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2019 HSA Contribution Limits Are Announced

Posted on June 1, 2018 by

If it seems like the IRS just announced the 2018 limits, you are not mistaken.  Just over a month ago the IRS declared a do over for the 2018 limits, see The IRS Says Never Mind – You Can Have Your Higher HSA Limit!  With the arrival of 90 degree temperatures in Wisconsin, it is […]

Second Tax Cut Bill in the Works

Posted on May 30, 2018 by

White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short told reporters last week that the Trump Administration has been working with the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and the Senate Finance Committee on a second tax cuts proposal that would make permanent the tax cuts for individuals passed in the Tax Cuts and […]

IRS to Issue Regulations Addressing $10,000 Limit on State and Local Tax Deduction

Posted on May 24, 2018 by

Yesterday, the IRS issued Notice 2018-54 and an accompanying news release stating that proposed regulations will be issued addressing the deductibility of state and local tax payments for federal income tax proposes. As many of you know, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) limited the amount of state and local taxes an individual can […]

Let’s Start Over – 2018 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

Posted on March 7, 2018 by

It is unusual for the IRS to implement a retroactive change to a previously announced limit (whether it be qualified plan limits or HSA limits).  Especially when the change is a reduction in the amount that taxpayers can save/contribute.  But who would disagree that 2018 has been a bit unusual.  On March 5, 2018 the […]

2018 IRS Standard Mileage Rates Reflect Rising Fuel Prices

Posted on December 15, 2017 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2018, and the increased rates reflect the increase in gasoline prices. Effective January 1, 2018, the optional standard mileage rates will increase to 54.5 cents per mile for […]

IRS Finalizes Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Regulations

Posted on September 1, 2016 by

It took almost eleven months, and minimal comments from the public, but the IRS has now finalized its October 2015 regulations which recognized same-sex marriages as lawful marriages for purposes of the tax code.  More information on that found here Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage Officially the Tax Law of the Land.  No need to go […]

IRS Issues Changes to Gas Reimbursement in 2015

Posted on May 13, 2015 by

Attorney Mary Ellen Schill recently authored an update detailing the changes.  2015 Standard Mileage Rates

It is Now EZier for Charities to File for Tax Exempt Status

Posted on July 2, 2014 by

On July 1, 2014, the IRS introduced the new Form 1023-EZ which is a shorter application form to help smaller charities apply for tax exempt status. The standard Form 1023 is a 26 page form that charities must complete in order to obtain tax exempt, or 501(c)(3), status with the IRS. The standard form can […]

No More Marijuana Taxes!

Posted on June 25, 2014 by

I can’t help but write a puff piece about the recent lawsuit filed in a Denver District Court earlier this week. In the lawsuit, the attorney is asking the court to block marijuana taxes in Colorado, claiming the state’s tax system violates the Fifth Amendment, which protects people from self-incrimination. The attorney argues that when […]

Wausau and Other Wisconsin Taxpayers Beware of Tax Jail Scam

Posted on June 19, 2014 by

I received a telephone call from a prospective client yesterday. Let s call her Suzie. Suzie called me asking for guidance on how to handle a phone call she received from the IRS. The caller stated on Suzie s voicemail that Suzie had 2 hours to return the call and resolve her tax issues or […]