Look out for ACA Penalty Letters from IRS
The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) is sending penalty letters to certain large employers as the first step in enforcing the employer shared responsibility provision in the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). These Letters 226-J are for 2015, the first year for which the penalty will be assessed. The employer shared responsibility provision states that applicable large employers (“ALEs”) must choose one of two options: Offer affordable health coverage that provides minimum essential coverage to full-time employees and their dependents, or Make an employee shared responsibility payment (“ESRP”) to the IRS for any full-time employees who receive a premium tax credit for. Read More.
Top 5 Things You Need to Know about Changes to Partnership Audit Rules
On November 2, 2015, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act (“BBA”). The BBA established a new partnership audit regime and entirely repealed the current partnership audit rules under the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (“TEFRA”) and the electing large partnership rules. Among other things, the new rules greatly enhance the ability of the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) to audit partnerships by allowing the IRS to make assessments against and collect taxes from the partnership itself. As a result, the new rules, which take effect for partnership taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, will have significant implications. Read More.
How to Read Both Versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Now that America has seen the House’s version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“the bill”), which passed on November 16, and the Senate’s version of the bill, we’re getting a clearer picture of where policymakers agree and where there’s still plenty of room for negotiations. The real questions that still remain are: What will the final bill actually look like by the time it is ready to be signed into law? Will a final tax bill be passed before the end of 2017? How will this impact year-end tax planning for 2017? What actions will taxpayers need to. Read More.
Survey Reveals Innovative Businesses Are Missing out on Tax Incentives
Many businesses large and small are missing out on “free money” from government sources – money that could fund their innovation and expansion efforts – according to the 2017 Washington Business Journal Metro DC Poll Innovation Survey, just released in September 2017. In this same survey, when asked what are their top barriers to innovation, 26 percent of respondents said financial resources (or the lack thereof), making it the second highest barrier in the survey. If having the financial resources to fund innovation, development and expansion is such a huge issue for businesses throughout the D.C. metro area (including areas. Read More.
All Defined Benefit Plans are NOT Created Equal
Frustrated by the limitations of cash balance plans? Worried about the risks associated with cash balance plans? Consider a Direct Recognition Variable Investment Plan (DR-VIP) from Cherry Beakert Benefits Consulting and reap the benefits. Plan Features DR-VIP Cash Balance Plans Maximum Contribution Per Person $300,000 +/- $300,000 +/- Tax Deductible Contributions Tax Deferred Accumulations Contribution Certainty Optional Auto-Adjust Contributions No Underfunding Liability No Overfunding Direct Recognition No Crediting Limitations Daily Valuation Fully Automated Would you like to: Maximize partner benefits? Minimize additional staff costs? Eliminate underfunding risk? Maximize investment flexibility? See how it works by viewing this short case study . For more. Read More.
How Data Transforms the CFO from a “No” Person to an “Answer” Person
There was a time when the CFO in any given company would have the reputation of being the “no” person. Like a stern but loving parent only looking out for a child’s best interest, the CFO’s job was to say, “No,” when marketing wanted more money or the R&D department needed funds to test some crazy new idea. It was the financially responsible thing to do. And, the CFO would always make sure you knew that it wasn’t that he or she liked to say, “No.” It was that the future stability of the company hinged on frugality and fiscal. Read More.
IRS Gives Estates a Second Chance at Portability
If you have become a widow or widower since December 31, 2010, or if you were made an executor of the estate of someone who died after that date, a Revenue Procedure (“Rev. Proc.”) issued by the IRS can significantly reduce future taxes. Rev. Proc. 2017-34 allows certain estates to make a late portability election if an election wasn’t made on time. What Is Portability and What Changed? In the simplest terms, portability means that if the estate of a deceased person doesn’t use his or her full exemption from federal Transfer (Estate and Gift) Taxes, the surviving spouse can. Read More.