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The Postcard Filing – A Naïve, Misguided Fantasy

Eva Rosenberg, Tax Connections

The good news. President Trump Congress keeps telling you that taxpayers will be able to file on a postcard.

The bad news? Look at lines 3, 10, 11, and 12.
Your government is naïve. While this may be wish-fulfillment, it has no basis in practical reality.

It should be a required pre-requisite for all lawmakers to prepare their own income tax returns before they are permitted to write, vote on, or pass legislation. I loved that episode of the short-lived TV series Mr. Sterling, where Senator Bill Sterling (Josh Brolin)  is grumbling, trying to prepare his own tax return. Better yet, they should spent two weeks volunteering, or observing, at a VITA site to see how their tax laws truly affect low-income people’s tax filings. Read more

Michigan in the Spotlight: History, Business Climate, Tax Incentives and Credits

Monika Miles, Tax Advisor

This month takes us to the Wolverine State of Michigan. The origins of this name are obscure, but may be derived from a busy trade in Wolverine furs during the 18thCentury.

Its largest city, Detroit, is famed as the seat of the U.S. auto industry, which inspired Diego Riviera’s murals at the Detroit institute of Arts. Also in Detroit is Hitsville U.S.A., the original headquarters of the Motown Record Company. Michigan is home to many great musicians including The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Bob Seger, Kid Rock and Alice Cooper.

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California College Access Tax Credit Reminders

Annette Nellen, Tax Advisor

California’s College Access Tax Credit Program started in 2014. For individuals, it allows a large credit for donations made to this fund. Before claiming any credit though, the donor must first apply for the credit with the State Treasurer. This is because a fixed amount of credits is available so people claim it on a first-come-first-serve basis. In the first few years, little was claimed relative to the amount allocated.

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2017 Might Be Last Chance to Claim A Tax Credit By Hiring A Veteran

William Rogers, Tax Advisor

With Veterans Day on November 11th, it’s an especially good time to think about the sacrifices veterans have made for us and how we can support them. One way businesses can support veterans is to hire them. The Work Opportunity tax credit (WOTC) can help businesses do just that, but it may not be available for hires made after this year.

As released by the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on November 2, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would eliminate the WOTC for hires after December 31, 2017. So you may want to consider hiring qualifying veterans before year end.

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Update On The California Competes Tax Credit & Beneficiaries Thus Far

Monika Miles, Tax Advisor

As the mainstream media wonders where Amazon will locate its HQ2, many states are in the news touting their credits and incentives benefits to draw in company expansions.

As I’ve reported before, the California Competes Tax Credit has been available since January 2014 and isn’t scheduled to sunset until 2025. Every year, the state earmarks funds for the program of approximately $200 million, and companies compete for the funds during three application periods per year.

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Another Large Payment Owed For Incorrect PTC

Another case (see below)* addresses a couple receiving an advance Premium Tax Credit (PTC) of a large amount and having to pay it all back. They also note that if they had known they would have to pay it back, they would not have taken the insurance. The cost of the insurance for this California couple was 20%  of pre-tax household income. That’s a lot!

For context, if this couple lives in San Jose, rent for a one-bedroom apartment starts at $2,000/month or 33% of the couple’s pre-tax income! Read more

Start-Up Companies Are Now Receiving Their R&D Tax Credit Payroll Refund Checks

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (“PATH Act”) significantly enhanced the Research and Development Tax Credit Program (“RTCP”) on a myriad of levels by making the RTCP a permanent tax incentive within the Code and considerably restructured the program to: Read more

Don’t Miss These Credits That Will Grant You Tax Relief!

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.

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Refundable Tax Rates For Charitable Donations

Larry Stolberg

For donations of $200 or less, the federal refundable tax credit is 15%. For donations more than $200, the federal refundable tax credit is representative of the top marginal tax rate of 29% even if you were not in that marginal tax bracket.

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Filing Deadline And Some Refunds To Be Delayed

Harold Goedde

The IRS will not accept tax returns until January 23, 2017. The filing deadline will be April 18 due to April 15 falling on Saturday and the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington D.C. on April 17.

Congress (in the PATH Act) mandated the IRS to delay some refunds until February 15.

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Are You Taking Advantage Of The Saver’s Credit?

Barry Fowler

As we get closer to tax season, there’s a benefit that many taxpayers consistently miss out on.

I like to help my clients get every benefit from the government they can. That’s why I’m taking time to help you familiarize yourself with the tax advantages of the Saver’s Credit.

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Drive Your Taxes Down: Purchasing A New Car Offers Tax Benefits

Barry Fowler

If you’re in the market for a new car or you’ve purchased one this year, you might also be in for some great tax benefits. That is, if you purchase a plug-in electric vehicle or low-speed or two-or three-wheeled vehicles.

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