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Tax reform takes on new momentum as year-end approaches

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Tax reform takes on new momentum as year-end approaches

Tax reform takes on new momentum as year-end approaches Tax reform discussions continue on Capitol Hill with legislation expected to be released very soon. GOP lawmakers in the House and Senate appear to be aiming for a comprehensive overhaul of the Tax Code. President Trump and Republicans in Congress have set out an ambitious schedule […]

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Year-end tax planning for 2017: challenges/opportunities

Year-end tax planning for 2017: challenges/opportunities Year-end tax planning can provide most taxpayers with a good way to lower a tax bill that will otherwise be waiting for them when they file their 2017 tax return in 2018. Since tax liability is primarily keyed to each calendar tax year, once December 31, 2017 passes, your […]

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IRS reminds taxpayers of ACA requirements; White House seeks administrative changes

IRS reminds taxpayers of ACA requirements; White House seeks administrative As the 2018 filing season nears, the IRS is reminding taxpayers that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains on the books. The ACA’s reporting requirements for individuals have not been changed by Congress. At the same time, the Trump Administration has proposed administrative changes to […]

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FAQ: How does a business handle holiday gift-giving?

FAQ: How does a business handle holiday gift-giving? Holiday gifts made to customers are generally deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses as long as the taxpayer can demonstrate that such gifts maintain or improve customer goodwill. Such gifts must bear a direct relationship to the taxpayer’s business and must be made with a reasonable […]

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How do I? Compute the Nanny Tax

How do I? Compute the Nanny Tax Nanny tax. For purposes of federal tax, employers must withhold and pay FICA taxes (7.65%) if they paid a household employee cash wages of at least $2,000 in 2016 or in 2017 ($2,100 in 2018). Employers must pay FUTA tax (6%) if they paid total cash wages of at […]

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November 2017 tax compliance calendar

November 2017 tax compliance calendar As an individual or business, it is your responsibility to be aware of and to meet your tax filing/reporting deadlines. This calendar summarizes important federal tax reporting and filing data for individuals, businesses and other taxpayers for the month of November 2017. November Employers. During November, ask employees whose withholding allowances […]

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Congressional tax writers set to take up reform proposals

Congressional tax writers set to take up reform proposals Tax writers in Congress are set to begin debating and writing tax reform legislation. On September 27, the White House and GOP leaders in Congress released a framework for tax reform. The framework sets out broad principles for tax reform, leaving the details to the two […]

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Disaster tax relief unveiled in Congress

Disaster tax relief unveiled in Congress As millions of Americans recover from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Congress is debating disaster tax relief. The relief would enhance the casualty loss rules, relax some retirement savings rules, and make other temporary changes to the tax laws, all intended to help victims of these recent disasters. At […]

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IRS exam staffing falls; audit coverage declines

IRS exam staffing falls; audit coverage declines IRS Exam staffing in fiscal year (FY) 2016, the latest tax year with statistics available, reached a 20-year low. As a result, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has reported that the IRS undertook fewer audits. Staffing “Examination is a vitally important aspect of maintaining a […]

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How Do I? Get a payroll credit for increasing research expenses

How Do I? Get a payroll credit for increasing research expenses IRS Chief Counsel, in generic legal advice (AM-2017-003), recently described when a qualified employer may take into account the payroll tax credit for increasing research activities. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015(PATH Act) created the payroll credit aimed at start-ups with little […]

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