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IRS Alerts

Borrowed via Checkpoint Newsstand – Thomson Reuters post 2/7/17
The following are some recent phishing scams and myths that the IRS would like you to be aware of :
Federal Tax Highlights

Washington Alert — Part I

IRS, joined by state tax agencies and the tax industry, has issued an “urgent alert” to all employers regarding the Form W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement) email phishing scam. (IR 2017-20) According to the agency, the phishing scam “has evolved beyond the corporate world and is spreading to other sectors, including school districts, tribal organizations and nonprofits”. The W-2 scammers have been coupling their attempts to steal employee W-2 information with a scheme regarding wire transfers. As described by IRS, cybercriminals use a variety of techniques to make an email appear as if it is from an organization executive. The email is sent to an employee in the payroll or human resources departments and requests a list of all employees and their Forms W-2. In a new twist, the perpetrators follow up with an “executive” email to the payroll department or comptroller and ask that a wire transfer be made to a specific account. In some cases, companies have responded to this request. Noting that there has been “an upswing of [scam] reports in recent days”, IRS urged employers to immediately share this information with their payroll, finance and human resource personnel. They also should have an internal policy on the distribution of employee W-2 information and conducting wire transfers. “This is one of the most dangerous email phishing scams we’ve seen in a long time”, said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “It can result in the large-scale theft of sensitive data that criminals can use to commit various crimes, including filing fraudulent tax returns.” Additional information is available at irs.gov/uac/dangerous-w-2-phishing-scam-evolving-targeting-schools-restaurants-hospitals-tribal-groups-and-others

IRS has issued tips to taxpayers that refute several “myths” pertaining to tax refunds currently circulating. (IR 2017-16) The myths included the following – all refunds are delayed; calling IRS or a tax professional will provide a better refund date; ordering a tax transcript is a “secret way” to obtain a refund date; the “Where’s My Refund” tool must be incorrect because there is no deposit date appearing; and delayed refunds for those claiming the earned income tax credit or the additional child tax credit will be delivered on Feb. 15. Complete details can be found at irs.gov/uac/newsroom/irs-answers-common-early-tax-season-refund-questions-and-addresses-surrounding-myths

IRS has commenced publishing entries to its annual list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2017 filing season. (IR 2017-15) Phishing schemes now lead the newest Dirty Dozen list. As of Feb. 3, IRS published two additional entries on its list – telephone scams and identity theft. It is expected that the agency will be announcing daily additions to the list. Updated information will appear at irs.gov/uac/newsroom/dirty-dozen

 

If you receive any suspicious emails, phone calls, or mail, contact us at  Schutte & Hilgendorf CPAs .

 

Schutte & Hilgendorf offers a broad range of professional accounting, tax, and audit services to individuals and businesses throughout Yavapai County and Northern Arizona.   With over 40 years combined certified public accounting experience, we specialize in providing services to numerous industry specific areas, including non-profit organizations, homeowner’s associations and construction contracting.  We also provide tax planning and preparation, sales tax and payroll tax return preparation, ongoing accounting/bookkeeping, live payroll, and QuickBooks setup and training (QuickBooks Proadvisors).  Given our small size, we can still provide a personal touch with professional expertise. Come in and see us anytime at 2086 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, Arizona or call us at 928-778-0079.

 

 


Prescott becomes a Program City for Arizona Sales Tax

All Prescott and other cities’ sales taxes will now be reported and paid through the State of Arizona.

Effective January 1, 2017, the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) will become the single point of administration and collection of transaction privilege tax (TPT).  Your sales tax return that is due in February will be the first required return to be filed using the new method.  The link for details on the new requirements for reporting sales tax is:  https://www.azdor.gov/News/tabid/74/newsid530/732/Centralized-Licensing-and-Reporting-of-Transaction-Privilege-Tax-TPT-Begins-Jan-1/Default.aspx?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

The Arizona licensing fee was due on January 1, 2017.  If you have not renewed your license, you should log onto the aztaxes.gov website and renew.  Information on how to do this may be found at this link:   https://www.azdor.gov/Portals/0/TPTSimplification/license_renewal_fs.pdf

The City of Prescott requires a business license and registration with the city in addition to the required registration with Arizona/Prescott for a sales tax license.  Additional information on this can be found at this webpage:

http://www.prescott-az.gov/business/license/

Residential & Commercial Rental owners have had their license information submitted to the State of Arizona by the City of Prescott for processing.  Owners will receive a letter from the State containing the new Arizona license number and instructions on how to obtain an online account.  Further information from the City of Prescott for commercial and residential landlords and how to register with the state can be found at:  http://www.prescott-az.gov/_d/residential_and_commercial_rental_tips.pdf

Additional information on licensing for Arizona can be found at:  https://www.azdor.gov/Business/LicensingGuide.aspx

 

For additional information, contact Schutte &  Hilgendorf at 928-778-0079

Schutte & Hilgendorf, CPAs offers a broad range of professional accounting, tax, and audit services to individuals and businesses throughout Yavapai County and Northern Arizona.   With over 40 years combined certified public accounting experience, we specialize in providing services to numerous industry specific areas, including non-profit organizations, homeowner’s associations and construction contracting.  We also provide tax planning and preparation, sales tax and payroll tax return preparation, ongoing accounting/bookkeeping, live payroll, and QuickBooks setup and training (QuickBooks Proadvisors).  Given our small size, we can still provide a personal touch with professional expertise. Come in and see us anytime at 2086 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, Arizona or call us at 928-778-0079.


2017 Standard Mileage Rates

From the IRS website:

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 54 cents for 2016
  • 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 19 cents for 2016
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The business mileage rate decreased half a cent per mile and the medical and moving expense rates each dropped 2 cents per mile from 2016. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged.   The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.

 

Go to the following link for more information:

 

2017 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving Announced

 

Schutte & Hilgendorf is a leading Prescott CPA firm, offering superior client service to individuals, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and homeowners associations.

Our services include accounting, bookkeeping, audit, review, tax return preparation, tax planning, payroll and QuickBooks consulting. We are located in Prescott and serve all of Yavapai County, and Northern Arizona.


Overtime rules for Business Owners

There has been an important update on the new DOL Overtime Rules that were set to go into effect on December 1st. Yesterday a U.S. District Judge issued an injunction against the new rules. This means that the new overtime rules will not go into effect on December 1st. The injunction stops implementation or enforcement of the new  rules until further action is taken by the Department of Labor, most likely through appealing the ruling. At this point it is uncertain when, if ever, the new rules will go into effect.

We will keep you apprised of any new developments. Please check our website as well for any updates. Contact us if you have any questions about how this will affect your business.

Since the release of the new overtime regulations from the Department of Labor, we have received many questions from our business clients. One reoccurring question we would like to address is how/if the new overtime rules will affect the business owner’s salary. An employee who owns at least 20 percent equity interest in the enterprise in which they are employed and who is actively engaged in its management is not subject to the salary level requirements of the overtime regulations. This rule applies to LLCs, Partnerships, S Corporations, Corporations or any other entity type. Because of this, the final rules recently released should not have an effect on business owners who own 20 percent or more of their company. Any owners who own under 20 percent would have to apply the standard overtime tests and requirements. If you have any questions about your specific situation, please give us a call at 928-778-0079.

 

Schutte & Hilgendorf is a leading Prescott CPA firm, offering superior client service to individuals, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and homeowners associations.

Our services include accounting, bookkeeping, audit, review, tax return preparation, tax planning, payroll and QuickBooks consulting. We are located in Prescott and serve all of Yavapai County, and Northern Arizona.


IRS Tax Tips: Premium Tax Credit Checkup for your 2016 Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage

If you or anyone in your family are getting advance payments of the “premium tax credit” you should check to see if you need to adjust your premium assistance.  Please see IRS tax tips link below for more detailed information.

 

Premium Tax Credit Checkup for 2016 Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage

 

If you have additional questions about this post or any other, please contact us directly at 928-778-0079.

Schutte & Hilgendorf is a leading Prescott CPA firm, offering superior client service to individuals, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and homeowners associations.

Our services include accounting, bookkeeping, audit, review, tax return preparation, tax planning, payroll and QuickBooks consulting. We are located in Prescott and serve all of Yavapai County, and Northern Arizona.


INCREASE IN PENALTIES FOR FAILING TO FILE AN INCOME TAX RETURN

On February 24, 2016, President Obama signed a new law banning income taxes on Internet Services.  This law also included a provision increasing the penalty for failing to file a tax return.

 

The higher failure-to-pay penalty is effective for returns to be filed after calendar year 2015, so it applies to this tax return season.  The penalty is equal to 5 percent of the amount of additional taxes owed for every month that your return is late, up to a maximum of 25 percent.

 

Remember there are 2 penalties:  A failure-to-file penalty AND a failure-to-pay penalty.   If you have a balance owing it is always better to file the returns timely and pay when you can or set up an Installment Agreement Payment Plan with the IRS.  You can also pay your tax balance by credit card.

 

Filing an extension ONLY delays filing the return.  If you owe tax, the tax must be paid by April 15 to avoid a failure-to-pay penalty.

 

If you have additional questions about this post or any other, please contact us directly at 928-778-0079.

Schutte & Hilgendorf is a leading Prescott CPA firm, offering superior client service to individuals, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and homeowners associations.

Our services include accounting, bookkeeping, audit, review, tax return preparation, tax planning, payroll and QuickBooks consulting. We are located in Prescott and serve all of Yavapai County, and Northern Arizona.

 


2016’s Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

In this day and age of technology, each day brings new ways for thieves to part individuals from their hard earned income.  Each year the IRS releases a list of what it considers the worst tax scams of the year.  See the link below for the article published by the Journal of Accountancy for the worst tax scams in 2016.    

“dirty dozen” worst tax scams

 

If you have additional questions about this post or any other, please contact us directly at 928-778-0079.

Schutte & Hilgendorf is a leading Prescott CPA firm, offering superior client service to individuals, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and homeowners associations.

Our services include accounting, bookkeeping, audit, review, tax return preparation, tax planning, payroll and QuickBooks consulting. We are located in Prescott and serve all of Yavapai County, and Northern Arizona.


Charitable Solicitations – What is Required in Arizona and Other States

We have been asked by our clients where to locate information regarding laws for charitable solicitations in Arizona and other states.  Laws regulating the solicitation of funds can vary from state to state.  The IRS provides some basic information with links to other resources to answer these state by state questions. 

 

See the link below for specific information on these requirements.

 

IRS Information for Charitable Solicitations

 

If you have additional questions about this post or any other, please contact us directly at 928-778-0079.

Schutte & Hilgendorf is a leading Prescott CPA firm, offering superior client service to individuals, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and homeowners associations.

Our services include accounting, bookkeeping, audit, review, tax return preparation, tax planning, payroll and QuickBooks consulting.  We are located in Prescott and serve all of Yavapai County, and Northern Arizona.


Health Care Act: Tools and Answers for Employers and Individuals

EMPLOYERS (FOR-PROFIT AND NON-PROFIT)!!:

We are receiving information daily regarding the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (Also called “ObamaCare”), which is scheduled to phase in starting in 2014. Here’s some important information that will effect both individuals and employers before then:

For Individuals: The Individual Insurance Exchanges will be open for enrollment in October 2013.

For Employers: The scheduled Employer side of it has been delayed until 2015. However, there is a requirement for ALL Employers to post a notice for all new and existing employees (both full and part time) by October 1, 2013

The attached templates can be used by Employers for posting and handouts (click on the link that applies):

Template A_withoutplans: For employers who DO NOT offer a health plan
Template B_withplans: For employers who offer a health plan to all or some of their employees

In addition, we’re excited to announce a new, streamlined health care tool , housed at Business USA, to help you find out exactly what you and your employees need to know about the Affordable Care Act. In a few quick steps, you’ll understand the essentials of new insurance options and other health care changes. We tried it and think it will help you work through all of the options. Click on the link below to access the tool (if the link doesn’t work, copy and paste the URL to your browser):

http://business.usa.gov/healthcare

Rest assured, we will pass on all final, relevant information, links and tools for both individuals and employers, as it becomes available. We at Schutte & Hilgendorf CPAs are trying to keep in front of the information to answer your questions as you begin to contemplate what this means for you individually and as a business owner or manager. Look for announcements and new developments either through direct mailings or email. All content will also be posted on our website, www.prescottaccountants.com.

To find more information directly, go to https://www.healthcare.gov/ , the official website for the ACA.

If you have questions, call us today!

Schutte & Hilgendorf CPAs is a full service public accounting firm, providing tax preparation, planning, audit, accounting, and QuickBooks set and consulting to Prescott and the great Yavapai and Northern Arizona region.  Call us for more information at 928-778-0079


Schutte & Hilgendorf CPAs receives acceptance of their Passed peer review

Schutte & Hilgendorf is proud to announce that they have received a Pass grade and acceptance of their 2012 peer review. This is the second peer review conducted for the newly formed firm since 2008 by the California Peer Review Program (who conducts Arizona’a peer reviews).

Click on the link below for the latest peer review report for Schutte & Hilgendorf CPAs.

PR Acceptance Letter 2012

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) requires its member firms to undergo a peer review every three years. A peer review is a periodic external review of a firm’s quality control system in accounting and auditing and is also known as the AICPA’s practice monitoring program. AICPA members engaged in the practice of public accounting are required to practice in a firm that is enrolled in an approved practice-monitoring program such as the Peer Review Program.

Schutte & Hilgendorf CPAs provides audit, accounting, tax and QuickBooks consulting services for Prescott, Yavapai County and Northern Arizona. We specialize in performing these services for non-profits and homeowners associations, but also are here to serve individuals and small businesses. Call us today for a free consultation or quote! 928-778-0079.