Credits

Maximizing the EITC for deployed troops

This article discusses why deployed troops who are in harm’s way are getting less benefit from the EITC, how it affects their households, and a simple solution to the problem.

IRS Proposes Changes to Rules for Dependents

The IRS proposed changes to various rules affecting dependents, including changing its position on when taxpayers count as “childless” for purposes of the earned income tax credit.

Individual Tax Update

This article covers recent developments affecting taxation of individuals, including regulations, cases, and IRS guidance.

Trade Preferences Act Amends the Tax Code

The Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, enacted on June 29, contains a few tax provisions in addition to the trade measures that were the focus of the bill.

Directions in Individual Taxation

This article covers recent developments in the area of individual taxation, including the treatment of support payments and IRA and qualified plan distributions, the Sec. 469 material participation rules, and the taxability of state economic development credits.

Claiming the Credit for Residential Energy-Efficient Property

Taxpayers can claim a residential energy-efficient property (REEP) tax credit for 30% of the cost of eligible solar water heaters, solar electricity property, fuel cell property, small wind energy property, and geothermal heat pump property (Sec. 25D).

IRS Issues Guidance on Health Insurance Premium Tax Credits

The IRS issued regulations and revenue procedures addressing how to calculate the Sec. 36B premium tax credit, including how the credit is calculated in conjunction with the Sec. 162(l) deduction for health insurance premiums of self-employed individuals.

Guidance Issued on Small-Employer Premium Tax Credit

IRS final regulations provide guidance on how small employers determine full-time-equivalent employees and average annual wages, how to calculate the credit, and what is a "qualifying arrangement" for purposes of the credit.

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Tax software survey

Results of the annual survey are in, as more than 3,800 CPA tax preparers tell how their return preparation software worked for them during this year’s busy season.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

CPAs contend with tax ID theft

Tax-related identity theft fraud remains a widespread problem that is often difficult for victims and their tax preparers to correct.