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Taxes | Sharing, Gig, and On-Demand Economy

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Are you part of the sharing, Gig, or on-demand economy? Examples are providing rides via mobile app, renting out a spare room using an online platform, or repairing computers for local businesses on demand. Participation in this emerging method of distributing services can be a good way to earn money in your down time, pursue a flexible lifestyle, and provide cash to offset expenses associated with owning a vehicle or home.

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2018 Health Savings Account Limits

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The IRS announced inflation-adjusted amounts that individuals and families can contribute to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) in 2018. The tax agency also announced the minimum required deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums for high-deductible health plans.

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Randy G. Brammer, CPA | 40 Under 40 Nominee

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As a nominee, Randy Brammer attended the Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017 kick-off party in Scottsdale. Every year, the Phoenix Business Journal honors 40 individuals under the age of 40 that contribute to their company and community.

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Arizona Proposition 206 | Earned Paid Sick Time

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Effective July 1, 2017, Proposition 206 entitles employees to accrue earned paid sick time. Arizona voters approved Proposition 206, the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, which established a new state minimum wage and entitled employees to accrue earned paid sick time.

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Moving and Establishing Residency

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Considering moving to another state? Moving could lower your state tax bill; however, you need to establish the new state is your place of legal residence, also known as your domicile, for state tax purposes. Otherwise, the old state could come after you for taxes after moving. In the worst-case scenario, your new state could expect to get paid, too.

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Home Mortgage Interest Deductions

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Homeowners that itemize “qualified residence” interest should be aware of the IRS rules and new Form 1098 reporting requirements. The allowed deduction may not match what the bank reports on Form 1098 and the IRS can target this deduction in tax return audits.

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New FBAR Filing Deadline | April 18, 2017

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The IRS requires taxpayers that have an interest in or authority over foreign financial accounts to provide information about the account by filing a form called the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). For accounts held in 2016, the annual deadline filing for FBARs has changed to April 18, 2017, which now coincides with individual tax filing deadlines under the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015. Previously, the deadline was June 30, excluding weekends and holidays.

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Employers Are Now Required to Use New Form I-9

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Employers must ensure proper completion of Forms I-9 to verify identity and employment authorization of their employees. In 2016, a new Form I-9 was issued and employers had an option to use the old form. Beginning January 22, 1017, employers are required to use the new version.

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Arizona Tax Refunds

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Are you wondering when to expect your Arizona tax refund? Taxpayers filing electronically who chose direct deposit can expect refunds within 12 business days after return acceptance. Taxpayers filing paper returns should expect their refund within 6-8 weeks after return acceptance.

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1099-G Forms May Contain Incorrect Information

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The Arizona Department of Revenue announced some 1099-G forms were sent to taxpayers that contained erroneous information. This does not impact anyone who did not receive an Arizona state income tax refund in 2015. Corrected 1099-G forms are set to be completed this week and mailed to impacted taxpayers as soon as possible.

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Retirement and Taxes

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Considering retiring and moving to another state for the weather, to be closer to family, or both? Certain states may be more attractive than others due to taxes. Some states may have residency requirements for state tax purposes, which may be complicated.

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IRS Clarification | Corporate Debt Versus Equity

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Corporations can deduct interest on debts for federal tax purposes. A valid obligation exists if the parties intended to create a debt, and the debt is enforceable and unconditional. In contrast, a capital contribution is a direct or indirect contribution of cash or other property to the capital of a business entity. Generally, a contribution to the capital of a corporation is not treated as taxable income to the corporation, and the contributor cannot deduct the payment for tax purposes.

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Year-End Reminder – FSAs

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It is easy to forget to spend remaining funds in Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) before January 1, 2017. By failing to observe the “use-it-or-lose-it rule,” money could be forfeited if there is money left over in your accounts, unless a special provision applies.

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Fit Company Challenge – Phoenix 2016

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Three teams from Wallace, Plese + Dreher participated in the Fit Company Challenge – Phoenix 2016 and competed against nine other Arizona companies. Team participants included a variety of ages and fitness levels and worked together to complete three courses for their team. Courses focused on strength, agility, full-body conditioning, speed, and endurance. Examples of course stations included planks, burpees, sit-ups, kettlebell swings, push-ups, inverted rows, sandbell slams, sprint and agility relays, and three-mile runs.

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