BeachFleischman PC and Cervantes CPA Firm, P.C. merge to expand Phoenix footprint

Phoenix, AZ – January 1, 2016 – BeachFleischman PC, one of Arizona’s largest locally-owned CPA firms, is proud to announce a merger with Scottsdale-based Cervantes CPA Firm, P.C., effective January 1, 2016. The combined firms are practicing as BeachFleischman PC, and Cervantes CPA Firm’s employees, including 1 shareholder and 4 staff, have relocated to BeachFleischman’s[ … ]

2013 may be your last chance for a “charitable IRA rollover”

If you’re age 70½ or older, you can make a direct contribution — up to $100,000 — from your IRA to a qualified charitable organization in 2013 without owing any income tax on the distribution. This “charitable IRA rollover” can be used to satisfy required minimum distributions. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA)[ … ]

Expiration date for home mortgage debt forgiveness rapidly approaching

Since 2007, homeowners have been allowed to exclude from their taxable income up to $2 million in cancellation-of-debt (COD) income ($1 million for married taxpayers filing separately) in connection with qualified principal residence indebtedness (QPRI). The exclusion had been available only for debts forgiven through 2012, but Congress extended it. Now that expiration date —[ … ]

IRS issues final regulations on tangible property expenses

The regulations (IRS T.D. 9636) provide guidance on how to comply with Sections 162 and 263 of the Internal Revenue Code. These sections require amounts paid to acquire, produce or improve tangible property to be capitalized but allow amounts for incidental repairs and maintenance of property to be deducted — potentially saving you more tax[ … ]

Start planning now if you’d like to deduct medical expenses

Medical expenses that aren’t reimbursable by insurance or paid through a tax-advantaged account (such as a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account) may be deductible — but only to the extent that they exceed 10% of your adjusted gross income. Before 2013, the floor was only 7.5% for regular tax purposes. (Taxpayers age 65[ … ]

IRS makes more same-sex couples eligible for federal tax treatment as a married couple

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision regarding same-sex marriage, the IRS recently clarified that married same-sex couples will be treated as married for all federal tax provisions in which marriage is a factor, such as filing status, dependent exemptions and child credits, and gift and estate tax breaks. Significantly, the Supreme Court[ … ]

Owners of leasehold, restaurant and retail properties must act soon to enjoy extended depreciation-related breaks

In January, Congress extended some depreciation-related tax breaks that can benefit owners of leasehold, restaurant and retail properties: 50% bonus depreciation. Congress extended this additional first-year depreciation allowance to qualifying leasehold improvements made in 2013. Section 179 expensing. Congress revived through 2013 the election to deduct under Sec. 179 (rather than depreciate over a number[ … ]

You can still use ESA funds to pay elementary and secondary school costs

As the kids head back to school, it’s a good time to think about Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESAs). One major advantage of ESAs over another popular education saving tool, the Section 529 plan, is that tax-free ESA distributions aren’t limited to college expenses; they also can fund elementary and secondary school costs. That means[ … ]

New IRS website provides health care law info for just about everyone

  Many provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 have recently gone into effect, and some significant provisions will do so in 2014 and 2015. To help individuals and families, employers (both large and small), and other organizations learn more about how they’ll be affected, the IRS has launched a new[ … ]