Congress Acts to Reform the IRS, Enhance Taxpayer Protections

The U.S. Senate has passed, and President Trump is expected to sign into law, a broad package of reforms aimed at the IRS. Among other things, the Taxpayer First Act contains several new protections for taxpayers, along with provisions intended to improve the IRS’s customer service.

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IRS Wheels Out Additional Guidance on Company Cars

The IRS has updated the inflation-adjusted "luxury automobile" limits on certain deductions taxpayers can take for passenger automobiles—including light trucks and vans—used in their businesses. Revenue Procedure 2019-26 includes different limits for purchased automobiles that are and aren’t eligible for bonus first-year depreciation, as well as for leased automobiles.

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Accumulation vs. Distribution: The Give and Take of Retirement

When you meet with your financial advisor, most of your conversation centers around accumulating wealth and preparing for retirement. During your conversation, you may hear these two terms: Accumulation Phase and Distribution Phase. While these concepts are relatively easy, you may not always make the connection between the two phases until your financial consultant lays it all out for you. The bottom line is this: How much wealth you build up during your working years (accumulation), will depend on how well you live during your retirement years (distribution).

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IRS Updates Rules for Personal Use of Employer-Provided Vehicles

The IRS recently announced the inflation-adjusted maximum value of an employer-provided vehicle under the vehicle cents-per-mile rule and the fleet-average value rule. Employers can use the rules to value an employee’s personal use of such a vehicle for income and employment tax purposes.

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First Quarter 2019 Market Perspective

What is Market Volatility?

Market volatility is a statistical measure of the tendency of a market or security to rise or fall sharply within a short period of time. It is typically measured by the standard deviation of the return of an investment. Standard deviation is a statistical concept that denotes the amount of variation or deviation that might be expected.

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TCJA Glitches and the Extenders: Uncertainty Looms Over Some Federal Income Tax Provisions

Congress has yet to tackle several outstanding uncertainties frustrating both businesses and individual taxpayers. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), for example, contains several “glitches” requiring legislative fixes. Congress also has neglected to pass the traditional “extenders” legislation that retroactively extend certain tax relief provisions that expired at the end of an earlier year, in this case 2017.

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The Department of Labor Proposes Updated Overtime Rule

The Trump administration has released its long-awaited proposed rule to update the overtime exemptions for so-called white-collar workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The rule increases the minimum weekly standard salary level for both regular workers and highly compensated employees (HCEs). It also increases the total annual compensation requirement for HCEs that’s required to qualify them as exempt. In addition, it retains the often confusing "duties test."

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Beware the Ides of March — If You Own a Pass-Through Entity

Shakespeare’s words don’t apply just to Julius Caesar; they also apply to calendar-year partnerships, S corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs) treated as partnerships or S corporations for tax purposes. Why? The Ides of March, more commonly known as March 15, is the federal income tax filing deadline for these "pass-through" entities.

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Are Your Employee Benefits Going to Last Through Retirement?

Your 401(k) or social security may not be enough to provide you sufficient retirement. You may want to explore other retirement options such as a Roth IRA, HSA, or brokerage account.

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