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Small business taxation, corporate tax rates, and changes to popular deductions are just some of the many complex changes to the Tax Code being debated in Congress. At the time this article was posted, the Senate is expected to approve, along party-lines, a sweeping overhaul of the Tax Code written by Senate Republicans. The House has already approved its tax bill, also along party-lines. If the Senate passes a tax bill, House and Senate conferees will seek to resolve differences between the two bills. Conferees will likely aim to reach an agreement quickly to send a bill to the White House before year-end.


As an economic incentive for individuals to save and invest, gains from the sale of capital assets held for at least one year unless offset by losses, as well qualified dividends received during the year, may be taxed at rates lower than ordinary income tax rates. The tax rate on long-term capital gains and qualified dividends for individuals is 20 percent, 15, percent, or 0 percent depending on their income tax bracket.


Information reporting has become a growing part of IRS’s enforcement and compliance strategy. Data matching, or even the inference that the IRS has the data to do so, statistically has increased overall income reporting nine-fold. Use of information returns, either in the form of Forms W-2, 1098s or 1099s, is here to stay, and growing.


Life insurance proceeds are received tax-free. However, any interest earned on life insurance proceeds, usually referred to as its cash value, is subject to tax. Special rules apply to transfers of ownership in a life insurance policy, accelerated death benefits, and viatical settlements.


The method and systems by which a taxpayer calculates the amount of income, gains, losses, deductions, and credits and determines when these items must be reported, constitute the taxpayer's method of tax accounting. Although the Tax Code and the regulations authorize the use of several accounting methods, and permit certain combinations of methods, a taxpayer must use the accounting method on the basis of which the taxpayer regularly computes book income. Further, the method must be used consistently and must clearly reflect income.


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 December 2017.


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

Take a look at the latest issues for nonprofits including FASB exposure draft on accounting for contributions, Section 501(r) compliance concerns, turning obstacles into opportunities, critical conversations between managers and employees, and a beginner's guide to state nonprofit registration and audit requirement rules.

529 Plan Myths

Maximize Your Business's 2017 Tax Savings

Even after 2017 draws to a close, there are still moves business owners can make to save on 2017 taxes. Learn how to claim all the breaks you're entitled to when filing your return.

Partnership Audits

Be Prepared to put Your Business on the Market

In order to have the freedom to make major life changes expediently, business owners should take steps now to be ready to put their business up for sale. Learn what buyers will examine and about financial and organizational appeal.

Small Bus Retirement

What You Should Know About Making Estimated Tax Payments

Some taxpayers may be required to pay income tax via estimated tax payments. Find out if you may need to pay taxes this way and the process for calculating payments.

Hobby or Business

Do You Need to File a Gift Tax Return?

Individuals who made gifts during 2017 might have to file Form 709 - a gift tax return - when filing their federal income tax returns. Learn which situations where the form must be filed and how to handle hard-to-value assets.

A History Of Service

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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