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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

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

Year in review: The Top 10 Insights from 2018

Year in review: The Top 10 Insights from 2018

2018 was a big year for finance professionals, with monumental changes in tax code & accounting rules, and other significant challenges & opportunities affecting commercial businesses, nonprofits, and individuals & their families.  Below are AAFCPAs’ most widely-read news alerts & insights in the past year: AAFCPAs’ 2018-2019 Tax Planning Guide for Businesses & Individuals Financial and Estate Planning Opportunities Related to the New Tax Law Whitepaper: Guidance on the New... continue reading

What Nonprofits Need to Know about the TCJA: AAFCPAs to Present a Members-Only Webinar for the Providers’ Council

What Nonprofits Need to Know about the TCJA: AAFCPAs to Present a Members-Only Webinar for the Providers’ Council

AAFCPAs Tax Consulting Attorneys Joshua England, JD, LLM, and Chris Consoletti, JD will present a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act educational workshop on December 10th at 12pm, for the benefit of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc. (The Providers’ Council). The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) represents a dramatic overhaul of the U.S. tax code, and includes widespread changes to the tax rules affecting charitable nonprofits. Several... continue reading

2018 Year-End Tax Planning for Privately-Held Companies (Part 2) Webinar OnDemand

2018 Year-End Tax Planning for Privately-Held Companies (Part 2) Webinar OnDemand

In 2018, tax planning is more complicated than usual. Most provisions of the massive Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) go into effect this year, and as a result you likely will need to change at least some of your tax planning strategies. In this Webinar, recorded live on October 23rd, 2018, AAFCPAs Richard Weiner, CPA, MST, Julie Chevalier, CPA, David Gravel, CPA, and David Consigli, Jr., CPA, ABV, CPVA, CDFA, provide business owners, executives,... continue reading

AAFCPAs Releases 2018-2019 Tax Planning Guide for Businesses & Individuals

AAFCPAs Releases 2018-2019 Tax Planning Guide for Businesses & Individuals

Although you cannot avoid taxes, you can take steps to minimize them. This requires proactive tax planning, including estimating your tax liability, looking for ways to reduce it, and taking timely action. In 2018, tax planning is more complicated than usual. Most provisions of the massive Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) go into effect this year, and as a result we may need to change some of your tax... 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