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MA Form 3ABC due by 3/1 to avoid local property taxes

The Massachusetts “Return of Property Held for Charitable Purposes” (Form 3ABC) provides for an exemption from local taxation on personal and real property for eligible charitable organizations. As a reminder, in order to be exempt, you must file an annual Form 3ABC, due at the Assessor’s Office no later than March 1, in each city or town in which your organization owns real or personal property.  A copy of your most recently... continue reading

AAFCPAs Provides Guidance on Business Tax Provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On Friday, December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) (the “TCJA”). The TCJA represents a dramatic overhaul of the U.S. tax code, and the final legislation is lengthy and complex. AAFCPAs’ Tax Practice provides an overview of the major provisions affecting commercial businesses. Change in Tax Rates Starting in 2018, the tax rate imposed on C corporations has been reduced from 34% to... continue reading

Congress Passes Another Two-Year Suspension of the Medical Device Excise Tax

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware that the Medical Device Excise Tax (“MDET”) has once again been suspended for 2018 and 2019, retroactive to January 1, 2018. MDET is a 2.3% tax on medical devices, enacted effective January 1, 2013.  The tax applied to manufacturers and importers of certain medical devices, as defined by the US Food and Drug Administration under section 510(j) of the Federal Food, Drug and... continue reading

Financial and Estate Planning Opportunities Related to the New Tax Law

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“The Act”) reflects a widespread change not seen in over 30 years. The architects of the legislation hoped this tax overhaul would allow a simplification of the US tax code. Unfortunately, what is clear since the bill’s signing is the additional complexity, and most provisions have taken effect immediately in 2018. AAFCPAs Wealth Management provides the following general outline for clients and friends of... continue reading

Tax Act Eliminates or Curtails Business Expense Deductions for Entertainment, Commuting Benefits, and Meals

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“the Act”) has either eliminated or curtailed business expense deductions for most entertainment, meals, and commuting benefits starting in 2018. Entertainment expenses Deductions for entertainment expenses that were directly related to, or associated with the active conduct of the trade or business were eliminated by the Act starting in 2018. As directly-related and associated entertainment expenses... continue reading

AAFCPAs Advises Clients on Year End Tax Savings Strategies in Response to Tax Bill Conference Report

On Friday, December 15, Congress released the contents of the Conference Report to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bill requires a final vote this week in both the House and Senate, at which point it will be sent to the White House for the President’s signature. The stated goal is to have the bill signed prior to Christmas. One area that has generated much discussion is the $10,000... continue reading

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

Massachusetts Clarification of Due Date Change for Extended C Corporation Tax Returns

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware that, effective for years ending on December 31, 2016, the IRS changed the due date for filing calendar year C corporation returns from 3/15 to 4/15 (or the 15th day of the fourth month following the close of the corporation’s fiscal year).  Although states have subsequently adjusted their rules and procedures to accommodate the Federal change, the process was more difficult for Massachusetts, as the... continue reading

AAFCPAs Guidance in Response to Equifax Data Breach

As you may be aware, Equifax, one of the United States’ three major consumer credit reporting agencies has been breached, and personal information of approximately 143 million Americans has been compromised. Information, including: names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and driver’s licenses, stored in Equifax’s databases have been stolen. Additionally, credit card numbers for about 209,000 people were exposed, as was “personal identifying information” on roughly 182,000 customers involved... continue reading

Significant Changes Resulting from Cannabis Bill H.3818

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently signed an overhaul of the state’s voter-passed recreational marijuana law: Massachusetts Bill H.3818 (AN ACT TO ENSURE SAFE ACCESS TO MARIJUANA).  AAFCPAs highlights a number of significant changes that will affect the Massachusetts cannabis industry—some of which take effect immediately. The immediate changes include: The repealing of the requirement that all medical marijuana licensees organize as not-for-profit corporations, and providing the ability for current and... continue reading