizona passed Senate Bill 1471 to establish a tax recovery program for the Arizona Department of Revenue. The program will begin September …

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Can a Government Capitalize the Cost of Developing Your Organization’s Website?

Absolutely! However, you must meet a few requirements in order to do so. According to Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 51 (GASB), “intangible assets are considered internally generated if they are created or produced by the government or an entity contracted by the government.” So, whether you have the IT department develop the website …

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Use Your 990 as a Marketing Tool

Once April 15th comes and goes, most Americans no longer are thinking about tax returns. If you’re involved in a not-for-profit, however, you may still be working on getting your informative return done and e-filed. It’s human nature, especially when you’re busy, to only report what you have to on your 990. However, your 990 …

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Full Scope vs. Limited Scope Audits

When a 401(k) or other retirement plan requires an annual audit, a plan administrator may have a choice to engage an audit firm to perform a full-scope audit or a limited scope audit of the financial statements. To be qualified for a limited scope audit, a bank or insurance carrier must act as a trustee …

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