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Tax Scams Across the Nation Part One: Bad Guys Have Gone Phishing

1/18/2018

The IRS is warning taxpayers to stay alert to several tax scams that are occurring across the nation. Phishing, phone scams and identity theft top the list of scams normally reported. Following hurricanes and other recent disasters, the IRS is urging taxpayers to be on the lookout for schemes stemming from these recent events during this year's tax season.

 

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA): For Individuals and Businesses

12/21/2017

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is a sweeping tax package. Here's a look at some of the more important elements of the new law that have an impact on businesses and individuals. Unless otherwise noted, the changes for individuals are effective for tax years beginning in 2018 through 2025.

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The Truth About Getting Rid of Tax Debt

11/30/2017

If any of you have listened to satellite radio or watch TV, I will assume you have heard those commercials from those specialty tax firms that claim they can settle your debt for “pennies on the dollar.”  Is this too good to be true? Probably.  Is this as common as those commercials say? Absolutely not.

Can you settle your debt for 10 cents on the dollar?  Yes, you can…if you meet the right criteria. 

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I See, You See, We May See an IC-DISC in Your Future!

11/9/2017

IC-DISC is an acronym for Interest Charge - Domestic International Sales Corporation. Strict formation and operating requirements must be met, but the tax benefits to you and your company can be substantial. Learn more about the requirements and benefits from John Mascaro.

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Conference Prep: Don't Forget Networking Opportunities

10/26/2017

Seasoned conference pros know that every conference is an opportunity to network, whether you go to attend, exhibit, or both. Here are some networking tips to consider before, during, and after the conference.

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New Technical Corrections to SNF RUG Rates Published for FY 2018

10/17/2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a technical correction to the SNF RUG rates for FY 2018, effective 10/1/2017.

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Tax Alert: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria Tax Relief for Businesses

10/12/2017

One of the additional relief provisions added by recent legislation after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria is the Employee Retention Credit. 

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Interim Rate Adjustments for Skilled Nursing Facilities after Irma

10/2/2017

Will you be getting a bump in your SNF Medicaid rate to cover costs incurred in preparation for or recovery after Irma? Learn more about how to qualify for an interim rate adjustment for your SNF.

 

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Make Your Move: Game Planning for the CPA Exam

9/28/2017

Now for the final piece in our 5 part CPA Exam Series!

It is absolutely imperative that you develop a game plan for test day.  Going into these exams with the mindset of “I’m going to take it one question at a time” is big mistake. Get tips from Brandon Heppler, CPA on how to be ready for test day!

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New Waivers Regarding Care Issued by Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Following Hurricane Irma

9/25/2017

The Reingruber ALERT provides insights from advisors serving the post-acute healthcare community. Learn more about the new waivers authorized by the administrator of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) following Hurricane Irma.

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Equifax Data Breach: What Does This Mean For You?

9/21/2017

The recent data breach of Equifax, one of three major U.S. consumer credit agencies, has created worry and panic among consumers. Such breaches highlight problems that will likely have an impact on future regulations and legislation. But what about you, the individual? 

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Governor Scott Issues New Emergency Rules for Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes Following Hurricane Irma

9/20/2017

The Reingruber ALERT provides insights from advisors serving the post-acute healthcare community. Learn more about the effects of Hurricane Irma on new emergency rules, tax relief measures, and business interruption loss claims.

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Hurricane Irma Update: IRS Announces Important Tax Relief Information

9/18/2017

The IRS has announced important tax relief information for residents and business owners impacted by Hurricane Irma in the state of Florida.

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No Time to Lose: Prioritizing Your Responsibilities

9/1/2017

Your State Board of Accountancy has approved you to sit for the CPA exams. You have purchased your review course, and you are ready to start studying. Now it's time to get real and ask yourself: “How much time should I commit to studying?” “When will I know that I'm ready to take any of the four exams?” “How long does all this take?” The answer to these questions depends on… you!

Everyone’s learning style is different. However, one thing you must do before you begin studying is this: objectively assess your current responsibilities and prioritize them around your study time.

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Relief Regarding Shortage of Appraisers

8/8/2017

Sometimes I don’t know if I’m the only one to get the news or the last to get it. I like to think of it as the art of juggling. In my defense this has been sitting in a ‘to read’ pile for months, but still in my peripheral vision. 

Basically, the federal banking agencies and the NCUA provided options to address the shortage of state certified and licensed appraisers, specifically for lenders operating in rural areas. 

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Set Your Course: Finding the Right Review Plan

8/2/2017

You are working on your education requirements, have applied to your state board, and are waiting for your application to be reviewed. What’s next? Wherever you are in the journey to become a Certified Public Accountant, it is never too early to start considering what review course may work for you, fit your budget, and match your study style. 

 

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Navigating the Social Workplace

7/20/2017

Social media platforms are legitimate business tools; therefore, companies must place a high priority on developing social media etiquette.  Participating on your company’s social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, blogs, LinkedIn, etc) can benefit both you and your company.  

Here are some things to consider when you participate on your company’s social media platforms.

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You May Be Seated! Preparing to Sit for the CPA Exam

7/13/2017

As discussed previously, passing the CPA exam is a daunting challenge, yet it is only a step along the journey toward one ultimate goal – to become a Certified Public Accountant. A successful exam preparedness plan begins with researching what is required to be a licensed CPA in your chosen state and then crafting a plan of attack to fulfill all of the state’s licensure requirements. 

I cannot stress enough the importance of these initial steps. I began my CPA journey with a misunderstanding about the educational requirements needed for licensure, and it hindered my progress by more than a year. My failure to plan correctly wreaked havoc upon my financial planning, affected my timeline for taking the CPA exam and delayed starting my career in public accounting.

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Jen Mostert Earns Certified Government Financial Manager Designation

7/13/2017

We are proud to announce that Jen Mostert has passed the Certified Government Financial Manager examination and has officially earned the designation of CGFM by the Association of Government Accountants (AGA). 

Congratulations, Jen!

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Cancellation of Debt Part Two: Exceptions to the Rule

7/6/2017

In my last blog, I discussed the “normal” tax consequences of having a debt canceled by your creditor. But, there are exceptions to the “norm.” These exceptions do allow for the forgiven debt to be “erased” from your income; however, this exclusion from income could reveal that you are even in worse shape than you thought! 

Let’s discuss the six primary exceptions for your canceled debt.

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CPA Exam Prep: From Daunting to Doable

6/29/2017

The CPA exams are difficult. Unfortunately, no magic Tips on How to Pass or 5 Do’s/Don’ts or even the top-rated study materials can guarantee you a passing grade on your exams for CPA licensure. What you can do is ensure that you’ve prepared for every step of the process. 

We asked four young CPAs who have recently passed or are in the process of taking their exams what they wish they had known before taking their first step towards getting their CPA license.

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Working Remotely: Perks & Pitfalls

6/14/2017

So you want to work remotely?  Being able to work from home, out of the office, or off the job site sounds like a great idea, and it can be! But like anything else, it comes with unique perks and pitfalls of which you need to be aware.  Here are a few simple “Do”s and “Don’t”s to aid in your decision to work remotely and help you become successful at it.

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Cancellation of Debt Part One: Tax Consequences on the Horizon

6/8/2017

So, after several months of wrangling, testy email exchanges and awkward personal meetings where you’ve dragged along your attorney and CPA, that creditor who by now has become a household name (banker, or seller who took back a purchase money mortgage, or the credit card company, etc) agrees to forgive and formally cancel some or all of the debt you owe them, an issue that has been a thorn in your side for over a year.  

Your first reaction is to jump for joy, call the spouse, and plan a celebratory dinner - of course.  And that may be an understandable first reaction – after all you will not have to deal with the burdensome principal and interest payments, no more harassing emails, letters and phone calls, you can stop chugging that Pepto-Bismol® at lunch, and finally get to do something your friends say is quite an enjoyable pastime – What’s that they call it? - Oh yeah, sleep.

Not so fast.

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4 Reasons Why Your Start-Up Needs a CPA

5/25/2017

Accounting is the language of business.  You have probably heard this phrase before. But what if you aren’t fluent?  Should you be spending hours and days learning a new language when you are launching a new business? Not at all!  Let a CPA help you.

 

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Saltmarsh Gives Back on CPA Day of Service

5/22/2017

The CPA Day of Service is an annual event where CPAs throughout Florida volunteer in their communities. On Saturday, May 20th, employees from our Tampa and St. Pete offices volunteered at Feeding Tampa Bay and the Ronald McDonald house. 

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