Accounting

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act— The Death of Alternative Minimum Tax?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) made major changes to the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). The minimum tax was enacted in 1969. The idea was for high-income households (with lots of deductions) to pay their share of taxes. There was a problem, though. The AMT exemptions were never indexed for inflation, so as wages…
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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—Changes to the Child Tax Credit

  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) brought major changes to the child tax credit. For tax years 2018 through 2025, the credit is doubled from $1,000 to $2,000 per qualifying child. In addition, up to $1,400 of the credit is refundable. What’s more, the income phase-out was expanded, which means more taxpayers will…
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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – C Corporation Tax Rates

Last time, we looked at individual tax rates. This time, let’s look at the bigger picture of C Corporations. PART 2   C Corporations currently pay taxes on a graduated scale up to 35% of taxable income. Personal service corporations (attorneys, engineers, etc.) pay at a flat 35%. Beginning in 2018, all C Corporations will…
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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…
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New Per Diem Rates Effective October 1, 2016

There will be an update to per diem rates effective beginning October 1st. First, let me offer some background. If you have employees that incur frequent business travel, it can often be cumbersome for those employees (and perhaps for the chief accountant) to accumulate receipts for reimbursable expenses paid by the employee. As an alternative, tax…
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What You Need to Know About IRS Scam Calls

This summer has seen an uptick in IRS scam calls, and an evolution of strategies from the scammers themselves. We have received many calls and e-mails attempting to verify whether or not a call is legitimate, and most have unfortunately been fraudulent. On August 2nd, the IRS released a bulletin in which Commissioner John Koskinen…
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Use Tax Compliance for Business Owners

Business owners pay many different kinds of taxes every year. Of those taxes, sales tax is probably the easiest to understand. If a business owner buys $100 in dental supplies and the tax rate is 10%, then the business owner pays an extra $10 to cover the tax. The vendor collects and pays the sales…
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Billing and Collections | Engineering Firms

Take Charge of Billing and Collections Almost every professional services firm has issues with collections at some time or another. I regularly talk with engineering firms who let billing and collections get out of control. At the very least, most firms would benefit from making improvements to their collections processes. So let’s take a look…
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Electronic Tax Payment Options

In recent years, the U.S. Treasury and Alabama Department of Revenue have become more accommodating to different tax payment methods. While the availability of bank draft and credit card payment options is nothing new, these methods are now available for free. Instead of fighting the tax day traffic at the post office, you can now…
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Itemized Deductions from A to Z, Part 12: Job Expenses and Miscellaneous Deductions

This is part twelve in our series on Itemized Deductions. To read the rest of the series, click here. For additional information regarding 2014 tax planning, you can download our 2014 Tax Planning Guide from the Resources tab on our website. We’re almost done with our series on itemized deductions. The final sections we’ll cover…
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