Posts tagged tax
Tax Reform for Businesses

The recently enacted tax reform bill has made significant changes to the taxation of business.  This post summarizes some of the more substantial changes.

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IRS Collection Fast Track Mediation

The purpose of the mediation is to resolve disputes in the early stages of the collection process and within 40 days after the mediation application is accepted by the IRS.  In order to be accepted into the process, taxpayers must make a good faith effort to resolve matters with the IRS collection officer followed by a conference with the officer's manager.  Acceptance into the mediation process does not mean that taxpayers can't pursue other options if mediation doesn't resolve their case.  

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2017 Hidden Tax Hike

The increase in the earnings limit for social security represents the largest one-year increase in history.  The maximum social security tax is jumping from $7,346 in 2016 to $7,886 in 2017 for employees.  There is a larger increase for the self-employed as their social security taxes will be increased from $14,694 to $15,773 in 2017.  

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Alabama Sales Tax and Online Companies

More and more consumers are buying all kinds of stuff online--over the internet from companies such as Amazon.  Many of these sales transactions occur without the payment of sales taxes, as the selling company likely has no physical presence in the state of the purchaser.   Many brick-and-mortar companies argued that they were at a disadvantage as they were forced to compel customers to pay more (often times 8% or more) to cover the state sales tax.  

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Innocent Spouse Tax Relief

Many couples file joint tax returns because in most cases it lowers their tax.  When filing jointly, however, both people are liable for the tax and any assessments imposed against the return.  This joint and several liability even survives the couple's divorce.  Joint and several liability means that each taxpayer is legally responsible for the entire liability. The IRS has provided for three types of relief from joint and several liability for spouses who filed joint returns.

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Obamacare's "Cadillac Tax"

The "Cadillac Tax" is a 40% penalty (excise tax) on health insurance plans and a provision of Obamacare that takes effect on January 1, 2018. On that date, employers who provide insurance plans will get hit with a 40% excise tax on insurance premiums above $10,200 for an individual or $27,500 for a family plan.  It is estimated that in 8-10  years most health insurance plans offered by employers will be subject to the tax.

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