Posted in Individual Tax Brief

Do you Need to File a 2014 Gift Tax Return by April 15?

Generally, you’ll need to file a gift tax return for 2014 if, during the tax year, you made gifts: That exceeded the $14,000-per-recipient gift tax annual exclusion (other than to your U.S. citizen spouse), That you wish to split with your spouse to take advantage of your combined $28,000 annual exclusions, or Of future interests…

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Posted in Accounting & Auditing

Taking Advantage of Tangible Property Safe Harbors

If your business has made repairs to tangible property, such as buildings, machinery, equipment and vehicles, you may be eligible for a deduction on your 2014 income tax return. But you must make sure they were truly “repairs,” and not actually “improvements.” Why? Costs incurred to improve tangible property must be depreciated over a period…

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Posted in State & Local Strategies, Sales and Use Tax

Taxpayer “Victory” in Direct Marketing Case – But Multistate Retailers Shouldn’t Do the Snoopy Dance of Joy Just Yet

In a seeming victory for online retailers, the U.S. Supreme Court last week ruled that the Tax Injunction Act does not bar a retailer from bringing a suit in federal court. The suit originally brought by the Direct Marketing Association involved whether Colorado could force online retailers to report purchases made by their…

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Be Sure to Deduct all of the Mileage You’re Entitled to

You probably know that miles driven for business purposes can be deductible. But did you know that you might also be able to deduct miles driven for other purposes? The rates vary depending on the purpose and the year: Business: 56 cents (2014), 57.5 cents (2015) Medical: 23.5 cents (2014), 23 cents (2015) Moving: 23.5…

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Posted in State & Local Strategies, Sales and Use Tax

Marketplace Fairness Act Meets Another Detour as a New Proposal Circulated for Online Sales Tax Simplication

Is the new Congress planning to alter some of the unpopular provisions of the 2013 Marketplace Fairness Act? It sure seems like it. On January 13th, House Judiciary Chairman, Representative Bob Goodlatte, circulated a draft of the  Online Sales Simplification Act of 2015.  As reported in a Bloomberg BNA article,  Read More

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You May be Able to Save More for Retirement in 2015

Many retirement plan contribution limits increase slightly in 2015; thus, you may have opportunities to increase your retirement savings: Type of limitation 2014 limit 2015 limit  Elective deferrals to 401(k), 403(b), 457(b)(2) and 457(c)(1)plans   $17,500   $18,000  Annual benefit for defined benefit plans   $210,000   $210,000  Contributions to defined contribution plans   $52,000…

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Posted in State & Local Strategies, Nexus, Sales and Use Tax

Multistate Tax ‘Nexus in Texas’ Alert – Comptroller Decision Sounds Sales Tax Warning For Software Providers

As someone who regularly tunes into the Weather Channel, I keenly appreciate how meteorologists recognize dangerous patterns and potentially significant storms through analysis of weather hundreds of miles and days away from a location.  This ability to predict weather emergencies allow us to prepare and “batten down the hatches” well in advance of the…

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