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The change in administrations in Washington has generated a new focus on tax reform. The White House and lawmakers from both parties have discussed tax cuts, infrastructure spending, and more to encourage economic growth. However, the details of their plans have yet to be revealed. Tax reform legislation may be unveiled in February.


The 2017 tax filing season launched on January 23. The IRS predicted a few speedbumps for taxpayers, especially for taxpayers who file early in anticipation of early refunds. The agency expects to receive more than 150 million individual income tax returns. The vast majority of individual income tax returns will be filed electronically and the IRS has extra safeguards in place to protect taxpayers from cybercrime.


National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson, in a recent report to Congress, urged the IRS to change its culture from one that is enforcement-oriented to one that is service-oriented. Such a change, Olson provided, would create an environment that encourages taxpayer trust and confidence. In the report, Olson also highlighted key areas for tax simplification and the top-10 most litigated tax issues.


The IRS has rules that limit the deductibility of expenses and losses from a hobby or activity not engaged in for profit. If the IRS determines that an activity is not profit-driven, deductions from the activity are limited to the amount of income the activity generates. Losses from such activities cannot be used to offset other income, such as salary or investments.


The prudent businessperson is always cautious when he or she is offered a great bargain on real estate, equipment, a business interest, or some other property that just might be too good to be true. Even in connection with ordinary business transactions but especially when considering taking over a property or business that in a bargain because of some legal wrinkle, you should consider whether there might be some tax liability attached to the bargain that could come back to haunt you down the road.


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 February 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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NOL

Net Operating Losses - Losing Money Might Have a Silver Lining

If a business' tax-deductible expenses exceed its taxable income in a given year, this results in a net operating loss (NOL). While no business wants to lose money, with proper planning a company might be able to use NOLs to reduce its tax liability.

Cash Flow Secrets

Do you Know the Secret to Strong Cash Flow?

Effectively managing cash inflows and outflows doesn't happen without strong intent and conscious planning. Learn the most important considerations for creating and maintaining strong cash flow, including the sales and disbursements cycles, and accounting and financial statement considerations.

Donate Stock

The Benefits of Donating Appreciated Stock

Making charitable donations is a high priority for many individuals and families. Doing so enables them to financially support charitable organizations and causes they believe in and may lower their income taxes.

IRS Regs Simplify Roth

Recent IRS Regulations Simplify Roth IRA Rollovers

Roth IRAs are a popular choice for many individuals wanting to enjoy tax-free growth and distributions of their retirement savings. And thanks to final regulations recently released by the IRS, it's now easier and more efficient to transfer after-tax funds from designated Roth accounts to Roth IRAs or other designated Roth accounts.

A History Of Service

25 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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Planning for Social Security

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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Timothy J. Gibbons, CPA/ABV,CVA,CFF,NSSA

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