S Corp’s Associates Were Employees, Not Independent Contractors

  • April 1, 2011

Despite flexible pay and work arrangements, the Tax Court has found that the president, associate attorneys and law clerk of an S corporation doing business as a law firm were employees and not independent contractors for tax purposes (Donald G. Cave A Professional Law Corp., TC Memo. 2011-48). The court rejected the S corporation's claim that the individuals enjoyed sufficient control over their work to treat them as independent contractors.

IRS Revises Collection Financial Standards

  • April 1, 2011

The IRS has posted updated collection financial standards for use in calculating repayment of delinquent taxes on its web site. These national standards apply to food, clothing, health care and certain other expenses. Local standards apply to housing, utilities and transportation costs. The standards are effective March 1, 2011.

Estimated Tax: Getting it Right

  • April 1, 2011

Estimated tax is used to pay tax on income that is not subject to withholding or if not enough tax is being withheld from a person's salary, pension or other income. Income not subject to withholding can include dividends, capital gains, prizes, awards, interest, self-employment income, and alimony, among other income items. Generally, individuals who do not pay at least 90 percent of their tax through withholding must estimate their income tax liability and make equal quarterly payments of the "required annual payment" liability during the year.

FAQ: What Are My Chances of Being Audited?

  • April 1, 2011

Often, timing is everything or so the adage goes. From medicine to sports and cooking, timing can make all the difference in the outcome. What about with taxes? What are your chances of being audited? Does timing play a factor in raising or decreasing your risk of being audited by the IRS? For example, does the time when you file your income tax return affect the IRS's decision to audit you?

Health Care Law’s Uncertain Future Complicates Planning for Businesses

  • March 1, 2011

Many businesses are uncertain as to whether they should start preparing for health care reform in light of numerous court challenges. Since the start of 2011, several federal district courts have either upheld or struck down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. More courts are expected to issue decisions in coming months. Health care reform may ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. In the meantime, businesses are confronted with mixed decisions.

Repeal of 1099 Business Reporting Gains Momentum in Congress

  • March 1, 2011

Before recessing for its Presidents’ Day holiday, the Senate voted to repeal the expanded business Form 1099 information reporting requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Senate vote came after the House Ways and Means Committee approved a similar repeal bill.

The Small Employer Health Insurance Premium Credit

  • March 1, 2011

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) enacted in March 2010, small employers may be eligible to claim a tax credit of 35 percent of qualified health insurance premium costs paid by a taxable employer (25 percent for tax-exempt employers). The credit is designed to encourage small employers to offer health-insurance to their employees.

President’s FY 2012 Proposals: Higher Taxes on Wealthy, Limited Tax Breaks for Businesses

  • March 1, 2011

Every federal budget proposal is just that: a proposal, or a list of recommendations from the White House to Congress. Ultimately, it is for Congress to decide whether to fund a particular government program and at what level. The same is true for tax cuts and tax increases. The final budget for FY 2012 will be a compromise. Nonetheless, President Obama's FY 2012 budget is a helpful tool to predict in what direction federal tax policy may move.

National Taxpayer Advocate Says Tax Reform Cannot be Delayed

  • February 1, 2011

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson has told Congress that the time for comprehensive tax reform is now. Olson delivered her annual report to Congress and also testified before the House Ways and Means Committee in January. Olson used both occasions to urge Congress to simplify the Tax Code.