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January 24, 2013

With Fiscal Cliff Averted Not-for-Profits Breathe Sigh of Relief, at Least for the Moment (article)

Congress on New Year's Day approved the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (2012 Tax Relief Act). The result? Most of the Bush-era tax cuts set to expire after 2012 were permanently extended, with some modifications for higher income taxpayers. 

January 24, 2013

Strengthen Your Not-for-Profit by Boosting Your Charity Navigator Score (article)

Donors are the lifeblood of (most) not-for-profit organizations, and asking them to support your charity demands you deliver a solid return on their investments. Demonstrating that you are a wise steward of the donations to your organization can give you an advantage over other charities that are unable to do so, who are likely to lose donors and face drastic cuts in their services as a result.

January 24, 2013

Limit the Potential for a Tax-Exempt Bond Audit of Your Section 501(c)(3) Organization (article)

According to the IRS, the agency will use Schedule K (Supplemental Information on Tax-Exempt Bonds) of Form 990 (Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax) to identify tax-exempt bond audit targets among Section 501(c)(3) organizations with outstanding bonds. The IRS’ Tax Exempt Bonds division (TEB) will conduct the audits, focusing on information provided on Schedule K.

January 15, 2013

The Return of the Research and Development Credit (article)

The passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 ("the Act") not only helped avert the fiscal cliff but also helped companies looking to grow. The Act reinstated and extended the research and development (R&D) credit, allowing for the credit to be generated retroactively for expenses incurred in 2012 as well as for expenses that will occur in the current 2013 calendar year. 

January 15, 2013

Immediate Action Required - Exclusion of IRA Distributions Given to Charity (article)

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 ("2012 Tax Relief Act") extends through 2013 the provision which allows individuals who are at least 70½ to exclude from gross income qualified charitable distributions up to $100,000 from an IRA. 

January 14, 2013

IRS Releases Remaining Inflation-Adjusted Figures for 2013 (article)

With the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 ("2012 Tax Relief Act") on January 1, the IRS finally was able to release the income tax brackets and other remaining inflation adjustments for 2013. 

January 9, 2013

HRB 62 - Shared Responsibility Guidance

January 9, 2013 -- On January 2, 2013, the IRS issued proposed regulations, together with a set of Frequently Asked Questions relating to the Affordable Care Act’s shared responsibility requirement.  These proposed regulations follow, in large part, the various sets of guidance issued thus far. The proposed regulations are reliance regulations which means they can be relied upon now.  Any changes to these regulations would be prospective in nature with adequate time given to adjust.

January 8, 2013

Benefit and Compensation Changes Included in Fiscal Cliff Law

The Congress rung in 2013 with several changes important to benefit professionals. Following is a brief summary of provisions from the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (“ATRA”) specifically impacting benefits and compensation.

January 2, 2013

Congress Rings In New Year with Fiscal Cliff Deal (article)

With all the drama of a Hollywood thriller, Congressional leaders and President Obama finally agreed to a tax deal as the first step in averting the "fiscal cliff" – a combination of large tax increases and steep spending cuts slated to go into effect on January 1. The Senate overwhelmingly approved the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 ("2012 Tax Relief Act" or the "Act") early in the morning of New Year's Day with an 89-8 vote. 

December 27, 2012

Sourcing Goodwill Separately From Other Intangibles (article)

Until 2009, the IRS had consistently taken the position that goodwill and going concern value are not like-kind properties for purposes of the tax free exchange rules. 
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