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  • Key Deadlines and Changes for the 2023 Tax Season

    Posted Date February 1, 2023 Posted Time 12:00 pm Published in

    Every year, typically right after the new year starts, the IRS formally announces key dates and deadlines for the current tax season. Recently, the IRS made the announcements for the current 2023 tax season. To make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible, it’s best if you are aware of this tax season’s deadlines and key dates so you don’t miss a beat in working with your CPA. Tax Season in Perspective More than 168 million individual tax returns are expected to be submitted to the IRS in 2023, covering the 2022 tax year. The last three years saw... View Article

  • The IRS Versus the Taxpayer

    Posted Date January 1, 2023 Posted Time 12:00 pm Published in

    According to the IRS, ignorance of tax rules and regulations is no excuse. Therefore, it’s essential to use an experienced tax preparer to assist in filing your taxes. The tax code is complex and only gets more complicated as time goes on, making it almost impossible to ensure they are filing correctly without the help of a CPA, EA, or Tax Professional. Moreover, the penalty for making what could be deemed an innocent mistake can cost a taxpayer a significant sum. What is worse yet is that defending yourself against the IRS is a costly endeavor in terms of both time and... View Article

  • Tax Planning Guide for Disaster Area Victims

    Posted Date November 1, 2022 Posted Time 12:00 pm Published in

    The recent hurricane Ian impacted much of the southeast United States. As a result, it is good to know the general tax rules related to disaster victims. Below, we look at several tax topics for disaster area victims. 1. Tax Returns and Filings Q: I am a disaster area victim and needed to move from my home. I might not be back for a long time or even at all. Which address should I use on my tax return? A: A taxpayer should always use their current address in filing a tax return. In the situation where you move after... View Article

  • How to Increase After-Tax Returns on Investments

    Posted Date October 1, 2022 Posted Time 12:00 pm Published in

    It is all about how much you keep after taxes – not what you earn from your job, a business, or investments. While it is always great to see fabulous investment gains, the only financial metric that really matters is what is in your bank account at the end of the day. One of the ways you can influence this is by minimizing the taxes you pay on your investments. Unfortunately, many people do not think about how taxes impact their investment returns until near the end of the year; however, you should act all year round. Taking part in... View Article

  • Electric Vehicle Tax Credits and the Future of the Automotive Industry

    Posted Date September 1, 2022 Posted Time 12:00 pm Published in

    One highlight of the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA; HR 5376) includes modifications to what is more commonly referred to as EV credits. Specifically, Section 30D of the Act is where the most important modifications are, and where the present tax credit for electric vehicles is spelled out in the U.S. Code. There is also new stimulus for previously owned electric vehicles, industrial vehicles and “alternative fuel refueling property.” According to the Joint Committee on Taxation’s estimates, in lieu of what was previously known as the credit for plug-in electric vehicles, there is now a new clean... View Article

  • Expanding the Net Investment Income Tax

    Posted Date August 1, 2022 Posted Time 12:00 pm Published in

    Despite borrowing massive amounts of money, the government still needs to find ways to raise revenue to pay for new programs and spending. The current democratically controlled Congress is looking to potentially implement new social programs and a climate bill. As a way of funding these initiatives, they are considering an expansion of the Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT). The NIIT is proposed to raise revenue since it is seen as politically more palatable, given that it typically only impacts a small group of wealthier taxpayers. Critics, however, say the plan in its current form would also hurt small family... View Article

  • The IRS is Auditing Fewer Returns than Ever

    Posted Date July 1, 2022 Posted Time 12:00 pm Published in

    One of the perennial fears of taxpayers is getting audited by the IRS. Financially, few scenarios strike such fear into the heart of taxpayers. However, taxpayers can probably breathe a sigh of relief – at least for now. This is because the rate at which the IRS is initiating audits of individual taxpayers is dropping like a stone. Decline in Audit Rates The rate at which the IRS is auditing individual taxpayers has declined overall between the years of 2010 and 2019 (2020 data is too new and 2021 returns are still being filed through the extension period). According to... View Article

  • Tax Break for Commercial Real Estate Investors

    Posted Date June 1, 2022 Posted Time 12:00 pm Published in

    COVID-19 impacted the economy dramatically and commercial real estate was no exception in terms of decreased values. Often, the real property could no longer service the debt used to finance it. This debt restructuring and resulting debt forgiveness can result in taxable income. Taxable Income and Debt Cancellation If you have a $80,000 loan and the bank reduced the amount you owe down to $50,000, then you have an economic benefit of $30,000, which should be treated as taxable income. This is indeed how cancellation of debt is treated, but there are exceptions such as in the case of bankruptcy... View Article

  • Secure 2.0 Retirement Bill

    Posted Date May 1, 2022 Posted Time 12:00 pm Published in

    At the very end of March, the House of Representatives passed a version of the bill known as Secure 2.0. The bill passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support in a 414-5 vote. The House version still needs to pass in the Senate, where there are differing ideas on exactly what the bill should contain. There is strong support, so it is less of a question of if Secure 2.0 will become law than what exact version. The Secure 2.0 bill in any version aims to help Americans save for retirement through a variety of mechanisms and changes in tax... View Article

  • What Every Taxpayer Needs to Know This Season

    Posted Date April 1, 2022 Posted Time 12:00 pm Published in

    The IRS is currently suffering a severe backlog in processing returns from 2021 for the 2020 tax year. As of Dec. 31, there were still more than 6 million unprocessed individual returns with notices and pending refunds. There are a few things every taxpayer should know that can help them navigate any delays in filing or speeding up the process to make filing this year as smooth as possible. Pass on the Paper Nothing speeds up the process like electronic filing. Despite the uptick in electronic filing over recent years, the agency is still buried in paper, receiving almost 17... View Article

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