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Free Credit Freezes and Fraud Alerts Are Here!

 Credit Freezes

A new law no longer allows credit reporting agencies to charge you a fee to “freeze” your account.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) just issued some FAQs explaining a new consumer protection law known as the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act. It was signed by President Trump in May and took effect on September 21, 2018. Read more

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Tax Reform’s 199A Redefines “Consulting” For Government Contractors

199A

Government contractors who are listed as ‘consultants’ may want to reconsider their terminology under section 199A of the new tax reform.

By Meredith Pilaro and Jeff Bilsky

Government contractors provide many different types of services across many different industries, such as IT, R&D, operations and professional services. In the past, many of these contractors may have used the term “consultant” or “consulting” to describe the wide range of services they provide. Yet this 2018 tax season, it may be time for contractors to revisit this terminology, particularly if they are structured as a flow‑through entity for tax purposes (i.e., an S corporation, a partnership, or an LLC taxed as a partnership). Read more

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International Tax Technical Update- October

TREASURY ISSUES PROPOSED REGULATIONS FOR GLOBAL INTANGIBLE LOW-TAXED INCOME, SECTION 951A

Summary

On September 13, Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (collectively, Treasury) issued proposed regulations (REG-104390-18, hereinafter, the Proposed Regulations) implementing Section 951A. Read more

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Consider Telemedicine and Make Sure Employees Use It

telemedicine

With outcomes that benefit employees and employers, telemedicine holds the promise of improving health care efficiency and quality as well as lowering overall cost.

Telemedicine continues to change the way that medical professionals and patients interact.

In a survey by the Mercer consulting firm, nearly three-quarters of employers with at least 500 workers said they make telemedicine services available. Yet employers with programs in place reported that only 7% of eligible employees used telemedicine at least once. And despite its wide availability, many employees who have access to telemedicine aren’t even aware that it’s an option for them. Read more

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Gen Z May Change How You Manage Employees

Generation Z

Each generation has their own perceived characteristics. What behaviors are already being attributed to Generation Z as they enter the workforce?

Is your workplace ready for Generation Z? Lately, many demographers and generation-focused marketing experts have been vocal about what they observe in Gen Z, the newest additions to the job applicant pool.  Read more

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Duties of an ERISA Plan Administrator

ERISA

ERISA plan administrators perform many critical functions that require a lot of time, care, and integrity.

Plan administrators and sponsors are fiduciaries who are charged with the highest level of responsibility, fair dealing and good faith recognized under the law. As a fiduciary, you have a legal duty to provide the utmost care and servicing on behalf of the beneficiaries in your plan. Because of the critically important retirement assets you oversee as a fiduciary, the federal government demands the best out of its plan administrators.  Read more

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The GILTI Effect: Tax Reform And Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income

What is GILTI?
The Global Intangible Low-taxed Income (GILTI) is a new provision, enacted as a part of tax reform legislation. Mechanically, it functions as a global minimum tax and introduces a lot of issues for all U.S. shareholders of controlled foreign corporations (CFCs) – especially individuals and partnerships. Read more

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International Tax Technical Update- Section 965

​​TREASURY AND IRS ISSUE PROPOSED REGULATIONS UNDER SECTION 965

Summary

On August 1, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (collectively, Treasury) published proposed regulations (REG-104226-18, hereinafter, the Proposed Regulations) implementing Section 965 of the Internal Revenue Code as amended by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was enacted on December 22, 2017. The Proposed Regulations affect U.S. persons with direct or indirect interests in certain foreign corporations. Read more

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Reporting US Single Member LLCs with Foreign Ownership

Single Member LLC

Reporting your foreign owned single member LLC will be different going forward.

By Bethany Bouw, CPA

If you are a foreign person who has a US single member LLC, there are some new developments that you should be aware of for tax year 2017. Reporting policies regarding foreign ownership of single-member LLCs have recently changed. First and foremost, it is important to know your status – US or foreign. To determine this, you should check the IRS rules and contact a lawyer. Read more

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Tax Extensions- FAQ

Tax extensions

You may have to file for an extension on your taxes. Let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about extensions.

Your CPA tells you it’s best to ‘extend’ your tax return. What does that actually mean for you? The AICPA has provided a list of seven frequently asked questions and answers. Read more