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28Oct2010

Over-the-Counter Medication and Medical Reimbursement Plans

For many years, taxpayers have not been able to deduct as a medical expense on their tax return the cost of unprescribed over-the-counter medications. However, taxpayers with Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA), Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Archer Medical Savings Accounts (Archer MSA) could reimburse themselves for the cost of over-the-counter drugs,
  • 28 Oct, 2010
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22Oct2010

Is Your Business Ready for 2011 Credit Card Income Reporting?

Beginning for sales made in 2011, payment settlement entities (e.g., merchant card processing companies like American Express, Visa and MasterCard merchant banks) will be required to report each business’s payment transactions to the IRS. To facilitate this reporting, the IRS has developed Form 1099-K which will report a merchant’s credit and debit card income for
  • 22 Oct, 2010
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19Oct2010

Will You Be Hit by the AMT in 2010?

AMT is the acronym for Alternative Minimum Tax. It is a different (alternative), and generally punitive, method of computing income tax when either certain types of income receive preferential tax treatment or there are excessive deductions in certain categories. Congress originally implemented it to impose a minimum tax on higher-income taxpayers who were avoiding taxes
  • 19 Oct, 2010
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14Oct2010

Time is Running Out for the Home Energy Property Credit

Planning to make an “energy-saving” improvement to your home? 2010 is the final year to take advantage of the tax credit available so you will need to act quickly as there are only three months left. Whether you simply want to cut your utility bills or winterize your home, do it soon! The name “Home
  • 14 Oct, 2010
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11Oct2010

New Penalties for Failure to File or Furnish Information Returns

Tax law requires businesses to provide information returns, such a 1099s, to each payee that the business has paid $600 or more for the year. The law also includes penalties for failure to file the same information returns with the IRS. To ensure compliance with these requirements, there are substantial penalties, and, as part of
  • 11 Oct, 2010
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06Oct2010

New Breaks for Small Businesses

The 2010 Small Business Jobs Act enacted September 27, 2010 includes an assortment of incentives and tax breaks for small businesses. The following is a brief overview of some of the key provisions included in the new law. Watch for additional details in future newsletters. Cell Phones No Longer Listed Property – This means that
  • 6 Oct, 2010
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