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Cannabis Businesses Required to File IRS Form 8300 After Cash Transactions

AAFCPAs would like to remind cannabis business clients of their potential Form 8300 Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business reporting obligation. This filing is required for any business who receives more than $10,000 in cash from one buyer as a result of a single transaction or two or more related transactions. The Form 8300 provides information to the IRS and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)... continue reading

AAFCPAs Urges Repeal of Nonprofit Transportation Tax

AAFCPAs Urges Repeal of Nonprofit Transportation Tax

AAFCPAs has sent a letter to Congressman Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Chair of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, asking him to lend his support to nonprofits by helping to repeal Internal Revenue Code Section 512(a)(7). Section 512(a)(7) of the new tax code requires nonprofits to now pay a burdensome tax on parking and transportation fringe benefits provided to employees. AAFCPAs has followed this legislation closely and witnessed first-hand the monumental... continue reading

AAFCPAs Reminds Those With Foreign Assets of Annual April 15 FBAR Deadline

AAFCPAs reminds our clients who have an annual FBAR filing requirement to be sure to report their foreign assets by the IRS’ April 15, 2019 deadline. Similar to prior years, automatic relief is available. The IRS and US Treasury recently announced that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) will now grant filers missing the April 15 deadline an automatic extension until October 15, 2019 to file the FBAR. Specific extension... continue reading

Notice of IRS Changes to Group Exemptions and Group Returns

AAFCPAs would like to make our nonprofit clients aware that as of January 1, 2019, the IRS stopped mailing lists of parent and subsidiary accounts to central organizations (group ruling holders) for verification and return. If your organization is the Central Organization of a group exemption, historically you would have received an annual mailing from the IRS with a list of subordinate organizations. This mailing allowed the Central Organization to... continue reading

IRS Expands Underpayment and Under-withholding Relief

The Internal Revenue Service announced on Friday, March 22, that they are expanding penalty relief to taxpayers whose 2018 federal income tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short of their total tax liability for the year. The IRS is lowering to 80 percent the threshold required to qualify for this relief. Under the relief originally announced Jan. 16, the threshold was 85 percent. The regular penalty avoidance threshold is... continue reading

New Partnership Level IRS Audit Rules in Effect

New Partnership Level IRS Audit Rules in Effect

AAFCPAs would like remind clients that, effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, the IRS has instituted new centralized partnership audit rules under the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2015.  As mentioned in a prior blog, these rules introduced the role of a Partnership Representative and provide for the assessment and collection of tax (including penalties and interest) to be at the partnership level. Collection of the tax... continue reading

AAFCPAs’ Joyce Ripianzi to Present Accounting & Tax Update for Nonprofit EDs and Board Members

AAFCPAs Partner Joyce Ripianzi, CPA has been selected to present an educational Accounting & Tax Update on March 9th as part of the Essex County Community Foundation’s 10th Annual Institute for Trustees. This annual event is designed to provide education, training and best practices for first year board members as well as the most seasoned trustees. In this extended workshop session, Joyce will provide key considerations and best practice recommendations... continue reading

IRS to Waive Tax Penalties for Underwithholding and Underpayment

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 that it is waiving a penalty for some Americans who may have unintentionally underpaid their 2018 tax liabilities. The IRS is generally waiving the penalty for any taxpayer who paid at least 85 percent of their total tax liability during the year through federal income tax withholding, quarterly estimated tax payments, or a combination of the two. Historically, individuals... continue reading

Updates for Nonprofits under the New Tax Act

This blog was revised on 3/18/19 to address new guidance from the IRS. AAFCPAs would like to make Tax Exempt Organizations aware of recent legislative and regulatory updates related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, (“TCJA”) and how these may affect charitable nonprofits. Legislation Attempts to Repeal the New Unrelated Business Tax on Tax Exempt Organizations Providing Qualified Fringe Benefits On December 20, 2018, the House passed the Retirement,... continue reading

AAFCPAs Outlines State Applicability, IRS Guidance Related to TCJA that Nonprofits Need to Know

AAFCPAs would like to make Tax Exempt Organizations aware of state by state applicability and recent IRS guidance on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, known officially as H.R. 1, (the “TCJA”) and how it pertains to charitable nonprofits. AAFCPAs has outlined the following applicability and guidance that are especially noteworthy: State by state applicability of TCJA changes to nonprofits As outlined in an earlier post, the TCJA enacted widespread... continue reading