Conservation easements are under IRS scrutiny
May 24, 2024 Knowledge Center
Conservation easements are under IRS scrutiny

For many years, conservation easements have been a powerful estate planning tool that enable taxpayers to receive income and estate tax benefits while continuing to own and enjoy the properties. So it’s no surprise that the IRS has been scrutinizing easements to ensure they meet tax code requirements. The tax agency has even issued a […]

Businesses must face the reality of cyberattacks and continue fighting back
May 23, 2024 Knowledge Center
Businesses must face the reality of cyberattacks and continue fighting back

With each passing year, as networked technology becomes more and more integral to how companies do business, a simple yet grim reality comes further into focus: The cyberattacks will continue. In fact, many experts are now urging business owners and their leadership teams to view malicious cyberactivity as more of a certainty than a possibility. […]

Federal regulators expand overtime pay requirements, ban most noncompete agreements
May 14, 2024 Knowledge Center
Federal regulators expand overtime pay requirements, ban most noncompete agreements

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a new final rule regarding the salary threshold for determining whether employees are exempt from federal overtime pay requirements. The threshold is slated to jump 65% from its current level by 2025 and is expected to make four million additional workers eligible for overtime pay. On the same […]

Pay attention to the tax rules if you turn a hobby into a business
May 10, 2024 Knowledge Center
Pay attention to the tax rules if you turn a hobby into a business

Many people dream of turning a hobby into a regular business. Perhaps you enjoy boating and would like to open a charter fishing business. Or maybe you’d like to turn your sewing or photography skills into an income-producing business. You probably won’t have any tax headaches if your new business is profitable over a certain […]

IRS to employers: Only medical expenses qualify for tax-advantaged accounts
May 7, 2024 Knowledge Center
IRS to employers: Only medical expenses qualify for tax-advantaged accounts

Tax-advantaged accounts or reimbursement arrangements for health care have become popular employer-sponsored benefits. And for good reason — these accounts or arrangements ease the burden of high costs on organizations while giving employees a tax-friendly way to manage medical expenses. The IRS, however, has concerns. The tax agency recently issued a news release (IR-2024-65) warning […]

Watch out for “income in respect of a decedent” issues when receiving an inheritance
May 2, 2024 Knowledge Center
Watch out for “income in respect of a decedent” issues when receiving an inheritance

Most people are genuinely appreciative of inheritances, and who wouldn’t enjoy some unexpected money? But in some cases, it may turn out to be too good to be true. While most inherited property is tax-free to the recipient, this isn’t always the case with property that’s considered income in respect of a decedent (IRD). If […]

IRS extends relief for inherited IRAs
April 30, 2024 Knowledge Center
IRS extends relief for inherited IRAs

For the third consecutive year, the IRS has published guidance that offers some relief to taxpayers covered by the “10-year rule” for required minimum distributions (RMDs) from inherited IRAs or other defined contribution plans. But the IRS also indicated in Notice 2024-35 that forthcoming final regulations for the rule will apply for the purposes of determining […]

Can a split annuity strategy help you achieve a balance in retirement? 
April 26, 2024 Knowledge Center
Can a split annuity strategy help you achieve a balance in retirement? 

You may be currently facing this dilemma: You’ve retired (or you’re approaching retirement) and, while you want to maintain your current standard of living, you also want to preserve as much of your wealth as possible for your family. This balance can be difficult to achieve, especially when your retirement can last decades. One strategy […]

Charity scams: A small business perspective
April 25, 2024 Knowledge Center
Charity scams: A small business perspective

Many businesses support their communities by donating to local charities. Although there are plenty of nonprofits that deserve your support, some exist solely to facilitate fraud. How can you avoid the latter? Familiarize yourself with the deceptive tactics scammers use and carefully screen charities for legitimacy — before you write a check. Branding tricks Fraud […]

Marijane Kantzabedian and Jun Wang Nominated for Women to Watch Awards | CalCPA
April 22, 2024 In the News
Marijane Kantzabedian and Jun Wang Nominated for Women to Watch Awards | CalCPA

Congratulations Marijane Kantzabedian, CPA and Jun Wang, CPA on being nominated for CalCPA Women to Watch Awards! Each of these exemplarily professionals are being recognized for their remarkable dedication and excellence in the accounting profession. These awards, honoring impactful women in the accounting industry, will be presented at the 2024 Elevate: Women’s Leadership Forum.

IRS issues guidance on tax treatment of energy efficiency rebates
April 19, 2024 Knowledge Center
IRS issues guidance on tax treatment of energy efficiency rebates

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) established and expanded numerous incentives to encourage taxpayers to increase their use of renewable energy and adoption of a range of energy efficient improvements. In particular, the law includes funding for nearly $9 billion in home energy rebates. While the rebates aren’t yet available, many states are expected to launch their programs […]

When one trustee isn’t enough, consider appointing a trust protector
April 18, 2024 Knowledge Center
When one trustee isn’t enough, consider appointing a trust protector

Irrevocable trusts can allow for the smooth, tax-advantaged transfer of wealth to family members. But there’s a drawback: When you set up an irrevocable trust, you must relinquish control of the assets placed in it. What you can control is who will eventually oversee distribution of assets after your death. However, sometimes — particularly when the […]