Emerging Scam Involving Clean Energy Tax Credits

A warning alert by the Internal Revenue Service addresses a new emerging scam involving the purchase of clean energy tax credits. In their recent findings, it appears that there are cases of tax return preparers misrepresenting the rules for claiming clean energy credits under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The transferability provision of the IRS […]

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Educational Assistance Programs: Know the Details

In a world where education expenses keep rising and employers must struggle to attract and retain staff, a Section 127 educational assistance program makes a lot of sense: Workers get the education to help them grow in their careers, and businesses get a well-trained and loyal workforce. The key is knowing how these plans work. […]

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Tax Benefits for Homeowners

What tax deductions, programs and housing allowances are available and unavailable to you, homeowner? Let’s delve into several that the IRS wants you to consider: Deductible house-related expenses — your mortgage may bundle other costs involved in owning a home. Here are some to deduct: State and local real estate taxes, which are subject to […]

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Form 1099-K frequently asked questions (FAQs) revised

The Internal Revenue Service recently revised its frequently asked questions (FAQs) with almost 50 new or updated ones regarding Forms 1099-K, Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions, published in fact sheet FS-2024-03. These updates supersede the FAQs published in a March 2023 fact sheet. The revised FAQs include substantial changes for both individual taxpayers and companies […]

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IRS offers guidance on emergency savings accounts

As part of the continued outgrowth of the wide-ranging Secure 2.0 Act of 2022, the Internal Revenue Service has provided initial guidance to assist employers with establishing pension-linked emergency savings accounts (PLESAs) to improve on retirement security. These types of accounts are designed to enhance retirement security by reducing retirement plan leakage, offering additional flexibility to workers […]

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New Independent Contractor Rules

The Department of Labor’s final rule for employee or independent contractor classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act rescinds the 2021 Independent Contractor Rule, replacing it with guidance on analysis that’s more consistent with the FLSA as interpreted by longstanding judicial precedent, and was scheduled to take effect March 11, 2024. The final rule reduces […]

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IRS announces business standard mileage rate increases for 2024

The Internal Revenue Service allows qualified taxpayers to deduct vehicle mileage related to business, charity, medical or moving expenses – but there are several rules to be aware of. Recently issued Notice 2024-08 outlines the optional 2024 standard mileage rates that taxpayers will need to use when computing the deductible costs in the upcoming year. […]

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New Rules for Renewable Energy Credits

The U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service recently released a notice of proposed regulations to update the investment tax credit (ITC) rules to encompass various forms of renewable energy, that haven’t been changed since year 1987. Notice 2023-25539.pdf outlines the various kinds of energy properties eligible for the Section 48 investment tax […]

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Time To Review Your Withholding

With the end of 2023 rapidly approaching, the IRS encourages taxpayers to use this “window of opportunity” to review their current withholding status as soon as possible to make any necessary adjustments to their withholdings, to potentially avoid a surprise when filing a tax return next year. Although it’s most advantageous for taxpayers to verify […]

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Considering a trust?

Trusts are an essential financial planning tool for anyone, as there are numerous benefits in establishing a trust, such as: no probate court, potential tax benefits, specificity, valid while you’re living and in some cases, offers flexibility. Life is unpredictable, a trust acts as a highly versatile instrument that can be used for various purposes […]

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