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HEARTBLEED BUG

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The “Heartbleed” bug has sent businesses and individuals into attack mode in order to prevent passwords from being disclosed, personal information from being compromised — and ultimately, assets from being stolen. The IRS issued the following statement about Heartbleed: “The IRS continues to accept tax returns as normal. Our systems continue operating and are not affected by this […]

INTEREST RATES

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On the heels of the financial crisis, banks tightened their lending policies and many companies couldn’t qualify for inexpensive fixed-rate loans. Instead, they took on variable-rate loans. Interest payments that fluctuate based on the U.S. prime rate or London InterBank Offering Rate (LIBOR) index are a viable option, as long as rates continue to hover […]

Your 2013 return may be your last chance for 2 depreciation-related breaks

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  If you purchased qualifying assets by Dec. 31, 2013, you may be able to take advantage of these depreciation-related breaks on your 2013 tax return: 1. Bonus depreciation. This additional first-year depreciation allowance is, generally, 50%. Among the assets that qualify are new tangible property with a recovery period of 20 years or less […]

Health Care Update

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Recently released IRS final regulations for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) employer shared-responsibility provision provide some short-term relief for midsize and large employers. Under the ACA, the shared-responsibility provision (commonly referred to as “play-or-pay”) applies to “large” employers — those with the equivalent of 50 or more full-time employees. Play-or-pay had been scheduled to go […]

Reinvested Dividends, don’t forget them when calculating basis.

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One of the most common mistakes investors make is forgetting to increase their basis in mutual funds to reflect reinvested dividends. Many mutual fund investors automatically reinvest dividends in additional shares of the fund. These reinvestments increase tax basis in the fund, which reduces capital gain (or increases capital loss) when the shares are sold. […]

Substantiating Contributions for 2013

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To support a charitable deduction, you need to comply with IRS substantiation requirements. This generally includes obtaining a contemporaneous written acknowledgment from the charity stating the amount of the donation, whether you received any goods or services in consideration for the donation, and the value of any such goods or services. “Contemporaneous” means the earlier […]

Accounting and Bookkeeping

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Accounting and Bookkeeping, what type of person should I be hiring for my accounting-bookkeeping needs? There are several parts to an accounting and bookkeeping system and one of the best ways to determine what type of accountants or bookeepers you need is to do a flow chart of how the paperwork flows through the office or business. Sit […]