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New Overtime Ruling Blocked, For Now

  • 29 November 2016
  • Author: Alexander Carr
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New Overtime Ruling Blocked, For Now
If you’ve been sweating out the new overtime law changes going into effect December 1, 2016, you have a bit more time to plan. Just last week, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor's new rule, which would have more than doubled the minimum salary level for exempt employees from $455 per week ($23,660 annually) to $913 per week ($47,476 annually)

End-of-Year Giving Guide

  • 29 November 2016
  • Author: Alexander Carr
  • Number of views: 664
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End-of-Year Giving Guide
‘Tis the season to catch up on your last-minute tax deductions and strategies. What better way to save on taxes than to give that hard-earned money to the people and organizations you choose instead? There are two ways to do it: gifts to loved ones and charitable giving.

Tax Scam Roundup

  • 15 November 2016
  • Author: Alexander Carr
  • Number of views: 754
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Tax Scam Roundup
Finally, some good news when it comes to tax scams. Earlier this fall, police in India raided nine call centers that were involved in calling phone numbers in the United States pretending to be IRS agents and demanding payment for taxes. The scam netted the operation approximately $150,000 a day, according to The Wall Street Journal. Even with this large operation shut down, though, it’s important to stay vigilant. Tax scams start and evolve every single day

How the “Gig Economy” May Affect Your Tax Bill

  • 10 November 2016
  • Author: Alexander Carr
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How the “Gig Economy” May Affect Your Tax Bill
The new “sharing” or “gig” economy has given us all the option to earn a little extra cash on the side.  If you’re a driver for rideshares like Uber or Lyft,  rent property through a service like HomeAway or Airbnb, or participate in any other trendy “gigs”  like consulting through Upworkthe IRS has created a website to help spell out what part of your profit belongs to the government.

Client Spotlight: Workspace Solutions

  • 7 November 2016
  • Author: Alexander Carr
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Client Spotlight: Workspace Solutions

Creating room to grow has been a central theme in Bill Shiller’s life. Learn how he built his thriving office furniture business from the ground up.

How the Election Could Affect Your Federal Taxes

  • 25 October 2016
  • Author: Alexander Carr
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How the Election Could Affect Your Federal Taxes
Early voting has started and we’re only weeks away from having a new U.S. President elected. There’s been a lot of talk about Donald Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s own tax records, including Tax Notes’ take featuring Steven Bankler’s expertise.  But how will each candidate affect your own tax bill if they are elected?

IRS Warns: Affordable Care Act-Related Tax Emails Are Fake

  • 18 October 2016
  • Author: Alexander Carr
  • Number of views: 519
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IRS Warns: Affordable Care Act-Related Tax Emails Are Fake

IRS-related scams are now entering a new territory: Obamacare. In late September, the IRS issued an alert to taxpayers and tax professionals to be on guard against fake emails purporting to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act.

Leasing Versus Buying Under the New Section 179

  • 11 October 2016
  • Author: Alexander Carr
  • Number of views: 564
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Leasing Versus Buying Under the New Section 179
Now that the IRS Section 179 deduction permanently offers small businesses an immediate expense deduction of up to $500,000, some of the property you may have leased in the past could serve you better when purchased, at least from a tax deduction standpoint

Tracing Holocaust Victims’ Assets: An Investigative Auditor’s Perspective

  • 27 September 2016
  • Author: Alexander Carr
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Tracing Holocaust Victims’ Assets: An Investigative Auditor’s Perspective
In 1996, United States Senator Alfonse M. D’Amato, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, began an inquiry into Swiss banks’ involvement in hiding Holocaust victims’ assets. Specifically, the inquiry examined the procedures by which the Swiss banks conducted the initial search in 1995 that stated that only 893 accounts were found, holding $32 million. The committee conducted the new review which was being undertaken by the Committee of Eminent Persons (EP Committee), also known as the Volcker Commission

IRS Hacked, Again: What You Need to Know

  • 27 September 2016
  • Author: Alexander Carr
  • Number of views: 570
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IRS Hacked, Again: What You Need to Know

Access to the IRS e-File PIN service was removed in June following what the agency calls “additional questionable activity.”  The PIN numbers are only the latest in a history of the IRS being hacked, compromising taxpayer information.

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