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Tax writers in Congress are set to begin debating and writing tax reform legislation. On September 27, the White House and GOP leaders in Congress released a framework for tax reform. The framework sets out broad principles for tax reform, leaving the details to the two tax-writing committees: the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. How quickly lawmakers will write and pass tax legislation is unclear. What is clear is that tax reform is definitely one of the top issues on Congress’ Fall agenda.


As millions of Americans recover from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Congress is debating disaster tax relief. The relief would enhance the casualty loss rules, relax some retirement savings rules, and make other temporary changes to the tax laws, all intended to help victims of these recent disasters. At press time, a package of temporary disaster tax relief measures is pending in the House. The timeline for Senate action, however, is unclear.


IRS Exam staffing in fiscal year (FY) 2016, the latest tax year with statistics available, reached a 20-year low. As a result, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has reported that the IRS undertook fewer audits.


IRS Chief Counsel, in generic legal advice (AM-2017-003), recently described when a qualified employer may take into account the payroll tax credit for increasing research activities. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act) created the payroll credit aimed at start-ups with little or no income tax liabilities. This tax break allows taxpayers to get the cash benefit of the payroll tax credit sooner as they reduce their payroll tax liability as payroll payments are made, instead of having to wait until the end of the quarter to receive the credit.


Yes, however, there are special timing rules for foreign adoptions. These rules differ from the timing rules for domestic adoptions and impact when you may claim qualified adoption expenses.


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 October 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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