Lessons Learned from WannaCry Cyberattacks

Hopefully you weren’t one of the millions of people affected by this most recent massive cyberattack that targeted multiple industries, large and small. The WannaCry cyberattack was so effective because of a simple vulnerability that exists in systems that haven’t installed a recent security patch known to fix the problem. Simple patch management. It’s often overlooked, but it’s something that any organization with a sound security posture puts at the forefront of their business strategy in order to avoid these kinds of situations. However, implementing sound patch management in today’s world of decentralized workforces, full of remote and third-party workers, along with the. Read More.

IRS Announces 2018 Health Savings Account Limits

The new 2018 limits for Health Savings Accounts (“HSAs”) have been announced by the IRS in Revenue Procedure 2017-37 . Contribution limits have gone up for self-only coverage and for family coverage. The annual deductible limits that determine if you qualify to participate in an HSA have gone up, too. For details, plus details about how rules for out-of-pocket limits have changed, read the latest benefits alert from Cherry Bekaert Benefits Consulting (reference chart included).  

Eye on Reform: House Passes the American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628)

On Thursday, May 4, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act of 2017 (“AHCA”) by a vote of 217-213, mostly along party lines. The passage of the AHCA is just the first step in the current Administration’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), which remains the law of the land today. The Senate will now take up the task of passing its version of healthcare reform and, in fact, has indicated that it will write its own proposal. Undoubtedly, differences will emerge between the House and Senate versions of the bill, and. Read More.

Reporting Required for Certain Deductions of Conservation Easements

If you contribute a conservation easement to a qualified organization, then you’re not just protecting the natural value of that land for future generations. There may be ways you can claim that contribution as a charitable deduction on your tax return. If you have invested in or plan to invest in a pass-through entity so you can benefit from a deduction for a charitable contribution of a conservation easement, a recent Notice from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) could affect you. And, if you are considering whether to donate a conservation easement to charity with respect to property you already. Read More.

Eye on Reform: President Trump’s Proposed Tax Plan

On April 26, 2017, the White House shared the broad outlines of its plan for tax reform, calling it “The Biggest Individual and Business Tax Cut in American History.” President Trump’s stated goals for this plan are: growing the economy; creating millions of jobs; simplifying the tax code; providing tax relief to families (with a focus on the middle class); and lowering the business tax rate to make it one of the lowest in the world. Few details of the plan are available, because the Administration has said that they are still being worked out with members of Congress and. Read More.

Eye on Tax Reform: President Trump’s Plan to Cut Tax Rate on Businesses

What are the real effects of lowering the tax rate to 15 percent, if President Trump’s proposed tax plan goes through? Small business owners who currently pay tax at individual tax rates (sometimes as high as 39.6%) on their business income because they operate as pass-through entities will potentially see the biggest reduction in tax rate. This rate reduction will be even higher if they are subject to the additional .9% Additional Medicare Tax or the 3.8% Net Investment Income Tax. Paying less in taxes could increase economic growth for businesses, which means they’ll have more money to invest in. Read More.

Last-Minute Tax Tips to Check Before You File Your 2016 1040

Don’t give Uncle Sam more of your money than you have to. Review these tax tips before you file your 2016 tax return. How many could apply to you and save you some money – now or down the road? And what else do you need to know? Business and Employment-Related Expenses Did you purchase depreciable assets for your business during 2016? If so, you can benefit from bonus depreciation and expensing allowed by Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) Section 179. These provisions allow you to deduct up to $500,000 of certain tangible property and leasehold improvements placed in service during. Read More.

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