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New 2017 Tax Laws Will Affect 2018 Filings

Jun 22, 2017

For most tax filers, the dust has settled after the 2017 filing of 2016 taxes. Now is the time to get acquainted with some of the changes that will affect 2017 taxes, filed in early 2018. The changes will affect income calculations, deductions and exemptions, ultimately impacting how much many individuals and families will see…

Maryland Leads the Nation by Offering Energy Storage System Tax Credit

Jun 7, 2017

On May 4, 2017, Maryland became the first state in the nation to offer a tax credit to offset certain costs of installing an energy storage system. The idea behind the legislation is to encourage alternatives to the traditional electronic grid – if the utility providers are disrupted, third parties can take up the task…

Foreign-Owned Domestic Disregarded Entities Face New Reporting Rules

May 31, 2017

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service recently finalized a notable shift in the way foreign-owned domestic disregarded entities are treated for tax purposes; changes which impose new reporting requirements with which compliance must be achieved. The tax professionals at Rosenberg Martin Greenberg can help provide entities impacted by these rules with legal counsel…

Marijuana in Maryland: Tax Considerations for Businesses as Legalization of Medical (and Recreational?) Use Become a Reality

Brandon N. Mourges | May 18, 2017

With the creation of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission and the dispensary permitting process moving forward, Marylanders will soon have access to marijuana for medical use.  Many anticipate that the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana is not far behind.  In the most recent session of the Maryland General Assembly, multiple bills calling for…

Deductions Up in Smoke?

Brandon N. Mourges | May 17, 2017

In 2014, Maryland followed the path of many other states and passed legislation to legalize the sale of marijuana for medical use. Aside from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Program, some speculate that this action may usher in the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in the near future in Maryland. Given that monthly marijuana sales…

ALERT: New Wave of Maryland Tax Audits Appears to Target Restaurants and Caterers

Giovanni V. Alberotanza | May 10, 2017

As Marylanders prepare for warmer weather, the Maryland Comptroller’s Office is targeting caterers and restaurants for what appears to be an industry-wide tax audit initiative. At the start, the audits appear to be a routine examination focused on four different areas of a taxpayer’s business: Assets; Expenses; Sales; Reconciliation of Tax Remittances. Generally, the auditor…

In the Crosshairs: IRS Stepping Up Enforcement of Employment Taxes

Giovanni V. Alberotanza | May 10, 2017

Federal employment taxes amount to over one-third of all revenue collected by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Therefore, it is no surprise that the IRS has recently increased enforcement actions against employers that fail to withhold employment taxes from its employees and remit those taxes to the federal government. Employers with outstanding employment taxes are…

Owe $100,000 or Less to the IRS? Immediate Action Needed! Limited-Time Pilot Program Ends September 30, 2017

Brandon N. Mourges | May 10, 2017

The IRS recently announced the expansion of its Streamlined Processing of Installment Agreements (“Streamlined Processing”), which could potentially benefit thousands of taxpayers.  While Streamlined Processing has been around for some time, the new pilot program will extend to taxpayers who owe up to $100,000 in total taxes, interest, and penalties.  Those qualifying for Streamlined Processing…

Tax Preparers Beware! Recent Actions Illustrate Severity of Potential Penalties

Brandon N. Mourges | May 9, 2017

As is now an annual tradition occurring during the first few months of the year, the Internal Revenue Service (“the IRS”), Department of Justice, and Comptroller of Maryland recently publicized a number of enforcement actions taken against tax return preparers.  These enforcement actions serve as a reminder to both tax preparers and taxpayers alike that…

Lessons to Learn from the 2016 Tax Year

May 9, 2017

For many Americans, the process of filing 2016 tax returns is now in the rear view mirror. Some wound up receiving a hefty refund check, whereas others may have found themselves facing an unexpected bill. Either way, it is important for taxpayers on both sides of the ledger to realize that there are valuable lessons…

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