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What To Know About Taxes And Health Care
It has caused a lot of taxpayers who enrolled in the Affordable Care Act some confusion and has even affected people who have private insurance. However, with this added confusion, there are some things people need to know. First, if you have...
Governor Rick Scott Appoints Four to Continuing Care Advisory Council
Today, Governor Rick Scott announced one appointment and three reappointments to the Continuing Care Advisory Council. Marshall “Trey” Gunn II, 30, of Jacksonville, is a partner at Gunn Chamberlain. He succeeds Dennis Schelper...
Tax Refund Service Signs Promise Big Returns, But Do They Deliver?
OCOEE – Tax refund signs are all over, promising big money returns, especially if you’re claiming children Twenty-five-year-old Kelly Stephenson has two kids and says, "If you had two kids they said they can get you, like, $5,000."
A Special Announcement for the USF Muma College of Business
Dear Friend of USF, The University of South Florida announced today that its School of Accountancy will be named for Lynn Pippenger, a long-time supporter. The change was made official this morning by a vote of the USF Board of Trustees. The...
Falsifying Income To Claim Tax Credits Hits The IRS "Dirty Dozen" List Of Tax Scams For The 2015 Filing Season
The Internal Revenue Service recently warned taxpayers a-bout schemes to erroneously claim tax credits is on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” again for the 2015 filing season. “Scam artists don’t...
IRS Offers Extra Fraud Protection - But Only to a Few
Starting this year, most taxpayers in three areas that have seen high levels of tax-related identity theft—Florida, Georgia and Washington, D.C.—are eligible for an extra layer of protection from the Internal Revenue Service. People...
CPA Firm Administrators Wear Many Hats
Thirty-five years ago, Celia Cue was the first hire at Miami CPA firm Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants. During those early years, Celia did a little bit of everything while serving as administrative assistant to firm CEO Richard...
The 'Dirty Dozen' Tax Scams to Avoid
The IRS recently released its "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, and phone calls from scammers posing as IRS agents top the list. Fake emails or phishing schemes, identity theft and tax return preparer fraud followed...
IRS Launches Directory of Tax-return Preparers
The IRS today announced the launch of a new online public directory of tax-return preparers. The searchable Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications (the Directory) on IRS.gov will help taxpayers find a...
2014 MAP Survey: CPA Firms Show Modest Growth
Mirroring the broader economy, results of the biennial National Management of an Accounting Practice (MAP) Survey show that in 2013 CPA firms experienced modest growth over the prior year. The survey, which is conducted by the AICPA’s...
IRS Issues Warning As Tax Season Begins
With tax season arriving, people may be planning to hire someone to prepare their returns for you. The IRS urges you to be cautious when hiring a preparer, because some have scammed victims out of refunds or even stolen their identities.
10 Things To Know About Scott's Budget Proposal
Gov. Rick Scott is calling it his "Keep Florida Working" budget, a $77 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year that he presented at a forum Wednesday at the State Capitol.
New Bill Removes 'hidden' Florida Sales Tax, Could Save Consumers $140m A Year
A small change in a huge number in financial transactions, like those going on every day in Florida, can result in millions of dollars saved over an average year.
Turbotax's Database Knows Your Secrets
TurboTax customers are already outraged with a stealth 50% price hike in the software this year. But more secrets are coming out that might be equally surprising to some.
IRS Offers Identity Theft Protection, Sort Of
If you are worried about tax-related identity theft, and you should be, you might want to think about getting an Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) from the IRS. The six-digit number, once it is assigned, must be used...
Offseason Tax Site A Refuge For Errant Taxpayers
Choose wisely, the Internal Revenue Services warns. The small band of volunteers who help taxpayers at a downtown St. Petersburg social service agency have seen it all, including those victimized by unscrupulous preparers, some peddling their...
Governor Rick Scott Appoints Three to Board of Accountancy
Today,Governor Rick Scott announced three reappointments to the Board of Accountancy. David Dennis, 57, of Longwood, is a partner with KPMG LLP. He is reappointed for a term beginning January 15, 2015, and ending October 31, 2018. Martin Fennema,...
Retirement: What The New Congress Has In Store
Exactly what do they have in store for older Americans and retirees? Are changes to Social Security and Medicare on the table, as some activists wonder? And, are changes in store for the tax advantages of our retirement savings accounts, like...
Tax Dodging Hurts Small Businesses
Dan Allen's email to me had the subject line: "tax dodger." You get an email with a subject line like that and you've got to open it, right? So here's what it said:
Get Ready for Tax Season
Believe it or not there may be things a person this year to help on their income taxes next year. With about a week left to go until 2015, Tom Jennings, a certified public accountant and member of the Bartow Rotary Club, spoke to the club last...
What a Proposed Rule Could Mean for LGBT Couples' Health Coverage
Health care insurers in Florida may have more customers after Jan. 6., when same-sex marriages could become legal in the state. A proposed rule to ensure same-sex spouses in legally valid marriages are recognized and afforded equal rights in...
Top 10 Financial Planning Tips For Year End
As we take time to enjoy the holidays this month, it's also a good time to review any financial planning opportunities you may have before and after year-end. Consider these: 1. Harvest tax losses. By Dec. 31, you can sell investments having a...
Not All Uninsured Will Have to Pay ACA Tax Penalty
SEBRING – One of the big changes income tax filers and tax preparers will face when they file their taxes next year has to do with the health care insurance requirement under the Affordable Care Act and whether they will pay a penalty for...
AICPA Inducts New Chair Tommye Barie
The final day of the American Institute of CPAs’ 2014 Fall Meeting of Council in Boston saw the AICPA Nominations Committee induct the next class of Board and Council members, including newly elected 2014-15 chair of the board Tommye Barie.
Governor Rick Scott Announces Nearly $200,000 In Scholarships Awarded To Minority Students Seeking To Become A CPA
Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s (DBPR) Division of Certified Public Accounting today announced it awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships to minority students in accounting programs...
IRS Plans Jan. 30 Tax Season Opening For 1040 Filers
Following the January tax law changes made by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), the Internal Revenue Service announced today it plans to open the 2013 filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns on...
Obama Signs Bill Warding Off Fiscal Cliff
President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to avert the fiscal cliff, a day after the House and Senate approved the much-debated legislation. Obama, who returned to his family vacation in Hawaii after Tuesday's House vote, signed the...
American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012
In the Senate of the United States, January 1 (legislative day, December 30, 2012), 2013. Resolved, That the bill from the House of Representatives (H.R. 8) entitled ‘‘An Act to extend certain tax relief provisions enacted in 2001 and...
Why Your Paycheck Is Getting Smaller, No Matter What
Congress was able to pass legislation to keep broader middle class income taxes from rising. But workers will still have to pay at least 2% more in payroll taxes .
IRS Changes Income Tax Withholding Tables For 2013 To Reflect Expired Tax Cuts
The Internal Revenue Service released new income tax withholding tables for 2013 late Monday to reflect the expiration of the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts and the more recent payroll tax cuts of 2011 and 2012, but noted that the guidance would...
Congress Passes Fiscal Cliff Act
Pulling back from the “fiscal cliff” at the 13th hour, Congress on Tuesday preserved most of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts and extended many other lapsed tax provisions. Shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill...
Speaker Boehner Plan To Avert 'Fiscal Cliff' Fail
House Speaker John Boehner was handed a stunning defeat late Thursday by members of his own party who refused to support his "Plan B" to avoid the year-end "fiscal cliff" that threatens to send the economy in to a recession. GOP leaders...
Tax Preparers Must Renew Their PTINs And Those Required To Take The RTRP Test Should Schedule It As Soon As Possible
The Internal Revenue Service today reminded professional tax return preparers to renew their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) if they plan to prepare returns in 2013. Current PTINs expire Dec. 31, 2012. Anyone who prepares or...
Net Investment Income Tax FAQs
1. What is the Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT)? The Net Investment Income Tax is imposed by section 1411 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). The NIIT applies at a rate of 3.8 percent to certain net investment income of individuals, estates and...
IRS Proposes Regulations On Net Investment Income Tax
The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department have issued a set of proposed regulations on the 3.8 percent Net Investment Income Tax that takes effect next year as a result of the health care reform law, along with a FAQ page with...
Fiscal Talks Spur Charitable Giving
Tax uncertainty in Washington is setting off a mad scramble among wealthy taxpayers and charities to maximize donations before the end of the year. Their worry: The tax deduction for charitable giving, a fixture of the tax code for nearly a...
Obamacare Investment Income: A Downloadable Cheat Sheet
Judging by the reaction on the ol’ internet machine, the new regulations governing the Obamacare investment income tax have caused quite a bit of consternation within the tax community. Part of the problem is the length: when you include...
A Quest For Relevance
The recent efforts by the accounting profession to improve private company financial reporting revealed a clear and strong demand by small and medium-size entities, the CPAs who serve them, and those who use their financial statements for a...
How Much Tax Would You Owe On A $550 Million Powerball Jackpot?
With talk of the fiscal cliff and tax hikes for the rich dominating the news, you might be worrying about how much you’ll really get to keep after you win tonight’s record-setting Powerball jackpot. (Update: With frenzied ticket...
Public Encouraged To Vote On Student CPA Videos
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) today encouraged the public to vote for their favorite video in a public service contest...
Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday declared the mandate in Sec. 5000A, requiring U.S. citizens and legal residents to maintain minimum essential health coverage, to be a permissible exercise of Congress's taxing powers under the Constitution...