Business Tax

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.

Emerging tax issues cause due-diligence problems

Speaking at an IRS Nationwide Forum in Fort Washington, Md., the deputy director of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility warned practitioners that they should exercise due diligence when advising clients on emerging tax issues.

No Sec. 199 deduction for these activities

The IRS Large Business & International (LB&I) Division issued guidance to its employees listing activities performed “at the retail level” that it said do not produce property that is “manufactured, produced, grown, or extracted,” as defined by Regs. Sec. 1.199-3(e).

VIDEO

Excel walk-through: Sparklines

Want to liven up your spreadsheets with some color and graphical elements? Kelly L. Williams, CPA, Ph.D., shows how to use Excel sparklines, which illustrate data trends and patterns via small charts that fit in a single Excel cell.

PODCAST

What’s next for potential CPA licensure changes

A new model proposed by NASBA and the AICPA is designed with an eye on the future for newly licensed CPAs. The AICPA's Carl Mayes, CPA, provides background on the project and a look ahead to 2020.