Startup Expensing Election Now Deemed

Taxpayers may elect under IRC § 195 to deduct in the first year of operation up to $5,000 of startup expenses (reduced by the excess of total startup costs over $50,000) of an active trade or business and generally must amortize the remainder over 15 years. In July, the IRS issued final, temporary and proposed regulations allowing the election to be deemed rather than made formally. Since 2004, enterprises were required to file a separate election statement such as Form 4562, Depreciation and Amortization. But effective Sept. 6, 2008, they are considered to have made the election unless they clearly elect to capitalize the costs. See TD 9411.


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.