Arizona offers many opportunities to claim tax credits for Qualifying Charitable Organizations, including Foster Care tax credits on Arizona personal income tax. Also, there are credits for donating to public schools and Certified School Tuition Organizations.
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.
As a sponsor of the 4th Annual Celebrity Game Night benefiting Treasure House Phoenix, Wallace Plese + Dreher’s partners, managers, and staff attended the event on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at the Scottsdale Hangar One.
With remote and hybrid work arrangements, employers should be very deliberate when communicating and executing policies relating to an employee’s work location. Individual taxpayers need to be familiar with tax laws in their resident state and businesses should be aware of tax laws in all states they operate.
COVID-19 and its variants continue to disrupt the way we live, work, and play. The population disagrees on whether to wear masks or be vaccinated. One of the most pressing issues is whether businesses can — or should — issue a vaccine mandate for their employees.
At WP+D, employees and clients both benefit from working with an Arizona CPA firm versus a regional or national one. At larger firms, one may never meet or interact with a partner until they are a manager. This is not the case at WP+D, where the culture is centered around approachability and accessibility.
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.
A 529 savings plan can do more than help you pay for college. Now is the best time to find out about their flexibility. Take advantage of the benefits of a 529 plan in a pandemic-affected economy.
The Supreme Court’s ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. changed the standard for when states need to collect sales tax from entities doing business in the state. Before the decision, states taxed only companies with a physical presence in the state, but they now tax all those with an economic presence.
Estate plans should address the management and distribution of digital assets, such as cryptocurrencies, electronic communications, financial accounts, and documents stored in the cloud. How can you protect digital assets upon your death or if you become incapacitated?
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.
For 2021, families will begin receiving early payments from the IRS of 50 percent of the estimated amount of the Child Tax Credit. If the IRS processed your 2020 tax return or 2019 tax return, these automatic monthly payments will begin on July 15 through December 15, 2021, based on the information contained in that return.
Countries around the globe are trying to stem the “rush to the bottom,” which has multinational companies moving their corporate headquarters to lower their tax bills. According to the International Monetary Fund, the result of this tax strategy is a loss of worldwide government revenues estimated between $500 and $600 billion annually.
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.
Sponsors of retirement plans are required by law to report information to the IRS, the Department of Labor (DOL), and Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC). Your plan type, business size, and circumstances affect the type of information, forms, and disclosure requirements.
The benefits of retirement programs, for both companies and employees, can be substantial, but the rules are complicated. You need to figure out how to help your employees while being compliant.
The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund to provide funding to help pandemic-affected restaurants. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.
On April 14, 2021, Governor Ducey signed Senate Bill 1752, which conformed to the definition of federal adjusted gross income (federal taxable income, for corporations), including federal changes made during 2020 as well as through the 2021 American Rescue Plan.
The IRS issued additional guidance under the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Relief Act of 2020 allowing businesses a 100% deduction for food or beverages from restaurants. Earlier in 2021, legislation increased the 50% deduction to 100%.
The State of Arizona has announced it has moved the deadline for filing and paying state individual income taxes from April 15 to May 17, 2021. Additionally, the deadline for first quarter tax year 2021 individual estimated tax payments remains April 15, 2021.
As of April 5, 2021, the Arizona State Legislature is currently considering a bill that would extend the Arizona filing deadline for individual filers to May 17. ADOR is actively monitoring the bill as it goes through the legislative process.
The IRS is reminding taxpayers about the rules for required minimum distributions (RMDs) from retirement accounts. Previous rules stated that a retirement plan account owner must begin taking an RMD annually starting the year they reach 70½ or 72, depending on the birthdate and retirement year of the plan owner.
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.
A company-sponsored retirement plan is one of the most popular benefits a business can offer its employees, and there are many advantages and compelling employer benefits as well. Tax advantages, investing opportunities, and matching contributions are just three of the benefits of a 401(k) plan for employees.
Donors have the right to set restrictions on the donations they give to a nonprofit. Grant funders want to make sure their funds are spent on agreed-upon programs. Nonprofits have to ensure these funds are spent in a way that donors support.
The IRS is providing some accommodation to employee benefit plans offering health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and dependent care assistance plans (DCAPs). Under the COVID-19-related Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, these plans now have additional discretion in 2021 and 2022 to adjust their programs to help employees better meet the unanticipated consequences of the public health emergency.
Many Arizona businesses received SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Our SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) task force helps businesses and nonprofits navigate the forgiveness process. They are familiar with the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application, which is complex and complicated, and can answer your questions.
Some Arizona construction company owners focusing on operational activities may not realize how financing purchases and selling assets make a difference. Projecting future cash flow is not easy. For construction companies, it becomes more complicated because no two projects are the same.
Beginning February 24, 2021, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is establishing an 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees.
The Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) advises taxpayers who receive a Form 1099-G from the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) for unemployment benefits they did not receive to contact the Arizona Department of Economic Security for a corrected form.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) urges employers to take advantage of the newly-extended Employee Retention Credit (ERC), designed to make it easier for businesses that, despite challenges posed by COVID-19, choose to keep their employees on the payroll. The ERC is one of the more popular relief items for businesses and recent legislation has made it even more attractive.
Effective January 1, 2021, Wallace Plese + Dreher (WP+D) designated Randy G. Brammer, CPA as the Firm’s new Managing Partner. Mark R. Dreher, CPA, former Managing Partner, remains a partner and will continue assisting businesses with sales, purchases, mergers and acquisitions.
The pandemic relief package (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021) gives a break to the hardest-hit small businesses by reopening the Paycheck Protection Program and offers them the ability to apply for a second loan. The new round of loans will be limited to those with fewer than 300 employees that have experienced drops of at least 25% in revenue during any quarter of 2020 compared with the same quarter in 2019.