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Spotlight On Business Tax Trends

The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) is a nonpartisan Congressional committee that, among other things, assists in the analysis and drafting of proposed federal tax legislation and prepares reports that interpret newly enacted federal tax legislation. The JCT recently issued the Overview of the Federal Tax System as in Effect for 2016.

IRS Extends Deadline to Provide 2016 ACA Forms to Recipients

The IRS announced that it is extending one of the deadlines for providing 2016 Affordable Care Act (ACA) information statements to recipients. Specifically, the due date for furnishing to individuals the 2016 Form 1095-B (Health Coverage) and the 2016 Form 1095-C, (Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage) is extended from January 31, 2017, to March 2, 2017.

New Overtime Rules Suspended for Now

Many employers have been wrestling with plans to comply with new U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rules since last May. That’s when the rules were finalized, with a December 1 compliance deadline. Those new rules included raising the minimum salary overtime exemption to $913 per week from $455.

Lessons from Tax Court – Retired Cop’s Cash for Unused Leave Wasn’t Excludable

The U.S. Tax Court has held that payments received by a police detective on his retirement — for unused sick and vacation time — were includable in income. Based on that conclusion, the court rejected the taxpayer’s argument that a portion of the vacation time and sick leave should be excludable.

How Should You File Your Tax Return?

A divorced or divorcing couple’s tax filing status is determined as of the last day of a tax year. A couple in the process of divorce may find that they are still considered married for tax purposes even though they do not live in the same household.

Report Predicts Record Contributions on Giving Tuesday 2016

November 29, 2016, is Giving Tuesday. Never heard of it? Known on social media as #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has grown into one of the biggest fundraising drives for the not-for-profit industry. Similar to Cyber Monday, it’s a day when charities encourage people to make year-end donations using their computers and mobile devices.

It’s Time for Individuals to Plan for Taxes in 2016 and Beyond

Year end is rapidly approaching. It’s now time to consider making some moves that will lower your 2016 tax bill and get you into position for tax savings in future years. This article offers some year-end planning tips for individuals — while keeping the results of the recent election in mind.

TAX QUIZ on the Annual Exclusion for Gifts

In 2017, the amount you can give to one person without triggering a gift tax return is $14,000 per donor, per recipient. It is unchanged from 2016. You might be able to give someone more than this amount for certain expenses. For example, tuition or medical expenses that you pay on behalf of another person do not count.

How to Make the Most of Medical Expense Deductions

With the ever-increasing cost of health insurance and medical care, you should be vigilant in finding ways to claim tax breaks related to health care. Unfortunately, that’s now harder than before because a change included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) increased the income-based threshold for deducting itemized medical expenses.

Follow the Rules When Hiring Holiday Season Workers

The rush is already on to line up seasonal help. Seasonal job postings on one recruiting website started to hit peak demand levels from prior years in early October, about a month earlier than usual. The projected total number of seasonal jobs this holiday season — between 640,000 and 690,000 — is expected by the National Retail Federation to be about the same as last year.

The President-Elect’s Tax Plan: What the Future Could Look Like

With Donald Trump as the president elect and Republicans holding a majority in the U.S. House and Senate, GOP tax reform appears likely in 2017. While campaigning, Mr. Trump promised big tax changes. Here’s a digest of his proposals, according to his website.

Year-End Tax Strategies for Small Businesses

It’s not too late to take steps to significantly reduce your 2016 business income tax bill and lay the groundwork for tax savings in future years. Here’s a summary of some of the most effective year-end tax-saving moves for small businesses under the existing Internal Revenue Code.

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