Sandy Abalos | January 6, 2020
Santa Claus came a few days early for more workers – including those working part-time and even freelance – when the SECURE Act was signed into law on December 20, 2019. The new legislation, which took effect on January 1, 2020, stands for Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement. It provides more part-time employees with access to tax-friendly workplace retirement plans such as 401(k)s, while also making it more affordable for small businesses to set up these plans. Read more. Read More
Sandy Abalos | September 10, 2018
Ever since Congress enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December, many business owners are reconsidering which business entity makes the most sense for their particular business. With the new, lower tax rate for C corporations, many pass-through entities, including S corporations, are reconsidering their structure to take advantage of the substantially reduced 21% corporate tax rate.
The Act also provided tax relief to S corporations (and other pass-through entities) in the form of a temporary business income deduction (with some limitations), so that’s what makes it complicated. It may not be worth switching after all. When it comes to choosing business entities, one thing hasn’t changed—it all depends on a number of factors. Read more. Read More
Sandy Abalos | August 22, 2017
The IRS is urging businesses to beware of a recent increase in email scams targeting employee Forms W-2. The W-2 scam – called a business email compromise or BEC – is one of the most dangerous phishing email schemes trending nationwide from a tax administration perspective. The IRS saw a sharp increase in the number of incidents and victims during the 2017 filing season.
A business email compromise occurs when a cybercriminal is able to “spoof” or impersonate a company or organization executive’s email address and target a payroll, financial or human resources employee with a request. For example, fraudsters will try to trick an employee to transfer funds into a specified account or request a list of all employees and their Forms W-2. Read more. Read More
Sandy Abalos | July 27, 2017
The Internal Revenue Service issued a warning on June 15 about a new scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), where scammers call to demand an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card. This fraud is being reported across the country, so all taxpayers should be alert to the details. Read more. Read More
Sandy Abalos | January 7, 2016
Just before its year-end recess, Congress approved its anticipated tax-extender package, which President Obama has since signed into law. The package makes permanent – or extends authorization for – a number of tax provisions affecting economic development in Indian Country.
The Indian Tax Extenders are designed to motivate both direct investment in projects on Indian lands and the hiring of Indian people. Read more. Read More