Archive for May, 2011
My tax blog experiment is off to a rough start. The same week I kicked things off, my site was hacked and my computer picked up a virus because of it hence the absence. Now we’re rolling into the holiday weekend so the plan is to re-kick things off beginning after the Memorial Day holiday.
Setting up a not charity as a 501(c)(3) organization can be a tricky endeavor. While I’d always consult with an adviser, here are some solid resources you can check out to educate yourself on the process.
1) The IRS has a series of web pages that walk you through the process step by step. Check out the Life Cycle of a Public Charity/Private Foundation.
2) Want to know what you’re going to have to do to keep your exempt status. Be sure to check out StayExempt.org.
3) Publication 557 is another good source of information on the application process.
Again, these are by no means exhaustive and I highly recommend you talk to a tax professional and an attorney before getting started.
You won’t see these every day but I’ll be doing Tax Bits when there are important due dates or rulings that I find. On with the bits….
1) If you’re a tax-exempt organization, your Form 990 is due today. You can get a three month extension by filing Form 8868, which you can find here.
2) If you’re looking ahead, the IRS put out the 2012 deduction limits on Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) in Rev. Proc 2011-32. The annual limitation on your deduction if you’re single is $3,100 and it’s $6,250 with family coverage.
3) The IRS recently put out their Audit Technique Guide on the wine industry. There’s a lot of material in here but these ATG’s are worth the read if you’re dealing with the issue at hand.
4) Taxgirl’s latest is on the pros and cons of another tax holiday for company’s to repatriate their earnings.
5) The latest at the WSJ Tax Report blog has a discussion on new breaks for company cars. Well worth the read if you own your business and you’re in the market for a new car.
6) The Intuit Small Business Blog has a piece on how whether the IRS views your business as a hobby or not. Check this out if you think you’re on the fence.
Welcome to my blog. My goal is to be yet another reliable source of information for your tax, accounting and financial planning needs. As I get things going, I’ll be linking to other people’s work, providing commentary of my own and also doing a case study or two. My goal is not just to help those people who need their taxes done but to also be a resource for other CPA’s and tax and accounting professionals. I also love a good discussion so if you feel like you want to opine on anything, I’d love for you to leave a comment.