Foreigners Selling U.S. Real Estate

Perhaps you are a non-U.S. resident who was keen on investing in U.S. real property after the housing market crash, hoping the market would improve and you could profit on the real estate sale after a few years. Or possibly, you are a Canadian who purchased a vacation home in sunny Arizona to escape the …

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IRS: No More Estate Tax Closing Letters…Unless You Ask

On the IRS.gov website, the IRS announced that for estate tax returns (Form 706) filed on or after June 1, 2015, estate tax closing letters will be issued only upon request by the taxpayer. Historically, the IRS’s “Frequently Asked Questions on Estate Taxes” website has provided that personal representatives can expect a closing letter to …

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Compliance Testing Failures – Now What?

Hearing the news of a compliance testing failure sounds rather daunting. The severity of a compliance testing failure varies by case, and correcting it may not be as difficult or costly as it sounds. Throughout compliance testing, traditional 401(k) plans must be tested to ensure that contributions made by and for nonhighly compensated employees (“NHCE”) …

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Depositing Checks Remotely – The Banks are on Top of this, Right?

Ah, the convenience of depositing a check right from my phone. How much easier could it get? Log onto my account, choose remote deposit, snap a picture of the front and back of the check and ABRACADABRA my check is deposited. No getting out to the bank or finding a deposit slip. Once I receive …

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Pushing for Tax Reform – Civil Tax Penalties

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has recently been participating in U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Small Business hearings on tax reform with the goal of ensuring that main street isn’t left behind. One area of focus in this regard has to do with rules relative to civil tax penalties. Over the …

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Tax Implications of Marriage on Your Filing Status

Have you recently gotten married or plan on getting married sometime in the near future? Are you worried about the tax implications? There are a couple of choices that can be made on your upcoming tax returns that can either save or cost you money. Your current situation will be the determining factor in what …

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Where Did Your Tax Dollars Go?

Now that the 2014 tax deadline is behind us, do you have a good idea of where all your tax dollars went? If you’re like most Americans, you probably have a vague idea of how your hard-earned money is spent on the federal level, but aside from that, you probably don’t know exactly how that …

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Mitigation – A Key Issue in the Assessment of Damages

A damages award must consider steps the plaintiff took, or reasonably could have taken, to mitigate the alleged losses. The defendant has the burden to prove that losses could have been avoided by reasonable efforts of the plaintiff without causing undo expense or risk. Duty to Mitigate One of the principles limiting recovery of damages …

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Meeting Minutes – Why Bother?

Whether your organization is a for-profit, a non-profit corporation, a limited liability corporation, a partnership, or a governmental entity, chances are your state government requires that your organization hold periodic meetings. These meeting are recorded in a written form known as minutes. In the case of Arizona incorporated cities and towns, A.R.S. Title 9-234B states …

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What Percent of My Donation Goes to the Cause of the Organization?

I can’t count the number of times friends and family have asked me what percent of their donation goes towards the cause or programs of a charitable organization. There’s a common argument that the amount of expenses listed in the program column of the Statement of Functional Expenses on the Form 990 is the percent …

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