FASB Issues New Lease Standard

| Alerding Alerts, Business Miscellaneous

On February 26, 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-02 – Leases.  This landmark standard will change the entire financial reporting landscape for entities that are a-party to Operating Lease Agreements as lessees. The new standard will require entities to record a “Right-of-Use” asset and an Operating Lease Liability at the time the Lease is entered into or when this accounting standard is adopted.  The Right-to-Use asset Read more [...]

Beware of the latest IRS Phishing Scam

| Alerding Alerts

This fraudulent email was just brought to our attention.  If you receive this email, DO NOT respond to it or click on any links.  The IRS will ONLY contact you via US Mail, not in an email such as this.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 317-569-4181 or visit our website: www.alerdingcpagroup.com.   Read more [...]

1099’s are due January 29, 2016

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The IRS requires reporting of payments of $600 or more to any individual or unincorporated business (including LLCs) for services or rent. This includes payments for repair/maintenance services, professional services, (including all attorneys whether incorporated or not), contract labor and rent. In addition, if you paid in excess of $10 of interest to any individual, you must prepare a 1099-Int. We would be happy to prepare these required forms for you again this year. If you have not already Read more [...]

The 2015 PATH Act Makes Small Business Expensing (Section 179) Permanent

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On Friday, December 18, one of the most positive tax legislative actions for small business was signed into law. Congress made permanent the $500,000 Section 179 expensing limit, thus enabling a small business to elect to expense up to $500,000 of investment in new equipment and other qualifying property instead of having to depreciate the cost over a number of years. In recent years, the $500,000 limit and some other favorable aspects of the election have been extended for a year or two at a Read more [...]

Tax Saving Ideas for Individuals

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As the year comes to a close, we wanted to make you aware of a few steps you can take now to save taxes and/or penalties for 2015: Maximize Your Charitable Donations Deduction If you are thinking of giving to charity during this holiday season, make sure you know the rules so that the deduction will be allowed: You can only deduct gifts you’ve given to qualified charities, so if you are unsure if the group is qualified, you can call our office or check the list on the IRS website. You must Read more [...]

Year-End Payroll Reporting Changes and Updates

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The year-end is quickly coming to a close and it will soon be time to prepare and file forms W2 and the related payroll tax returns. We wanted to make you aware that some fringe benefits provided to employees as well as 2% or greater shareholders are taxable and should be reported on W2 forms in order for them to be deductible business expenses. Taxable fringe benefits include: • Personal use of company vehicle (including shareholders’ use) • 2% or greater shareholders’ health insurance • Read more [...]

Indiana Tax Amnesty Letter 2015

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Over the weekend, an Indiana Dept. of Revenue (DOR) contractor mailed letters to Indiana residents indicating that the taxpayer may owe taxes or may have under reported a tax that is eligible for the 2015 tax amnesty program.  The Indiana CPA Society contacted the DOR and received the following response. "The purpose of the letter is solely to advise taxpayers who may have liabilities where Tax Amnesty 2015 is still an option for them. It is informative only. Approximately 150,000 letters Read more [...]

Mandatory Foreign Asset Reporting

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Do you have financial accounts in a foreign country?  If so, you are required to report your foreign financial asset holdings annually both to the IRS and the Treasury Department.   You will be subject to penalties up to 50% of your account balance if you fail to report these assets.  Your chances of being caught have increased as the IRS has reached agreements to start receiving data electronically from more than 145,000 foreign financial institutions. Examples of financial accounts include:  Read more [...]

HEALTH INSURANCE REPORTING FOR 2014 INCOME TAX RETURNS

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Starting in 2014, every individual and each member of your immediate family must have qualifying health insurance or pay a penalty when filing federal income tax returns.  Qualifying coverage includes employer-sponsored plans, coverage obtained through the Marketplace, or coverage through most government-sponsored programs.   You must have coverage every month during the calendar year.   Individuals enrolled in health insurance coverage through the Marketplace Exchange should receive a copy Read more [...]

Employee Health Insurance Reimbursement Plans No Longer Available

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Before 2014, employers could pay or reimburse employees for their own health insurance premiums and the payments were tax-free to the employees.  Starting in 2014, this type of employer payment does not meet the market reform guidelines and will be subject to a penalty of $100 per day for each employee.  To avoid this penalty, employers must treat the payments and reimbursements as taxable compensation to the employees and subject it to Federal Income Tax and FICA withholding. Just recently, Read more [...]