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AAFCPAs Shares Valuable Tax Insights in 2017 Year-End Corporate and Individual Tax Planning Webinar

AAFCPAs presented this webinar on Tuesday, November 14th from 12-1pm in a live, 1-hour corporate and individual tax planning session. As you are aware, there is potential for dramatic changes in Federal and State tax law on the horizon which, more than ever, requires a multi-year approach to tax planning. AAFCPAs’ Richard Weiner, CPA, MST, Bella Amigud, CPA, and Josh England, JD, LLM provide business owners, finance executives, and their business advisors with valuable information so... continue reading

Guidance on New Lease Accounting Standard

In 2016, FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) to increase transparency and comparability of lease transactions.   AAFCPAs has summarized some of the most significant changes resulting from the new ASU for your convenience: Operating leases will now be recorded in the balance sheet as assets and liabilities if the lease term is greater than 12 months. Prior to this new standard, U.S. GAAP required only capital... continue reading

Payroll Tax Credit Available To Start-ups  

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware of the significant benefits available to small businesses as a result of provisions enacted in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (“PATH Act”).  The Research Credit may now be applied to offset payroll taxes for start-up businesses. Who do these new provisions of the PATH Act apply to? Historically, innovative small companies were unable to claim the Research Credit if they... continue reading

Tax Return Due Dates & Filing Extensions Changed

In a 2015 highway funding bill, Congress & the IRS announced changes to due dates for partnership and corporate tax returns, as well as FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), and several other IRS information returns.  These changes will affect your 2016 tax filings. AAFCPAs has provided the following summary of due date modifications for your convenience: Due Dates These new due dates apply to... continue reading

Burden calculations: How to allocate your indirect cost pools to specific jobs

Burden calculations: How to allocate your  indirect cost pools to specific jobs

Indirect costs are a necessary part of doing business and a factor unavoidably impacting your company’s profit margins.  It is important for contractors to allocate indirect costs to specific jobs in order to truly understand your true cost structure.  In an earlier blog, I illustrate how Ready-Access to True Costs Will Guide Profitability. Read more>>. If indirect costs are not budgeted and allocated appropriately, contractors may have false expectations or... continue reading

Nonprofit Financial Statement Project/ASU Update – FASB Announces Transition Method and Effective Dates

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) reached much anticipated decisions regarding the transition and effective date for its Nonprofit Financial Statements Project, as of their most recent Board Meeting (3/30/16).  The proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU) would affect substantially all nonprofits as well as creditors, donors, grantors, and others that use their financial statements.  Details regarding the transition method and effective date are summarized below: Transition Method FASB decided that... continue reading

FASB Issues Standards for Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Liabilities

AAFCPAs wants to alert you to this change from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).  In their effort to provide users of financial statements with more useful information on the recognition, measurement, presentation, and disclosure of financial instruments, on January 5, 2016 the FASB issued a new Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-01, Financial Instruments, Overall (Subtopic 825-10): Recognition And Measurement Of Financial Assets And Financial Liabilities. The standard affects... continue reading

President Signs Tax Extenders into Law; R&D Tax Credit Made Permanent

On December 18, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (“PATH”), which extends or makes permanent over 50 provisions of the Internal Revenue Code that had expired at the end of 2014, including several key pro-business initiatives. The PATH legislation expands and makes permanent the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit retroactively to January 1, 2015. This is a very significant development, as... continue reading

2016 Standard Mileage Rates

The IRS has issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 54 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 57.5 cents for 2015 19 cents per mile driven for... continue reading