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The Democratic and Republican nominating conventions triggered an early recess for Congress. Lawmakers left Capitol Hill in mid-July and are not scheduled to return until September. Before recessing, the House voted to undo part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and approved a reduced budget for the IRS. Leading tax writers in the Senate addressed tax-related identity theft and home buying incentives.


The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act) accelerated the due date for filing Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement and Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, and any returns or statements required by the IRS to report nonemployee compensation to January 31. The change is scheduled to take effect for returns and statements required to be filed in 2017. At this time, many employers and payroll providers are reprogramming their systems for the accelerated due date.


IRS Chief Counsel recently examined the tax treatment of crowdfunding activities in a new information letter (Information Letter 2016-36). Crowdfunding is a relatively recent phenomenon, used by an individual or entity to raise funds through small individual contributions from a large number of people. The guidance notes that the income tax consequences to a taxpayer of a crowdfunding effort depend on all the facts and circumstances surrounding that effort.


A professional employer organization (PEO) is an organization that enters into an agreement with a client to perform, among other tasks, the federal employment tax withholding, reporting, and payment functions related to workers performing services for the client. Effective for wages for services performed on or after January 1, 2016, a certified professional employer organization (CPEO) may be treated, for purposes of employment tax liability, as the sole employer of a worksite employee performing services for a customer of the CPEO for remuneration the CPEO paid to the employee. To become a CPEO, a person must apply with the IRS for CPEO treatment and be certified by the IRS as meeting certain requirements. The IRS began accepting applications for CPEO certification in July 2016.


An employee or self-employed individual is allowed a deduction for the costs of meals and incidental expenses while traveling away from home for business purposes. The deduction of these costs usually requires the substantiation of the costs. However, there is an optional method provided for these taxpayers that avoids keeping receipts.


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 August 2016.


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Welcome

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.

Firm News

FLSA OT Rule

DOL Releases New FLSA Overtime Exemption Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the publication and effective date of the final rule which will amend the regulations and compensation levels required to be exempt from overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Make AR Pay Off

How to Make Accounts Receivable Pay Off 

Failure to collect accounts receivable in a timely manner can lead to myriad financial problems for a company, including poor cash flow and the inability to pay its own bills.

Financial Disaster Plan

Do you Have a Financial Disaster Plan?

Many people are proactive when it comes to preparing for a natural or man-made disaster by stockpiling an emergency stash of supplies, water, and canned goods. But they often don't consider how their finances could be impacted by a catastrophe.

Private Annuity

Estate Planning: Consider a Private Annuity

Affluent individuals looking for a way to reduce gift and estate tax exposure should take a look at private annuities. These estate planning tools can provide a steady income stream until a person's death and offer their children a less severe tax bite.

PATH Act

Taking Advantage of the PATH Act - Tax Breaks for Buying Fixed Assets and Equipment are Here to Stay

New rules for companies that purchase fixed assets and equipment make the tax treatment of purchases such as computers, software, office furniture, and equipment more beneficial to businesses.

A History Of Service

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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