Tax years are based on annual accounting periods where you keep records and report income and expenses. A tax year may not be a calendar year. Discover the annual accounting periods you may or may not adopt.
The end of the year always brings possible last-minute tax changes, which is especially true for 2021. New legislation may mean major changes starting in 2022, but other proposed bills, such as new capital gains and qualified dividend tax rates, may take effect retroactively.
Special rules allow limited charitable deductions even for taxpayers who do not itemize. Also, there are other donation changes for individuals and businesses. Learn how to take advantage of these opportunities now.
The American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit can offer tax savings for higher education. Tax savings may be available for you, your spouse, or your dependents taking postsecondary coursework.
President Biden’s proposed infrastructure plan would end the step-up in basis taxpayers often use to minimize tax on inherited wealth. Since assets like family businesses, homes, stocks, and art generally appreciate over time, eliminating the step-up in basis effectively raises the amount of tax on these assets.
In May 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) withdrew a rule clarifying the standard for employees versus independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act. According to SHRM, the withdrawn rule would have applied a more-limited economic-reality test.
On March 17, 2021, the Treasury Department and IRS announced the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021. This extension does not apply to estimated tax payments that are due on April 15, 2021. As of today, tax returns for corporations, trusts, and Arizona state returns are due on April 15, 2021.
Due to confusion about the filing of 2019 returns, the IRS erroneously sent CP59 notices to many taxpayers stating they had not filed their 2019 federal tax return. The agency has now issued a clarifying statement.
After a year of turmoil and surprises, what will 2021 bring? One certainty is that the federal government is changing a variety of numbers affecting the finances of businesses and individuals.
Construction companies have an opportunity to save on taxes through Section 179. The deduction can help with the rising expense of labor in light of the skilled worker shortage and contribute to training employees.
Every year, under federal law, taxpayers must report certain foreign financial accounts to the Treasury Department. Whether the account produced taxable income has no effect on whether the account is a foreign financial account for FBAR purposes.
The 2017 TCJA changed rules for meals and entertainment. Recent IRS guidance may clear up some confusion and Arizona business owners should consult with their CPA to make sure they are not violating any rules or leaving money on the table.
The IRS stated in a September 24, 2020 memorandum, it would treat September 15, 2020 returns and any elections filed on September 17, 2020, as timely if the September 15, 2020 filing was affected by a CCH e-filing system software outage.
In a free two part webinar on September 23 and 30, 2020, hear experts with the Arizona District Export Council (DEC) discuss exporting from the U.S. to Mexico. Learn about the tax benefits from Stephen J. Rodis, CPA, on September 30. Read further for the full agenda and registration details.
COVID-19 caused many changes in our personal and business lives, giving us time to rethink our priorities and expectations. Estate planning is one area that has received a lot of attention. Do you have an estate plan in place?