If you're expecting a tax bill this year and you can't afford it, the worst thing you can do is ignore it. The IRS charges a failure to pay penalty of 0.05% per month on the outstanding balance until it's paid off, and while they charge you interest compounded daily.… Continue Reading..
The new tax law is in full effect this year, and accountants are struggling to learn it. In fact, an accountant friend of mine said he anticipated spending the next two years learning about the intricacies of the tax changes. That said, the meager or non-existent tax refunds we’re all… Continue Reading..
The following alert is republished from an IRS webpage that can be found here. Taxpayers need to watch out for identity theft especially around tax time. The IRS continues to aggressively pursue the criminals that file fraudulent returns using someone else’s Social Security number. Though the agency is making progress… Continue Reading..
New Tax Alert: In an effort to combat the growing problem of tax fraud, the IRS has updated its rules for payroll tax filing. Instead of February 28, W2s and 1099s needed to be filed by January 31, 2017. If you have not already done so, drop everything and see… Continue Reading..
Recently I spent some time in Fort Lauderdale, on Florida’s southeastern coast. It was November, and the temperature did not drop below 50 degrees at night and the days were in the 70s and low 80s. Everything was big, new, and the people on the beach were shiny. It was… Continue Reading..
A particularly useful philanthropic instrument is the Donor-Advised Fund (DAF). A DAF is a philanthropic vehicle that allows donors to make charitable contributions and receive immediate tax benefits - as opposed going through all the aggravation and expense of having a family foundation. According to Wikipedia: To participate in a donor-advised… Continue Reading..
Not only can they be used for flights or upgrades, they are increasingly being used as negotiating tools. But are they really worth all the trouble? People often ask me if frequent flyer miles are taxable, and the answer is no. According to the IRS, it “...has not pursued a… Continue Reading..