Dent, Baker Blog

Jessica Bou Akar recognized for her service as the ASCPA’s 2017 Golf Tournament Chair.

Jessica Bou Akar, a senior accountant at Dent Moses, LLP, was recognized by the Alabama Society of CPAS for her service as the 2017 Golf Tournament Chair. The ASCPA annual golf tournament benefits the Exceptional Foundation of Birmingham and the ASCPA Educational Fund, which provides scholarships to students all across the state. Jessica is involved… Read more »

Cindy Bryan received the JLB’s Women to Watch award.

Birmingham, AL | Cindy Bryan, CPA has been awarded the Junior League of Birmingham’s Women to Watch award. This award highlights the accomplishments of women who have emerged as leaders in their first five years of volunteering with the Junior League of Birmingham. Cindy served as Chair Elect of the Shop Save & Share Committee… Read more »

Where’s Your Refund?

If you have not received your refund, the IRS and state governments have tools  to check the status – including mobile apps. You’ll need basic data like your social security number and the exact amount of anticipated refund. Where’s My Refund? Federal Federal – IRS2Go mobile app Alabama The IRS website updates only once per… Read more »

2016 – 2017 Key Payroll Facts and Figures

Our “Key Payroll Facts and Figures” booklet has a quick reference guide, a few forms you might need, and a list of helpful links. You can find the guide by clicking the link above or by heading to the Resources tab on our website. If we can answer any questions regarding the information in the… Read more »

Overtime Regulations – effective December 1, 2016

Earlier this year, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued final rules that made changes to the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) effective December 1, 2016. The DOL estimates more than 4 million workers who were formerly exempt from overtime will now be legally entitled to overtime pay (at a rate of… Read more »

Revised Due Dates for 2016 Returns

Legislation passed in July of 2015 modifies the due dates for many tax returns beginning with the 2017 filing season (2016 returns). The act sets new due dates for the returns listed below as well several others: Partnerships – 2016 calendar year partnership returns will be due March 15th (formerly April 15th). Fiscal year partnerships… Read more »

Email – A Second Class Form of Communication

Email and texting have revolutionized communication. Both are fast, convenient and essentially allow nonstop 24/7 communication. Like any means of communication there are limitations and certainly emails and texts have a downside. For a professional services firm, work 20 years ago was a barrage of phone calls and faxes. Now, emails have become so numerous… Read more »

Tax Tribunal Holds Modified Software Is Nontaxable Custom Software

The Alabama Tax Tribunal recently held that modified canned software is nontaxable custom software.  In Russell County Community Hospital v. Alabama Department of Revenue ( No. S 15-1683 Ala. Tax Trib. June 13, 2016), the Tribunal ruled that the taxpayer was entitled to a refund of sales tax paid on purchases of software, where the software… Read more »

Medical Deduction Changes for Those 65 and Older

Many people over 65 don’t realize that after 2016, the medical deductions they have been claiming on their tax return are going to take a hit. Currently, medical deductions for anyone age 65 and older are limited to 7.5% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). In 2017, the limit is going to get bumped up to 10%… Read more »