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IRS Gives Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Harvey; Parts of Texas Now Eligible; Extension Filers Have Until Jan. 31 to File

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Aug 29, 2017 10:29:44 AM

Aug. 28, 2017  WASHINGTON –– Hurricane Harvey victims in parts of Texas have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

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Topics: Howard Kass, Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Taxes - Individual, IRS

7 Mid-year Tax Tips Everyone Should Consider

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Jul 6, 2017 10:04:47 AM

Thinking about income taxes should not just be an end-of-year or pre-April-15-panic occurrence. The well-informed taxpayer will think about these seven mid-year tax tips that could help save on his next income tax filing, as well as yours. 

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Topics: Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Taxes - Individual

Do You Have an HSA? What you need to know about the 2018 limits

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Jun 21, 2017 6:03:00 PM

The 2018 health savings account (HSA) guidelines were recently released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These guidelines outline the inflation-adjusted contribution, deductible, and out-of-pocket spending limits for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) for calendar year 2018. 

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Topics: HSA, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Taxes - Individual

Why Your 401(K) Plan May Not Be the “End-All Be-All” For Your Retirement

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on May 30, 2017 3:46:00 PM

Since their inception via the Revenue Act of 1978, 401(k) plans have been great tools to help workers save for retirement. While a 401(k) plan has many advantages, there are also some drawbacks to them that one should consider when creating a comprehensive retirement-strategy.

The advantages of a 401(k)

The basic concept of a 401(k) plan is to allow workers to make pre-tax contributions to the plan from their paychecks. As a result, money contributed is not included in their taxable income for that year.

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Topics: Brett W. Neate, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Retirement Planning & IRAs

Relief from a Tax Penalty You May Not Have Even Known About

Posted by Gary Sigman, CPA, M.Tax, PFS, AEP on Oct 10, 2016 4:06:56 PM

Did you know that small businesses that fail to file their annual retirement plan returns can face hefty fines of up to $15,000 per return? Our tax team has helped small businesses plan and prepare their annual plan returns. 

Fortunately, the Internal Revenue Service recognizes that some businesses may not even realize that this requirement applies to them. As a result, a tax penalty relief program allows them to pay $500 per return for late filings, up to a maximum of $1,500. The relief is aimed at small businesses whose plans cover a 100% owner or partners in a business partnership, and their spouses.

The U.S. Department of Labor also has a relief program for businesses that have employees. If you’re not sure whether the requirements—or the relief programs—apply to you, be sure to contact us. We can offer advice on how to remain in compliance with critical regulations and minimize your tax outlays. 

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Topics: Gary Sigman, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Retirement Planning & IRAs

Forget the Cards, Candy and Flowers - What your CPA really wants to see in February

Posted by Howard J. Kass, CPA, AEP®, CGMA, Partner on Feb 18, 2016 4:18:07 PM

Many business owners stress over gathering receipts, recalculating figures and some even lose sleep over filling out their tax yearly organizer. But did you know, there are five things your CPA really wants to see when you submit your information so that he or she can start to work on your taxes? Let’s take a look...

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Topics: Howard Kass, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns

Quick Facts About the Tax Treatment of Contingent Attorney Fees

Posted by DeAnna Alger, CPA on Jan 28, 2016 2:28:27 PM
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Topics: deanna alger, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns

If You've Ever Been Tardy on Your Taxes...

Posted by Gary Sigman, CPA, M.Tax, PFS, AEP on Jan 13, 2016 3:52:00 PM

You or your business may qualify for First Time Penalty Abatement (FTA).

As you probably know, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can assess penalties to both individuals and businesses for not complying with the tax rules.  For example,

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Topics: Gary Sigman, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns

10 Simple Things You Can Do Right Now to Reduce Your Taxes

Posted by Howard J. Kass, CPA, AEP®, CGMA, Partner on Dec 28, 2015 1:07:54 PM

For many, the sting of holiday spending will present itself in the coming weeks by way of credit card bills and department store charges. Spending aside, the few remaining days of the year also present an opportunity to reduce your taxes, whether you are an individual taxpayer or a business owner.

Our tax team has compiled their top ten action steps to ease the burden and possibly lessen the blow of taxes owed come April 15. 

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Topics: Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns

Tax Relief to Greet Many Heading into 2016

Posted by Gary Sigman, CPA, M.Tax, PFS, AEP on Dec 22, 2015 5:00:00 PM
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Topics: Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns

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