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The results of the mid-term elections create a new dynamic in Congress with Republicans poised to take control of both the House and Senate in January. Prospects for tax reform may have brightened for 2015. In the meantime, the lame-duck Congress must deal with some urgent tax bills, most notably the tax extenders.


When accelerating or deferring income or expenses at year end as part of an overall tax strategy, certain timing rules become critical. So does the ability to prove to the IRS when certain actions take place. The following timing rules, among others, should be considered especially important as year-end approaches:


The upcoming filing season is expected to be challenging for taxpayers and the IRS as new requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act kick-in. Taxpayers, for the first time, must make a shared responsibility payment if they fail to carry minimum essential health care coverage or qualify for an exemption. At the same time, there is growing uncertainty over one of the key elements of the Affordable Care Act: the Code Sec. 36B premium assistance tax credit as litigation makes its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.


As most people know, a taxpayer can take a distribution from an IRA without being taxed if the taxpayer rolls over (contributes) the amount received into an IRA within 60 days. This tax-free treatment does not apply if the individual rolled over another distribution from an IRA within the one-year period ending on the day of the second distribution.


Under Code Sec. 6020, the IRS has the authority to prepare and file a substitute tax return for a taxpayer who fails to file a timely return. If a taxpayer does not file a return or cooperate with the IRS on a substitute return, the IRS can prepare and sign a substitute return based on the information it has.


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 December 2014.


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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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2014 Year-End
Tax Planning

Year-End Strategies: Creating Pathways for Tax Savings by Individuals and Businesses

Tax Planning for Businesses

Tax Planning for Individuals