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Tax reform discussions continue on Capitol Hill with legislation expected to be released very soon. GOP lawmakers in the House and Senate appear to be aiming for a comprehensive overhaul of the Tax Code. President Trump and Republicans in Congress have set out an ambitious schedule of passing a tax reform bill before year-end. 


Year-end tax planning can provide most taxpayers with a good way to lower a tax bill that will otherwise be waiting for them when they file their 2017 tax return in 2018. Since tax liability is primarily keyed to each calendar tax year, once December 31, 2017 passes, your 2017 tax liability for the most part – good or bad – will mostly be set in stone.


As the 2018 filing season nears, the IRS is reminding taxpayers that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains on the books. The ACA’s reporting requirements for individuals have not been changed by Congress. At the same time, the Trump Administration has proposed administrative changes to the ACA, which could expand health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), the use of short-term, limited duration health insurance, and association health plans.


Holiday gifts made to customers are generally deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses as long as the taxpayer can demonstrate that such gifts maintain or improve customer goodwill. Such gifts must bear a direct relationship to the taxpayer's business and must be made with a reasonable expectation of a financial return commensurate with the amount of the gift. However, the $25 annual limitation per recipient on deductibility is applicable to holiday gifts, unless a statutory exceptions applies.


For purposes of federal tax, employers must withhold and pay FICA taxes (7.65%) if they paid a household employee cash wages of at least $2,000 in 2016 or in 2017 ($2,100 in 2018). Employers must pay FUTA tax (6%) if they paid total cash wages of at least $1,000 in a calendar quarter to household employees. A homeowner may be an “employer” to a housekeeper; or, if enough evidence is shown, merely a recipient of services by an independent contractor or self-employed individual.


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 federal tax reporting and filing data for individuals, businesses and other taxpayers for the month of November 2017.


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At Gibbons & Kawash, A.C. our focus is responding to your needs and exceeding your expectations. We combine broad technical knowledge developed from years of experience with an entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving to help our clients meet all the challenges before them. An extensive library of accounting, auditing, and tax planning materials and the latest in state-of-the-art technology are valuable tools in our development of innovative solutions. But perhaps the most important element in our approach is the personalized service that enables us to develop and maintain an in-depth knowledge of your business. Our professionals take the time to listen and acquire a thorough understanding of your business needs.

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Nonprofit Standard Summer 2017Nonprofit Standard - A Newsletter of the BDO Institute for Nonprofit Excellence

Take a look at the latest issues for nonprofits including FASB exposure draft on accounting for contributions, Section 501(r) compliance concerns, turning obstacles into opportunities, critical conversations between managers and employees, and a beginner's guide to state nonprofit registration and audit requirement rules.

529 Plan Myths

Saving for College - Debunking Some Common 529 Plan Myths

Section 529 plans have become one of the most popular tools to save for children's college education, largely because of their favorable tax treatment. Learn the five common myths to help take full advantage of the benefits.

Partnership Audits

They're Back: Audit Rules Targeting Partnerships Can Now Be Applied

The IRS has reissued proposed regulations, withdrawn earlier this year as part of the Trump administration's regulatory freeze. Learn what the new rules require and how they will affect a partnership's tax liability.

Small Bus Retirement

Reap the Tax Benefits of a Qualified Small Business Retirement Plan

An employer-sponsored retirement plan is an attractive way for executives and employees to save for retirement - and for the company to enjoy the tax advantages of setting one up. Explore features of three popular plans.

Hobby or Business

Hobby or Business? - The IRS Wants to Know

If a person generates side income from a passion like cooking, woodworking, or anything else they should be aware of the tax implications of earning this money. Learn how those implications vary depending on whether the activity is treated as a hobby or a business.

A History Of Service

Twenty-five 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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More than 90% of Social Security recipients are not maximizing their benefits. Determining when to apply can be an overwhelming task that affects the amount you will receive for the rest of your life. Improper planning could cost you tens of thousands over the course of your retirement. Our comprehensive Social Security planning services provide you with an individualized plan for how and when to apply to maximize your Social Security benefits.

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