Virginia Approves Tax Amnesty Program for Businesses and Individuals

On September 5, 2017, the Virginia Department of Revenue (“VDR”) provided guidelines regarding how you can reap the benefits of its new Tax Amnesty Program. This program was authorized by Virginia’s General Assembly earlier in the year and waives all penalties and 50 percent of interest on a participant’s balance due. The program will run from September 13, 2017, to November 14, 2017, giving taxpayers just over two months to take advantage of this program and get a fresh tax start. Most liabilities that qualified for the program and are unpaid at the end of the amnesty period will be. Read More.

Protecting Yourself after the Large Equifax Hack

Cyber criminals have stolen 143 million credit records from Equifax, one of the three largest credit-reporting bureaus in North America. That means that your personal identifiable information (“PII”) – and that of millions of other people – may have been compromised. This includes your social security number, home addresses (past and present), and even your mother’s maiden name. Hackers can use this information to pretend to be you and open up credit lines in your name. They can also use it to pass themselves off as legitimate individuals or businesses and trick you into giving them sensitive information, such as. Read More.

Recovery Resources for 2017 Hurricane Season: Harvey and Irma

UPDATED September 20, 2017: The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has announced that it will extend disaster tax relief to the entire state of Georgia , including the extension of filing and payment deadlines. The deadline extensions parallel relief given to Florida victims of Hurricane Irma, extending most filing and payment deadlines to January 31, 2018. For links to more resources, including the FEMA Georgia disaster declaration and the full IRS statement, please refer to the resource links at the end of this article. UPDATED September 18, 2017: The Florida Department of Revenue has announced that the due date for tax returns and estimated payments have been extended to February 15, 2018. The Internal Revenue. Read More.

Best Way to Start Recovery after Hurricane Harvey

The true impact and devastation of Hurricane Harvey won’t be completely known for weeks, maybe even months. And yet, it’s not too early to look forward to what it’s going to take to begin recovery efforts. If you have a business that’s been affected by this latest natural disaster, the first thing to do is make sure your people are taken care of and have shelter and food. Then, it’s time to start thinking about the long road ahead of insurance claims for both property damage and lost profits due to business interruption, casualty loss deductions on your tax returns,. Read More.

September 15 Corporate Tax Filing Deadline for FYE June 30

The corporate tax filing deadline for corporations with a fiscal year-end (“FYE”) of June 30 is coming up on September 15. The temporary regulations that govern this deadline also provide for a seven-month filing extension, which would expire April 15. (Please note that the extension to file doesn’t extend the time in which a corporation must pay any tax that’s due.) Both this deadline and the length of the extension are different from the tax filing deadlines of corporations with different fiscal year-end dates. Beginning with returns filed for the 2016 tax year, other C corporations generally file their tax. Read More.

A New Choice for Employers Looking to Reduce Healthcare Costs

Healthcare spending continues to increase year after year. Hospital and outpatient facility services represent a significant portion of rising healthcare costs. Under the current private insurance system, these facilities can charge inflated prices for services but then discount those services for the insurance providers of their choice. Ask yourself – why should employers pay retail prices for in-network private insurance coverage when the same service can be provided at Medicare-based wholesale costs? In response to this inefficient system, Cherry Bekaert Benefits Consulting has developed Focused Average Cost Tracking (“FACT”), a healthcare model that significantly lowers the cost of hospital and outpatient facility claims. Read More.

Expanded Georgia Tax Credits: Who Qualifies and How to Get Them

If you do business in Georgia, you may be able to benefit from legislation that the Georgia General Assembly passed recently. This legislation expands certain tax credits and incentives that are available to qualifying taxpayers. Georgia Revitalization Zone Tax Credits Effective January 1, 2018, the Georgia Commissioner of Community Affairs will create a list of Revitalization Zones comprised of vacant downtown areas in Georgia communities with populations of less than 15,000 residents. The goal is for businesses and investors to increase their rates of investment and job creation in these areas as a result of the tax credits. Businesses and. Read More.

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