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European and State Governments Squeezing Businesses for tax Dollars!

European governments are attacking American businesses trying to get as much tax money as possible. The latest leader in this witchhunt is France. They are not only going after companies for large civil taxes but they are at going after the businesses and the employees of the business for criminal penalties and possibly jail. Leading the list are Google, McDonald's and Bookings.com. All these companies have some relationship to France by having services sold through subsidiaries, but the French do not care about legal structures of business. They just want their tax!

This sounds a lot like many State governments. New Jersey is always trying to find "nexus" to pull in out-of-state businesses as being subject to New Jersey taxes. Also any business located in New Jersey is subject to grueling sales and use tax audits and lengthy appeals and court hearings. It is a real problem particularly when the company tries to handle it themselves or have an accountant represent them i…

Net Operating Losses can be useful at tax time!

A net operating loss on your 2017 tax return isn’t all bad news When a company’s deductible expenses exceed its income, generally a net operating loss (NOL) occurs. If when filing your 2017 income tax return you found that your business had an NOL, there is an upside: tax benefits. But beware — the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) makes some significant changes to the tax treatment of NOLs.
Pre-TCJA law -the old law
Under pre-TCJA law, when a business incurs an NOL, the loss can be carried back up to two years, and then any remaining amount can be carried forward up to 20 years. The carryback can generate an immediate tax refund, boosting cash flow.
The business can, however, elect instead to carry the entire loss forward. If cash flow is strong, this may be more beneficial, such as if the business’s income increases substantially, pushing it into a higher tax bracket — or if tax rates increase. In both scenarios, the carryforward can save more taxes than the carryback because deductions …

If Your Tax Preparer does not Sign the return ....RUN!

IRS on April 10 cautioned taxpayers to avoid the dangers of working with so-called "ghost" tax return preparers.

 As described by the agency, a ghost preparer is retained to prepare a return for a fee but does not sign the document as the paid preparer. "These phantom preparers who won't put their name on the tax return are a warning sign for taxpayers of a potential scam", IRS said.

Ghost preparers follow several patterns. In one method, they will print the paper return and instruct their client to sign and mail it to IRS. The second method is to prepare an electronically-filed return but they will not digitally sign them as the paid preparer. "By doing so, the tax return appears to be self-prepared, with no indication that a paid tax preparer was used in completing the tax return - helping keep the return preparer under the radar", IRS said. The agency stressed that anyone who preparers or assists in preparing federal tax returns for compensation mu…

IRS Audits and Collections down for 2016-2017

IRS Audits and Collections down for 2016 IRS has issued the 2017 IRS Data Book, its annual publication containing statistical tables and IRS organizational information. One key figure in the Data Book is the rate at which IRS audited returns in 2017 – it dropped to 0.6%, the lowest rate since 2002.

Background. Each year, IRS issues the Data Book, which describes activities from the most-recently ended fiscal year and includes information about tax returns, refunds, examinations and appeals, illustrated with charts showing changes in IRS enforcement activities, taxpayer assistance levels, tax-exempt activities, legal support workload, and IRS budget and workforce levels compared to the previous fiscal year.

Interesting statistics in the 2017 book. Some of the interesting statistics from the 2017 book, which covers IRS activities conducted during the period from Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017, include:


There were fewer audits during fiscal year 2017, as compared to fiscal year 2016. IRS a…

Tax Deadlines for 2018

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2018 Q2 tax calendar: Key deadlines for businesses and other employers
Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the second quarter of 2018. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing requirements.
April 2
Electronically file 2017 Form 1096, Form 1098, Form 1099 (except if an earlier deadline applies) and Form W-2G.April 17
If a calendar-year C corporation, file a 2017 income tax return (Form 1120) or file for an automatic six-month extension (Form 7004), and pay any tax due. If the return isn’t extended, this is also the last day to make 2017 contributions to pension and profit-sharing plans.If a calendar-year C corporation, pay the first installment of 2018 estimated income taxes.April 30
Report income tax withholding and FICA taxes for first quarter 2018 (Form 941), and pay an…
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Defer tax with a Section 1031 exchange, but new limits apply this year


Normally when appreciated business assets such as real estate are sold, tax is owed on the appreciation. But there’s a way to defer this tax: a Section 1031 “like kind” exchange. However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) reduces the types of property eligible for this favorable tax treatment.

What is a like-kind exchange? Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code allows you to defer gains on real or personal property used in a business or held for investment if, instead of selling it, you exchange it solely for property of a “like kind.” Thus, the tax benefit of an exchange is that you defer tax and, thereby, have use of the tax savings until you sell the replacement property.

This technique is especially flexible for real estate, because virtually any type of real estate will be considered to be of a like kind, as long as it’s business or investment property. For example, you can exchange a warehouse for an office…

April 1 Deadline for Required Minimum Distributions

Taxpayers who reached the age 70 and a half during 2017 must, in most cases, start receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Sunday, April 1, 2018. The April 1 deadline applies to all employer-sponsored retirement plans, including profit-sharing plans, 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, 457(b) plans and traditional IRAs and IRA-based plans.

Please See:IRS Notice

March 15 deadline for LLC's, Partnerships, S Corporations

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Don’t forget: 2017 tax filing deadline for pass-through entities is March 15
When it comes to income tax returns, April 15 (actually April 17 this year, because of a weekend and a Washington, D.C., holiday) isn’t the only deadline taxpayers need to think about. The federal income tax filing deadline for calendar-year partnerships, S corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs) treated as partnerships or S corporations for tax purposes is March 15. While this has been the S corporation deadline for a long time, it’s only the second year the partnership deadline has been in March rather than in April.
Why the deadline change?
One of the primary reasons for moving up the partnership filing deadline was to make it easier for owners to file their personal returns by the April filing deadline. After all, partnership (and S corporation) income passes through to the owners. The earlier date allows owners to use the information contained in the pass-through entity forms to file their pe…