Business Tax

Proposed Tax Legislation

As proposed tax legislation winds through committees in the House and Senate, heading for votes during the holidays, we thought it would be a good time to take a closer look at the two different bills.  We found two very comprehensive articles on the Forbes website.  One of them compares the bills with existing law (click here to read) and the other compares and contrasts the bills with each other (click here to read).

Take a look and feel free to give us a call to discuss in further detail if you have any questions…and stay tuned for updates!

By |November 15th, 2017|Categories: Announcements, Business Tax, Individual Tax|Comments Off on Proposed Tax Legislation

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 […]

2016 Tax Planning Guide

 

Our 2016/2017 Tax Planning Guide is now available. The election of a new President in addition to Republicans retaining control of Congress could result in significant changes in tax laws in the upcoming year.  Our online Tax Planning Guide will give you access to updated tax and financial planning information throughout the year as legislative changes are made. Feel free to forward it to friends and family who you think might find it interesting or helpful. We hope this guide will prove to be a convenient resource for you throughout the year.  Just a few of the topics covered in the guide are:

  • Changes to some business and individual tax filing deadlines effective in 2017
  • Tax planning for investments and net investment income tax
  • How […]

Helping S Corporations Avoid Unreasonable Compensation Audits

Since compensation is subject to employment taxes (i.e., primarily Social Security and Medicare taxes) and distributions to shareholders are not, many S corporation owners reduce their compensation and increase their shareholder distributions in an attempt to avoid the employment taxes.   In some cases this is justifiable, and in some it is not.  The IRS is well aware of this issue; in fact, one of the IRS’s hottest audit triggers for S corporations is insufficient compensation paid to employee-shareholders.

The Journal of Accountancy recently published an article that provides nine steps to help S corporations reduce the likelihood of an IRS examination for unreasonable owner compensation.  Read the article here.

 

By |May 17th, 2016|Categories: BCo Community News, Business Operations, Business Tax, IRS|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Helping S Corporations Avoid Unreasonable Compensation Audits

IRS Increases Interest Rates for First Time Since 2011

Effective as of the 2nd calendar quarter beginning April 1, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service has increased the interest rates by 1% for all non-corporate and corporate taxpayers.

For taxpayers other than corporations (individuals, trusts, etc.), the overpayment and underpayment rates have increased from 3% to 4%.

The corporate underpayment penalty has increased from 2% to 3% and the interest rate on corporate overpayments exceeding $10,000 has increased from 0.5% to 1.5%. The underpayment penalty for large corporations has also increased, from 5% to 6%.

These rate increases are due to the increase in federal short-term rates that took effect February 1, 2016.

California rates will remain unchanged throughout the 2nd quarter (June 30, 2016).

More details regarding the rate increase can be found on the IRS […]

By |May 16th, 2016|Categories: BCo Community News, Business Tax, Individual Tax, IRS, Trusts and Estates|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on IRS Increases Interest Rates for First Time Since 2011