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A Tricky Tax Ruling for Trophy Hunters

  • 17 October 2017
  • Author: Alexander Carr
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A Tricky Tax Ruling for Trophy Hunters

A recent tax ruling affects the value of hunting specimens that are donated to charity. The issue comes down to whether the specimens can be valued at comparable sales cost or replacement cost. For one recent case, it’s a difference of more than $400,000 that is now owed in back taxes.

Don’t Personally Fund Your Business Without Reading This First

  • 10 October 2017
  • Author: Alexander Carr
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Don’t Personally Fund Your Business Without Reading This First

A renowned biochemist just found out that tax codes can be more complicated than biotechnology. His mistake? Infusing his startup with millions in personal cash without paperwork to classify what the advance was: personal equity or a business loan.

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.

3 Labor and Compensation Rules That Just Changed

  • 19 September 2017
  • Author: Alexander Carr
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3 Labor and Compensation Rules That Just Changed

While you were gone fishing this summer (or just buried knee-deep in your own business concerns), there have been some changes in federal labor and employee compensation rules you should know. From overtime and misclassification to joint employment, here’s a rundown on what has happened and what it could mean to your business.

Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross’ Disastrous 10-to-1 Charitable Deduction

  • 12 September 2017
  • Author: Alexander Carr
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Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross’ Disastrous 10-to-1 Charitable Deduction

Stephen Ross, billionaire real estate developer and owner of the Miami Dolphins football team, is the University of Michigan’s largest donor. Unfortunately, he caught the attention of the IRS along the way and it didn’t end well for him. After a decade of legal proceedings, a tax court recently disallowed a $33-million charitable deduction Ross and a group of business partners took on a donation to U-M. Instead, the court valued the deduction at only $3.4 million.

When to Turn a Hobby into a Business

  • 22 August 2017
  • Author: Alexander Carr
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When to Turn a Hobby into a Business

Hobbies are a great distraction from the hustle and bustle of work. Over time, some of us become so good at our hobbies that they start providing income for us. How many cupcake bakers, woodworkers, photographers, and other hobbyists do you know who have found an extra source of income doing what they love? 

Are Corporation Profits Double (or Even Triple) Taxed?

  • 15 August 2017
  • Author: Alexander Carr
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Are Corporation Profits Double (or Even Triple) Taxed?

All too often, the answer to the question, “Are corporation profits double taxed?” is a resounding YES. But double taxation doesn’t need to be a fact of life for corporate business owners if they know how to navigate around it within the boundaries of the IRS.

Boston Bruins Just ICED THE IRS IN TAX COURT!

Boston Bruins Just ICED THE IRS IN TAX COURT!
The Boston Bruins professional hockey team just won a huge victory, only it wasn’t on the ice rink. Instead, it was in Tax Court. In a recent surprise ruling (see  Jacobs v. IRS, 148 T.C. No. 24

), the Tax Court ruled that the owners of the team  may deduct the entire cost of away game pregame meals as a qualifying de minimis fringe benefit.

Why “Pleading the Fifth” Doesn’t Work in Tax Cases

  • 11 July 2017
  • Author: Alexander Carr
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Why “Pleading the Fifth” Doesn’t Work in Tax Cases
From corporate leadership to government officials, it seems invoking the Fifth Amendment and declining to provide information during legal proceedings has

become popular. But if you assume the tactic can be used as a defense for not filing taxes, think again.

Now’s the Time to Fix Rollover Mistakes

Now’s the Time to Fix Rollover Mistakes
If you filed an extension on last year’s income tax return and haven’t finalized yet, you have a unique opportunity to undo some of the decisions you made when it comes to your retirement savings. You can no longer make contributions or fulfill your required minimum distributions (if you’re 70½ or older), but you can make other changes
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