Archive for Income Tax

Olympic Medal Taxation Craziness

Annette Nellen

Every four years we usually see at least one bill introduced in Congress to make Olympic medals and related prize winnings (such as cash) non-taxable to the athletes. Why? There is no good reason for excluding this prize income. All prizes are taxable because they are an accession to wealth which is what our income tax system is based upon. If you win a raffle or win on Jeopardy!, the prizes are taxable.

Why should an Olympic medal be different?

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3 “Must Haves” Of Tax Provision Software For Small & Medium Businesses

Stephen Day

Recently published surveys indicate that 50% to 70% of the tax departments in publicly traded companies exclusively use spreadsheets to manage ASC 740 processes. However, the percentage would be higher if the surveys focused strictly on small and medium businesses (SMB). These numbers have held steady the scrutiny of the last fifteen years relative to the tax areas of financial statement reporting and internal controls. The current provision offerings have not met the needs of SMB tax executives. If a technology solution wants to be an answer to the homegrown spreadsheets running the ASC 740 process, it must be accurate and comprehensive while being easy to use.

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Building Value Is The Win-Win Of Exit Planning

Ron Oddo

In all likelihood, you are absolutely critical to the success of your business. Without you, there is no business.

We want to fix that.

With a little luck and a lot of hard work, we can help you become an Inconsequential Owner. Having said that, perhaps a bit of explanation is in order.

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Sending Non-Canadian Resident Employees To Canada

Larry Stolberg

Regulation 102 of the Income Tax Act (ITA) requires payroll withholding on income derived by virtue of employment. This applies to, say, a U.S. employer sending its employee to Canada to work on an assignment. Withholding would include income tax and contributions to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance (EI).

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Start-up And Organization Costs

John Stancil

When starting a business, the owners are likely to incur two classes of costs that are not normally encountered in the ongoing operations of the business and should not be included as operating expenses. These are start-up expenditures and organization costs. Each of these are specifically defined and receive special tax treatment.

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Calculating Multi-Jurisdictional Income Tax In Canadian Provinces

Grant Gilmour

If your company is a Canadian taxpayer, Canadian corporate tax is calculated by allocating taxable income between the provinces in which your company has a permanent establishment presence.



The company is considered to have a permanent establishment presence in any Canadian province where any of the following conditions are met:

  • A fixed place of business such as an office, branch, warehouse, workshop or factory in the province.
  • An agent or an employee present in the province.
  • The company owns land in the province.
  • There is substantial use of machinery or equipment by the company in the province.

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Paying Too Much CGT? Pravin Gordhan’s Tax Rate Reprieve

Hugo van Zyl

During February 2016 the beleaguered South African Minister of Finance, Minister Pravin Gordhan, made a serious attempt to balance government’s books.

Gordhan was called back after Minister Nene was removed from his position, by President Zuma early December 2015. The true reason for this politically motivated musical chairs, appointing three ministers in less than 4 days, remains a mystery. Point is Nene was removed and Gordhan had to step in and rescue the cash flow and ensure the country did not face junk status.

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IRS Provides Tax Relief to Houston Area Storm Victims; Tax Deadline Extended to Sept. 1

David Green

Texas storm victims, including those in the Houston area, will have until Sept. 1, 2016 to file their returns and pay any taxes due, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. All workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization also qualify for relief. Read more

What You Need to Know about Taxable and Non-Taxable Income

David Green

All income is taxable unless a law specifically says it isn’t. Here are some basic rules you should know to help you file an accurate tax return:

Taxable income. Taxable income includes money you earn, like wages and tips. It also includes bartering, an exchange of property or services. The fair market value of property or services received is normally taxable…. Read more

Earned Income Credit & Other Credits

Debra Thompson

Millions of Americans forgo critical tax relief each year by failing to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a federal tax credit for individuals who work but do not earn high incomes. Taxpayers who qualify and claim the credit could pay less federal tax, pay no tax or even get a tax refund.

Last year, an estimated 21 million taxpayers received approximately $37.5 billion in EITC. However, the IRS estimates Read more

AVOID PENALTIES – Get Income Tax Extension Requests Filed & Estimated Income Taxes Paid

Remember your US Income Tax extension request is ONLY for additional TIME to FILE your tax forms, your income tax payments, estimated or otherwise, are still due April 18th 2016.

Most US Taxpayers forget that income tax payments are due in April, even if an extension request for more time to file the forms has been accepted.  Resist the urge to bury your head in the sand, penalties quickly add up. Read more

CRA Forms T1134 and T1135 Often Missed by Canadian U.S. Real Estate Investors

The T1134 and T1135 are a sample of Canadian foreign information returns like the U.S. 8938, 5471 or 8865.

A number of Canadians are investing in the U.S. real estate market with a U.S. limited partnership whose limited partners are solely Canadian residents and the general partner is a U.S. C corporation whose shareholders are also Canadian residents.

For those who want limited liability protection, this type of Read more

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