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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

How Your Form 990 May Trigger an Audit

AAFCPAs would like to make our clients aware that the IRS is now taking a data-driven approach to reviewing the Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, to scrutinize governance, accountability and oversight of exempt organizations.   The IRS’s Exempt Organizations (EO) compliance specialists are now using data queries to better focus their examination plans on areas or issues where there may be greater risks of non-compliance. IRS Exempt... continue reading

Tax Return Due Dates & Filing Extensions Changed

In a 2015 highway funding bill, Congress & the IRS announced changes to due dates for partnership and corporate tax returns, as well as FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), and several other IRS information returns.  These changes will affect your 2016 tax filings. AAFCPAs has provided the following summary of due date modifications for your convenience: Due Dates These new due dates apply to... continue reading

How Will the Election Impact Your Taxes?

As the 2016 US Presidential Election approaches, AAFCPAs’ Richard Weiner shares his viewpoints on the short and long-term tax impact Clinton or Trump presidency may have, as well as an analysis of how Republican’s and Democrat’s respective tax plans may impact clients. How quickly will the new President impact you personally or professionally? The composition of Congress, especially the House of Representatives, has much more impact than does the incoming... continue reading

MA DOR Announces Tax Amnesty 2016

AAFCPAs would like to make you aware that the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) has recently announced a 2016 Tax Amnesty Program, open to all individuals and businesses who have not filed all Massachusetts tax returns, or have underreported taxes on previously filed returns. The tax amnesty program is a limited-time opportunity, and allows taxpayers to save on certain penalties, including criminal prosecution. AAFCPAs reminds readers that amnesty programs do... continue reading

Managing the IRS Repair Regulations and the Ongoing Challenges Presented After Initial Implementation

The IRS final “repair regulations,” effective January 1, 2014, completely revamped the way taxpayers evaluate expenditures in order to determine whether certain costs represent immediately deductible repair expenses, or capital improvements that must be depreciated over time. In addition, regulations issued in Section 1.162-3 provide new guidance on when a taxpayer may deduct costs incurred to acquire materials, supplies, repairs, and maintenance. The repair regulations present new risks and opportunities... continue reading