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December 2019

Ugly Sweater Party 2019

Firm-wide Ugly Sweater Party. Congratulations to 2019 winners Vlad A. for Ugliest Sweater and Terri C. for Most Festive Look!

Is it 2019 or 1920? Flaherty Salmin CPAs held a themed murder mystery dinner to celebrate the holiday season.

Treasury, IRS Release Draft Opportunity Zone Reporting Form

Treasury and the IRS on October 31 announced the release of a new, draft form implementing certain reporting requirements under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Opportunity Zone program.

The proposed Form 8996 for Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs) comes after numerous calls on Capitol Hill for more transparency within the Opportunity Zone program. “The form is designed to collect information on […]

Proposed Rules Clarifying Carried Interest Limitation Expected Early 2020, Kautter Says

Treasury and the IRS are expected to release proposed rules in “early 2020” that would clarify certain limitations on the carried interest tax break, according to David Kautter, Treasury’s assistant secretary for tax policy. Kautter briefly addressed the proposed regulations’ timeline while speaking at the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) 2019 National Tax Conference in Washington, D.C.

Carried Interest Limitation

The forthcoming […]

IRS Increases Enforcement Action on Syndicated Conservation Easements, IR-2019-182

The IRS has announced a significant increase in enforcement actions for syndicated conservation easement transactions. This is a “priority compliance area” for the agency.

Throughout the IRS, coordinated examinations are being conducted in the Small Business and Self-Employed (SB/SE) Division, Large Business and International (LB&I) Division, and Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) Division. The IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) Division has […]

November 2019

IRS Provides Section 199A Safe Harbor for Rental Real Estate

The IRS has issued a revenue procedure with a safe harbor that allows certain interests in rental real estate to be treated as a trade or business for purposes of the Code Sec. 199A qualified business income (QBI) deduction. The safe harbor is intended to lessen taxpayer uncertainty on whether a rental real estate interest qualifies as a trade or […]

Cryptocurrency Guidance, Virtual Currency FAQs Released

The IRS has released cryptocurrency guidance and frequently asked questions (FAQs) on virtual currency. Under the cryptocurrency guidance:

a taxpayer does not have gross income from a “hard fork” of the taxpayer’s cryptocurrency if the taxpayer does not receive units of a new cryptocurrency; anda taxpayer has ordinary income as a result of an “airdrop” of a new cryptocurrency following a […]

Final Regs Revert Back to Prior Partnership Disguised Sale Rules

New final regulations that address the allocation of partnership liabilities for disguised sale purposes revert back to prior regulations. Under the final regulations:

a partner’s share of a recourse liability of the partnership equals the partner’s share of the liability under the rules of Code Sec. 752 and the related regulations; anda partner’s share of a nonrecourse liability of the partnership […]

October 2019

Final Regulations on 100 Percent Bonus Depreciation Issued, Along With New Proposals

Final regulations dealing with the 100 percent bonus depreciation allowance for qualified property acquired and placed in service after September 27, 2017, allow property which is constructed under a pre-September 28, 2017 binding contract to qualify for the 100 percent rate. The final regulations adopt proposed regulations ( REG-104397-18) with certain modifications, including a revised constructed property rule. In addition, […]

Proposed Regulations Provide Guidance on Section 382(h) Built-in Gain and Loss Computation

Proposed regulations would provide guidance on the inclusion of income and deduction items in the calculation of built-in gains and losses under Code Sec. 382(h). The proposed regulations would:

simplify the application of Code Sec. 382;provide more certainty to taxpayers in determining built-in gains and losses for Code Sec. 382(h) purposes; andensure that the application of certain law changes made by […]

Final Regulations Amend Hardship Distribution Rules from Section 401(k) Plans

The IRS has issued final regulations that amend the rules relating to hardship distributions from Code Sec. 401(k) plans. The final regulations are substantially similar to the proposed regulations. Further, plans that complied with the proposed regulations satisfy the final regulations as well. The regulations are effective on September 23, 2019.

The final regulations:

reflect statutory changes affecting Code Sec. 401(k) plans, […]

Proposed Regulations Released on Applicable Financial Statement for All-Events Test

For a taxpayer using an accrual method of accounting, the all events test is not met for item of gross income any later than when is included in revenue on an applicable financial statement (AFS) or other financial statement specified by the Treasury Secretary. How the AFS income inclusion rule applies to accrual method taxpayers with an AFS is described […]

Automatic Accounting Change Procedures for All Events Test and Advance Payment Deferral

Taxpayers may use the automatic consent procedures to change accounting methods to comply with the recent proposed regulations described above. Rev. Proc. 2018-31, I.R.B. 2018-22, 637, is modified.

The proposed regulations provide rules for:

inclusion in gross income under the all events test for taxpayers with an applicable financial statement (AFS) ( NPRM REG-104870-18); anduse of the deferral method for advance payments […]

September 2019

100 Percent Bonus Depreciation Guidance for Certain Tax Years Allows Late Elections, Revocations

Bonus depreciation guidance that applies to property acquired after September 27, 2017, in a tax year that includes September 28, 2017, allows taxpayers to make a late election or revoke a prior valid election to:

elect out of 100 percent bonus depreciation;elect 100 percent bonus depreciation on specified plants in the year of planting or grafting; orelect the 50 percent rate […]

August 2019

Final Regs Dealing With Lessees Claiming Investment Credit Disallow Basis Increases for Partners and S Shareholders Making Income Inclusions

IRS final regulations provide rules that apply when the lessor of investment tax credit property elects to pass the credit through to a lessee. If this election is made, the lessee is generally required to include the credit amount in income (50 percent of the energy investment credit). The income is included in income ratably over the shortest MACRS depreciation […]

Final Regulations Clarify Employment Tax Treatment of Partners in Partnership That Owns Disregarded Entity

The IRS has released final regulations that clarify the employment tax treatment of partners in a partnership that owns a disregarded entity.

The Treasury Department and the IRS had issued the temporary regulations ( T.D. 9766) to clarify that the rule that a disregarded entity is treated as a corporation for employment tax purposes does not apply to the self-employment tax treatment […]

July 2019

Bipartisan IRS Reform Bill

The Senate has approved a bipartisan IRS reform bill, which now heads to President Trump’s desk. Trump is expected to sign the bill into law.

The reworked Taxpayer First Act ( HR 3151) cleared the Senate on the evening of June 13. The revamped measure had been approved unanimously in the House on June 10.

“After years of good-faith, bipartisan work, our IRS […]

Final Regs Address CPEO Requirements, Responsibilities

Final regulations provide requirements that a person must satisfy to become and remain a certified professional employer organization (CPEO), as well as the CPEO’s federal employment tax liabilities and other obligations.

CPEOs

Some employers contract with PEOs to complete and file tax returns, pay and withhold employment taxes on wages paid to employees, or provide other employee benefits. Code Sec. 3511 and Code Sec. 7705 provide […]

June 2019

Corporate Challenge 2019

6/4/19:  Team FS CPAs participated in the 2019 J. P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, in support of the United Way of Greater Rochester. The annual race was held once again at Frontier Field in Rochester. Our team styled in their neon green Flaherty Salmin shirts! The post-race cool down was held at the Gate House in Village Gate.

April 2019

Tim Flaherty Radio Interview With Steve Hausmann (WBEE)

Managing Partner Tim Flaherty was interviewed by WBEE’s Steve Hausmann on income taxes, tax season and how Flaherty Salmin CPAs de-Stresses during its busy tax season. The interview aired on Entercom’s 5 Rochester radio stations 3/17/19. https://wbee.radio.com/

March 2019

FS CPAs Receives Top Workplaces Ambassador Award

March 27, 2019

Flaherty Salmin CPAs was honored at the 2019 Top Workplaces reception by receiving the Small Company Ambassador Award.

Top Workplace ambassador companies have shown superior passion about being recognized as a Top Workplace in Rochester!They abundantly exude a positive energy, as well as attract and project increased excitement in representing that they are a Top Workplace. Ambassador companies […]

We Did It Again!

The Democrat & Chronicle Names Flaherty Salmin CPAs A Four-Time Winner Of The Rochester Top Workplaces Award

ROCHESTER, NY (MARCH 28, 2019) – Flaherty Salmin CPAs has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2019 honor for the fourth consecutive year by The Democrat and Chronicle, placing in the top 50% of employers for the small business category. This honor is based solely on […]

December 2018

Firm’s 2018 Holiday Work Space Decorating Competition & Ugly Sweater Party

Great fun was had at the Firm’s annual ugly sweater party! This year we added a work space decorating competition. The staff creatively decorated their work spaces in different themes, here are some of the highlights…

Firm 2018 Christmas Party

November 2018

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