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 Affordable Care Act - New Forms

            In 2010 Congress passed the Affordable Care Act.  Beginning in 2014, there will be new reporting requirements for all individual taxpayers due to this law. 

             Several new forms will be issued to taxpayers this year and next year:

             Form 1095-A:  If you purchased your health insurance through any federal or state health insurance exchange, this form should be mailed to you by January 31, 2015.  Make sure you provide this form to us, since this information is required, if applicable to you, in order to prepare a complete and accurate return.

             Form 1095-B:  This form will be from an insurance company and will report proof of minimum essential coverage so covered taxpayers can avoid penalties.  This form is optional for 2014, so if it applies to you, you may or may not receive this form in 2015, but you will receive one in 2016.

             Form 1095-C:  This form will be from employers to show employee’s proof of coverage.  This form is also optional for 2014, but required to be filed in 2016 for the 2015 filing year.  (If your employer is not subject to the employer mandate – under 50 full time employees – then they will not be required to file this form.)

             If you receive any of these forms, they must be included with your tax information so that we can file a complete and accurate return.  If you do not receive these forms, we will be asking you several new questions this year such as:   Did you have health insurance?  Who provided your coverage?  Were there any gaps in your coverage during the calendar year?  Were all of your dependents covered?

             One last word of caution, if you purchased your health insurance through an exchange and received Premium Reduction Credits, you could be required to pay back part of your Premium Reduction Credits with your tax return if your income is greater than the estimate you used when obtaining your insurance.

             We thank you for your business.

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As lawmakers return to work after their August recess, Hurricane Harvey has increased expectations on Congress to quickly pass disaster-relief tax breaks. September is also expected to bring Congressional hearings on tax reform and possibly the unveiling of tax reform legislation. At the same time, lawmakers must address the federal government’s budget, including the IRS.


Parents incur a variety of expenses associated with children. As a general rule, personal expenditures are not deductible. However, there are several deductions and credits that help defray some of the costs associated with raising children, including some costs related to education. Some of the most common deductions and credits related to minors are the dependency exemption, the child tax credit, and the dependent care credit. Also not to be overlooked are tax-sheltered savings plans used for education, such as the Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESAs).


Two recent court cases indicate that, although use of a conservation easement to gain a charitable deduction must continue to be arranged with care, some flexibility in determining ultimate deductibility may be beginning to be easier to come by. The IRS had been winning a string of cases that affirmed its strict interpretation of Internal Revenue Code Section 170 on conservation easement. The two latest judicial opinions, however, help give taxpayers some much-needed leeway in proving that the rules were followed, keeping in mind that Congress wanted to encourage conservation easements rather than have its rules interpreted so strictly that they thwart that purpose.


A partnership is created when persons join together with the intent to conduct unincorporated venture and share profits. Intent is determined from facts and circumstances, including the division of profits and losses, the ownership of capital, the conduct of parties, and whether a written agreement exists. Despite such nuances in the process, however, distinguishing the existence of a partnership from other joint investments or ventures is often critical in determining tax liability and reporting obligations.


Gross income is taxed to the individual who earns it or to owner of property that generates the income. Under the so-called “assignment of income doctrine,” a taxpayer may not avoid tax by assigning the right to income to another.


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 federal tax reporting and filing data for individuals, businesses and other taxpayers for the month of September 2017.


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