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Law Firm Partnership Audits Are About to Change

  • 28 September 2017
  • Author: Alexander Carr
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Law Firm Partnership Audits Are About to Change

An entirely new centralized partnership audit regime has finally replaced 1982’s TEFRA partnership procedures when it comes to partnership audits. The new rules, which are part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA), apply to partnership tax years beginning January 1, 2018. Partnerships can elect to apply them to returns dated as early as November 2, 2015.

Hulk Hogan's Litigation Financing Lessons

Hulk Hogan's Litigation Financing Lessons

In April, we introduced the growing trend of third-party litigation financing to help offset the cost of litigation. Since then a specific case has catapulted the idea into the mainstream. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Peter Thiel, founding investor in PayPal and Facebook, has provided about $10 million to support pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan in an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media

Per Diem Travel: Myths You Shouldn't Believe

  • 12 April 2016
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Per Diem Travel:  Myths You Shouldn't Believe

As we head into business conference season, now is a great time to review the rules concerning business travel expenses. Using a per diem rate to reimburse business travel is often misunderstood. Typically, the record keeping is simpler under this method as the federal government has established fixed reimbursement amounts per day for business travel that cover lodging, meals and incidentals.

Is Private Equity an Answer to Cash Woes?

  • 15 March 2016
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Is Private Equity an Answer to Cash Woes?
Private equity is a term that’s thrown around the business world, especially among startup companies. It can be a great way for businesses to get a much-needed infusion of cash.  And you don’t need to be a young, hip startup to consider it as a viable option.

Top 2016 Tax Deduction Changes for Business Owners

  • 9 February 2016
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Top 2016 Tax Deduction Changes for Business Owners

As usual, Congress’ procrastination resulted in some last-minute legislation. Here’s a summary of the top tax changes that will affect business owners in 2016:

Foreign Assets? Working Abroad? The IRS Still Wants Your Money

  • 26 January 2016
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
  • Number of views: 1261
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Foreign Assets?  Working Abroad?  The IRS Still Wants Your Money

More than 3,000 Americans each year give up their U.S. passports in order to work abroad. Why? It’s not because they don’t love America. It’s because tax complications make it too hard to work abroad while staying loyal to Uncle Sam. In fact, the U.S. is known to have the most onerous tax laws for citizens working abroad of any developed country in the world.

Personal Property Rendition for Business: What You Should Know

  • 12 January 2016
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
  • Number of views: 1184
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Personal Property Rendition for Business:  What You Should Know

In Texas, as well as many other states throughout the U.S., business owners are required by law to report personal property that is used for business to their county tax appraisal district. The requirement is called a Business Personal Property rendition and it includes tangible personal property used to produce income or for other business purposes.

Last-Minute Tax Deductions & Section 179 Caveat

  • 15 December 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
  • Number of views: 1232
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Last-Minute Tax Deductions & Section 179 Caveat
‘Tis the season for last-minute tax deductions. Technology purchases, staff appreciation, charitable giving, deferred income and accelerated expensing are five major ways to reduce your current year tax bill, making this the most wonderful time of the year indeed! However, one caveat remains: the Section 179 deduction, which allows a deduction on all or part of the cost of certain qualifying property in the year it is placed in service.

How Cash Payments Over $10,000 Get Noticed

  • 8 December 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
  • Number of views: 1336
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How Cash Payments Over $10,000 Get Noticed

In business, not all cash is considered equal in the eyes of the IRS. Business owners must report any cash payments of more than $10,000 by completing a Form 8300. Why? These types of payments to businesses are a red flag for money laundering and criminal activity. It’s serious business for the IRS, since the activity can be an indication of terrorist financing and drug dealing. For the rest of us, it’s better to be safe than sorry—and simply report it. Here’s what you should know:

Can the IRS Freeze My Bank Account?

  • 17 November 2015
  • Author: Cari Holbrook
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Can the IRS Freeze My Bank Account?

Last month we discussed when and how the IRS can freeze a tax refund. But did you know that the IRS can freeze your bank account as well? It’s called an IRS bank levy and it represents an actual seizure of your money from your bank account, if the IRS finds it necessary.

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