Tax and Business Alert - June 2015



Welcome to this month's edition of the Tax and Business Alert. Our goal is to provide you with current articles on various tax and business topics. The articles are intended to keep you up to date on trends and issues that may impact your business and personal financial affairs. Please contact us if you have questions about any of the issues discussed.

TAX RULES FOR GAMBLERS
This article summarizes the applicable federal income tax rules for gambling winnings. It particularly discusses documentation requirements for winnings and losses for professional gamblers. Read more...

TAX TIPS FOR FARMERS
For those who own a farm, this article offers nine tax tips they should know about, addressing crop insurance, employee wages and benefits, net operating losses, farm income averaging, and other topics. Read more...

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WITH AN IDENTITY VERIFICATION LETTER FROM THE IRS
In its efforts to combat identity theft, the IRS is stopping suspicious tax returns that have indications of being identity theft, but contain a real taxpayer's name and/or Social Security number, and sending out Letter 5071C to request that the taxpayer verify his or her identity. This article explains the procedures that a taxpayer receiving this letter should follow. Read more...

DONATING A LIFE INSURANCE POLICY TO CHARITY
A number of charities now ask their donors to consider donating life insurance policies rather than (or in addition to) cash in order to make substantially larger gifts than would otherwise be possible. The advantage to donors is that they can make a sizable gift with relatively little up-front cash, and receive a charitable deduction. However, this article notes that, if the donation is handled incorrectly, no deduction is allowed - so it's advisable to seek professional advice. Read more...

2015 HSA AMOUNTS
Health Savings Accounts were created as a tax-favored framework to provide health care benefits mainly for small business owners, the self-employed, and employees of small to medium-size companies. This article explains their tax benefits, which are quite favorable, and also points out how they differ from insurance or Flexible Spending Accounts. Read more...

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