Pumping the Brakes on Vehicle Depreciation - What to Know about Listed Property

Imagine this – a husband and wife own a sales company and they purchase two passenger automobiles to be used in the course of business. The automobiles are available for personal use, but the husband and wife claim that they are primarily used to transport and entertain clients that are in town. While this fact pattern points to a valid business deduction for the automobiles, the IRS disagreed. This was part of a larger case that went to US Tax Court (Brent Mcminn and Lynette Mcminn v. Commissioner), which disallowed the deduction on the grounds that the automobiles were listed property and business use could not be substantiated.

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1099 Mistakes to Avoid

1099s are often viewed as hassle, with the taxpayer loathing to receive them and the business loathing to send them out. However, the IRS does like 1099s and is making more of a concentrated effort to keep track of the process. According to Investopedia, in 2015 the IRS “sent 3.7 million CPA2000 notices to taxpayers saying that, based on those matches they owed more money.” This essentially means the income and/or payment information the IRS has on file does not match the information reported on your tax return, and due to this more money is owed. The IRS is paying attention.

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Tax Angles for Self-Employed Individuals

Being self-employed has its advantages and disadvantages. As the person in charge of your business affairs, you can set your own schedule and generally have more flexibility than someone in a 9-to-5 job. On the other hand, you are fully responsible for the bottom line, often with little or no backup to rely on.

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FASB's New Standard Aims to Improve Not-for-Profit Financial Reporting

ASU 2016-14 Replaces the Reporting Model That Has Existed for 20 Years
(From AICPA Not-for-Profit Section - Published August 18, 2016)

After more than three years of debate, comment, and revision, the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) much-anticipated Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities, was released on August 18, 2016. The newly released ASU will change the way all not-for-profits (NFPs) classify net assets and prepare financial statements.

 

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Have You Designated Your Beneficiaries? - A Key Component of Estate Planning

Most of us lead hectic lives, but as part of an estate plan, it is important to take time to designate or update beneficiaries for all your assets. Notably, you should be aware that designations for retirement plans and life insurance policies supersede beneficiary dispositions in your will. Keeping that in mind, here are several practical suggestions.

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