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IRS Enforces Tax Regulations on Cryptocurrency

With cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin gaining in popularity among investors, the IRS is becoming more aware of those who fail to disclose their gains and/or losses. According to an article written by Accounting Today (Click Here to read article), the IRS is going after Coinbase, an online platform where you can buy and sell cryptocurrencies. A court ordered Coinbase to release information about over 14,000 of its customers who may not have reported their cryptocurrency transactions on their tax returns.

Now that the IRS has pointed its spotlight on this issue, we want our clients to know the tax implications that might occur when investing in cryptocurrencies.   Notice 2014-21 (Click here to read), which was issued by the IRS, describes how cryptocurrency transactions are taxed.

By |December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Individual Tax, IRS|Comments Off on IRS Enforces Tax Regulations on Cryptocurrency

Proposed Tax Legislation – Update

As the proposed tax legislation is going through the reconciliation process, we are continuing to find various articles that delve deeper into certain provisions of the House and Senate bills.  We again found two very comprehensive articles on the Forbes website.  One of them focuses on the provisions of both bills that will effect landlords (click here to read) and the other analyzes who will benefit, and who will not, from the Senate tax bill (click here to read).

By |December 14th, 2017|Categories: Business Tax, Individual Tax, IRS|Comments Off on Proposed Tax Legislation – Update

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 […]

Tax Credits for Qualified Plug-In Electric Vehicles

Electric Car GettyImages-530338908 091516Passenger automobiles that are propelled solely or significantly by electric power have been in the news lately, thanks in part to the buzz surrounding the Tesla Model 3, an “economy” model set to be priced at $35,000 and available in late 2017 or early 2018.  Given all the recent media attention, this seemed like a good time to remind you that federal tax credits of up to $7,500 are still available to help offset the purchase price of electric vehicles.  The IRS has devoted a section of its website to explain how the credits work, and provide a list of all the manufacturers and models for which a credit is still available, including the current amount of the credit […]

By |July 15th, 2016|Categories: Individual Tax, IRS|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tax Credits for Qualified Plug-In Electric Vehicles

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