IRS Increases Business Mileage Rate

  • June 27, 2011

By Shelly Toft, CPA, Manager Due to the increase in fuel costs, the IRS has increased the optional standard mileage rates...

IRS Undertakes Review of Equitable Innocent Spouse Rules

  • June 1, 2011

The IRS is reviewing the two-year limitations period on claims for equitable innocent spouse relief, Commissioner Douglas Shulman recently told members of Congress. The lawmakers had asked the IRS to withdraw the two-year limitations period, indicating it was contrary to Congress' intent.

Inflation-Adjusted Amounts Released for 2012 Health Savings Accounts

  • June 1, 2011

The IRS has provided the inflation-adjusted amounts that will govern health savings accounts (HSAs) for 2012. Amounts are increased for changes in the cost-of-living adjustment. The amounts generally have increased from 2011.

Do You Need an Estate Plan?

  • May 9, 2011

Anyone who owns property – a home, a car, investments, business interests, a retirement plan, personal belongings, etc. – needs an...

Tax Reform Debate Heats Up As Deficit Grows

  • May 2, 2011

The growing U.S. deficit and the increasing attention being paid to it by financial markets is creating what many see as the "perfect storm" that will drive the debate over tax reform. Whether "tax reform" will include tax increases --and whether "tax simplification" will include a flattening of existing tax rates through cutting back on deductions and credits to which many individuals and businesses have grown accustomed-- are questions that will soon be raised as Congress starts a tough fight over the FY 2012 federal budget.

Next Year’s Tax Return Starts with Good Recordkeeping

  • May 2, 2011

As the 2011 tax filing season comes to an end, now is a good time to begin thinking about next year's returns. While it may seem early to be preparing for 2012, taking some time now to review your recordkeeping will pay off when it comes time to file next year. Taxpayers are required to keep accurate, permanent books and records so as to be able to determine the various types of income, gains, losses, costs, expenses and other amounts that affect their income tax liability for the year.

Scope of Information Reporting Continues to Expand

  • May 2, 2011

Information reporting continues to expand as Congress seeks to close the tax gap: the estimated $350 billion difference between what taxpayers owe and what they pay. Despite the recent rollback of expanded information reporting for business payments and rental property expense payments, the trend is for more - not less - information reporting of various transactions to the IRS.

Congress Votes to Repeal 1099 Requirements

  • April 6, 2011

The Senate voted Tuesday to repeal the expanded 1099 information reporting requirements in last year’s health care reform and small business...

Repeal of Controversial Form 1099 Reporting

  • April 1, 2011

Momentum to repeal the controversial Form 1099 expanded business information reporting has slowed as the Senate debates how to pay for removal of the recently-enacted provision. The Senate recessed on March 18 for a one-week break with lawmakers still divided over offsets. There are two controversial reporting requirements that most business leaders want to see removed.