Simple Trusts – Basic Observations

For tax purposes a Simple Trust requires that all income generated by the trust be distributed each year to the trust’s beneficiaries.  Even if a trust distributes all its income every year this alone does not necessarily make it a simple trust though. Understanding the trust document is important.  If all income is not distributed…

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Colorado Sales Tax Update

General Be mindful of your new tax account number. The Colorado Department of Revenue has moved sales tax into its new tax accounting system. The improved system allows the department to process and distribute taxes more efficiently and assist businesses better than the current system. As part of this change, tax account numbers went to eight digits.…

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Time Period for Collecting Taxes

By law, the IRS has the authority to collect outstanding Federal taxes for 10 years from the date your tax liability was assessed. The 10-year collection period is suspended: ●  while the IRS and the Ofice of Appeals consider a request for an installment agreement or an offer in compromise. ●  from the date you request a CDP hearing until Appeals…

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Financial Statements: Compilation Vs. Review (SSARS) No. 19

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a tax conference sponsored by the Public Accountant Society of Colorado.  This particular topic presented by Dr. Pat Seaton of the University of Northern Colorado caught my attention.  The following is a compilation of my notes from this most excellent presentation on the difference between compiling a financial…

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Sale Leaseback

From a tax perspective the fundamental issue is whether a legitimate business purpose exists for the formation of a distinct entity to do a sale leaseback. If one exists and this is pursued all elements of the transaction should meet an arms length standard and be at fair market value. For a sale-leaseback, the business…

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Business Ownership Succession Planning

Consideration 1: Selling your business interest outright. When you sell your business interest to a family member or someone else, you receive cash (or assets you can convert to cash) that can be used to maintain your lifestyle or pay your estate taxes. You choose when to sell—now, at your retirement, at your death, or anytime in between. As long…

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American Opportunity Credit

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), more parents and students will qualify over the next two years for a tax credit, the American opportunity credit, to pay for college expenses. The American opportunity credit is not available on the 2008 returns taxpayers are filing during 2009. The new credit modifies the existing Hope…

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