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What You Need to Know About Section 529 Plans

Posted by Don G. Chastain, CPA on May 22, 2017

How will you ever save enough money to pay for your children’s college educations? There are no absolute guarantees, but Section 529 plans may help you set aside funds, up to generous limits. Here are the answers to several common questions on this subject.

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Posted in Individual Tax

IRS Introduces Three New Automatic Method Changes and Provides Modified Procedures

Posted by Lesley L. Price, CPA on May 19, 2017

On April 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service issued Revenue Procedure 2017-30 to update the list of automatic changes in methods of accounting to which the automatic change procedures under Rev. Proc. 2015-13 applies.  In addition to adding three new automatic accounting method changes, the Rev. Proc. modifies existing automatic method changes, removes certain obsolete method changes, and provides limited transition rules. 

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Posted in Business Tax

Tips for Preventing Fraud at Smaller Nonprofit Organizations

Posted by Aaron K. Waller, CPA on May 18, 2017

In any business, or with any institution or organization, fraud often occurs when the person or persons charged with overseeing funds steal those funds after they’ve already been deposited into the organization’s checking account. This fraud occurs by what is known as theft by disbursements.

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Posted in Accounting & Outsourcing

Effect of a Border Adjustment Tax on the U.S. Economy

Posted by Marty Williams, CPA on May 17, 2017

As the Trump administration and the House Republicans put the finishing touches on their tax package, one component remains front and center—the border adjustment, a proposal to change the ways goods and service are taxed depending on where they are manufactured and where they are consumed. Let’s take a closer look at what is being proposed and what effect it might have on U.S. companies.

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Posted in Business Tax

Roundup of "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams

Posted by Lisa Albritton on May 16, 2017

The IRS recently released its annual list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams to watch out for in 2017. Here is a rundown gleaned from the IRS’ summary. 

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Effects of Potential Tax Reform on the Real Estate Industry

Posted by Marty Williams, CPA on May 08, 2017

Now that the dust of a contentious presidential election cycle is settling, tax reform may be more likely in 2017 than in past years.

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Posted in Business Tax

How Does Your Restaurant Stack Up Against the Industry?

Posted by Michael D. Machen, CPA, CVA on May 08, 2017

Recently, BDO Alliance USA released their 2014 Restaurant Benchmarking Update. Compiling the operating results of publicly traded restaurant companies, this report looks at costs of sales across all segments for food and beverage.

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Posted in Business Advisory

7 Steps to Take After Identity Theft

Posted by Lisa Albritton on Apr 26, 2017

Do you know the steps to take if you become a victim of identity theft? Now that it has become the fastest growing white collar crime in the U.S, we must all know how to proactively respond to ID theft. Combating the crime of identity theft is for the most part reactionary – in other words, something “bad” has already happened—taking a proactive approach can mitigate any potential future losses.

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Smart Tax Planning for Small Business Owners

Posted by Michael D. Machen, CPA, CVA on Apr 25, 2017

What should small business owners be focused on to ensure a smooth tax season?

While you started 2017 with the best of intentions to keep your financial records organized, you may find yourself scrambling to find receipts and other documentation to prepare your tax returns. All too often it is accounts receivable that presents that greatest challenge.

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Posted in Tax Planning

Be Sure About Estimated Tax Payments

Posted by Jessica L. Pagan, CPA on Apr 24, 2017


How to avoid underpayment penalties

Even though you just put your 2016 tax return to bed, you cannot rest easy. It is already time to pay attention to your tax liability for 2017. Significantly, you may be required to pay installments of “estimated tax” for this year, especially if you are self-employed or retired.

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