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Federal Taxation

  • De Minimus Can Be Maximus under the New Tangible Property Regulations

    James J. Wienclaw, CPA
    Nov 1, 2014
    So much has been written on the tangible property regulations during their evolution from proposed standards to final regulations, and even the CPA community has been outspoken with regard to these regulations. Still, many taxpayers are paying less attention than expected to them, perhaps because the lengthy implementation delays left some taxpayers taking a wait-and-see approach.
  • Transparency Top 12: Managing Risk and Disclosure Issues for Charitable Organizations

    Luana K. Lewis
    Oct 1, 2014
    Since the 1920s, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has developed charity reports that seek to help both public and business donors make more informed giving decisions. This service flows out of the BBB's mission to promote trustworthy business practices, especially in solicitations of any kind.
  • IRS Guidance on the Two Percent of AGI Floor for Trusts and Estates

    Kevin Matz, JD, LLM, CPA
    Sep 1, 2014
    On May 9, 2014, the IRS issued final regulations under Treasury Regulations section 1.67-4 that provide guidance on which costs incurred by estates or trusts, other than grantor trusts (nongrantor trusts), are subject to the two percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) floor for miscellaneous itemized deductions under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 67(e).
  • The June 2014 Revised Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program and Streamlined Programs

    Melissa Gillespie, JD, CPA, MST
    Aug 1, 2014
    It has been interesting to watch the IRS mold and remodel its original 2009 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). Since then, updates have included the 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (OVDI), which closed in September 2011; the December 2011 new compliance procedures for nonresident U.S. taxpayers, with a promise of “more to follow”; the 2012 OVDP program, which replaced the 2011 OVDI; and the announcement in June 2012 of new streamlined filing compliance procedures for U.S. citizens or dual citizens residing outside the United States. On Jun. 18, 2014, it was announced that the IRS has once again revised its OVDP.
  • Fraud Risks and Prevention Techniques for Exempt Organizations

    David Zweighaft, CPA/CFE, CPE
    Jun 10, 2014
    Reliance on documents is often the basis for initiating, recording, or approving accounting transactions—and, in a perfect world, that would be reasonable and acceptable. Unfortunately, there is always the risk of fraud in clients’ organizations.
  • Pressure Builds on U.S. Taxpayers with Foreign Accounts

    Robert Barnett, CPA, JD, MS (taxation) and Renato Matos, JD, LLM (taxation)
    Jun 1, 2014
    The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2010 (FATCA) has manifested outside the United States in recent months, as a result of an agreement announced on Aug. 29, 2013, between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Swiss Federal Department of Finance.
  • Guaranteed 10-Pay Whole Life Insurance Contracts

    G. Dean Goodwin, CLUT, AEPT
    May 1, 2014
    Most advisors and clients utilize the benefits of life insurance for the traditional purposes of replacing income or providing liquidity to pay estate taxes through the income tax-free death benefit; however, permanent insurance is often perceived as being expensive and not providing a competitive rate of return compared to other asset classes. In order to provide policyholders with a sense of certainty, a number of mutual insurance companies have introduced guaranteed 10-pay whole life contracts that are contractually paid-up with 10 years of premium payments, regardless of dividend performance.

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