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Tax Day has been moved from April 15th to July 15th by Notice 2020-18 which issued on March 20, 2020. July 15th is the deadline for both filing returns and paying income tax. Contrary to a previous Notice, there is no limit on the amount that can be deferred to July 15th without interest or […]

On March 18, 2020, Notice 2020-17 issued and gave taxpayers more certainty as to filing and payment information for this season’s returns. As reported in my post of March 18, 2020, the filing deadline of April 15th remains in place. The payment deadline is extended to July 15th (which is 91 days from April 15th, […]

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated at a press conference on March 17, 2020 that the payment deadline would be extended 90 days from April 15, 2020. His comments did not alter the Form 1040 filing deadline of April 15, 2020. Individuals can defer up to $1M, and corporations are able to defer up to $10M […]

On November 6, 2019, the IRS announced in Notice 2019-59 the following cost-of-living adjustments for 2020: The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is increased from $19,000 to $19,500; The catch-up contribution limit for employees aged 50 and over who participate in […]

From those whose firms have recently gone through a peer review as part of the AICPA’s Peer Review Program (PRP), the feedback is consistent. Things have changed. While the underlying requirements of the PRP are the same, a review of a sample of an accounting firm’s engagement workpapers in order to assure compliance with applicable […]

The 2018 Yellow Book is effective for financial audits for periods ending on or after June 30, 2020. However, that does not mean that auditors can wait until 2020 to become familiar with the new standards. A prime example of why early familiarity is necessary lies in the area of independence. Under the Yellow Book, […]

The Taxpayer First Act of 2019 was signed into law on July 1, 2019. The Act contains numerous provisions largely dealing with customer service to taxpayers and IRS organization. As such, there is little for professionals to digest in terms of substantive planning or practice. Two points, though, are noteworthy. The Act established the IRS […]

To the Baby Boomers and Generation Xers who currently comprise the majority of the workforce, the Millennials among us can be a challenge to understand. They seemingly have different needs and different career priorities than the generations that have come before. Many employers simply think that Millennials will need to adjust their thinking and work […]

IRS issued final regs (T.D. 9864) reiterating if a taxpayer receives or expects to receive a state or local tax deduction exceeding the amount of the payment or fair market value of the property, the federal charitable contribution deduction faces mandatory reduction. The final regs largely mirror the proposed regs of August 2018 with little […]

Updated October 15, 2019 Now that the extended deadlines have passed for 2018 returns, we can take a moment to reflect on the lessons learned throughout a challenging year. Below we’ve put together five major take-aways we have come across to aid in planning for the 2019 tax year and beyond. To this end, please […]