Disaster tax relief unveiled in Congress
As millions of Americans recover from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and
Maria, Congress is debating disaster tax relief. The relief would
enhance the casualty loss rules, relax some retirement savings
IRS exam staffing falls; audit coverage declines
IRS Exam staffing in fiscal year (FY) 2016, the latest tax year
with statistics available, reached a 20-year low. As a result, the
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has
October 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
How Do I? Get a tax break on my vacation home
Vacation homes offer owners tax breaks similar-but not identical-to
those for primary residences. Vacation homes also offer owners the
opportunity to earn tax-advantaged and even tax-free income.
FAQ: How are vacation homes taxed?
Vacation homes offer owners many tax breaks similar to those for
primary residences. Vacation homes also offer owners the
opportunity to earn tax-advantaged and even tax-free income from a
How do I? Get the most from my inherited IRA?
Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are popular retirement
savings vehicles that enable taxpayers to build their nest egg
slowly over the years and enjoy tax benefits as well. But what
happens to th...
How Do I? Use the mid-year depreciation convention
Depreciation on a business asset is calculated using an applicable
method, period, and convention. To compute the deduction for the
year the property is placed in service and the year the property is
FAQ: Are summer camp costs deductible?
With school almost out for the summer, parents who work are
starting to look for activities for their children to keep them
occupied and supervised. The possibilities include sending a child
to day ca...
FAQ: What is backup withholding?
Most people are familiar with tax withholding, which most commonly
takes place when an employer deducts and withholds income and other
taxes from an employee's wages. However, many taxpayers are
Scope of information reporting continues to expand
Information reporting continues to expand as Congress seeks to
close the tax gap: the estimated $350 billion difference between
what taxpayers owe and what they pay. Despite the recent rollback
FAQ: What is a limited liability company?
A limited liability company (LLC) is a business entity created
under state law. Every state and the District of Columbia have LLC
statutes that govern the formation and operation of LLCs....
How Do I? Write Off Bad Business Debts
A business with a significant amount of receivables should evaluate
whether some of them may be written off as business bad debts. A
business taxpayer may deduct business bad debts if the receivable
Estimated tax: Getting it right
Estimated tax is used to pay tax on income that is not subject to
withholding or if not enough tax is being withheld from a person's
salary, pension or other income. Income not subject to withholding
How Do I? Make an in-plan Roth IRA rollover?
In-plan Roth IRA rollovers are a relatively new creation, and as a
result many individuals are not aware of the rules. The Small
Business Jobs Act of 2010 made it possible for participants in
FAQ: What are my chances of being audited?
Often, timing is everything or so the adage goes. From medicine to
sports and cooking, timing can make all the difference in the
outcome. What about with taxes? What are your chances of being
The small employer health insurance premium credit
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)
enacted in March 2010, small employers may be eligible to claim a
tax credit of 35 percent of qualified health insurance premium
FAQ: What are the rules for claiming dependents?
The tax rules surrounding the dependency exemption deduction on a
federal income tax return can be complicated, with many
requirements involving who qualifies for the deduction and who
qualifies to ta...
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