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2017-2018 Tax Planning Guide

Posted by Admin Posted on Aug 07 2017

With many valuable tax provisions made permanent by last December's PATH Act while others were extended only temporarily, tax planning is more complicated, yet more important than ever. To save the most, you need to be sure you're taking advantage of every tax break you're entitled to.

This is exactly what our Tax Planning Guide is designed to help you do. We hope you find this complimentary copy helpful in understanding recent tax-related legislation and identifying steps you can take to reduce your personal and business tax liability. Click HERE to read our guide. 

As you look through the guide, please note the strategies and tax law provisions that apply to your situation or that you would like to know more about. Then contact us with any questions you may have about these or other tax matters. 

Treasury Accelerates Due Date for “Off-Shore” FBAR reporting FinCEN Form 114

Posted by Admin Posted on Oct 12 2016

 

If you have an ownership interest in or signature or other authority over a financial account located outside the US (aka, an “off-shore account”) with aggregate balances of $10K or more-- listen up!    Effective in 2017,  the Treasury Department has accelerated the date for filing FinCEN Form 114 (from June 30) to April 15th in order to align the FBAR with the filing deadline for individual income tax returns.     Again, you do not want to miss this deadline.  The penalties are (1) if non-willful, up to $10,000 or (2) if willful, up to the greater of $100,000 or 50% of the account balance; criminal penalties may also apply.   The good news is that you can request an extension to October 15th if necessary—but make sure you do so by  April 15th!   

 

Note:  Despite the alignment of due dates,  the FinCEN Form 114 is not attached to your Form 1040 individual income tax return.  Instead, it must be filed electronically at http://bsaefiling.fincen.treas.gov.  However, don’t forget to consider income generated by your off-shore accounts.  This may be taxable on your Form 1040.    US citizens and residents are responsible for reporting  their worldwide income on their tax returns, whether FinCEN 114 reporting is required or not.

 

And watch for personal FBAR filing requirements even when the money is not yours.  For instance, if you own over 50% of the stock of a corporation that has foreign accounts or if you have signature authority over foreign accounts belonging to your employer, you may have a personal reporting requirement in addition to your corporation having a filing requirement. 

 

And what does FBAR stand for?  Glad you asked:   Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts

 


 

1040 Federal Refunds to Be Delayed for Some Taxpayers

Posted by Admin Posted on Oct 12 2016

 

Early filers eligible for the Earned Income Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC)  on their 2016 returns may experience a delay in receiving their refund.  A high percentage of fraudulent returns are submitted during the early days of tax season.  The IRS is implementing new measures to counteract this fraud.  As a result, refunds for early filers with the EITC and/or ACTC will be held until 2/15/17.   You can still file your returns early—just allow more time to received your anticipated refund if you are a very early filer.  Normal processing time is expected for all but the very early filers.

 


 

1099-Misc Reporting –Exclude Payments Made by Credit Card

Posted by Admin Posted on Oct 12 2016

 

We were surprised to find some tax preparers at the IRS National Tax Forum still confused on this one, so in case it slipped past your radar screen as well….  

 

Payments made by credit card are no longer subject to reporting on Form 1099-Misc.  Why?  A new form 1099-K was introduced wherein credit card processing companies became responsible for this reporting.  So ignore payments you made by credit card when (a) determining if there is a 1099 filing requirement and (b) when reporting the amount paid.    


 

IRS Accelerates Due Date for Forms W2 and some forms 1099-Misc

Posted by Admin Posted on Oct 12 2016

 

The IRS now requires that employers submit 2016 forms W2 and 1099-Misc with Box 7 “Nonemployee Compensation” forms to the IRS by January 31, 2017 regardless of whether you submit the forms electronically or via hardcopy.  In prior years, hardcopy submissions were due to the IRS at the end of February and electronic submissions were due the end of March.   No longer!  The objective of the accelerated due date is to help the IRS combat fraudulent 1040 income tax filings.   So if you are an estate, trust, employer, sole proprietor or possibly a landlord who may be required to file form 1099-Misc with Box 7,  please plan accordingly.   The penalties for late filing are quite significant.   And don’t forget payments to attorneys!  The IRS require that amounts of $600 or more paid for legal are to be reported on form 1099-Misc Box 7 “Nonemployee Compensation” whether paid directly to an attorney or to a law firm.   The due dates for other forms 1099 have not changed.   

 

Not sure if you have a filing requirement or need help with filing?  Call Reumont CPA.  


 

Montgomery County, MD Earned Sick & Safe Leave Law

Posted by Admin Posted on Oct 12 2016

The County’s new Earned Sick and Safe Law goes into effect on October 1. The law requires most employers in the County to provide earned sick and safe leave to employees for work performed in Montgomery County. The intent of the law is to provide employees with paid leave or time off to take care of things such as sickness, family illnesses or domestic violence.

Click HERE to learn more about the new law


 

Repair and Capitalization Guidelines - Updated

Posted by Admin Posted on Oct 11 2016

Changes are happening everyday to our tax laws and we wanted to make sure our clients are aware of all the changes. Please check back often for new updates that may affect you and/or your business. See below for new legislation that was recently passed that may have an inpact on your taxes.

Deduction and Capitalization of Expenditures Related to Tangible Personal Property

On September 19, 2013 the Internal Revenue Service issued new final Regulations Regarding Deduction and Capitalization of Expenditures Related to Tangible Personal Property. These Regulations are in effect for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2014. The Internal Revenue Service also followed up with two additional Revenue procedures on January 24, 2014 and February 28, 2014 providing further clarification of certain areas in these new rules. These incredibly complex Regulations require you to keep much better records for repairs, maintenance, materials and supplies, and require you to specifically analyze each of these items costing over $2,500.00, assuming you do not have audited financial statements and make the annual de minimis safe harbor election in filing your timely filed (including extension) income tax returns. If you don’t have procedures in place the items costing over $200.00 would require additional analysis and the deduction for these items might be limited.

These new regulations apply to all businesses including rental properties, farms, sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations (regular and S) and non-profits. So no matter what business form you are required to file, 1040 (individual), fiduciary (1041), partnership (1065), corporations (1120 or 1120S) or Non-Profits (990), these rules affect your tax return.

We are writing this letter to help you understand that if you do not analyze these individual items and classify them appropriately we will be required to spend substantial additional professional time, with substantial additional fees to do so.

Below is a summary of the new rules in effect for 2014 and what you will need to do to comply with the new IRS requirements with the election of the de minimis safe harbor election made with a timely filed tax return (including extension).

Materials and Supplies

The new Regulations allow your business to expense any individual material or supplies costing $200.00 or less (per invoice, or per item), or which you expect to last less than 12 months, or fuel, lubricants or any similar items that will be used in 12 months or less.

Action: Please add a new expense account to your accounting system titled “De Minimis Materials and Supplies” and enter any expense meeting the above qualifications in this account. Materials and supplies costing more than $200.00 that will need to be individually analyzed under the rules below to determine if they are qualified expenses to be deducted in the current year, capitalized until used or treated as equipment that must be depreciated over several years. Special rules apply for extra parts (rotable parts).

Equipment, Repairs and Maintenance

You are now allowed to write off any individual equipment item or equipment repair or maintenance item costing $500 or less (per invoice or per item). For buildings a different rule applies as discussed below.

Action: Please add a new expense account to your accounting system titled “De Minimis Equipment, Repairs and Maintenance” and enter any expense meeting the above qualifications in this account but refrain from adding any items above that cost to this account. Equipment, repair and maintenance items costing more than this will generally be required to be individually analyzed under the rules below to determine if they are qualified expenses, capitalized as materials supplies (deductible when used or disposed) or treated as equipment that must be depreciated over several years.

Building Repairs & Maintenance

If your building has a cost basis of $1,000,000 or less a special rule applies. Any repairs that are expected to occur more than once in ten years, and costing less than $10,000 individually may be written off as repairs.

Items that are not expected to be replaced more once in ten years must also be examined individually under the rules below to determine if they may be treated as expenses or depreciable assets.

Expenses Above the Limits

The IRS now requires you to examine each individual item outside of the above limits to determine if it has results in a betterment, restoration or adaptation of the main unit of property. A unit of property is now defined as the inter-related parts composing one larger unit.

For example a unit of property is a car composed of inter-related parts, so any repairs to the car must be examined as to whether they are a betterment, restoration or adaptation of the car as a whole rather than its individual components.

For buildings the test must first be applied to the building as a whole and then applied to its sub components of HVAC, plumbing, electrical, structure, elevators, security, fire protection or gas distribution.

Any costs resulting in betterment, restoration or adaptation under these rules must capitalize and depreciated; otherwise it is expensed as repairs.

Betterment is defined as fixing a condition that existed at purchase, or an increase in the physical size or capacity of an asset. Betterments must be capitalized and depreciated so they should be added to your building account.

restoration is generally defined as a cost to return a non-functional asset to use, the cost of rebuilding an asset after the end of its depreciable life or replacing a major component of the unit of property.

For example a transmission replacement would be the replacement of a major component of a unit of property of a truck and must be capitalized and depreciated.

Finally, an adaptation cost is incurred to change the function of a piece of equipment or property to a different use, and must also be capitalized and depreciated.

We are sending a sample accounting policy for the De Minimis safe harbor under these new rules which we recommend be adapted to your business for use in 2014 and after. You need to have a policy for each of your businesses. We will have a copy in a PDF and Word format available on our website, just complete the business or taxpayer’s name, print and sign it. Please send us a copy once completed for our files, and you need to keep the policy with your permanent records.

Also, we are enclosing a summary of the steps to analyze your expenses in applying these rules under the Repairs and Capitalization Guidelines of these new Regulations, which outlines the steps that need to be taken on each purchase. It is complicated but needs to be applied to each purchase.

These new Regulations require many additional steps and analysis and are generally unfriendly to small businesses. We would be happy to discuss them with you, please call us to schedule an appointment with you or your accounting staff to help you keep the costs of IRS compliance down.

Sincerely,

David A. Reumont CPA, PC.

Attachments:

Sample Capitalization Accounting Policy

Summary of the steps in applying the Repair and Capitalization Guidelines


 

2016-2017 Tax Planning Guide

Posted by Admin Posted on Sept 07 2016

With many valuable tax provisions made permanent by last December's PATH Act while others were extended only temporarily, tax planning is more complicated, yet more important than ever. To save the most, you need to be sure you're taking advantage of every tax break you're entitled to.

This is exactly what our Tax Planning Guide is designed to help you do. We hope you find this complimentary copy helpful in understanding recent tax-related legislation and identifying steps you can take to reduce your personal and business tax liability. Click HERE to read our guide. 

As you look through the guide, please note the strategies and tax law provisions that apply to your situation or that you would like to know more about. Then contact us with any questions you may have about these or other tax matters. 

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