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IRS Increases HSA Limits for 2025

The IRS recently announced the 2025 inflation adjustments for health savings accounts (HSAs) and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), reflecting the ongoing economic conditions. The adjustments show an increase in allowable contributions and cost thresholds for high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), which could impact financial planning for those utilizing these accounts. For individuals with self-only HDHP coverage, […]

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IRS Grants Penalty Relief for CAMT Underpayment of Estimated Corporate Taxes

The IRS recently issued a critical update for corporations regarding the Corporate Alternative Minimum Tax (CAMT), a change introduced in the Inflation Reduction Act. This new legislation introduced a CAMT based on a corporation’s adjusted financial statement income effective after December 31, 2022. Under normal circumstances, corporations are required to make quarterly estimated income tax

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How Did the 2023 Tax Season Go for the IRS?

The IRS reported a significant return to taxpayers, disbursing around $659 million in refunds, marking a 2.7 percent increase in 2023 over 2022. This uptick in refunds comes against a backdrop of approximately $4.7 trillion in gross revenues collected by the agency, which underpins nearly 96% of federal government operations. Despite the increase in refunds,

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What Business Owners Need to Know About the FTC’s New Rule on Non-competes

An estimated 30 million Americans currently under a non-compete agreement may soon be free to leave their job and immediately go to work for a competing business because the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued rule that prohibits them for nearly all employees. Here’s what we know now: What does the new rule say? Non-compete

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RMD Relief Extended for 2024

The IRS has recently extended the tax relief on required minimum distributions (RMDs) for inherited individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and annuities through 2024. This extension is part of a series of reliefs that began in 2021, aiming to alleviate financial stress for beneficiaries during the regulatory transition period. Under Notice 2024-35, the IRS specifies that

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Lower Interest Rates on Delinquent Property Taxes Heads to CT House

A significant legislative change is on the horizon for Connecticut residents that owe back property taxes. House Bill 5144, currently advancing to the House floor, proposes to reduce the interest rate on delinquent property taxes once they are sold to third-party entities. The bill aims to lower the interest rate from the longstanding 18% to

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CT – Once Again – Discusses Phasing Out Motor Vehicle Tax

Connecticut’s ongoing debate on the phase-out of the state car tax reveals deep concerns and varying opinions among stakeholders. The proposed legislation, which suggests eliminating the motor vehicle tax within five years and increasing the property tax assessment rate from 70% to 90% of appraised values, has sparked mixed reactions during recent public hearings. Supporters

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IRS Targeting High-Income Taxpayers with Unfiled Returns

After its success targeting millionaires with unpaid taxes, the IRS has launched a new initiative to improve tax compliance among high-income taxpayers who have not filed federal income tax returns since 2017. This effort, funded by the Inflation Reduction Act, involves sending out IRS compliance letters to more than 125,000 cases where tax returns have not been filed since 2017. These mailings began in

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Exemption Granted from Electronic Filing for Form 1042

The IRS granted a temporary electronic filing exemption for Form 1042, Annual Withholding Tax Return for U.S. Source Income of Foreign Persons. The exemption is automatic, so withholding agents do not need to file an electronic filing waiver request to use the exemption. Under the exemption: Withholding agents (both U.S. and foreign persons) are not required to file Forms 1042 electronically during calendar

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Warning Signs of Questionable Employee Retention Credit Claims

The IRS has issued a warning to small businesses regarding potential issues with Employee Retention Credit (ERC) claims as the March 22, 2024 deadline for the ERC Voluntary Disclosure Program approaches. Seven suspicious warning signs have been identified based on feedback from tax professionals and compliance personnel. These signs may indicate erroneous claims and could lead to IRS scrutiny. The ERC Voluntary Disclosure Program allows businesses to rectify incorrect claims by repaying just 80% of the amount claimed. Taxpayers who

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Auto Depreciation Caps and Lease Inclusion Amounts for 2024

For 2024, the IRS has set new depreciation limits for business-use luxury cars and specific lease inclusion amounts. For vehicles placed in service or leased in 2024, there are distinct caps on depreciation deductions, aimed at managing the cost recovery of high-value vehicles. Vehicles exceeding a certain weight are exempt from these restrictions, encouraging the

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IRS Increases Audits on Personal Use of Business Aircraft

The IRS is expanding its ongoing efforts to improve tax compliance in high income categories with dozens of audits on personal use of business aircraft. Focused primarily on large corporations, large partnerships and other high income taxpayers, they will scrutinize the allocation between business and personal use to ensure accuracy. “During tax season, millions of

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