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Andrew Presti

President Obama Signs Bill Modifying Foreign Tax Credit

President Obama signed Aug. 10 legislation (H.R. 1586) that makes a handful of changes to the foreign tax credit as a way to help pay for a temporary increase in funding for Medicaid and education. The signing of the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act of 2010 followed House passage of the measure after a […]

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Andrew Presti

Back to the Basics: Common Gift Tax Return Mistakes

Donors report gifts subject to the gift tax and gifts subject to the generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax on Form 709, United States Gift (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return. The proper reporting of gifts on Form 709 depends on a number of factors, including the type of gift, who the gift is given to, and whether […]

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Andrew Presti

FAQ: What’s new in back-to-school tax savings?

It is no secret to students, working individuals going back to school, and their families that the cost of education is becoming continuously more expensive year after year. The Tax Code provides a variety of significant tax breaks to help pay for the rising costs of education, from elementary and secondary school to college and […]

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Andrew Presti

How do I…Set up a retirement plan for employees of my small business?

Many small employers want to offer their employees the opportunity to save for retirement but are unsure of how to go about setting up a retirement plan. In this article, we’ll explore three options that are widely used by small businesses: payroll deduction IRAs, SEP plans, and SIMPLE IRAs. Payroll deduction IRAs Many small employers […]

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Andrew Presti

Deducting receivables as bad business debts

While the economy continues to slowly recover, many businesses continue to face customers struggling to pay outstanding bills for services or goods. The Tax Code provides relief to businesses faced with the inability to collect on accounts receivable. Businesses that are unable to get customers to pay the bill can claim a deduction for the […]

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Andrew Presti

Congress readies enhanced small business tax bill

A package of small business tax incentives, as part of the larger Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (H.R. 5297) has been slowly making its way through Congress over the past several months. However, on July 29 members of the Senate effectively blocked a final vote on the H.R. 5297, pushing the prospects for passage […]

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Andrew Presti

Preparing for the possible return of pre-EGTRRA individual tax rates

In less than six months, unless Congress acts, the individual marginal income tax rate reductions under the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA) will expire. While the timetable for addressing the EGTRRA tax cuts is not certain, the approaching sunset of the individual rate reductions, the possibility for their extension, and […]

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Andrew Presti

Treasury: 5.6M hires qualify for new tax break

WASHINGTON – Businesses have hired 5.6 million workers under a new program that provides tax breaks for hiring unemployed workers, the Treasury Department said Monday. The report, however, does not estimate how many of those jobs would have been added without the tax break. President Barack Obama signed a law in March that exempts businesses […]

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Andrew Presti

Dividends Rise, Tax Hikes May Follow

Starbucks, GE, and others are boosting dividends, but it’s up to Congress to decide how much dividend income shareholders will keep. U.S. shareholders are seeing companies boost dividends again, after two years of sharp declines in payouts. However, at the same time, taxes on their dividends could be heading higher, taking a bite out of […]

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Andrew Presti

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

A key component of the federal government’s push for heightened tax compliance among U.S. taxpayers with foreign accounts and assets is the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). In an interview in February this year with the JofA, IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman called the then-pending legislation “the next big thing” in international tax compliance and […]

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