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C to S Corporation Valuation Method Gains Acceptance in Kress v. U.S.

A recent decision from the United States District Court – Eastern District of Wisconsin appears to endorse the appraisal approach of tax-affecting the earnings of an S corporation. In March 2019, Chief Judge William C. Griesbach issued an important verdict in Kress v. United States, a case that…

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Will FASB Require More Detailed Expense Reporting?

Investors often can’t get sufficient information about a company’s future cash flows because expense information is too dense, according to recent discussions by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). An ongoing FASB project aims to make the income statement more useful to those who read…

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IRS Rolls out New Luxury Car Rules

IRS “luxury automobile” limits were recently adjusted for inflation. The new limits affect certain deductions taxpayers can take for passenger automobiles — including light trucks and vans — used in their businesses. Revenue Procedure 2019-26 lists different limits for purchased automobiles,…

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Employers: Be Aware (Or Beware) of a Harsh Payroll Tax Penalty

If federal income tax and employment taxes (including Social Security) are withheld from employees’ paychecks and not handed over to the IRS, a harsh penalty can be imposed. To make matters worse, the penalty can be assessed personally against a “responsible individual.”

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Prevent Fraud with the Help of Your Audit Committee

Your board’s audit committee is a first line of defense against fraud. But to be effective, committee members need to do more than simply review financial statements and audit results. Members should also adopt the following best practices:

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Personal Use of Company Cars: IRS Issues New Valuation Rules

The IRS recently announced the inflation-adjusted maximum value of an employer-provided vehicle under the vehicle cents-per-mile rule and the fleet-average value rule. Employers can use the rules to value an employee’s personal use of such a vehicle for income and employment tax purposes.

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A Fresh Look at Percentage of Completion Accounting

How do you report revenue and expenses from long-term contracts? Some companies that were required to use the percentage of completion method (PCM) under prior tax law may qualify for an exception that was expanded by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). This could, in turn, have spillover effects on…

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Tax-Smart Domestic Travel: Combining Business with Pleasure

Summer is just around the corner, so you might be thinking about getting some vacation time. If you’re self-employed or a business owner, you have a golden opportunity to combine a business trip with a few extra days of vacation and offset some of the cost with a tax deduction. But be careful, or…

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Red Flags Reported? Respond with These Seven Steps

Public school districts can face many different types of fraudulent schemes, and perpetrators could come from any level in the organization. The damage done to your district and your budget by fraud, waste, abuse and corruption can be enormous: not just financial loss, but also losses in…

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