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2012 Taxpayer Relief Act For Individuals

Fiscal Cliff Averted, Tax Payer Relief Act

After much debate and anticipation, Congress has passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 which averts the tax side of the fiscal cliff, provides numerous extenders and avoids the automatic sunset provisions that were scheduled to take effect after 2012 under the “Bush-era” tax cuts in the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA<) and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 (JGTRRA<).

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2013 Year-End Tax Planning for Businesses

In recent years, end of year tax planning for businesses has been further complicated by uncertainty over the future availability of many tax incentives. The 2013 year-end is no different. In the early hours of January 1, 2013, the Senate passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which permanently extended the so-called Bush-era tax cuts. However, other popular provisions were only extended through 2013. Therefore, 2013 tax strategies include concerns over expiring provisions. But 2013 is also unique due to changes that are affecting businesses.

For example, as part of its primary purpose to facilitate health care reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC) includes key tax provisions that affect businesses. Some requirements are already in effect, while other provisions apply starting in 2013 or later. Higher tax rates may be imposed on distributions to owners and the net investment income regulations have the potential to impact individuals who are owners of pass-through entities. In addition, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in mid-July on the unconstitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) means changes to retirement plans and employee benefits for same-sex marriages. Also, compliance with final repair regulations affects virtually all businesses.

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2014 Year-End Tax Planning for Businesses

In recent years, end of year tax planning for businesses has been complicated by uncertainty over the availability of many tax incentives. The 2014 year-end is no different. In the early hours of January 1, 2013, the Senate passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which permanently extended the so-called Bush-era tax cuts. However, other popular provisions were only extended through 2013. Therefore, 2014 tax strategies include concerns over the fate of the expired provisions. President Obama, the chairs of the House and Senate tax writing committees, and individual lawmakers all made tax reform proposals in 2014. The proposals ranged from comprehensive tax reform to more piece-meal approaches. However, any progress on legislation is stalled until after the elections and possibly into the beginning of 2015.

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Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act: Proposed Rules For Employers

The IRS has issued proposed regulations to implement the information reporting requirements for insurers and certain employers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC). The proposals are a response to an ongoing dialog with representatives of employers, insurers, other reporting entities and individual taxpayers.

Provisions under PPAC require reporting by insurers, self-insuring employers, and other parties that provide health coverage; and also require information reporting by employers that are large enough to be subject to the employer shared responsibility provisions. In early July 2013, the Obama Administration announced a postponement of PPAC’s mandatory employer and insurer reporting requirements for one year. As a result, the reporting requirements have been delayed until 2015.

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Preparing for Health Care Reform

Health Care Reform - What it Means for Business and Individuals

On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and its companion law, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. As part of its primary purpose to facilitate health care reform, the PPACA includes key tax provisions that affect individuals and businesses. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, all must prepare to comply with the requirements under PPACA. Some requirements are already in effect, while other provisions apply starting in 2013 or later. As your CPA firm, we are here to help you plan for the future.

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Safe Harbor for Shared Employer Responsibility Provisions

The IRS has issued guidance for safe harbor methods that employers may use (but are not required to use) to determine which employees are treated as full-time employees for purposes of the shared employer responsibility provisions of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

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