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The National Society of Accountants (NSA) is offering a Live Enrolled Agent (EA) Exam Review Course in Charlotte, North Carolina, August 19-21, 2019. The August EA Exam Review Course covers material pertinent to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and will prepare students for the SEE exam updates to be published July 1, 2019. The review course will be led by Bill Duncan and John Everett. Students are provided with updated class materials and customized study guides, as well as access to an online discussion community. Registrants will be able to choose from individual sections of the exam preparation — parts 1, 2, or 3 — or the entire 3-part, 3-day review ...
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The National Society of Accountants (NSA) is pleased to announce that registration for the 74 th Annual Meeting — to be held August 21 st -24 th , 2019 in Charlotte, NC — is now open. The NSA Annual Meeting programming incorporates peer-to-peer networking, free time, a night out at BB&T Ballpark for a Charlotte Knights game, and other social activities. Attendees are also invited to take part in NSA’s Annual Awards and Installation Luncheon on Saturday the 24 th , and the Governor’s Gala that night. NSA’s 2019 Annual Meeting also offers CPE sessions that will allow attendees to gain up to 18 hours of credits towards their annual requirements. The sessions ...
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Tax season can bring a lot of stress to many people. The thought of how much money you may owe the Government can be stressing enough. If you own a business or two, it can be even more stressful as you work with your CPA to figure out where you stand for the year. Once you get your taxes submitted, it's time to relax. Here are some great ways to kick up your feet and enjoy relaxing your stress away.   Journaling Journaling   can be a great way to help you unwind. This activity assists in allowing a free flow of creativity between the mind and the soul. You'll be able to discover more about yourself, solve problems that have been troubling you, and see ...
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On April 18, 2019, the IRS released IR-2019-77, announcing a multi-year plan to modernize and update the entity’s IT systems. According to the IRS statement, the drivers for these changes are grounded in customer service for both the consumer and the tax and accounting professional. National Society of Accountants (NSA) CEO John Rice responded to the news. “The NSA agrees with the philosophy of the modernization initiative. Our organization has been a vocal advocate for customer service since its inception seventy-four years ago.” When asked for further comments, Rice cited recent data breaches at Facebook and Microsoft Outlook as prime examples of the ...
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Finding the best employees for your enterprise is not as easy as it might sound. You want to find the ideal employee who has the necessary knowledge and skills to do the job. They should also be an organizational fit. And, above all, they should have the potential to go beyond their job description and contribute to the growth of your company. Not being selective can leave an employer with egg on their face. After scanning a resumé and conducting a brief interview, an appointment is made. However, within months, the employee’s true colors have emerged, and they’re not who you thought they were. Here are some sound strategies for finding the best possible ...
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As an accountant, your career trajectory will depend on your accounting qualification and the area of accountancy you choose to pursue. It’s important to be aware of your options, whether you are a recent graduate entering the workforce or you’re considering a career change. CPA and EA   accounting certifications have some crucial differences. An Enrolled Agent specializes in tax issues whereas CPAs have many different job opportunities. The ultimate decision between the two will depend on your career aspirations. If you like accounting with a microfocus, becoming an EA may be the right path for you. However, there’s a greater demand for CPAs and ...
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Every business shares one common need: the need for more clients. In the accounting industry, it’s no different—but the way you search for and approach clients is very much unlike how a retail store would go about it. Here are four tips to help make your efforts more successful. Target The Most Ideal Client Many firms make the mistake of going too broad, throwing out the biggest net in hopes of catching the most fish. But it’s a matter of quality over quantity. Don’t waste your time trying to attract as many people as possible. Instead, you need to focus on attracting high-quality leads that will actually convert. This is a multi-step ...
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Accounting is a project that is best done using tools. These tools include software to cut down on paper consumption and office accessories to keep papers organized on the desk. There are many supplies that managers need to run an orderly, successful business. Review the five basic tools needed to run your accounting practice.  1. Business Management Software  Every task that's required to manage a business is now available through software. Business managers do not have to forget their duties or write their notes down by hand. Using this tool is not necessary but recommended to improve efficiency, save time and reduce errors.  There are different types ...
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The IRS has just released information that tax preparers and accountants can share with their clients regarding tax payment options. Read more below. As the 2019 tax filing season gets into full swing, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who owe of the many easy payment options. The IRS anticipates that most taxpayers will be affected by major tax law changes . While most will get a tax refund, others may find that they owe taxes, many of whom may qualify for a waiver of the estimated tax penalty that normally applies. See Form 2210 , Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals, Estates and Trusts, and its instructions for details. “The ...
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Fashion is a great way to express your individuality. Throughout your whole life, you will buy clothing items from various brands and try out different styles. Experimenting with different looks is always going to be fun, but that is an activity that you should save for your personal life. If you’re about to start working in finance, you will need to stop thinking of fashion as a way to express your individuality. Instead, you should view it as a business communication tool. Transitioning from college to a job in finance can be pretty tough. Nearly every new recruit will struggle with crafting their professional image. You may feel out of place in the ...
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During National Tax Security Awareness Week, be sure to take note of this information provided by the IRS. Be sure to share it with your clients, too. IRS, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry joined together to warn small businesses to be on-guard against a growing wave of identity theft and W-2 scams. Small business identity theft is big business for identity thieves. Just like individuals, businesses may have their identities stolen and their sensitive information used to open credit card accounts or used to file fraudulent tax returns for bogus refunds. Employers also hold sensitive tax data on employees, such as Form W-2 data, which also ...
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The Internal Revenue Service and Security Summit partners today warned the public of a surge of fraudulent emails impersonating the IRS and using tax transcripts as bait to entice users to open documents containing malware.   The scam is especially problematic for businesses whose employees might open the malware because this malware can spread throughout the network and potentially take months to successfully remove.   This well-known malware, known as Emotet, generally poses as specific banks and financial institutions in its effort to trick people into opening infected documents. The Summit partnership of the IRS, state tax agencies and the ...
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Today, the IRS Internal Review Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) released their 2018 final report to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. This annual report contains evaluations of current practices and procedures of the present tax administration, and emerging issues, including recommendations for addressing these issues. Topics included in the report cover a range of subjects, including: The Critical Need to Provide the Internal Revenue Service with Adequate and Reliable Funds; Improving the Free File Program by Increasing IRS Oversight and Restructuring the MOU; Statutory Authority of the IRS to Establish and Enforce Minimum Standards of Competence ...
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After tax reform, many corporations will pay blended tax rate Last year’s tax reform legislation replaced the graduated corporate tax structure with a flat 21 percent corporate tax rate. This new maximum tax rate for corporations is effective for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017. A corporation with a fiscal year that includes Jan. 1, 2018, will pay federal income tax using what is called a blended tax rate. They will not use the flat 21 percent tax rate for their entire fiscal year. To calculate their blended tax rate, these corporations will: First calculate their tax for the entire taxable year using the tax rates that were in effect prior ...
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Just Released: IRS issues final regulations, expanding paid preparer due diligence requirement to head of household filers The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today issued final regulations expanding the long-standing paid preparer due diligence requirement to include individual income tax returns claiming the head of household filing status. The final regulations, available in the Federal Register , implement a provision included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the tax reform legislation enacted in December 2017. The additional requirement will apply starting with 2018 returns, prepared on or after November 7, 2018. The due ...
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IRSAC expands to cover more areas of the IRS; IRPAC and ACT to join centralized advisory committee in 2019 The Internal Revenue Service announced today that the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee’s role will expand in 2019 to have a wider portfolio and incorporate two other advisory groups. The expanded IRSAC will include areas currently covered by both the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) and the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT). The combined advisory group will provide a more unified platform for representatives of the tax community and the IRS to discuss pressing issues in tax administration. ...
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The Internal Revenue Service today announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2019.  The IRS today issued technical guidance detailing these items in Notice 2018-83 . Highlights of Changes for 2019 The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is increased from $18,500 to $19,000. The limit on annual contributions to an IRA, which last increased in 2013, is increased from $5,500 to $6,000. The additional catch-up contribution limit for individuals aged 50 and over is not subject ...
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The Internal Revenue Service today issued proposed regulations reducing the amount determined under Internal Revenue Code section 956 for certain domestic corporations that own (or are treated as owning) stock in controlled foreign corporations (CFCs).  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), passed in December 2017, made major changes to the tax law, including enacting a participation exemption system for the taxation of certain foreign income. The new proposed regulations are intended to ensure that the application of section 956 is consistent with the new participation exemption system. Treasury and IRS welcome public comments on these proposed regulations. ...
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Each year, hurricanes and other natural disasters leave widespread damage in their wake. In addition to property losses, disasters can have an effect on victims’ taxes. The IRS wants taxpayers to know that when a disaster strikes, the agency is here to help. Here are some resources taxpayers can find on IRS.gov: Around the Nation . The Around the Nation page provides local tax news, including disaster relief information for specific areas. Disaster declarations . The Tax Relief in Disaster Situations page of IRS.gov has a list of the latest disaster declarations and any disaster-related tax relief. Tax information about federally declared disasters ...
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Accountants and tax preparers need to be aware that the 2019 PTIN renewal period has begun. The Internal Revenue Service today reminded the nation’s more than 768,000 federal tax return preparers that they must renew their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) for 2019. All current PTINs will expire Dec. 31, 2018. Anyone who prepares or helps prepare any federal tax return, or claim for refund, for compensation must have a valid PTIN from the IRS. The PTIN must be used as the identifying number on returns prepared. Failure to have and use a valid PTIN may result in penalties. “We ask that you renew your PTIN as soon as possible to avoid a last-minute ...
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