Main Menu Back to Page
{ Banner Image }

Showing 30 posts in Tax.

Projected Increase of Annual Gift Tax Exclusion

Each year a variety of items in the Internal Revenue Code are updated based on inflation, specifically the consumer price index. Read More ›

Categories: Income Tax, Tax

IRS Announces 2018 HSA Contribution Limits, Out-of-Pocket Maximums and HDHP Minimum Deductibles

The Internal Revenue Service recently released the 2018 cost-of-living adjusted amounts related to health savings account (“HSA”) contribution limits, out-of-pocket maximums and high deductible health plan (“HDHP”) deductibles. Each of the cost-of-living adjusted amounts is set forth below. Read More ›

Categories: Employee Benefits, Tax

Federal Tax Incentive for Film Production Expires

Film ProductionYou may remember that in July 2015, Governor Snyder signed legislation bringing to an end Michigan’s controversial film incentive program. Another incentive program for film investors - this one embedded in the federal tax code - recently expired by its own terms on December 31st. Read More ›

Categories: Tax

IRS Reboots Previously Unsuccessful Private Debt Collection Efforts

This week, the IRS announced that it has selected four private debt collection contractors to begin collecting certain overdue federal tax debts, as required by Congress. The contractors include:

  • CBE Group
    1309 Technology Pkwy
    Cedar Falls, IA 50613
  • Conserve
    200 CrossKeys Office park
    Fairport, NY 14450
  • Performant
    333 N Canyons Pkwy
    Livermore, CA 94551
  • Pioneer
    325 Daniel Zenker Dr
    Horseheads, NY 14845

The contractors' efforts will begin in the spring of 2017, and will be focused only on debts that the IRS had stopped trying to collect.  We note three important takeaways in the wake of this news. Read More ›

Categories: News & Events, Tax

Reevaluating Valuation: IRS and Treasury Propose Rules Restricting Valuation Discounts

On August 2, 2016, the IRS and U.S. Department of Treasury issued highly anticipated proposed regulations concerning the valuation of interests in certain family-controlled businesses for estate, gift and generation skipping transfer tax purposes. The proposed rules would curb the use of most discounts that are applied when valuing intra-family transfers.  Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, News & Events, Tax

Tax Planning for Family Businesses

Was your tax bill higher than what you had wanted it to be this year? It may be time to consider either changing your business structure or your business operations to be more tax efficient. Learn some quick tips from Attorney Mike Zahrt in the short video below.

Categories: Compliance, Tax

Do I have to Pay a Fee for Filing My Taxes Late?

Taxes DueWhat penalties accrue if you don't make the deadline to file your taxes? If you are due a refund, there is no penalty if you file a late tax return; however, if you owe tax you will most likely owe interest and penalties on the tax you pay late. The IRS breaks down two penalties that may apply in this short article titled "Things You Should Know about Filing Late and Paying Penalties."

If you have questions about your taxes please contact one of Foster Swift's knowledgeable tax attorneys.

Categories: Compliance, News & Events, Tax

Motivating Your Employees

Owners have a great reason to work hard to grow their business—they’ll make more money. Do your employees have the same motivation? If not, you should consider improving your business’s compensation strategy.

Typical compensation strategies often motivate employees to do just enough to keep their jobs. An example is the strategy of combining a competitive base salary with a discretionary annual bonus program. Although the resulting competitive pay should help to attract and retain employees, it will often fail to align your employees’ goals with the goals of the business. Read More ›

Categories: Employee Benefits, Tax

IRS Releases Tax Tips for Deducting Gifts to Charity

The holiday season is well underway and if you plan on donating money or property to a charity this year, you are going to want to know these six tips before you give. The IRS recommends that you should keep these in mind:

  1. Give to qualified charities. 
  2. Keep a record of all cash gifts.
  3. Household goods must be in good condition.
  4. Get an acknowledgement form from a charity for each deductible donation of $250 or more.
  5. Deduct contributions in the year you make them.
  6. Special rules apply if you give a car, boat or airplane to charity.

Learn more about these IRS tips here.

Categories: Tax, Tax-Exempt Organizations

New Law Allows Michigan Taxpayers to Appeal Tax Disputes without Paying First

New Law Allows Michigan Taxpayers to Appeal Tax Disputes without Paying FirstOn June 16, 2015, Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law Enrolled Senate Bill 100, which eliminates the requirement that taxpayers pay contested taxes, penalties and interest before appealing their liability to the Michigan Court of Claims. The bill was introduced by Senators Brandenburg, Horn, Zorn, Emmons, Colbeck, Schmidt, Hansen, Casperson, Nofs and Booher.

Prior to the enactment of this law, a taxpayer had two options to appeal an adverse tax assessment or decision:

  1. the taxpayer could appeal the case to the Michigan Tax Tribunal without paying disputed amounts; or
  2. the taxpayer could appeal the case to the Michigan Court of Claims, but only after paying the taxes, penalties, and interest assessed, even if those amounts were being contested. 
Read More ›

Categories: News & Events, Tax, Tax Disputes