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Dear Valued Client,

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017.

With the transition of political power, we can expect ongoing debate and changes in the coming year. Rest assured, we stay abreast of all the important issues and will keep you informed through our client newsletter and social media postings. To start off 2017, we are highlighting some important changes for employer IRS filing deadlines, tax tips for single parents, new rules for health reimbursement arrangements, business tips and much more.

Our goal is to provide you an unparalleled level of client service. If you see something that you want to talk about, please contact us to explore the possibilities. We rely on satisfied clients as the primary source of new business, and your referrals are both welcomed and most sincerely appreciated!



TaxSquad - Laurence Weinhoff, EA

Dodging Tax Penalties


Most taxpayers do not intentionally incur tax penalties, but many who are penalized are simply not aware of the penalties or the impact they can have on their wallet. As tax season approaches, let's look at some of the more commonly encountered penalties and how they may be avoided.
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Not Business As Usual For Employers: W-2 and 1099-MISC Filing Dates Moved Up


The IRS, in an effort to combat rampant tax filing fraud, has introduced what they hope will be two new fraud-prevention measures for the upcoming filing season. The first will purposely delay until February 15 the issuance of refunds for tax returns where there is an earned income tax credit (EITC) and/or a refundable child tax credit (CTC), giving the IRS more time to match the income reported on these returns to the income reported by employers. These two tax credits have been the favorite target of scammers who have been filing fraudulent returns with stolen IDs and fabricated income before the IRS is able to verify the income and withholding claimed on the returns.
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Tax Benefits for Single Parents


If you are a single parent dealing with the complicated tasks of working and raising a family, there are some tax benefits and issues you should be aware of.
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Congress Gives Small Employer HRAs the Green Light


Congress has approved the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes a provision allowing small employers to reimburse their employees for medical expenses under a health reimbursement arrangement without being liable for the draconian, $100 per day penalty for violating the Affordable Care Act's rules. President Obama has indicated his approval of the bill.
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Thinking of Becoming a Real Estate Flipper? Here's a Primer on the Tax Rules


With mortgage interest rates low and home prices finally making a comeback, flipping real estate appears to be on the rise. This activity is even the theme of several popular reality TV shows. House flipping is, essentially, purchasing a house or property, improving it and then selling it (presumably for a profit) in a short period of time. The key is to find a suitable fixer-upper that is priced under market for its location, fix it up and resell it for more than it cost to buy, hold, fix up and resell.
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Better to Sell or Trade a Business Vehicle?


As the end of the year approaches, business owners may be thinking about replacing a business vehicle. Profits from the business may be up, so the timing may be right to acquire a new vehicle, or the current vehicle may finally be on its last legs. A question then comes up: Is it better to sell the current vehicle outright or trade it in for a new vehicle? 


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10 Questions to Ask Your Financial Team When Starting Up


Starting up your business is an exciting time, but it is also a time with many questions. While it may seem initially very easy to create a product, open a store, and start selling, the financial aspects of being successful are a bit more challenging. As you consider the process of starting up, work with a local financial planning team and tax professional to ensure you get your financial footing in place now. Ask these questions.
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Use Recurring Transactions in QuickBooks Online


You know how much time QuickBooks Online already saves you. Customer, vendor, and item records need never be entered again once they’re created for the first time. Pre-built forms use your record data to complete transactions quickly and accurately. Customizable report templates provide real-time overviews of your financial status in every area.Customizable report templates provide real-time overviews of your financial status in every area.
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Disclaimer: The tax advice included in this newsletter is an overview of some complex tax rules and is not intended as a thorough in-depth analysis of the tax issues discussed. Do not act on the information included in this newsletter without first determining how these issues apply to your particular set of circumstances and if there are any special tax laws or regulations that might apply to your situation.
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