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On May 23, 2018, the IRS released Notice 2018-54 stating further guidance is coming to address the deductibility of state and local tax payments for federal income tax purposes. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) limited the amount of state and local taxes an individual can deduct to $10,000. As a result, some state legislatures have adopted or are considering legislative proposals allowing taxpayers to make payments to specified entities in exchange for a tax credit against state and local taxes owed.  The proposed legislation will clarify the relationship between federal charitable contribution deductions and the new statutory limitation on the deduction of state and local taxes...

In a recent News Release, the IRS warned taxpayers about a new twist on an old phone scam. Criminals are now claiming to be calling from local IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs). They accomplish this by programming their computers to display TAC phone numbers, which appear on the taxpayer's Caller ID. If the taxpayer questions the legitimacy of the call, the scam artist directs the taxpayer to IRS...

For the 16th consecutive year, Rehmann is honored to be recognized as one of West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®. The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. Organizations are assessed based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more. Associates at Rehmann enjoy benefits such as flexible work environments, tuition reimbursement and personalized development plans...

Rehmann, a top 40 accounting and advisory firm, and Trivalent Group®, a top 100 managed IT service provider based in Grandville, Michigan, will combine effective April 1. This unique combination brings together two established firms, launching a managed IT solutions practice that will broaden both firms’ service offerings. Backed by experienced engineers, technicians and consultants, Trivalent Group provides managed services and other IT solutions to more than 700 clients. With offices in Grandville, Traverse City, Battle Creek, East Lansing and Midland, Trivalent Group specializes in managed services, managed cloud, cyber security, managed networks and business continuity...

Rehmann, a fully integrated certified public accounting and financial services firm, announced today they have won Inavero’s Best of Accounting™ Award for providing superior service to their clients for its third consecutive year. The Best of Accounting Award winners are proven industry leaders in service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients. On average, clients of the 2018 winners are two times more likely to be satisfied than those who work with non-winning firms. Rehmann received a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 79, significantly higher than the profession's average of 21...

In light of the new tax law, the IRS released an updated withholding calculator and Form W-4. The new calculator will assist employees with double-checking the federal tax to be withheld from their paychecks. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made major changes to the tax law. As a result, the IRS encourages taxpayers to use the withholding calculator to perform a “paycheck checkup...

In a recent News Release, the IRS reminded taxpayers and tax practitioners that they will be asked to verify their identities when calling the IRS. Taxpayers should have the following information ready: Social Security Numbers (SSNs) and birth dates of those listed on the return; an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) if obtained in lieu of an SSN; filing status; the prior-year tax return; a copy of the tax return in question; and any IRS letters or notices. Before calling the IRS about a client, practitioners should have the following information handy verbal or written authorization from the client to discuss the account; the ability to verify the client's name, SSN/ITIN, tax period, and forms filed; a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN); and a completed and signed Form 8821 or Form 2848. News Release IR 2018-28...

Monday, 12 February 2018

ACA reporting deadline reminders

As it did last year, the IRS has extended the deadline from January 31 to March 2 for employers and insurers to furnish individual statements on 2017 health coverage and full-time employee status (Forms 1095-B and 1095-C). The new guidance does not extend the deadlines for submitting the forms, along with Forms 1094-C and 1094-B, to the IRS. Those deadlines remain February 28, 2018, for paper forms and April 2, 2018, for electronic filings. Those submitting paper forms should take note that the IRS filing deadline precedes the date for providing the forms to individuals...

Providing financial services in the areas of business turnaround, restructuring and bankruptcy requires strategic thinking, critical insight and relevant expertise. Because of her advanced knowledge in those functions, the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (AIRA) announced the certification of Chantal Eikey, CPA as a certified insolvency and restructuring advisor (CIRA). To receive the CIRA certification, Eikey successfully completed an in-depth, three-part financial insolvency and restructuring exam which covered all aspects of bankruptcy and reorganization, including managing financial turnaround and bankruptcy cases, reorganization plan development, insolvency accounting, financial reporting and related tax issues. In addition, all CIRA recipients must have a minimum of five years of accounting or financial experience, and have completed, within the last eight years, 4,000 hours of specialized insolvency and reorganization experience...

Rehmann announced today that Tom Winkelman, CPA was promoted to principal in the firm’s Grand Rapids, Mich. office. He provides attest services to both medium and large-sized clients as well as non-traditional services, including consulting, financial statement analysis and planning, with a focus on manufacturing, construction and higher-education clients. Winkelman has worked in public accounting since 2005 and joined Rehmann in 2010...

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