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“Taxing” is a word synonymous with “onerous” and “wearing.”  Bond Beebe, Accountants & Advisors, have created a user friendly blog called “It’s Taxing” to inform and educate our clients and business associates on timely topics related to tax, estates, accounting and finance.  We hope our blog answers your questions and alleviates the heavy burden and anxiety related to understanding complicated tax laws and related matters. 

 

A Change to the IRA Rollover Rules

ira-rolloverA Tax Court ruling in January 2014 (Bobrow; TC Memo 2014-21) changed long-standing IRS rules defining when and how often you can rollover money tax-free from one IRA to another.

A “rollover” is defined here as withdrawing money from an IRA and then re-depositing it in the same or a different IRA within 60 days of the original withdrawal. These are considered tax-free transactions and are generally used to change the investment custodian or manager. They are occasionally used as a short term loan. You are allowed to do this once in a 12 month period.

Update: Maryland Estate Tax Exemption to Increase

marylandOn May 15, Governor O’Malley signed into law a bill that will gradually increase Maryland’s estate tax exemption to eventually match the federal exemption, which is indexed for inflation. With these increases, next year Maryland’s exemption will be $1.5 million and will continue to increase until 2019, when it is set to recouple with the federal exemption, which in that year is projected to be $5.9 million.

Full details are available in our previous post on the topic. This is indeed good news for Maryland residents and similar conversation on the estate tax exemption is underway across the border in DC.

Reporting Foreign Assets: Answers to Your Top Questions

fatca-webWith the June 30 deadline approaching for filing FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), we’ve posted over at JDKatz’s "The Joy of Tax Law" blog, providing a number of details on the requirements for reporting foreign assets. Specifically, we answer the following questions:

  • What is FATCA and what do I need to disclose?
  • What is a foreign financial asset?
  • What forms do I have to file for FATCA?
  • What happens if I don’t report foreign assets?

For the full post, visit http://joyoftaxlaw.com/2014/05/06/reporting-foreign-assets-answers-to-your-top-questions/. If you have questions about your specific tax situation, please don’t hesitate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We’re happy to talk to you about the details as they apply to your assets.

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Sharing Your Gambling Winnings with Uncle Sam

gambling-taxesIf you placed bets on this past weekend’s Kentucky Derby, you are either celebrating your good fortune or kicking yourself for making the wrong bet. Either way, as with most things in life, there are tax implications. Yes, that’s right, your gambling winnings are considered taxable income. But, if you lost, take heart – you may be able to deduct your losses.

Estate Tax Exemption Likely to Increase in Maryland

marylandLate last week, the Maryland Senate passed a measure that will gradually raise Maryland’s $1 million estate tax exemption to match the much-higher federal exemption. The measure has already passed the House. If signed into law by Governor O’Malley, in 2015 the exemption will be $1.5 million and in 2016, it will be raised to $2 million. The increase will continue to rise to $3 million in 2017 and $4 million in 2018 before matching the federal exemption in 2019. The federal exemption is currently at $5.34 million for 2014, and indexed to inflation each year.

Changing Menu: Cafeteria Plan Elections Available for Same-Sex Couples

fsaA few months ago, the IRS released changes to the flexible spending accounts (FSAs) under cafeteria plans targeting the “Use-it-or-Lose-it” provision. We highlighted these changes and shortly thereafter, the IRS issued further guidance on FSAs for same-sex married couples, in light of the Windsor decision.

In brief, same-sex married couples are now eligible for certain employee benefits under §125 of the Internal Revenue Code, particularly for cafeteria plans. This eligibility begins with the plan year that includes the effective date of the Windsor case (June 26, 2013).

There are three key points raised and answered by IRS Notice 2014-1 (PDF):

Senate Report Reveals 'Gaping Holes' In US Effort to Curb Offshore Tax Evasion

We’ve invited Davis Burroughs of JD Katz, a Bethesda-based law firm, to share some tax law insights with our readers.  This post reviews the latest developments in offshore reporting requirements in advance of FATCA’s implementation later this year.  For more information on JD Katz, visit www.jdkatz.com.  If you are interested in guest-posting for It's Taxing, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. foreign-reporting

A new report (PDF) from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (SPSI) ripped into several ongoing endeavors by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Justice (DOJ), and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to punish and collect from foreign tax dodgers. The report was released in advance of the Senate’s March 6 hearing, which focused on holding Swiss banks and their U.S. clients accountable for failing to pay taxes on billions of dollars in hidden assets.

The SPSI report focuses heavily on the government’s handling of Credit Suisse Group AG, a Swiss holding company which has helped around 20,000 U.S. based clients evade taxes between 2008 and now. Over 95% of the company’s American accounts were hidden from U.S. authorities through a series of exit projects conducted to shield its clients from prosecution. To date, the DOJ has received less than 1% of the identities of Credit Suisse account holders.

6 Strategies for Your 2013 Tax Filing

fsaFor many people, there is nothing as dreadful as dealing with income taxes each year. When you first sit down with all the forms and receipts, you may feel overwhelmed; our goal is to simplify the process while keeping you in compliance with the tax codes so you can preserve, grow & protect your assets.

A lot has changed for 2013 – there are a number of new taxes and tax increases. If you are just sitting down to review your forms and filing your taxes has you scratching your head this year, here are 6 important strategies that will help you make the most of your tax situation:

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