Accounting & Bookkeeping

Final regulations regarding substantiation for charitable contributions

On July 30th 2018 the IRS issued final regulations relating to the substantiation and reporting requirements for charitable contributions which address substantiation requirements for contributions of more than $500 and of clothing and household items.

In order to substantiate a charitable contribution the following substantiation requirements must be met:

Cash Contributions

Under $250

  • Bank record or written communication from the charity
    • Blank pledge cards provided by the donee organization are not sufficient substantiation

$250 or more

  • Obtain contemporaneous written acknowledgement from the donee organization

 Non-cash Contributions

Donated property must be in good condition or better.

Under $250

  • Obtain a receipt or keep reliable records
    • Reliable records must show the following information:
      • Name and address of the donee
      • Date of the contribution
      • Description of the property in sufficient detail including the condition
      • Fair market value on the […]
By |August 10th, 2018|Categories: Accounting & Bookkeeping, Individual Tax, IRS, Nonprofit Organizations|Comments Off on Final regulations regarding substantiation for charitable contributions

Deferral of Stock Options or RSU Income Available Under the Tax Act of 12/22/2017

In the past, non-statutory stock options (non-ISOs or ESPPs) and restricted stock grants/RSUs were considered taxable income at FMV at exercise/vesting, potentially creating a tax problem for an employee of a privately held company, as there would be no avenue for selling some of the shares to cover the related tax liability.   Starting in 2018, a qualified employee of a qualified company can postpone recognition of that income for up to 5 years, but no later than an occurrence of a triggering event (e.g. an IPO).  The newly introduced Section 83(i) of the Internal Revenue Code provides guidance.

For more details click here.

By |June 29th, 2018|Categories: Accounting & Bookkeeping, Business Tax, Individual Tax, IRS|Comments Off on Deferral of Stock Options or RSU Income Available Under the Tax Act of 12/22/2017

Reporting Bitcoin Cash

On August 1, 2017 Bitcoin Cash split from Bitcoin.  Each investor that owned Bitcoin on or before the split received Bitcoin Cash in an amount equivalent to their current Bitcoin holdings.  Investors who were fortunate enough to receive the cryptocurrency for free must report it on their 2017 tax return as income.

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By |June 18th, 2018|Categories: Accounting & Bookkeeping, Business Tax, Individual Tax|Comments Off on Reporting Bitcoin Cash

California Supreme Court Ruling Significantly Limits Independent Contractor Classification

The California Supreme Court has established new criteria for classifying workers as Independent contractors.   In Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, the Court rejected the previous multi-factor test and instead issued a rigid 3-factor test, called the “ABC” test.

Under the ABC test, each of the following three factors must be met in order to classify a worker as an independent contractor:

  1. The worker must be free from the control and direction of the hiring company in performing the work.
  2. The work must take place outside the usual course of the business of the hiring company’s business.
  3. The worker is customarily engaged in an independent established trade, occupation or business.

This ruling will no doubt have a significant impact on gig companies in the Bay Area (Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash, etc.), […]

By |June 6th, 2018|Categories: Accounting & Bookkeeping, Announcements, Business Operations, Business Tax, Individual Tax, IRS, Real Estate, Retirement Planning|Comments Off on California Supreme Court Ruling Significantly Limits Independent Contractor Classification

2017 Tax Planning Guide

With the end of the year rapidly approaching, we are once again reaching out to share our annual Tax Planning Guide with you.  The 2017/2018 Tax Planning Guide is available here www.webtaxguide.net/Bregante.

Sweeping tax law changes that will impact individuals and businesses are outlined in the proposed Tax Plan released by the House Republicans on November 2, 2017 including:

  • Proposed decreases to certain individual and most business income tax rates
  • Repeal of a number of personal tax breaks including the deduction for state income taxes which can be significant for most California residents, reduction in the amount of new acquisition debt for principal residences that qualifies for the mortgage interest deduction, elimination of the mortgage interest deduction for […]