2015 PATH Act Provisions

On December 18, 2015, the President signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act). The law extended some provisions and made others permanent, including the following: Business Provisions: Permanent extensions Section 179 expense. A temporary Section 179 expense limit of $500,000 and investment limit of $2 million before phase-out[ … ]

7 last-minute tax-saving tips

The year is quickly drawing to a close, but there’s still time to take steps to reduce your 2015 tax liability — you just must act by December 31: Pay your 2015 property tax bill that’s due in early 2016. Make your January 1 mortgage payment. Incur deductible medical expenses (if your deductible medical expenses[ … ]

New Arizona Tax Credit for S Corps contributing to STOs

New Dollar-for-Dollar Arizona Tax Credit for S Corporations for Contributions to School Tuition Organizations During 2015, Arizona added a new dollar-for-dollar state tax credit opportunity for entities treated as S-Corporations. A dollar-for-dollar credit means that for every dollar paid, the S corporation shareholder receives a dollar tax credit on their Arizona income tax return. Essentially[ … ]

Avoid a 50% penalty: Take retirement plan RMDs by December 31

After you reach age 70½, you must take annual required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your IRAs (except Roth IRAs) and, generally, from your defined contribution plans (such as 401(k) plans). You also could be required to take RMDs if you inherited a retirement plan (including Roth IRAs). If you don’t comply — which usually requires[ … ]

Don’t miss your opportunity to make 2015 annual exclusion gifts

Recently, the IRS released the 2016 annually adjusted amount for the unified gift and estate tax exemption and the generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax exemption: $5.45 million (up from $5.43 million in 2015). But even with the rising exemptions, annual exclusion gifts offer a valuable tax-saving opportunity. The 2015 gift tax annual exclusion allows you to[ … ]

Reduce taxes on your investments with these year-end strategies

While tax consequences should never drive investment decisions, it’s critical that they be considered — especially by higher-income taxpayers, who may be facing the 39.6% short-term capital gains rate, the 20% long-term capital gains rate and the 3.8% net investment income tax (NIIT). Holding on to an investment until you’ve owned it more than one[ … ]

Protect your deduction: Verify before you donate

Verify that a charity is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions before you donate Donations to qualified charities are generally fully deductible, and they may be the easiest deductible expense to time to your tax advantage. After all, you control exactly when and how much you give. But before you donate, it’s critical to make sure[ … ]

New Retail and Restaurant Remodel/Refresh Safe Harbor

The tangible property regulations have added increased complexity for many taxpayers. Although the new regulations are favorable to taxpayers in many instances, it can often be a headache to determine the correct treatment. In an effort to mitigate disputes regarding the deductibility and capitalization of remodel and refresh costs between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)[ … ]