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New Doors, Windows, or AC Unit? Get ready to receive a tax credit!

By Wiss Associate If you made your home a little more energy efficient last year, you may qualify for a tax credit on your federal income tax return. In previous years, to encourage clean energy conservation in residences of Americans everywhere, the Department of Energy and the EPA have worked collectively to develop Energy Star, a program designed to promote business and home energy efficiency by deeming appliances like solar panels, air conditioning and heating systems, and windows...

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Trump & Republican Tax Proposal

By Evan Gernant With Donald Trump set to move into the United States Presidency in January of 2017 and Republicans retaining control of both houses of Congress, the chances of us seeing significant tax legislation in the near term are likely. During his campaign, president-elect Trump put forward various proposals for substantial changes to the United States tax code. Furthermore, in June of 2016, House Republicans issued their “blueprint” for tax reform. Many of the Trump and House...

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How the Permanent QSBS Capital Gains Exclusion Benefits Investors

By Kevin Kerrigan The relatively unknown Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS) capital gains exclusion was permanently extended in December 2015, giving many investors and entrepreneurs much reason to celebrate. While the QSBS tax break has been around since early 2009, the 2015 permanent extension incentivizes small business investors to look more closely at the QSBS. Here are some of the advantages, conditions and drawbacks of QSBS. Overview of the QSBS The QSBS tax incentive was...

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How to Make 2016 Your Most Organized Tax Year Ever

By Paul Ursich So you and your company survived another tax deadline. Congratulations. Now, while the memory is still fresh, is the ideal time to conduct a post-mortem of your current process to identify shortcomings and strategies that will help you boost efficiency and accuracy next year. Here are a few suggestions you can use to kick-start your new processes. Review withholding allowances Large tax refunds seem like a good thing when you get them, but it means the government has...

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State Nonresident Withholding Taxes: What you and Your Stakeholders Need to Know

By Mark Feldstein No one likes to receive a bill for taxes, penalties and interest from a state where they’ve never lived — especially without a clear understanding of why they are receiving it. But if your company has stakeholders who aren’t domiciled in the states your business operates in, your company may be required to pay nonresident taxes on their behalf. If you’re not aware of nonresident withholding taxes and how they work, you could end up with confused, angry shareholders...

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Using Tax Certiorari to Challenge New York City Tax Assessments

By Wiss Associate Do you feel that your latest New York City real estate tax assessment was unjustified? If so, you have a strong tool for challenging unfair assessments: a Tax Certiorari. The Certiorari is a classification of challenges that property owners can make before the city’s Tax Commission as the aggrieved party in an assessment. Parties can include real estate developers, landlords and individuals with a financial or other specified interest in the property. There are...

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These Cost Recovery Provisions Have Yet to be Renewed

By Craig Jackson It’s that time of year again, when business owners and accounting firms try to predict which federal depreciation provisions Congress will renew for 2016 — and which will not make the cut. Several depreciation provisions expired at the end of 2014, potentially impacting taxpayers who are accustomed to these accelerated depreciation provisions.  The uncertainty surrounding which provisions will renew has made the tax planning process challenging and unpredictable. To...

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Exploring Charitable Gifting Options

By Kevin Kerrigan Americans donated nearly $260 billion to charitable causes last year, according to Giving USA Foundation. The impressive figure demonstrates the value that U.S. residents, businesses and nonprofits place on charitable giving, but it is an ongoing challenge for top earners to find effective gifting strategies that maximize the tax benefit of their charitable donations. Here are two gifting strategies worth exploring when making large donations. Donor-advised funds A...

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New York Sales Tax and Cloud Computing: What you Need to Know

By Phil London One of my guiding principles for giving clients strategic tax advice is don’t make a move simply to minimize the tax impact without making sure that your decision makes sense from all other business perspectives. For example, an opinion issued by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has businesses considering the tax ramifications of moving operational software to the cloud. The cloud The cloud includes servers, programs and computing services that...

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How Exporters Can Take Advantage of IC-DISC Tax Benefits

By Chris Colyer It’s not often that you hear good news on the U.S. tax front, but if you have a small to medium-sized company that sells product into markets outside the United States, forming an Interest Charge – Domestic International Sales Corporation (IC-DISC) could offer tax advantages. The federal government established the IC-DISC classification many years ago, but many businesses eligible to take advantage of the tax incentives are failing to do so. That’s at least in part...

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