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Eleventh-hour votes in Congress in December renewed a package of tax extenders for 2014, created new savings accounts for individuals with disabilities, cut the IRS’ budget, and more. At the same time, the votes helped to set the stage for the 114th Congress that convenes this month. Republicans have majorities in the House and Senate and have indicated that taxes are one of the top items on their agenda for 2015.


2014 was a notable year for tax developments on a number of fronts. Selecting the "top ten" tax developments for 2014 necessarily requires judgment calls based upon uniqueness, taxpayers affected, and forward-looking impact on 2015 and beyond. The following "top ten" list of 2014 tax developments is such a prioritization. Nevertheless, other 2014 developments may prove more significant to any particular client, depending upon circumstances. Please feel free to contact this office for a more customized look at the impact of 2014 developments upon your unique tax situation.


The IRS is expected to shortly open the 2015 filing season and both the agency and taxpayers are preparing for some turbulence. The IRS is going into the filing season with a reduced budget, which could translate into fewer audits. Legislation passed by Congress in late 2014 could delay the start of the filing season, although to date, the IRS has not announced a delay. Taxpayers and the IRS are on alert for identity theft, a pervasive problem during filing season. Additionally, new requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act kick-in.


Beginning January 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) required individuals to carry minimum essential health coverage or make a shared responsibility payment, unless exempt. Individuals will report on their 2014 federal income tax return if they had minimum essential health coverage for all or part of the year. Individuals who file Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, will indicate on Line 61 if they were covered by minimum essential health coverage for 2014, if they are exempt from the requirement to carry minimum essential health coverage or if they are making an individual shared responsibility payment.


The IRS has announced an increase in the optional business standard mileage reimbursement rate for 2015. The business standard mileage rate increased by one and a half cents, to 57.5 cents (up from 56 cents for 2014). The 2015 standard mileage rate for medical and moving expenses decreased slightly to 23 cents (down from 23.5 cents for 2014). The charitable mileage rate, however, is set by statute at a flat 14 cents per mile without inflation adjustment each year. The revised rates apply to deductible transportation expenses paid or incurred for business or medical/moving expenditures, or qualified charitable miles driven, on or after January 1, 2015.


As an individual or business, it is your responsibility to be aware of and to meet your tax filing/reporting deadlines. This calendar summarizes important tax reporting and filing data for individuals, businesses and other taxpayers for the month of January 2015.


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Business LoansAccessing and Structuring Capital - Know These Types of Business Loans

Many business owners find that they need to seek outside sources for the capital required to keep their companies running smoothly. Not surprisingly, the first place they turn to is their bank. But it’s a good idea to first get up to speed on the different types of capital, or business loans, that banks typically offer.

529Studying Up on 529 College Savings Plans

Two types of savings plans provide families with tax-saving strategies that also benefit their children and grandchildren. College savings plans and prepaid tuition plans are what are known in the tax community as 529 plans. These vehicles have much higher contribution limits than those for other tax-advantaged educational savings plans. Which 529 plan is better depends on one’s investing preferences and other factors.

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Buy-Sell Agreements Can Ensure Continuity

A buy-sell agreement is a critical component of business continuation and succession planning for partnerships. This agreement sets the terms, conditions and price at which an owner’s business interest can be sold to another owner (or owners) before an unexpected tragedy happens. It also places a value on the business for federal estate tax purposes.

Indentity Theft

Tax-Related Identity Theft - Beware of this Season-Specific Fraud

Tax-related identity theft is a growing problem. With this type of crime, identity thieves use stolen personal information, such as Social Security numbers, to file forged tax returns and collect fraudulent tax refunds. This article describes red flags indicating possible identity theft, what to do if it takes place, and how to lessen the risk of it happening.

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Over 20 years ago, our firm was founded on a commitment to provide clients with the highest quality services and professional guidance. That commitment remains paramount, and is deeply rooted in every aspect of our practice. It is the reason Gibbons & Kawash has become one of the area's leading accounting and consulting firms.

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