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AAFCPAs Highlights Provisions in Proposed Tax Legislation and Planning Opportunities for Businesses & Individuals

The US House of Representatives’ tax writing committee has released its first draft of proposed tax legislation. Many of its provisions have been the subject of news articles and debate. Highlights include the following: Limitation of the mortgage interest deduction to $500,000 of new debt Capping the deduction for property taxes to $10,000 Eliminating the deduction for state income taxes Doubling of the standard deduction to $24,000 for joint filers... continue reading

Cautionary Tales: When year-round communication is left out of tax planning

The pace of change in business is rapid, and as you know, executive leadership must be poised to quickly respond to challenges and seize opportunities as they arise. Often, decisions made throughout the year in response to challenges and opportunities have tax implications. In some cases, the tax benefits of these decisions have windows of opportunity that can close if held and only addressed at year-end. In other cases, tax... 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

Massachusetts Delays Plan to Tax Online Sales

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue today announced it has revoked its directive to collect sales taxes from out-of-state online retailers starting July 1. Earlier this spring, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue issued a directive aimed at requiring certain out of state vendors to collect sales tax on online sales to Massachusetts customers. The Department’s position is that placing cookies and apps on a user’s computer or device constitutes Nexus (in-state... continue reading

Accelerate Deductions and Reduce Tax Liability with Tangible Property Regulations and R&D Tax Credits

It is a little-known fact to most accountants that businesses leave money on the table by 1) paying taxes before they have to, and 2) by not identifying deductions in a timely manner that may be accelerated. At AAFCPAs, we regularly identify opportunities for clients that may yield new avenues for them to qualify for deductions or tax credits where they previously did not. Accelerate Deductions with Tangible Property Regulations The... 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

Massachusetts DOR Announces Late-File Penalty Relief for Corporate Taxpayers

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware that the Massachusetts Department of Revenue announced relief for corporate taxpayers affected by the change in federal tax return due dates. The IRS changed the due date for filing calendar year C corporation returns from March 15 to April 15, effective for 2016 tax filings. The Massachusetts legislature did not pass a law conforming to the Federal change. As a result the due... continue reading

Unique Tax Breaks for Breweries

Is your business familiar with the unique tax breaks available in the brewery industry?  AAFCPAs has provided for your convenience the below tax insights that could have a major impact on reducing your tax burden: Section 179 Depreciation Breweries are capital intensive businesses, and equipment investments can be significant. Section 179 allows breweries to deduct the property placed in service in the year of acquisition as opposed to depreciating it... continue reading

States Not Adopting Federal Due Date Change for C Corporations

Please be aware, 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 most states have adjusted their statutes or administrative rulings to accommodate the Federal change, there are three states (Massachusetts, Delaware, and Wisconsin) whose due dates now fall before the new Federal due date.... continue reading