E. Cohen & Company CPAs, Here Are Your Articles for Thursday, May 31, 2018
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  • Standard Mileage Rates for 2018 Are Up

    If you use your automobile for work, moving, or in service of a charity, the IRS may be giving you a small break in the new year. Click through for the annual adjustment to standard mileage rates.

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  • Social Security and Pensions: Post-Divorce Divisions

    Dividing assets after a marriage ends is never an easy proposition, and it can be especially difficult when Social Security and pensions are added to the mix. Click through for some insights into dividing these benefits.

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  • Adult Children and Filial Responsibility Laws

    In some jurisdictions, special laws may require adult children to contribute to their parents' care if Medicare isn't yet applicable. But federal rules may actual block their enforcement. Click through to learn more about filial responsibility.

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  • Are New Sick Leave Rules Coming to Your Area?

    What seems like the mundane world of paid-time-off and sick-leave policies is receiving attention in the form of new regulations. Click through for some new rules in Chicago and Cook County -- they may come to your area next.

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  • Will Infrastructure Spending Affect Industrial Real Estate?

    If you’re in the commercial real estate industry but aren’t paying attention to the political climate, you should start. Government scandals may be jeopardizing future infrastructure spending. Click through to learn whether infrastructure spending through public–private partnerships could fall by the wayside.

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  • Why Parents Should Contribute to Their Kids' Roth IRAs

    IRAs for your kids is an opportunity to teach them about estate planning, to see firsthand how stocks work and to watch their own money grow. Click through to make your children into savers when they are young.

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  • 5 Steps to the Successful Multi-Office Business

    Your company is expanding -- and that's great! You've grown from one office to two, three, or even more. But you need to be able to manage all of them to continue to grow. Click through for some help in multi-office management.

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  • Pass-Through Entities and the 20 Percent Tax Break

    Much talk has been made of the new 20 percent tax deduction for pass-through entities but, as with most tax laws, it can get very complicated very quickly. Click through to learn more, and find out if you're entitled to the break!

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  • Is This Your Situation: Confused About Cost Segregation with a New Building

    Cost segregation is used to classify assets for federal tax purposes, and if used correctly, it can save your money. But the devil's in the details. Click through to learn more about making tax regulations work for you.

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  • How Do You Handle Sales Tax?

    Does your company need to collect sales tax on purchases made in and out of state? If you’re not already familiar with this process, it can seem complicated. Click through to better understand the basics of sales tax for your products.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Facing Your Concerns About Revenue Management in Construction

    Managing revenue can be a complicated process and presents a major challenge for construction companies, especially in a modern economy. Click through for insights into this important aspect of construction management.

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  • Moving and Mileage: Roundup of TCJA Changes

    The new year brings a suspension of moving expenses, but higher depreciation limits for cars, trucks and vans. Click through for IRS information on tax reform changes to expenses for moving, mileage and travel.

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  • Bitcoin: What's Happening?

    Bitcoin, the digital currency, has been in the news a lot recently. What's it all about and how does it work? Is it something you should invest in? Click through for a quick review about this controversial financial product.

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  • Effects of Reciprocal Agreements on Your Business

    Do you have employees who live in one state but work in another? If so, they probably are covered by a state reciprocal agreement, which eliminates dual taxation. Click through to learn more about tax reciprocal agreements.

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  • Baby on the Way: Knowing All About Maternity and Paternity Leave

    There's a good chance you'll eventually have to deal with some kind of parental leave in your office, whether it involves an employee or employee spouse pregnancy, or an adoption. Click through for some insights in creating a policy.

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  • Local Entertainment And Events Calendar: Including Virtual Events

    You'll always know where the fun's going on with our interactive local events calendar featuring social sharing, images, videos and ticket links. Click through to see what's happening or to add your own local events.

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  • Bracket Changes and More From the IRS

    Washington is abuzz with talk of tax reform, although there's no certainty what, if anything, will happen. But the IRS is proceeding, for now, as if 2018 will be business as usual. Click through for bracket and deduction changes.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Considering Ways to Repurpose Industrial Buildings

    Commercial real estate doesn't always have to be cut and dry. Consider being more imaginative about the ways in which you can repurpose older industrial buildings. Click through for some solutions to get your creative juices flowing.

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  • ACA Affordability Threshold to Rise in 2019

    One of the main requirements of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate is that health coverage must be affordable, based on annual standards set by the IRS. Click through for the details on the 2019 increase for one of those standards.

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  • Know the FMLA Notice Requirements

    To receive FMLA-protected leave, eligible employees must provide adequate notice to their employers. If they don't, the leave could be delayed or denied. Click through for details on FMLA notice requirements.

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  • The IRS Looks Into Executive Compliance

    The IRS is taking a special look at the tax situation surrounding executive compensation. This may sound simple, but there are a lot of complexities you need to know about. Click through for an introduction to the key issues.

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  • Is a 1031 Exchange Right for You?

    A properly structured Section 1031 exchange allows an investor to sell a property, reinvest the proceeds in a new property and defer the tax on the potential gain from the sale. Click through to see the impact of tax reform on 1031 exchanges.

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  • Hobby vs. Business: What's the Difference to the IRS?

    It's an old tax question, but the answers don't get any easier: what is the difference between a hobby and a business? It's a subtle point, but an important one. Click through for insights into IRS guidance.

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  • Do You Need to Hire a Business Consultant?

    Feel like you could use some advice? Sometimes, an outside expert can give you a fresh perspective on the management of your company. Click through to learn about cost-effective ways to leverage a business consultant.

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  • Medicaid Trusts: Key for Long-Term Medical Planning

    Is it possible to protect your estate and still qualify for Medicaid? Yes it is, with the right kind of trusts. Click through to learn about the different kinds of Medicaid trusts and how they might be able to help you.

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  • Understanding Your Payroll Tax Liabilities

    Although the payroll taxes you’re liable for as an employer may seem obvious, some taxes are not so easy to identify. Click through to learn the common and not-so-common employer payroll taxes, including associated liabilities.

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  • Challenging the IRS's Valuation of Your Company

    Experts say that the average business owner grossly underestimates the value of a business. Click through to discover how to anticipate IRS challenges and shoot back with your own valuation data.

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  • The Latest Fraud Problem: Synthetic Identities

    The most common form of identity theft these days is synthetic identity theft. If that sounds ominous to you, you're right to be scared. Click through to find out about this new twist on fraud and how to spot it.

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  • What Is an Offer in Compromise with the IRS?

    To resolve IRS debt, should an offer in compromise be the right next step? What are the advantages? Click through to peruse the many factors to consider before attempting to settle with the IRS.

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  • How to Hold Real Estate in Your IRA

    Traditionally, IRAs contain funds or individual securities, but it's possible to put other kinds of investments into these accounts, including real estate. Click through for some insights into the rewards and dangers of this strategy.

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  • The Latest Rules on Charitable Donations

    With a much larger standard deduction in play, and lower marginal tax rates, the charitable giving world has changed. Has anything else changed? Click through for the latest IRS guidance on charitable giving.

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  • Know the Ins and Outs of Joint Tenancy

    It can be a great way to own property, helping owners avoid probate and spreading both risk and reward. But there are some pitfalls and it isn't for everyone. Click through for the key points of joint tenancy.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Do You Need Help Grasping Commercial Real Estate Taxes?

    If you're involved in commercial real estate, it's essential you understand a wide variety of tax issues. Click through for an introduction to commercial real estate tax provisions, and how they may affect you.

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  • The Essentials of Equipment Leasing for Construction Companies

    Did you know that companies can gain substantial savings by leasing equipment rather than buying it? Click through to learn how your construction company can benefit from equipment leasing.

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  • Four Ways the Millennial Tech Culture Is Changing Commercial Real Estate

    Studies show that millennials are energy conscious and technology driven as well as attracted to innovations. This generation is breaking all previous trends for adults in their age-group. Click through to learn how traits typical of this generation are changing commercial real estate.

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  • Can You Challenge Your Property Taxes?

    From coast to coast, it can be one of the most contentious local issues: your property tax bill. Often, homeowners believe it's etched in stone, but you may have some recourse. Click through for some help in challenging your property tax bill.

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  • Three Ways Experiential Retail Is Changing the Commercial Real Estate Game

    Anchor stores are closing across the country. Shoppers are still buying, but they’re shopping online now. Experiential retail aims to reverse that trend and provide reasons for people to shop in person again. Click through to learn how the retail game is changing.

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  • Know the Secrets Behind 'Miscellaneous Deductions'

    Tax breaks that don't fit into a particular category; what would you call them? Yup, that's what the IRS did -- miscellaneous deductions. Click through and see the one-hit wonders -- maybe you'll see a deduction you haven't considered yet.

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  • Four Amenities Today‚Äôs Tenant Demands in an Office Space

    Large cubicle farms are no longer the trend in office space. Today’s tenants are demanding much more creative space to retain a technology-centric and mobile workforce that is constantly changing. Click through to read about four amenities office space tenants are seeking.

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  • Is This Your Situation: Trying to Save Money by Sharing a Work Environment

    Co-working is sweeping the nation and is especially popular among younger workers and freelancers. Can it be effective for your commercial real estate venture? Click through to see whether you can save money by sharing a work environment.

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  • What Does It Mean to Be a Fiduciary?

    You may have heard about arguments coming out of Wall Street and Washington regarding fiduciary standards and controversial changes in regulations. Click through to get the scoop about what it means to be a fiduciary.

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  • Keep Your Homeowners Insurance Current

    Homeowners insurance isn't about buying it once and then forgetting about it. You have to repeatedly check it to make sure you're fully protected. Click through to learn how to stay current with your insurance.

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  • Get a Tax Break From Past-year Losses

    There are many tax breaks out there, but some of them are a little harder to unearth than others. If you've had a year when deductions exceeded income, you may be entitled to a refund. Click through for an intro to the complex rules surrounding net operating losses.

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  • How to Avoid Financial Scams

    Con games are like weeds: They come back every year. But sometimes they can be hard to recognize, because the fraudsters get better at disguising them. Click through to learn the basics of financial scams and how to avoid them.

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  • What to Know About Lease Accounting

    The Financial Accounting Standards Board has issued an Accounting Standards Update regarding leases. Click through to see how it intends to improve the understanding and comparability of lessees’ financial commitments.

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  • Tips to Improve Company Morale

    Can low morale ultimately hinder your business from reaching its goals? Click through for simple and creative approaches to strengthen employee engagement.

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  • QDIAs for Retirement Plans: Does Your Company Need Them?

    Having a qualified default investment alternative relieves you and plan fiduciaries of certain liabilities. Click through to enhance 401(k) plans by providing investments with potential for long-term growth regardless of how engaged employees are.

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  • 6 Retirement Mistakes to Avoid

    It's a "don't let this happen to you" situation: finding yourself nearing retirement with not enough money. Click through to learn about the mistakes you need to avoid.

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  • Is This Your Situation: You're Trying to Organize a Job Costing System

    Without job costing, construction business owners risk operating blindly. Job costing, however, is not just a tool for the largest and wealthiest firms. Click through to see how you can use job costing to your advantage.

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  • Opportunity Zone Funds--What We Know at January 2019

    Prepared by Venable LLP Attorneys, Walter Calvert and Elizabeth Stieff--This update is intended to provide guidance on the key topics to enable the reader to move forward with the implementation of Opportunity Zone Funds based on the Proposed Regulations issued by the IRS. 

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  • Four Sustainability Trends Affecting Commercial Real Estate

    Commercial real estate is having a huge impact on the revolution toward more sustainable building projects. Today, all parties are being called on to meet or exceed LEED standards. Click through for four trends that every commercial real estate professional should be watching.

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  • When Employees Cross State Lines

    Even small companies can find themselves with employees who have to commute across state borders to work. This can make payroll difficult. Click through for an introduction to the complex tax rules.

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  • When Is a Child Truly a Dependent?

    When is your child a child, at least in the eyes of the IRS? To claim your child as your dependent, your child must meet either of two tests. Click through to learn what the tests are and whether you meet them.

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