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Tax reform proceeds to possible summer enactment

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Tax reform proceeds to possible summer enactment

Tax reform proceeds to possible summer enactment Lawmakers continue to debate comprehensive tax reform, aiming for a package to clear Congress and signed into law by the President before summer. At the same time a “mini” tax reform package in an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replacement plan appears to have stalled in Congress. […]

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IRS Issues 2017 Inflation-Adjusted Vehicle Depreciation Dollar Limits

IRS Issues 2017 Inflation-Adjusted Vehicle Depreciation Dollar Limits The IRS has released the inflation-adjusted limitations on depreciation deductions for business-use passenger automobiles, light trucks, and vans first placed in service during calendar year 2017. All limitations are inflation-adjusted based upon October 2016 CPI amounts, with rounding conventions that account for almost all 2016 limits remaining […]

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Lack of contemporaneous written acknowledgement nixes donation

Lack of contemporaneous written acknowledgement nixes donation In a case that provides a lesson to anyone donating property to charity for which a deduction of more than $500 is claimed – get proof in writing and get it at the time you donate the property. After-the-fact substantiation, no matter have convincing, is not acceptable under […]

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How do I? Maximize start-up deductions for a new business

How do I? Maximize start-up deductions for a new business Starting a new business venture can prove exciting, but rather costly. There are certain tax advantages that can help alleviate some of the financial burden associated with entrepreneurship. A taxpayer may start a business by forming an entirely new business or acquiring an existing business. […]

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FAQ…What are miscellaneous itemized deductions?

FAQ…What are miscellaneous itemized deductions? Miscellaneous itemized deductions are certain nonbusiness expenses that individuals as taxpayers who otherwise itemize deductions may take against their taxable income. Such miscellaneous expenses are allowed only to the extent that they exceed 2-percent of a taxpayer’s adjusted gross income. Miscellaneous itemized deductions may also be limited by the overall […]

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April 2017 tax compliance calendar

April 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 April 2017. April 1 Individuals. Taxpayers who turned 70½ during […]

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Congressional leaders highlight tax reform proposals

Congressional leaders highlight tax reform proposals As the new administration and Congress get to work, tax reform is high on the agenda. Although legislative language has not been yet released, statements from tax writers in Congress shed some light on various proposals. Tax reform House Ways and Means Chair Kevin Brady, R-Texas, has predicted that […]

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Tax scams proliferate during filing season

Tax scams proliferate during filing season The filing season is the most active time of the year for tax scams. These scams take every shape and form, ranging from telephone calls to individuals to sophisticated schemes targeting employers and businesses. The goal of all these scams is identity theft. Using legitimate identities of unsuspecting individuals […]

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Lessons-learned TIGTA report points to changes in 2017 filing season

Lessons-learned TIGTA report points to changes in 2017 filing season The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), in its recently released final report for the 2016 filing season, highlighted the IRS’s response to what was good and what was bad about its performance. It signals what the IRS is doing during the 2017 filing […]

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How do I?…claim the federal fuel tax credit

How do I?…claim the federal fuel tax credit The first step is to determine if you qualify for the federal fuel tax credit. The IRS has uncovered significant fraud associated with the fuel tax credit and is watching for fraudulent claims. The credit is not available to most taxpayers but only to qualified taxpayers, such […]

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