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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.

Tax Alerts
Tax Briefing(s)

President Trump on April 26th, just before his “100 days” in office, unveiled his highly-anticipated tax reform outline –the “2017 Tax Reform for Economic Growth and American Jobs.” The outline calls for dramatic tax cuts and simplification: lower individual tax rates under a three-bracket structure, doubling the standard deduction, and more than halving the corporate tax rate; along with changing the tax treatment of pass-through businesses, expanding child and dependent incentives, and more. Both the alternative minimum tax and the federal estate tax would be eliminated. The White House proposal does not include spending and tax incentives for infrastructure; nor a controversial “border tax.”


The Treasury Department is to undertake a review and re-evaluation of tax regulations issued by the IRS since January 1, 2016. President Trump signed an Executive Order 13789 (“Identifying and Reducing Tax Regulatory Burdens”) ordering this action on April 21. Following its review and re-evaluation, the Treasury Department will make recommendations.


The IRS processed more than 128 million returns and issued some 97 million refunds without hitting any major roadblocks by the end of the filing season. As in past years, the vast majority of returns were filed electronically. Likewise, most refunds were deposited electronically. Although the filing season has ended for most individuals, millions are on extensions.


Audit coverage rates are at low levels, the IRS has reported. According to the IRS, the audit coverage rate for individuals fell 16 percent from FY 2015 to FY 2016. The 0.7 percent audit coverage rate for individuals was the lowest coverage rate in more than a decade, the agency added.


Although the employee may end up with the same amount whether something is designated a tip or a service charge, the IRS reporting requirements for the employer do differ. Basically, any amount required to be paid by a customer rather than at the customer’s discretion is considered a service charge by the IRS.


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 May 2017.


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