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The Dire Consequences of “Accidentally” Incorporating

The Dire Consequences of “Accidentally” Incorporating

Online legal services make it seem very easy to start and incorporate a business. But, through the eyes of the IRS, the difference between a sole proprietorship and a corporation is more dramatic than just being able to add “Inc.” to your business name. A Michigan tax case involving a small family business illustrates this point. What started with an innocent mistake by a well-meaning son ended in thousands of dollars of back taxes owed by a widowed business owner. 

Steven Bankler Featured in New Book on Changing the Face of Accounting

Steven Bankler Featured in New Book on Changing the Face of Accounting
We’re thrilled to announce that Steven Bankler is featured in Ian Welham’s new book entitled Changing the Face of Accounting: Forward Thinking Conversations About Reinventing the CPA Field. Welham dedicated an entire chapter to Steven, featuring an interview that highlights the many ways in which Steven Bankler, CPA, Ltd. does things differently from typical CPA firms

How Do You Know It’s REALLY the IRS Knocking?

How Do You Know It’s REALLY the IRS Knocking?
Tax scams are a dime a dozen these days. Recently we’ve warned about phone and email scams as well as how to determine whether the letter you receive from a third-party tax collector is legitimate. Now the IRS is warning about a lesser-known but even more invasive scam. This one involves IRS impersonators visiting your home or office in person and demanding payment.

What's Really Happening with IRS Audits in 2017?

  • 26 April 2017
  • Author: Alexander Carr
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What's Really Happening with IRS Audits in 2017?

You may have heard that the IRS is auditing less but, before you breathe a sigh of relief, there are a few things you should know. While the number of audits has declined across the board since 2012, it’s a decrease of a fraction of 1 percent of all tax returns filed. Additionally, the IRS was spared significant budget cuts by the Trump administration recently, which means the recent change in federal leadership will not necessarily translate into fewer audits for all. And it’s important to note that the type of taxes you file and what you claim can make a big difference when it comes to your audit risk. 

Do You Have a Succession Plan? Does Your Financial Advisor?

  • 29 March 2017
  • Author: Alexander Carr
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Do You Have a Succession Plan? Does Your Financial Advisor?
The idea of succession planning may be a foreign concept to you. But, if you’re a small business owner, it shouldn’t be. In fact, planning who will lead your business and how they will lead it after your exit could be the single most important business strategy you put in place

4 Early Tax Refund Myths Debunked

  • 28 February 2017
  • Author: Alexander Carr
  • Number of views: 727
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4 Early Tax Refund Myths Debunked
The moment your tax forms hit the mailbox, the clock starts ticking on when you might get a refund. The wait can be excruciating and theories abound on how to determine when a refund will come or even how to speed up the process. Is there any truth to these folktales? The IRS issued a statement

addressing the top myths surrounding refunds, especially for those who have already filled for the 2017 tax season.

IRS Is Using Private Debt Collectors

  • 31 January 2017
  • Author: Alexander Carr
  • Number of views: 823
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IRS Is Using Private Debt Collectors
The IRS is behind on collecting more than $400 billion in back taxes but it doesn’t plan on erasing those debts just yet. Instead, Congress mandated the use of private debt collectors for help. In fact, the IRS plans to begin private collection of certain overdue federal tax debts as early as this spring.

The Soda Tax that’s Sweeping the Nation

  • 13 December 2016
  • Author: Alexander Carr
  • Number of views: 1376
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The Soda Tax that’s Sweeping the Nation
Excise taxes are often added to purchases that are considered “bad for you.” That’s why you’ll routinely see excise taxes on gasoline, tobacco products, tanning beds, wagering bets and other vices. It’s not surprising, then, that a soda tax is beginning to take shape in many U.S. cities. What is surprising is the effect it’s already had on sugary drink consumption

End-of-Year Giving Guide

  • 29 November 2016
  • Author: Alexander Carr
  • Number of views: 833
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End-of-Year Giving Guide
‘Tis the season to catch up on your last-minute tax deductions and strategies. What better way to save on taxes than to give that hard-earned money to the people and organizations you choose instead? There are two ways to do it: gifts to loved ones and charitable giving.

How the Election Could Affect Your Federal Taxes

  • 25 October 2016
  • Author: Alexander Carr
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How the Election Could Affect Your Federal Taxes
Early voting has started and we’re only weeks away from having a new U.S. President elected. There’s been a lot of talk about Donald Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s own tax records, including Tax Notes’ take featuring Steven Bankler’s expertise.  But how will each candidate affect your own tax bill if they are elected?
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