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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Individual tax calendar: Key deadlines for the remainder of 2017

Written by Thomson Rueters

While April 15 (April 18 this year) is the main tax deadline on most individual taxpayers’ minds, there are others through the rest of the year that are important to be aware of. To help you make sure you don’t miss any important 2017 deadlines, here’s a look at when some key tax-related forms, payments and other actions are due. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you.Please review the calendar and let us know if you have any questions about the deadlines or would like assistance in meeting them...

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Market Outlook -- April 2017

Written by Frank Germack III, CFA

Economic The U.S. labor market created 98,000 new jobs in March, surprising to the downside. The number is expected to rise to 150,000 to 175,000 in the coming months, given expected seasonal demand for service jobs...

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Four ways to double the power of your tax refund

Written by Forefield, Inc.

The IRS expects that more than 70% of taxpayers will receive a refund in 2017.¹ What you do with a tax refund is up to you, but here are some ideas that may make your refund twice as valuable. Double your savings Perhaps you'd like to use your tax refund to start an education fund for your children or grandchildren, contribute to a retirement savings account for yourself, or save for a rainy day. A financial concept known as the Rule of 72 can give you a rough estimate of how long it might take to double what you initially save...

Because of a weekend and a Washington, D.C., holiday, the 2016 tax return filing deadline for individual taxpayers is Tuesday, April 18. The IRS considers a paper return that’s due April 18 to be timely filed if it’s postmarked by midnight...

Monday, 10 April 2017

So you just filed your taxes — could an audit be next?

Written by Thomson Reuters

Like many people, you probably feel a great sense of relief after your tax return is completed and filed. Unfortunately, even professionally prepared and accurate returns may sometimes be subject to an IRS audit. The good news? Chances are slim that it will actually happen .....

Monday, 10 April 2017

5 growth strategies for today’s businesses

Written by Thomson Reuters

It’s probably safe to say that nearly every business owner wants his or her company to grow. The question is: How? As you ponder your company’s ideal strategic direction, here are five common business growth strategies to consider: 1.Creating and delivering new products and services...

Monday, 10 April 2017

Got nexus? Find out before operating in multiple states

Written by Thomson Reuters

For many years, business owners had to ask themselves one question when it came to facing taxation in another state: Do we have “nexus”? This term indicates a business presence in a given state that’s substantial enough to trigger the state’s tax rules and obligations. Well, the question still stands. And if you’re considering operating your business in multiple states, or are already doing so, it’s worth reviewing the concept of nexus and its tax impact on your company...

Thursday, 06 April 2017

Revenue recognition: Let’s get started!

Written by Magdalena Marriott and Stephen Chang

The new revenue recognition standard — also known as ASC 606 — will change the way companies recognize revenue from contracts with customers. The new standard requires that revenue is recognized when control of the sold goods or services is transferred and not when the risks and rewards of ownership are transferred, as is required by the current standard.  ASC 606 prescribes a five-step model all companies must follow regardless of their industry. The model requires companies to: Step 1: Identify the contract(s) with the customer Step 2: Identify the separate performance obligations Step 3: Determine the transaction price Step 4: Allocate the transaction price to performance obligations Step 5: Recognize revenue when and as each performance obligation is satisfied Before implementing the above model, however, companies should first perform a high-level impact assessment by identifying all significant revenue streams and contract types...

Tuesday, 04 April 2017

Saving tax with home-related deductions and exclusions

Written by Thomson Reuters

Currently, home ownership comes with many tax-saving opportunities. Consider both deductions and exclusions when you’re filing your 2016 return and tax planning for 2017:Property tax deduction. Property tax is generally fully deductible — unless you’re subject to the alternative minimum tax (AMT).Mortgage interest deduction...

Thursday, 30 March 2017

How can we comply with HIPAA when filing Form 1095-C?

Written by Thomson Reuters

Question: My company is an applicable large employer (ALE) with a self-insured health plan. What steps must we take under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), specifically its privacy rule, when we report enrollment information for employees and dependents on Form 1095-C? Answer: You should follow the HIPAA rules that apply to disclosures of protected health information (PHI) from a group health plan to the plan sponsor for plan administration purposes. Internal Revenue Code Section 6055 requires providers of minimum essential coverage to report the name, taxpayer identification number and months of coverage for all individuals enrolled in the plan providing that minimum essential coverage...

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