Author Archives: STEVEN J. FROMM, ATTORNEY, LL.M. (TAXATION)

2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving

2015 IRS Mileage RatesThe Internal Revenue Service on December 18, 2015 issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

• 54 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 57.5 cents for 2015

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Tax Positions of Presidential Candidates

Here is a neat info-graphic on the tax positions of the Presidential Candidates. Special thanks to MBACentral.org

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New 2015 Tax Law Changes Tax and FBAR Filing Deadlines & Other Noteworthy Compliance Provisions: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

2015 Tax Law Changes

On Friday, July 31, 2015, President Barack Obama signed HR 3236, the “Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015” (the “Act”). Not sure how this name relates to taxes but in any event the following tax law changes and provisions became law under this Act:

  • Changes to the due dates for various returns. The Act sets new due dates for partnership returns, C corporation returns.
  • Foreign Bank Account Reporting:  New due dates for the important and often overlooked foreign bank account reporting (FBAR) forms, known as FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts have been implemented.
  • Changing the six year statute of limitations to apply to understatements of income that resulted from taxpayers overstating tax basis when calculating sales.  This change overturns the Home Concrete case where the Supreme Court ruled that understatements of income as a result of basis miscalculations would not trigger the extended six-year statute of limitations applicable to understatements of income.
  • Requiring consistent basis reporting for estates and estate beneficiaries.
  • Requiring additional information to be included in mortgage information statements.
  • Other Information Returns:  The new act imposes new filing requirements for several other IRS information returns.

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Small Businesses Can Get IRS Penalty Relief for Unfiled Retirement Plan Returns

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Minimize Penalties For Failure To File Returns For Retirement Plans

Have you failed to file your retirement plan reporting form for your retirement plan?

If you have failed to do so, the Internal Revenue Service on July 14, 2015 provides eligible small businesses a low-cost penalty relief program enabling them to quickly come back into compliance with IRS filing rules.

The program is designed to help small businesses that may have been unaware of the reporting requirements that apply to their retirement plans. In most cases, retirement plan sponsors and administrators need to know that  a return must be filed each year for the plan by the end of the seventh month following the close of the plan year. For plans that operate on a calendar-year basis, as most do, this means the 2014 return is due on July 31, 2015.

Small businesses that fail to file required annual retirement plan returns, usually Form 5500-EZ, can face stiff penalties – up to $15,000 per return! However, by filing late returns under this program, eligible filers can avoid these penalties by paying only $500 for each return submitted, up to a maximum of $1,500 per plan. For that reason, program applicants are encouraged to include multiple late returns in a single submission.

The program is generally open to small businesses with plans covering a one hundred percent (100%) owner or the partners in a business partnership, and the owner’s or partner’s spouse (but no other participants).

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Philadelphia Use & Occupancy Tax Rate Change Effective July 1, 2015

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Lit Brothers: Back in the Day

Philadelphia has just increased its Use and Occupancy Tax as of July 1, 2015. The new Use & Occupancy Tax rate will be 1.21%. This is an increase from the prior rate of 1.13%.

This new rate will be effective with the July 2015 Use & Occupancy tax Return that is due July 27, 2015.  Remember that as of January 2015, all U&O tax returns must be filed and paid on-line through the Philadelphia Department of Revenue website.  So when filing in July, 2015 be aware of this increased tax rate and resulting tax increase. Continue reading

The City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue Announces Wage Tax Reduction for July 1, 2015.

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Philadelphia business owners and those that withhold taxes on employees that live in Philadelphia should take notice that the City of Philadelphia has reduced the City Wage Tax rate effective July 1, 2015.

• The new Wage Tax rate for residents of Philadelphia is 3.9102% (.039102).

• The new Wage Tax rate for non-residents of Philadelphia who are subject to the Philadelphia City Wage Tax is 3.4828% (.034828).

What does this mean to you as an employer of Philadelphia employees?

Any paycheck that you issue with a pay date after June 30, 2015 must have Philadelphia City Wage Tax withheld at the new rate that applies to your employee.

If you have any questions about the new Philadelphia City Wage Tax, please call us at 215-735-2336. We will gladly assist you.

Philadelphia Estate and Tax Blog Named The Best Tax Blog in America For 2015

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My very own Philadelphia Estate and Tax Attorney Blog has just won as the Best Tax Blog In America for 2015!

I am most appreciative of all of you who took the time to vote for my blog.  You can see the final voting results by going to: http://wallethub.com/blog/best-tax-blog/10470/?user=sjfpc.

Thanks so much to everyone who voted!