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April 2013 Archives

Employment taxes: the downside of using outside firms

Employment taxes can be a big headache for businesses. After all, state and federal income tax withholding is only part of it. There is also withholding for Social Security and Medicare taxes and payments to match employee contributions.

Offshore account compliance, part 1: identifying the alphabet soup

Individual tax filing season gets a lot of media attention. Historically, TV stations have run footage of taxpayers rushing to the post office in order to file. Even with more and more people filing online, filing day - usually on or around April 15 - remains etched in the popular consciousness.

Tax law and the Affordable Care Act: a tool for implementation

It's been about a year now since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In California and across the nation, the implementation process for health insurance reform is well underway, with full operation of the law coming on January 1, 2014. The process of implementation will involve important aspects of the federal tax code.

Many taxpayers starting to feel the impact of IRS budget cuts

We've naturally been paying close attention to the story of how federal budget cuts will affect the IRS. When we last wrote about it, on March 4, the word was that the IRS intended to delay furloughs of employees until after the April 15 income tax filing deadline. Furloughs are essentially mandatory, unpaid vacation days that are used to implement cuts in agency budgets.

Avoiding tax fraud by return preparers: be sure to review the return

The IRS comes out every year with a list of tax schemes it seeks to warn people about. It goes by the rather melodramatic name of "the dirty dozen." But it is instructive to review which topics the agency chooses to include. One of them is what the IRS calls "return preparer fraud."