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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules Millionaire Tax Unconstitutional

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware that a proposed ballot question seeking to impose a 4% surtax on Massachusetts individuals on the portion of taxable income exceeding $1 million has been ruled unconstitutional by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC). Individuals with income below this threshold were not to be affected. The proposed ballot question was linked to a specific allocation of how the funds raised by this provision... 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 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 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

FBAR Filing Now Due April 15, Automatic Relief Available

AAFCPAs would like to remind all taxpayers with an annual FBAR filing requirement to be sure to report their foreign assets by the quickly approaching April 18 filing deadline.  We would also like to share that 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 18 deadline an automatic extension until Oct. 16, 2017 to... continue reading

83(b) Election May Be Beneficial for Stock Subject to Vesting

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware of the 83(b) election, a beneficial tax treatment that may provide significant tax savings.  An 83(b) election may work favorably for you if you have been given restricted property, such as equity.  Under IRS code section 83(b), you are able to convert what would normally be ordinary income for this equity earned for services into capital gain income. Often times a taxpayer may... continue reading