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Save or Shred? Follow These Recordkeeping Guidelines

Recordkeeping

Here are some best practices to prevent your paper and digital records from mounting up.

Are you a recordkeeping pack rat? Many individuals and businesses hold onto paper and digital records indefinitely — just in case. But securely storing years of financial records can become burdensome. Here’s some guidance to help minimize recordkeeping overload. Read more

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Mandatory E-Verify May Be Coming, Are You Ready?

e-verify

Here’s the latest on what you need to know about the E-Verify program.

E-Verify is about to play a critical role under the Trump administration.

The electronic service, launched in 1996, is primarily a voluntary web-based system, though it could soon become mandatory. E-Verify enables employers to quickly determine whether information supplied by job applicants on their I-9 forms is consistent with data held by the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.  Read more

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International Tax Technical Update- April 2018

CHANGES IN SECTION 965 SPECIFIED FOREIGN CORPORATIONS’ TAX YEARS

Summary

On February 13, 2018, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (collectively, “Treasury”) issued Rev. Proc. 2018-17 (the “Rev. Proc.”).  The Rev. Proc. provides additional guidance under Section 965, Treatment of deferred foreign income upon transition to participation exemption system of taxation, as amended by the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act,” which was enacted on December 22, 2017.  In particular, the Rev. Proc. provides guidance regarding certain changes in Section 965 specified foreign corporations’ tax years. Read more

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What to do if You are Out of the Country on Tax Day

Out of country

The IRS has different definitions and rules for being ‘out of the country’ on Tax Day.

By Bethany Bouw

There are a variety of ways one may be considered ‘out of the country’ on the due date of individual income tax returns (April 17, 2018). In regards to filing the automatic two-month extension, the IRS has a slightly complicated definition of ‘out of the country’. You will want to make sure that you fully understand their definition in order to know when your due date is and how best to extend. Read more

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Do I Qualify for the Automatic Two Month Extension?

Two Month Extension

Tax Day this year is April 17th, though some may qualify for the two month extension.

By Bethany Bouw

The due date for individual income tax returns (April 17, 2018) is nearly upon us. Some of you may be wondering if you qualify for the automatic two-month extension. Ryan & Wetmore is here to help you with your extension concerns. Read more

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Tax Reform for Construction Contractors

Contractors

Construction contractors should start strategizing their businesses tax plans in light of the new law.

By Justin Gipp and Jason Dudas, CPA 

In December 2017, Congress signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. There are many changes in the new tax bill that will cause varying effects on businesses and individuals. As the dust starts to settle on the new tax bill, most businesses expect their income tax expense to decrease. However, a general understanding of the new tax law is necessary to effectively make tax planning decisions for your business. Business owners can start strategizing their plan by reviewing the five most significant changes that are expected to affect construction contractors. Read more

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Close-Up on Mortgage Interest Deduction Rules

Mortgage Interest

The new tax law places new limits on home mortgage interest deductions for the 2018 through 2025 tax years.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) imposes new limits on home mortgage interest deductions. Here’s how the changes could affect your tax situation.

The Basics

For the 2018 through 2025 tax years, the new law generally allows you to deduct interest on only up to $750,000 of mortgage debt incurred to buy or improve a first or second residence. This type of debt is called “home acquisition indebtedness” in tax lingo. (For married individuals who file separately, the home acquisition indebtedness limit is $375,000 for 2018 through 2025.) Under prior law, you could deduct interest on up to $1 million of home acquisition indebtedness (or $500,000 for those who use married filing separate status). Read more

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Go Green, Save Green: Tax Breaks for Saving Energy

Saving Energy

“Going green” is a priority for many people — and the IRS offers breaks if you install qualifying energy-efficient equipment in your home or purchase a new plug-in electric vehicle.

Earth Day is April 22. This occasion reminds us to consider implementing changes to help reduce the amount of energy we consume. But “going green” isn’t just good for the Earth — certain energy-saving expenditures also may qualify for generous tax breaks that are good for your pocketbook, too.

Here are some tax credits for buying and installing certain types of energy-efficient residential equipment. Read more

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Tax Reform Law: Topics of Special Interest for Individuals

Individual Taxpayers

Here’s a look at some of the law’s fine print, including how it will affect the individual health care mandate, the kiddie tax and various tax deductions.

As you’ve heard by now, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) includes a number of changes that will affect individual taxpayers in 2018 and beyond. Significant attention has been given to the reduced tax rates for most individuals and the new limit on deducting state and local taxes. But there is more to the story. Here’s a summary of some of the lesser-known provisions in the new law. Read more

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AMT Calculations: It’s Showtime

alternative minimum tax

The new tax law is retaining the alternative minimum tax (AMT).

The alternative minimum tax (AMT) was enacted back in 1969 to ensure that high-income individuals don’t take advantage of multiple tax breaks and avoid paying federal tax. However, in recent years, the AMT has been imposed on many middle-income taxpayers. Unfortunately, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) retains the individual AMT. But AMT exemptions and phaseout thresholds have been increased for 2018 through 2025. Read more