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Overview of Real Estate Depreciation Changes

Real Estate

The new tax law is giving real estate investors reason to celebrate this tax season.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) included several favorable changes to the federal income tax depreciation rules for real estate. However, one intended change didn’t make it into the statutory language, and there are some potential pitfalls to avoid. Here’s what real estate investors need to know. Read more

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Foreign Tax Technical Update- Section 956

PROPOSED REGULATIONS REDUCING THE AMOUNT DETERMINED UNDER SECTION 956 WITH RESPECT TO CERTAIN DOMESTIC CORPORATIONS ISSUED

Summary

On October 31, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (collectively, Treasury) issued proposed regulations under Section 956, Investment of earnings in United States property, (the Proposed Regulations). The Proposed Regulations reduce the amount determined under Section 956 with respect to certain domestic corporations that own (or are treated as owning) stock in foreign corporations. Read more

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DOL Pitches Auto-Portability Program to Preserve Retirement Savings

Auto-PortabilityThe U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is advancing a proposal that would enable 401(k) plan sponsors to automatically transfer account balances up to $5,000 of former participants who have left the company. The amounts would be transferred to the 401(k) plan of an employee’s new employer. Assets transferred using this “auto portability” approach would make an intermediate pit stop in an IRA before landing in the former employee’s new employer’s plan. Here’s what you need to know. Read more

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Estate Tax Planning Tips for Single People

Estate Tax

Single taxpayers with an estate plan may need to give extra attention to maximize how much they can transfer to loved ones tax-free during their lifetimes and beyond.

Estate planning is an important part of your overall wealth management strategy, especially if you’re unmarried. Single parents may worry about who will care for their minor children and whether their surviving kids’ financial needs will be met until adulthood. Likewise, wealthy single people have less flexibility when it comes to shielding transfers from gift and estate taxes.

Fortunately, under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), estate tax issues are less of a concern. The exemption amounts have been temporarily raised, so you’re less likely to be hit with the federal estate tax. But you may need to update your existing estate plan to take advantage of the favorable changes.  Read more

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Own a CFC? Get Ready to be GILTI…

There have been many changes in the last 12 months for US taxation of foreign entities. US shareholders of controlled foreign corporations (CFCs) have already felt the pinch of transition tax for 2017. Unfortunately, the pinch of foreign taxation changes is going to continue in 2018 and onwards thanks in part to GILTI. As the acronyms connotation implies, it is a less than popular tax change. Let us look together at some significant points related to the ominous GILTI: Read more

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Fa La La Falling Afoul of Foreign Gift Rules…

Foreign Gift

If you plan to do any international gifting or donating this year, make sure you are aware of possible tax consequences that may be associated.

By Bethany Bouw, CPA

Tis the season when those far and wide give gifts to their loved ones and charities. While you may be giving purely for the benefit of others, this does not remove the need to be aware of IRS requirements and regulations. Though the recipients will appreciate your altruistic intent, the IRS still has expectations no matter the spirit of the season. So, lest you fall afoul of the reporting rules, here are three commonly asked questions to consider as you gift and donate internationally this holiday season. Read more

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Use Eight Strategies to Improve Self-Pay Patient Collections

Patient CollectionsWith the increase in health plans requiring members to pay for all or part of their office visits, practices are faced with the challenge of asking patients for full payment. This can be upsetting for the patients and uncomfortable for staff members. Here are eight strategies for improving collections, including preparing for time-of-service collections, setting up prompt-pay discounts and showing staff how to interact with patients. Read more

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Tax Court Sets Boundaries on Commuting Deductions

Commuting Deductions

Commuting between your residence and place of business are generally non-deductable, but there are a few exceptions.

Although you usually can’t deduct typical “commuting” expenses from home, you may qualify for a special exception if you’re away working on temporary assignments. But the IRS and the U.S. Tax Court won’t allow borderline deductions, as evidenced by one case involving a construction worker.

We’ll explain what happened in the case, but first, here is some background information. Read more

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Conduct an Effective Year-End Review

Year-End Review

Year-end meetings are a good time to evaluate organizational finances, structure, and operations.

Like any well-run business, a medical practice needs to step back periodically and try to get a bird’s-eye view of where it has been and where it is going. A good time to perform such a review is at the end of the calendar year. Go into the meeting with a plan, prepared to focus on three critical areas: corporate, financial and operational planning.

It is helpful to have a trusted adviser, such as your accountant, facilitate the meeting. An adviser who knows your practice can keep the agenda focused on the business issues, diffuse tense emotions and provide insight based on experience with other medical offices. Read more