Taxes

HOW LAWSUIT SETTLEMENTS ARE TAXED?

HOW LAWSUIT SETTLEMENTS ARE TAXED?

Many plaintiffs win or settle a lawsuit and are surprised they have to pay taxes. Some don't realize it until tax time the following year when IRS Forms 1099 arrive in the mail. A little tax planning, especially before you settle, goes a long way. It's even more important now with higher taxes on lawsuit settlements under the recently passed tax reform law.

IRS spotlights expanded tax benefits for depreciation and expensing

IRS spotlights expanded tax benefits for depreciation and expensing

The Internal Revenue Service is highlighting tax reform changes that impact depreciation and expensing for nearly every business. In some cases, these changes allow small business owners and the self-employed to write off the cost of machinery, equipment and other property more quickly.

Bill Gates Says Taxing Capital Gains Is the Best Way to Tap ‘Big Fortunes’

Bill Gates Says Taxing Capital Gains Is the Best Way to Tap ‘Big Fortunes’

Bill Gates is concerned about the high budget deficits being run by the U.S., and said if taxes are ultimately increased to make up the shortfall, then it’s appropriate for wealthy people to pay much higher taxes.

Using An Intentionally Defective Irrevocable Trust (IDIT) To Gift Your Family Business

Using An Intentionally Defective Irrevocable Trust (IDIT) To Gift Your Family Business

If you are considering making a sizable gift to a family member such as a partial interest in the family business, how you structure the transaction can have a meaningful impact on the success of the transfer, minimizing taxes, and the control you have even after making the gift.

Carbon Tax

Carbon Tax

William Nordhaus has been writing for four decades about climate change and the value of using prices to reduce carbon emissions. His research shows that raising prices through, say, a carbon tax, is a far more effective and efficient way to lower carbon emissions than direct government controls on the quantity of emissions through, say, regulatory limits on cars and power plants.

The Tax Treatment Of Bitcoin And Other Cryptocurrencies

The Tax Treatment Of Bitcoin And Other Cryptocurrencies

The IRS classifies all cryptocurrencies as property. Buying Bitcoin is not a taxable event. But using Bitcoin to buy something else is considered a sale of Bitcoin and selling property for more than you purchased it for is a taxable event. If you "sell" some Bitcoin at a profit that you purchased within the last year, you will have to report short term capital gains on your tax return and pay ordinary income tax rates.

Obama’s Anti-Abuse Rules Slashed Tax-Motivated Inversions

Obama’s Anti-Abuse Rules Slashed Tax-Motivated Inversions

An inversion arises when a U.S. corporation either creates a foreign corporation to be its new parent or merges into a smaller existing foreign corporation.  After the inversion, the combined firm can lower its U.S. tax bill by shifting profits abroad, either through inter-corporate transactions or increased operations abroad. 

IRS Offshore Account Amnesty Closing

IRS Offshore Account Amnesty Closing

Offshore accounts and income are still in the IRS crosshairs. […] For ten years, the IRS has run its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), a type of tax amnesty. But now, OVDP will formally close on September 28, 2018. 

Tax, Embezzlement Case Tied To Former Congressman Ends In Guilty Verdict

Tax, Embezzlement Case Tied To Former Congressman Ends In Guilty Verdict

Two years after prosecutors filed an indictment charging David T. Shulick, former president of the Bala Cynwyd-based Delaware Valley High School Management Corp., of embezzling funds from the School District of Philadelphia (SDP), the jury had an answer: Guilty. In addition, the jury found Shulick guilty of conspiring with Chaka Fattah, Jr. to embezzle funds from the School District of Philadelphia, as well as bank fraud, making a false statement to PNC Bank, and filing false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).