By Sheba Dalaney, CPA, Principal
Recent legislation has made changes to due dates for some tax and information returns that will be filed for the 2016 and following tax years. These changes will require modifying the timing of the preparation work in many cases.
Payroll and information reporting returns (Forms W-2 and 1099)
These forms historically were sent to the recipients by January 31st of each year, and government reporting copies of these forms were transmitted by either February 28th or March 31st , depending on whether they were mailed or electronically filed. For 2016 returns filed in 2017, all copies of the forms must be sent to recipients and filed by January 31st. This change was made to combat identity theft by allowing the IRS to match withholding information when tax returns are filed and reject fraudulent refund claims. The due dates for filing all other information reporting returns remain unchanged. See the table below for specific details: (more…)
By Mark Sheffield, CPA, Principal
ASL Emerging Business Group
Which is the better deal for a founder: 1) $500,000 for 10% of the start-up; or 2) $500,000 for 25% of the start-up? Of course, option 1) is better because it values the start-up at $5 million vs. 2) which values it at $2 million. A start-up business valuation for investment purposes is complicated and subjective; so many founders just wing it. That’s the wrong approach because founders risk undervaluing their start-up. It is better to negotiate from a position of knowledge and strength. The complexity in determining investment value is why founders need help. (more…)
By Julie Malekhedayat, CPA, Principal
ASL Family Wealth & Individual Tax Group
Qualified personal residence trusts (QPRTs) are an estate planning technique that can provide both tax and non-tax benefits to certain taxpayers looking to gift a principal residence, second home, or vacation home slowly over a number of years using a discounted gift value. However, before entering into a QPRT, you should consider the advantages and disadvantages in order to determine if it is right for you. (more…)
By Michael McAndrews, CPA, Principal
ASL Technology Group
Tech community, take note: new legislation may be changing the way employee stock options are taxed. In an effort to strengthen growing companies and promote stronger employee ownership, Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Mark Warner (D-VA) recently introduced The Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership Act (EESO), which aims to give employees greater flexibility when handling the tax liabilities associated with their stock options. (more…)
By Abe Livchitz, CPA, Senior Tax Manager
ASL Construction Group
Most contractors are very careful to keep a close eye on project costs such as labor and materials. But direct job costs like these are only part of the picture.
It is equally important to have a clear understanding of indirect costs such as rent, utilities, taxes and insurance. These costs must be accurately and consistently allocated among the various projects the company undertakes. (more…)
By Steve Carter, CPA, Principal
ASL Nonprofit Group
Most people who know the acronym COSO (Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission) immediately think of publicly traded companies. COSO came upon the scene when Sarbanes-Oxley became a household name.
So why bring up COSO in the context of nonprofit organizations?
The recently issued Uniform Grant Guidance from the Office of Management and Budget stresses the need and importance of strong internal controls for nonprofits, and especially for those receiving federal awards and grants. Adoption of the COSO framework is not mandatory but strongly encouraged. (more…)
By Jeff Faust, CVA, Director of Valuation Services
ASL Business Valuation Services
Earlier this year, we wrote about the looming regulations affecting valuation discounts. Now the IRS’ Proposed Section 2704 Regulations have been officially presented and they intend to eliminate discounts currently available for gifts between family members inside family controlled entities. Despite court cases and revenue rulings to the contrary, the IRS’ proposals assume that families always work together and do not keep the restrictions in place that are the basis for the minority interest discount. (more…)