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FAQ: I’m an employer…how do I claim the COBRA premium assistance credit?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 allows employers to claim a credit against certain employment taxes for providing COBRA premium assistance to eligible individuals, including former employees who were involuntarily terminated from employment any time during the period beginning on September 1, 2008, and ending on December 31, 2009. The 2010 defense bill

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How Do I … Convert a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA?

People are buzzing about Roth Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Unlike traditional IRAs, “qualified” distributions from a Roth IRA are tax-free, provided they are held for five years and are made after age 59 1/2, death or disability. You can establish a Roth IRA just as you would a traditional IRA. You can also convert assets

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Withdrawals from retirement savings: Tough rules may change

In response to the economic downturn that has affected the retirement portfolios of millions of individuals across the country, Congress has been considering a variety of alternatives to offer relief to those who face financial emergencies and need immediate access to their funds. Two of the most significant proposals that have been recommended include: (1)

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FAQ: What constitutes income from the cancellation of debt?

Debt that a borrower no longer is liable for because it is discharged by the lender can give rise to taxable income to the borrower. Debt forgiveness income or cancellation of debt income (“COD” income) is the amount of debt that a lender has discharged or canceled. However, in many situations, the canceled debt is

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Health care reform 101: New responsibilities and taxes for employers and individuals

Health care reform is now law and many employers are asking how does it affect my business and my employees? The first thing to keep in mind is that reform is gradual. The health care reforms and tax provisions in the new health care reform package play out over time, with some taking effect this

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HIRE Act provides payroll tax forgiveness and worker retention credit

On March 18, 2010, President Obama signed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act. The $18 billion HIRE Act is expected to be the first of several “jobs” bills out of Congress in 2010. The new law encourages companies to hire unemployed workers and also retain existing workers by providing two key tax incentives:

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IRS ramps up guidance on new small employer health insurance tax credit

The IRS is moving quickly to alert employers about a new tax credit for health insurance premiums. The recently enacted health care reform package (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010) created the small employer health insurance tax credit. The temporary credit is

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Planning for the 3.8 percent Medicare tax on investment income

The health care reform package (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010) imposes a new 3.8 percent Medicare contribution tax on the investment income of higher-income individuals. Although the tax does not take effect until 2013, it is not too soon to examine methods to

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January 2016 tax compliance calendar

As an individual or business, it is your responsibility to be aware of and to meet your tax filing/reporting deadlines. This calendar summarizes important tax reporting and filing data for individuals, businesses and other taxpayers for the month of January 2016. January 6 Employers. Semi-weekly depositors must deposit employment taxes for payroll date January 1

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How Do I? Elect to be taxed as an S corporation?

An S election is made by a small business corporation with the consent of its shareholders. Both the corporation and its shareholders must precisely follow the S election requirements or the election will not be valid. Qualified corporation. A corporation qualifies as a small business corporation for S corporation purposes if the following requirements are

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