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The Affordable Care Act—enacted nearly five years ago—phased in many new requirements affecting individuals and employers. One of the most far-reaching requirements, the individual mandate, took effect this year and will be reported on 2014 income tax returns filed in 2015. The IRS is bracing for an avalanche of questions about taxpayer reporting on 2014 returns and, if liable, any shared responsibility payment. For many taxpayers, the best approach is to be familiar with the basics before beginning to prepare and file their returns.


Lawmakers are scheduled to return to work after the November elections for the so-called "lame-duck" Congress. Despite what is expected to be a short session, there is likely to be movement on important tax bills.


The IRS has provided guidance and clarifications for U.S. taxpayers who have failed to disclose offshore assets and pay taxes due. The new instructions apply to taxpayers who apply for relief under the streamlined filing compliance procedures and are effective for applications submitted on or after July 1, 2014. The streamlined program is available to all U.S. taxpayers, including resident aliens living in the United States and U.S. citizens living abroad.


Businesses generally want to write off costs more quickly, to reduce their taxable income and their tax burden. One mechanism for accomplishing this is to deduct the costs of depreciable property rather than capitalizing them. Under Code Sec. 179, taxpayers can expense a prescribed amount of their costs for tangible depreciable property, even if the ordinary accounting treatment would be to capitalize the costs.


Higher-income individuals whose adjusted gross income (AGI) exceeds specified thresholds must reduce their itemized deductions that are otherwise allowed on their return. This reduction in itemized deductions did not apply to tax years 2010-2012, but has been reinstated, beginning in 2013. The provision does not apply to estates and trusts.


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 November 2014.


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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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Sell Your BusinessReady, Set, Sell Your Business

After working for many years to grow a business, owners may reach a point where they're thinking about selling. But it's important to go into the sale process with eyes wide open. This process is complex, with many potential pitfalls for owners who've failed to do their homework.

HSAHow to use an HSA as a Retirement Savings Tool

There is a wide range of plans to help save for retirement. But one type of plan is ideally suited to serve a dual purpose: a Health Savings Account (HSA) could allow saving for retirement since unused HSA funds roll over from one year to the next, potentially resulting in a sizable balance that could help supplement other retirement savings accounts. But there are some potential tax consequences.

Dangling Carrot

Restricted Stock and RSUs - Choosing a Compensation Tool

Restricted stock and restricted stock units (RSUs) have gained popularity in recent years as a compensation tool. Find out why restricted stock can be risky for employees, while RSUs offer benefits for employers.

Tax Strategies

Kick Your 2014 Tax Strategies into Gear

It may be possible to save money in 2014 taxes by making a few well-timed moves by December 31st. This article examines five areas to explore with one's tax advisor before the end of the calendar year.

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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