Medicare premiums are tax-deductible

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Medicare premiums are officially tax-deductible. Portions are highlighted for implication in tax planning. (The grammatical error in the final paragraph is reproduced as found). This excerpt comes from Journal of Accountancy: “Explaining a recent reversal of a long-held IRS stance, the Office of Chief Counsel advised IRS attorneys on Friday that self-employed individuals may deduct […]

Average salary of non-public CPAs and billing rate of public practice CPAs

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Two surprising statistics from “Accounting Today”: – Average salary of a managerial CPA in private industry was $139,338 in 2011. – The average billing rate for a small business CPA is $165 per hour. Apparently this includes everyone from entry level associates to partners. I suspect that both figures would be lower in South Jersey and higher in […]

MassMutual sets the pace for retirement plan services

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Congratulations to my brother, John Novak, who has been a leader at MassMutual Retirement Services for many years. Since long before we were born, MassMutual has been one of the top financial companies to consider for a wide range of business and personal financial services. Apparently even more people are realizing this over the past two years as so […]

What do planners and accountants expect from each other?

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This topic is important to me as I revisit the issue of finding referral partners to trade tax and auditing work for planning work. Article abstract from “The Planner Connection”: One surprising finding in a survey of CPAs across the country was that advisers have several common misconceptions about CPAs that may create unnecessary problems or […]

Finances in the Older Patient With Cognitive Impairment, February 16, 2011, Widera et al. 305 (7): 698 — JAMA

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Here is another report, this one from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), that physicians are primary contacts in financial decision-making of cognitively impaired patients; presumably those who have not made adequate prior arrangements with a trusted financial adviser. Research of families with special needs children reported the same conclusion. Physicians are too often the […]

Issuer requirements for equity crowdfunding

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Companies planning an equity crowdfunding offer must make a filing with the SEC and provide to potential and existing investors and the intermediary: the name, legal status, physical address, and website address of the issuer; the names of the directors and officers and any persons occupying a similar status or performing a similar function, and each […]

New tax law limiting out-of-pocket medical expense deduction makes new planning strategies necessary

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Beginning next year, tax deductions for out-of-pocket medical expenses will become more difficult than ever before for individuals. The current limit allows a deduction for expenses exceeding 7.5% of income. The new threshold for 2013 is 10% of income. Fewer individuals will qualify and those that do will find more of their expenses will be not […]