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10 things that could trigger an IRS audit

10 things that could trigger an IRS audit

Good news. You’re getting a small extension on your federal and state tax deadline this year. Instead of April 15, the due date is Tuesday, April 18. The 15th is…

How to compete for California tax credits

How to compete for California tax credits

California is generally considered a business unfriendly state because of its high taxes and strict regulatory environment.  Over the last few years, businesses have taken their operations to more friendly…

Estate planning under a Trump administration

Estate planning under a Trump administration

One of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises was reform of the Internal Revenue Code.  With respect to the estate tax, what does that mean? According to Trump’s campaign website,  his…

Your end of year tax, financial checklist

As we approach the end of 2016, there are many estate planning techniques that you should consider before Dec. 31. Gifts Have you made your annual exclusion gifts? Under federal…

Comparing Clinton and Trump’s tax plans

Comparing Clinton and Trump’s tax plans

American taxpayers will vote for the next president Nov. 8, and the candidates have wildly different tax plans. Trump stands by the Republicans’ view of fiscal conservatism with smaller government…

Taxpayers get limited rights in tax controversies

Taxpayers get limited rights in tax controversies

The Internal Revenue Code provides many rights to taxpayers to challenge IRS actions, however as I will point out in this article, the rights given are less than desirable. Our…

Partnership audit rules are changing

Partnership audit rules are changing

Last November, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which overhauls how the IRS audits and collects tax from partnerships or entities taxed as partnerships, such as LLCs…

Shifting employer payroll tax liabilities

Shifting employer payroll tax liabilities

Many businesses today use professional employer organizations to handle federal employment tax withholding, reporting and payments pertaining to their workers. Those organizations often provide other services to a client business…

When tax matters and politics collide

When tax matters and politics collide

The government is supposed to be open to all people and groups no matter their political affiliation. However, in reality we know that this is just not true. One of…

IRS’ high-income audits on the rise

IRS’ high-income audits on the rise

The one weapon of intimidation the IRS holds over the U.S. population is the threat of an income tax audit. The vast majority of Americans will never be audited. However,…

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