Your Guide to State, Local, Federal, Estate + International Taxation

Is your small business impacted by the Affordable Care Act?

Most employers have fewer than 50 full-time employees or full-time equivalent employees and are therefore not subject to the employer shared responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act. If an employer has fewer than 50 full-time employees, including full-time equivalent employees, on average during the prior year, the employer is not an applicable large employer …

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Pushing Tax Reform – TPR De Minimis Safe Harbor Threshold

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 the de minimis safe harbor …

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FBAR Deadline Fast Approaching – Don’t Forget to File

Just a reminder to prepare and file the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) with the Treasury Department as the deadline is fast approaching – June 30, 2015. Any United States (U.S.) person or entity with signature authority over or interest in foreign accounts with the …

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Do You Qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit?

Many parents pay for childcare or day camps in the summer while they work. If this applies to you, your costs may qualify for a federal tax credit that can lower your taxes. Here are 10 facts that you should know about the Child and Dependent Care Credit: Your expenses must be for the care …

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New Affordable Care Act Reporting Requirement

Under the Affordable Care Act, applicable large employers –those with 50 or more full-time employees, including full-time equivalent employees – are required to take some new actions. These employers must file information returns with the IRS and also provide statements to full-time employees about health coverage the employer offered or to show the employer didn’t …

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Logistics of Tax Payments: How to Pay Uncle Sam

When it comes time to pay the piper, taxpayers have several methods to choose from. You can dust off that checkbook and write a good old fashioned paper check, pay online with a credit or debit card (gotta love those rewards points), or pay via the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). First off, the …

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Whose Identity is being Protected with Fraudulent Refunds?

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office reported that while the IRS estimates it prevented $24.2 billion in fraudulent refunds in 2013, it actually paid out $5.8 billion in fraudulent refunds that it realized were fraudulent only after refunds were paid out. Evidence indicates that number may grow larger in coming years. The Federal …

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Mom and Dad, help! I want to buy a house!

You’ve finished college, landed a great job, and have identified the perfect starter home. But as you examine your finances, you find you do not have sufficient funds in your bank account to buy a house, and with a minimum down payment, your monthly take home pay is a bit too low to cover the …

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IRS Online “Get Transcript” Service Gets Hacked

The IRS announced that criminals used taxpayer-specific data acquired from non-IRS sources to gain unauthorized access to information on approximately 100,000 tax accounts through the IRS “Get Transcript” application. This data included Social Security information, date of birth and street address. These third parties gained sufficient information from an outside source before trying to access the …

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Pushing for Tax Reform – Cash Method of Accounting

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 the cash method of accounting …

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