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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

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 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

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Charitable Contributions and State and Local Tax Credits

The IRS recently released proposed regulations addressing the state and local itemized tax deduction, available to individual taxpayers on their Federal tax returns.  The regulations also apply to trusts and decendents’ estates. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the state and local tax deduction (consisting primarily of income, real estate and other property, and certain sales taxes) is capped at $10,000 annually, beginning in 2018.  Several states have implemented... 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

AAFCPAs’ Tax Practice Recommends Individual Tax Planning Considerations with Respect to 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 final legislation is lengthy and complex, and the AAFCPAs tax practice recommends the following individual tax planning considerations. As mentioned in a previous blog, the law specifically disallows the strategy of prepaying 2018 state income taxes before December 31, 2017. Prepayment of some property taxes may be advisable for taxpayers not... continue reading

AAFCPAs Wealth Management Shares Proactive Strategies for Investors in a Strong Market

AAFCPAs Wealth Management is constantly reviewing market conditions to be thoughtful, disciplined, and opportunistic to changes that occur over time.  Market volatility is not something you can control, but how you position yourself now will have a lasting impact. The US financial market is strong. Rejoice! The bull market continues for the past eight years since the great recession.  Good markets allow us to grow and squirrel away money before... continue reading

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