Infographic: What drives the standard mileage rate for business driving deductions?
When a donor promises to make a contribution at a later date, your not-for-profit likely welcomes it. But such pledges can come with complicated accounting issues. Conditional vs. unconditional Let’s say a donor makes a pledge in April 2018 to contribute $10,000 in January 2019. You generally will create a pledge receivable and recognize… Read More
From scrapbooking to glass blowing, many Americans enjoy hobbies that are also a source of income. A taxpayer must report income on their tax return even if it is made from a hobby. However, the rules for how to report the income and expenses depend on whether the activity is a hobby or a business…. Read More
The IRS mails millions of letters to taxpayers every year for many reasons. Here are seven simple suggestions on how individuals can handle a letter or notice from the IRS: 1. Don’t panic. Simply responding will take care of most IRS letters and notices. 2. Read the entire letter carefully. Most letters deal with a… Read More
New business owners have tax-related things to do before launching their companies. IRS.gov has resources to help. Here are some items to consider before scheduling a ribbon-cutting event. Choose a business structure When starting a business, an owner must decide what type of entity it will be. This type determines which tax forms a business… Read More
Every Halloween, children knock on doors pretending they are everything from superheroes to movie stars. Scammers, on the other hand, don’t leave their impersonations to one day. They can happen any time of the year. People can avoid taking the bait and falling victim to a scam by knowing how and when the IRS does… Read More
SACRAMENTO — The Internal Revenue Service today announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2018. The IRS today issued technical guidance detailing these items in Notice 2017-64. Highlights of Changes for 2018 The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457… Read More
Kautter formerly worked for the accounting firms RSM US and Ernst & Young and was confirmed for his position at the Treasury Department in August (see RSM’s Kautter confirmed in Treasury tax post). He will succeed John Koskinen when Koskinen’s term ends on November 12. The designation will take effect on November 13. Treasury Secretary… Read More