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IRS Announces New Contribution Limits for FSAs

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Nov 20, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The IRS has announced that the contribution limits for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) contribution limits have been increased to $2750 for the plan year beginning 2020.

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Topics: medical, FSA, income tax

Changes to Ohio’s Business Income Deduction Still Undecided

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Jul 1, 2019 11:14:00 AM

Ohio's state constitution requires that the state's biennial budget be approved by June 30. That deadline has come and gone and Ohio's Legislature has not yet passed a budget. The house and senate both approved a measure that extends state funding at current levels for 17 days while lawmakers try to compromise on the 3,000+-page budget bill.

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Topics: income tax, business income deduction

6 Important Things to Know About Divorce and Taxes

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Feb 21, 2019 6:00:00 AM

The sad reality is more than 50% of marriages end in divorce. The median duration of a marriage in the United States is 11 years. Divorce is a reality and there are some important things you need to know from a financial and tax perspective.

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Topics: divorce, Taxes - Individual, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

What Types of Services are Subject to Sales Tax?

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Nov 1, 2018 6:40:00 AM

Historically, in the U.S., only goods were subject to sales tax. But as the economy has shifted from a production to a service-based economy (beginning in the 1950s), some services became subject to sales tax. 

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Topics: Taxes - Individual, SALT

Additional guidance issued relating to Section 199A pass-through deduction

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Aug 30, 2018 9:35:22 AM

Recently, proposed regulations were issued to provide some clarity concerning the new Section 199A deduction. 

As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which became effective as of the beginning of this year, this new deduction generally provides a 20 percent deduction for a pass-through businesses (primarily partnerships and LLCs taxed as partnerships, S Corporations, Sole Proprietorships and single member LLCs) that generate Qualified Business Income (QBI). This deduction is taken at the individual level and is allowable after one takes the greater of their itemized deductions or the standard deduction.

QBI does not include wages earned by an employee, guaranteed payments paid to a partner or reasonable compensation paid to an S Corporation shareholder. 

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Topics: Taxes - Corporate & Business, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Kass completes term as President of the Cleveland/Akron Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Jun 28, 2018 3:25:00 PM

In June, Zinner & Co. Partner Howard J. Kass, CPA, AEP®, CGMA, finished his one-year term as president of the Cleveland/Akron Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (CAFSP).

A CAFSP member since 2010, Kass was thankful for the support he received from the organization’s officers and board members during his term.

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Topics: leadership, Howard Kass

IRS Okays home equity deductions

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Jun 7, 2018 12:30:00 PM

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 affected the tax deduction for interest paid on home equity debt as of 2018.

Under prior law, you could deduct interest on up to $100,000 of home equity debt, no matter how you used the money. The old rule is scheduled to return in 2026.

The bad news is that you now cannot deduct interest on home equity loans or home equity lines of credit if you use the money for college bills, medical expenses, paying down credit card debt, etc.

The good news is that the IRS has announced “Interest on Home Equity Loans Often Still Deductible Under New Law.”

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Topics: real estate, financing, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Taxes - Individual, home, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Fraudulent Filers Keep Tax-return Identity Theft as One of the IRS' "Dirty Dozen" Scams

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Mar 8, 2018 12:10:45 PM

Even though reports of tax-related identity theft have declined markedly in recent years, the Internal Revenue Service warns that this practice is still widespread and remains serious enough to earn a spot on the agency’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams.

The Dirty Dozen is compiled each year by the IRS and outlines a variety of common scams taxpayers may encounter any time during the year. Many of these cons peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns.

Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses a stolen Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to file a fraudulent tax return claiming a refund.

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Topics: fraud, Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Taxes - Individual

Updated Withholding Calculator, Form W-4 Released; Calculator Helps Taxpayers Review Withholding Following New Tax Law

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Mar 2, 2018 4:08:00 PM

WASHINGTON –The Internal Revenue Service recently released (2/28/18 irs.gov) an updated Withholding Calculator on IRS.gov and a new version of Form W-4 to help taxpayers check their 2018 tax withholding following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December. 

The IRS urges taxpayers to use these tools to make sure they have the right amount of tax taken out of their paychecks.

“Following the major changes in the tax law, the IRS encourages employees to check their paychecks to help ensure they’re having the right amount of tax withheld for their personal situation,” said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter.

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Topics: withholding, Brett W. Neate, Taxes - Individual, income tax

Do You Apply the Five-year Test for Your Roth IRA? Here’s why you should

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Feb 27, 2018 7:03:00 PM

The pros and cons of Roth IRAs, which were introduced 20 years ago, are well understood. All money flowing into Roth IRAs is after-tax, so there is no upfront tax benefit.

As a tradeoff, all qualified Roth IRA distributions can be tax-free, including the parts of the distributions that are payouts of investment earnings.

To be a qualified distribution, the distribution must meet two basic requirements:

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

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