Business Tax

Final rules govern U.S. country-by-country reporting

The IRS issued final regulations requiring the ultimate parent entity of a multinational enterprise group with revenue of $850 million or more in the preceding accounting period to file Form 8975, Country-by-Country Report.

Congress extends expired tax provisions and makes some permanent

Some tax breaks are extended for two years, some for five, and a few are made permanent in Congress’s annual year-end extenders legislation. (Plus: An updated version of the JofA’s annual quick guide PDF that includes changes related to the legislation.)

Tax season launches

Despite another year of uncertainty about congressional passage of retroactive “extender” provisions, CPAs’ tax season can benefit from these tips and resources.

PTO and constructive receipt

Paid-time-off plans can create problems with the timing of, and cross-year accounting for, payroll tax liabilities.

Employment tax returns lag in e-filing

A low e-filing rate for employment tax returns in the Form 94x series is the biggest obstacle to achieving the goal of 80% electronic filing of all major types of tax returns.

Deducting tickets to sporting events

For an employer to claim a deduction, an employee must engage in a bona fide business transaction during the event on behalf of the employer and meet several other requirements.

Health reform prohibits most reimbursement plans

Transition relief continues through 2015 for S corporation 2% shareholder-employees, but stand-alone health reimbursement arrangements and employer payment plans can be subject to penalties.

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In focus: Payroll

Providing payroll services that comply with ever-changing regulations and meet evolving employee and employer demands is no easy task. Paychex's Tom Hammond discusses common payroll considerations for CPA firms.

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A closer look at threats to CPA licensure

Legislation in states around the country could put CPA licensure in danger. This episode examines what practitioners need to know to help ensure the profession is protected.