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The Rise of Virtual Tax Organizations And Networks

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Recently, I received a call from a tax lawyer who is a former Partner in a Big Four firm, a former Partner in a multinational Law Firm, and a VP Tax from a major multinational corporation. We were discussing the future of tax organizations and how the world is moving rapidly towards the emergence of greater virtual tax organizations. What is a virtual organization? According to Businessweek it is “a temporary network of independent organizations linked by IT to share skills, costs and access to one another’s markets”. As more tax organizations are distributed geographically and virtually coordinated through electronic communications, changes are inevitable. The rise of virtual tax organizations will lead the way to extraordinary opportunities in how we all conduct business.

Virtual tax organizations enable each party to gain increased access to specialized Read more

Congress Changes Certain Returns Due Dates

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Congress recently passed some legislation that changes the due dates of certain returns.  Partnership and S Corporation returns using a calendar year will be due on March 15 (two and one-half months after the end of the fiscal year). This is effective for tax years beginning after December 15, 2015.

C Corporation returns using a calendar year will be due will be due April 15 (three and one-half months after the end of the fiscal year). This is effective for tax years beginning after December 15, 2015 unless the fiscal year ends June 30, in which case it is effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2025. Go figure.

The new law also changes the due date for the FinCEN Report 114 to April 15. Remember Read more

Tips on Travel While Giving Your Services to Charity

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Do you plan to donate your services to charity this summer? Will you travel as part of the service? If so, some travel expenses may help lower your taxes when you file your tax return next year. Here are several tax tips that you should know if you travel while giving your services to charity.

• Qualified Charities.  In order to deduct your costs, your volunteer work must be for a qualified charity. Most groups must apply to the IRS to become qualified. Churches and governments are qualified, and do not need to apply to the IRS. Ask the group about its IRS status before you donate. You can also use the Select Check tool on to check the group’s status. Read more

Business Will Surge For Tax Advisory Services Firms As Corporations Implement Spans And Layers Strategy

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As a follow up to the very popular blog post “Corporate Tax Professionals Surprised By Stunning ‘Spans & Layers’ Report By Bain And Company“, I want to share with you several people sent me private emails commenting on the blog post because they did not want to post publicly. However, they wanted to acknowledge the article as something that hit a nerve for them.  One comment that covered the thoughts of many was “It is much harder in corporate these days as the expectation is to do much more work with much less in-house support.” Corporate tax leaders are often pushed to the limit in a more complex tax environment. As a result, the future Read more

Recent Important Tax Changes

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The three month highway funding extension was passed by the House July 29 and by the Senate July 30. The president signed the bill into law on July 31. The law contains several important tax provisions changing the due dates for partnership and C corporation returns, FinCEN Form 114-Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), several common tax returns and several other IRS information returns It also overrules the Supreme Court’s Home Concrete decision, requires that additional information be reported on mortgage information statements, and requires consistent basis reporting between estates and beneficiaries. Read more

Passionate Tax Experts Introduced To Business Leaders And Taxpayers – Through TaxConnections

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“Passion is absolutely necessary to achieve any kind of long-lasting success.” In a minute, I will share with you who that quote belongs to but for this moment  remember that passionate people have very strong beliefs. As I was arranging speakers for the Internet Tax Summit, the passion these tax experts have in protecting taxpayers and businesses was prevalent. You know when you encounter people in life with purpose and passion for what they do; you know they get things done.  You can expect to encounter tax professionals who get things done at TaxConnections Internet Tax Summit. You are  invited to meet and interact with Tax Experts in this historical event where individual taxpayers and business leaders meet tax experts during an online event. It is free so all you need to do is register and we will send you a link to access the Internet Tax Summit. Read more

August 2015 Business Due Dates

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August 10 – Social Security, Medicare and Withheld Income Tax

File Form 941 for the second quarter of 2015. This due date applies only if you deposited the tax for the quarter in full and on time.

August 17 – Social Security, Medicare and Withheld Income Tax

If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in July.

August 17 – Non-Payroll Withholding

If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in July. Read more

3 Ways To Improve Your Budgeting and Forecasting

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Budgeting and forecasting are two of the most important financial exercises performed by businesses, regardless of their size. Unfortunately, they are also two exercises that many businesses fail to perform accurately or efficiently.

The biggest common problem is that most budgets and forecasts are created without any room for flexibility. Managers are told at the end of the year to make projections for revenue and spending for the next year, but these often end up being optimistic best guesses that are manipulated for the financial benefit of their department.

Here are 3 steps to help you improve your company’s budgeting and forecasting processes: Read more

10 Tips For Deducting Losses From A Disaster


National Hurricane Season is officially in progress. If you suffer damage to your home or personal property, you may be able to deduct the losses you incur on your federal income tax return. Here are ten tips you should know about deducting casualty losses:

1. Casualty loss. You may be able to deduct losses based on the damage done to your property during a disaster. A casualty is a sudden, unexpected or unusual event. This may include natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes. It can also include losses from fires, accidents, thefts or vandalism.

2. Normal wear and tear. A casualty loss does not include losses from normal wear and tear. It does not include progressive deterioration from age or termite damage. Read more

Cash Flow: The Pulse of Your Business

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Cash flow is the lifeblood of any small business. Some business experts even say that a healthy cash flow is more important than your business’s ability to deliver its goods and services! While that might seem counterintuitive, consider this: if you fail to satisfy a customer and lose that customer’s business, you can always work harder to please the next customer. If you fail to have enough cash to pay your suppliers, creditors, or employees, then you’re out of business!

What is Cash Flow?

Cash flow, simply defined, is the movement of money in and out of your business; these movements are called inflow and outflow. Inflows for your business primarily come from the sale of goods or services to your customers but keep in mind that inflow only occurs Read more

New BEA Filing Requirements – Once Every 5 Years for U.S. Persons With Foreign Affiliates

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Pursuant to the requirements of the International Investment and Trade in Services Survey Act and related statutes, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) collects information on international trade in services, foreign direct investment in the United States, and outbound U.S. investment overseas.

BEA uses this information to compile a number of different economic and statistical reports that are, in turn, used for budgetary purposes and to help set U.S. economic and monetary policy. Information submitted to BEA is confidential and is to be used for such economic and statistical reporting purposes only.

The BEA recently imposed new filing requirements on U.S. persons with foreign affiliates Read more

June 2015 Business Due Dates

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June 15 – Employer’s Monthly Deposit Due

If you are an employer and the monthly deposit rules apply, June 15 is the due date for you to make your deposit of Social Security, Medicare and withheld income tax for May 2015. This is also the due date for the non-payroll withholding deposit for May 2015 if the monthly deposit rule applies.

June 15 – Corporations

Deposit the second installment of estimated income tax for 2015 for calendar year corporations.

June 30 – Taxpayers with Foreign Financial Interests

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