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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

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

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

Congress to Vote on Tax Extender Bill Friday

On Tuesday night, Congress reached an agreement on a year-end spending and tax deal that includes the much anticipated tax “extender” provisions.  The tax bill is expected to extend around 50 credits for businesses and individuals, while also delaying until 2017 a tax on medical device manufacturers.  This news provides some insight of what to expect, including: Research credit and Section 179 expense made permanent New Markets Credit and bonus... continue reading

Tax Planning Guide for Individuals and Businesses Year-End 2015

AAFCPAs is pleased to provide you with detailed tax planning guides that we know you will find helpful in navigating the numerous tax updates taking effect in 2016! If you have not done so already, there is still time to consider year-end tax-saving opportunities. These tax guides are organized into sections discussing year-end, as well as year-round, tax-saving opportunities for: Click here to download the Guide for Businesses (19 pages),... continue reading

New IRS Employer Reporting Requirements Under ACA

AAFCPAs reminds clients that, pursuant to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the employer information reporting provision for offers of minimum essential coverage, which applies only to applicable large employers, is now in effect. Do you qualify as an ALE? An applicable large employer (ALE) is, for a particular calendar year, any single employer, or group of employers treated as an Aggregated ALE Group, that employed an average of at least... continue reading

Reduce Your Corporate or Partnership Income Tax for 2015

For every business, there is a lot at stake when it comes to tax. AAFCPAs wants you to take full advantage of all available tax benefits to assure you are optimizing your tax liability. Below are a few examples of vehicles to consider that may work favorably for you, but your planning should begin now.   Advantages of a establishing a Profit Sharing Plan using a New Comparability Plan: A New... continue reading

Tax Return Due Dates & Filing Extensions Changed

Congress & the IRS recently 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.  This announcement has received a lot of publicity, but AAFCPAs reminds you that the changes will not affect you until 2016. AAFCPAs has provided the following summary of due date modifications for your convenience:... continue reading

Managing the IRS Repair Regulations and the Ongoing Challenges Presented After Initial Implementation

The IRS final “repair regulations,” effective January 1, 2014, completely revamped the way taxpayers evaluate expenditures in order to determine whether certain costs represent immediately deductible repair expenses, or capital improvements that must be depreciated over time. In addition, regulations issued in Section 1.162-3 provide new guidance on when a taxpayer may deduct costs incurred to acquire materials, supplies, repairs, and maintenance. The repair regulations present new risks and opportunities... continue reading