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  • House and Senate Tax Bills Head to Reconciliation

    December 6, 2017
    Early in the morning on December 2, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by a vote of 51 to 49. The U.S. House of Representatives passed its own version of the tax bill on November 16, and a conference committee of representatives from both houses of Congress is scheduled to begin work on a reconciled final bill this week.... Read more
  • Hurricane Irma Tax Relief

    November 21, 2017
    If you have experienced any losses due to Hurricane Irma, you may be entitled to special tax relief.... Read more
  • Estate Tax Planning - Portability Election Extension

    November 16, 2017
    If you are a recent widow(er) (since after 2010) and you did not file an estate tax return for your deceased spouse, you may benefit from recent guidance ​from the Internal Revenue Service.... Read more
  • Compare and Contrast the House and Senate Tax Bills

    November 14, 2017
    Many of the House and Senate provisions are similar. For example, both plans would repeal the alternative minimum tax and retain the charitable contribution deduction. However, there are a number of key differences. Here’s a look at some of the most significant.... Read more
  • Sweeping Tax Changes Proposed in House-Released Bill

    November 9, 2017
    On November 2, after months of discussion, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee released its sweeping bill to reform the tax code. Here’s a brief rundown of some of the individual and business provisions in the 429-page Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Generally, the changes would go into effect after December 31, 2017, but there are exceptions.... Read more
  • Looming Tax Reform Creates Planning Challenges

    October 31, 2017
    As the end of 2017 approaches, the prospect of dramatic tax reform makes year-end tax planning especially challenging for businesses. There’s a great deal of uncertainty over when — and if — tax reform will be implemented and which proposals could make their way into possible new tax legislation.... Read more
  • SVA Cyber Security Update - Wi-Fi Krack: Steps you can take to help protect yourself

    October 20, 2017
    Many of us have read the alarming warnings stating “All Wi-Fi networks are vulnerable to hacking” and inferring “no one is safe”.The challenge many have is deciphering the technical jargon to understand the steps individuals and organizations can take to protect themselves.... Read more
  • GOP’s Proposed Tax Reform Plan Significantly Changes the Rules

    September 29, 2017
    Earlier this week, U.S. Senate Republicans declined to vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill because there weren’t enough votes to pass it. Yesterday, President Trump and Republican congressional leaders turned their attention to tax reform by releasing an outline of their long-awaited tax reform plan. The nine-page “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code” is intended to serve as a template for the congressional committees to draft legislation to cut tax rates, simplify the tax code and provide a more competitive environment for businesses. It addresses tax issues that affect both individuals and businesses.... Read more
  • Credit for Start-Up Costs Related to Retirement Plan

    September 19, 2017
    If you are a small employer who recently established a retirement plan for your employees (or are thinking of setting one up), you may be eligible for a tax credit related to your implementation costs. ... Read more
  • Equifax Breach

    September 12, 2017
    By now you have likely read the headlines or heard the news about the enormous security breach at Equifax. Because safeguarding your identity is so important, we suggest you read and take action to proactively protect your credit as detailed below from Horsesmouth Savvy Cybersecurity™... Read more
  • MTC Online Marketplace Seller Voluntary Disclosure Initiative

    September 7, 2017
    With the ever changing budget issues at the state and local levels, sales and income taxes are becoming more strategic revenue sources to address these issues. Recent rulings in many states recognize that sellers in any online marketplace must adhere to the sales and income tax rules at the state and local levels, not the third-party marketplace fulfiller. This means that if you participate in any third-party Online Marketplace (such as Amazon or Walmart, to name two) where the Marketplace holds your inventory for order fulfillment or otherwise facilitates your sales, there may be sales and/or income tax obligations in states you did not realize.... Read more
  • Proposed Centralized Partnership Audit Regulations

    July 27, 2017
    Under the current Internal Revenue Service (IRS) partnership audit system, any adjustments made by an audit at the partnership level flow through to the partners. The partners are then responsible for their share of any additional taxes and penalties due. Changes under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 created a centralized partnership audit system. This system makes the partnership responsible for any changes that arise due to an IRS audit of the tax return. ... Read more
  • Tax Law Changes Included in New Illinois Legislation

    July 18, 2017
    On July 6, 2017, for the first time in over two years, Illinois passed its budget bill, which includes multiple tax law changes affecting both individuals and businesses. ... Read more
  • Donor Advised Funds

    June 29, 2017
    With tax reform on the horizon, it may be advantageous to accelerate deductions and create immediate tax benefits. If you are planning on making substantial charitable contributions in the future, but are unsure what tax law changes will be in effect at that time, a donor advised fund may help take some guess work out of the equation.... Read more
  • The Circle of Life: Tax Breaks When Caring for Aging Parents

    June 7, 2017
    Early on, your parents took care of you and received tax breaks for doing so, such as the dependency exemption and the childcare credit. Now that the circle is coming around and your parents need your support and encouragement, some of these same tax breaks may be available to you.... Read more
  • The Changing Landscape of Nexus

    May 18, 2017
    Do you know how and when your business can be taxed by other states? The key term in navigating multistate taxation is nexus, which is created when you have a specific presence or connection with that state. Once nexus is established, you may become subject to a state’s sales, income or gross receipt taxes.... Read more
  • SVA’s Tax Guides and Tax Calendars Keep You On Schedule

    March 6, 2017
    Stay current with tax issues with SVA’s Interactive Web Tax Guide. Check out recent articles on 2017 Inflation Adjustments and Major Tax Law Changes on the Horizon. ... Read more
  • Navigating Passive Income & Loss Rules - Part II (Determining Material Participation)

    February 9, 2017
    Establishing whether an activity is considered passive for tax purposes is extremely important when determining the deductibility of losses and whether high income taxpayers are subject to an additional tax on net passive income.... Read more
  • New Small Business HRAs

    January 26, 2017
    Beginning in 2017, small employers may once again be able to reimburse employees for medical expenses, including health insurance premiums. On December 13, 2016, former President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act, which allows small employers to provide Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) to their employees without facing penalties for failing to satisfy certain Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements.... Read more
  • 2017 Foreign Asset and Bank Account Reporting

    January 18, 2017
    As in prior years, the U.S. government continues to require foreign financial institutions to report foreign accounts of U.S. persons, as well as the annual reporting of foreign financial assets and bank accounts by U.S. persons. In addition, there are new reporting requirements for foreign financial assets held by corporations, partnerships, and certain trusts and a new due date for reporting foreign bank accounts. ... Read more