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Should you use an accountant or a tax attorney for your business?

Running a business is more than just monitoring and ordering inventory, managing employees and finding ways to stay competitive in the marketplace. It also takes knowledge of accounting principles and a sound grasp of the U.S. Tax Code.

Could you be audited for working with independent contractors?

The "gig economy" works in large part by employing independent contractors instead of employees in order to keep costs down. That has led to some headaches -- whether or not a worker is an employee or a contractor is a legal determination under the Fair Labor Standards Act. It's not strictly the choice of the employer.

Willful vs. non-willful compliance with FBAR/FATCA

FBAR and FATCA violations are either willful or non-willful in nature. The penalties for inadvertent or non-willful violations are understandably lesser than those for willful non-compliance. The IRS punishes those who non-willfully violate FBAR filing mandates with penalties of up to $10,000 per non-complying tax year.

Huge data leak reveals offshore accounts in use by celebs, execs

In what seems to a recurring theme, a mass data release - this one known as the "Paradise Papers" - has disclosed the identities of high-profile users of offshore accounts. It is vitally important to note prior to discussing the content of the Paradise Papers that there is nothing inherently wrong with having offshore or foreign accounts. The IRS even recognizes the validity of these accounts, which is why it established protocols for reporting income from them via the FATCA and FBAR.

Are you following the official IRS tax guidance?

Many of us have, if we’re curious about a particular tax-related issue, consulted the IRS website (www.irs.gov), especially now as the tax year is winding down. We assume that since the content on the site is put out and endorsed by a government agency, it is valid, factual and reliable.

Consider these moves now to minimize tax in the New Year

The final stretch to the end of the year is upon us. There are important decisions to make between now and December 31, about such issues as insurance coverage and health savings accounts for 2018, for example. It’s also the time to handle last-minute tax issues that could save you big bucks.

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