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As lawmakers return to work after their August recess, Hurricane Harvey has increased expectations on Congress to quickly pass disaster-relief tax breaks. September is also expected to bring Congressional hearings on tax reform and possibly the unveiling of tax reform legislation. At the same time, lawmakers must address the federal government’s budget, including the IRS.


Parents incur a variety of expenses associated with children. As a general rule, personal expenditures are not deductible. However, there are several deductions and credits that help defray some of the costs associated with raising children, including some costs related to education. Some of the most common deductions and credits related to minors are the dependency exemption, the child tax credit, and the dependent care credit. Also not to be overlooked are tax-sheltered savings plans used for education, such as the Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESAs).


Two recent court cases indicate that, although use of a conservation easement to gain a charitable deduction must continue to be arranged with care, some flexibility in determining ultimate deductibility may be beginning to be easier to come by. The IRS had been winning a string of cases that affirmed its strict interpretation of Internal Revenue Code Section 170 on conservation easement. The two latest judicial opinions, however, help give taxpayers some much-needed leeway in proving that the rules were followed, keeping in mind that Congress wanted to encourage conservation easements rather than have its rules interpreted so strictly that they thwart that purpose.


A partnership is created when persons join together with the intent to conduct unincorporated venture and share profits. Intent is determined from facts and circumstances, including the division of profits and losses, the ownership of capital, the conduct of parties, and whether a written agreement exists. Despite such nuances in the process, however, distinguishing the existence of a partnership from other joint investments or ventures is often critical in determining tax liability and reporting obligations.


Gross income is taxed to the individual who earns it or to owner of property that generates the income. Under the so-called “assignment of income doctrine,” a taxpayer may not avoid tax by assigning the right to income to another.


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 September 2017.


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

With summer upon us, it is important for nonprofit organizations to take stock of their compliance and governance initiatives. Concerns about privacy, board governance, and strategy alignment are some of the topics covered in the latest issue.

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.

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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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