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Safe Harbor CPAs Announces Post on Goals to be Best CPA Firm in San Francisco Bay Area

Filed in Uncategorized by on July 1, 2020

July 1, 2020 – San Francisco, California. Safe Harbor CPAs, a team of accountants in San Francisco, California, is proud to announce a new post on goals to be the best CPA firm in the city. The post reiterates the firm’s commitment to servicing its clients and putting their interests first.

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San Francisco Tax Preparation / CPA: IRS announces voluntary classification settlement program for employers

Filed in Uncategorized by on October 11, 2011

The IRS has announced a new program to bring employers that have misclassified employees as independent contractors into compliance. The Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) offers a reduced penalty framework and audit protection exchange for employers voluntarily reclassifying their workers for federal employment tax purposes. Worker classification The distinction between employee and independent contractor has […]

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San Francisco Tax Preparation / CPA: IRS won’t tax personal use of employer-provided cell phones

Filed in Uncategorized by on October 11, 2011

The IRS has announced in its recent Notice 2011-72, that it will not tax employees’ personal use of their employer-provided cell phones. In other words, all usage is nontaxable as long as the employer provided the phone primarily for noncompensatory business reasons. Likewise, employer reimbursements to their employees for using personal cell phones for business […]

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San Francisco Tax Preparation / CPA: New IRS lien processes favor taxpayers

Filed in Uncategorized by on October 11, 2011

On August 31, 2011 an IRS webinar on the Fresh Start Initiative discussed revised lien processes intended to help individual taxpayers remain in compliance despite economic hardships. The new processes increase the threshold at which the IRS will file a lien against a delinquent taxpayer’s funds from $5,000 to $10,000. The Fresh Start Initiative, announced […]

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San Francisco Tax Preparation / CPA: Offshore disclosure initiatives show IRS progress on international tax evasion

Filed in Uncategorized by on October 11, 2011

The IRS’s 2011 Voluntary Disclosure Initiative has made more in-roads to combating international tax evasion, securing 12,000 disclosures this year. The IRS has received 30,000 voluntary disclosures since it launched its first disclosure program in 2009 and collected a total of $2.7 billion. Disclosure initiatives The IRS initiative targets U.S. taxpayers with undisclosed income or […]

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San Francisco Tax Preparation / CPA: CA – Acquired S corporation prohibited from making separate IRC §338 election

Filed in Uncategorized by on October 11, 2011

An S corporation and its shareholders were prohibited from making a separate IRC §338 election for California corporation franchise and income tax purposes during the tax year at issue. The taxpayer was attempting to prevent the classification of the sale of the S corporation’s stock to the purchasing corporation as a sale of its assets […]

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San Francisco Tax Preparation / CPA: 2011 year-end tax planning for individuals in a changing landscape

Filed in Uncategorized by on October 11, 2011

2011 year end tax planning for individuals lacks some of the drama of recent years but can be no less rewarding.  Last year, individual taxpayers were facing looming tax increases as the calendar changed from 2010 to 2011; particularly, increased tax rates on wages, interest and other ordinary income, and higher rates on long-term capital […]

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San Francisco Tax Preparation / CPA: 2011 year-end tax planning for businesses: bonus depreciation, expensing, and more available

Filed in Uncategorized by on October 11, 2011

Many tax benefits for business will either expire at the end of 2011 or become less valuable after 2011. Two of the most important benefits are bonus depreciation and Code Sec. 179 expensing. Both apply to investments in tangible property that can be depreciated. Other sunsetting opportunities might also be considered. Bonus depreciation Bonus depreciation […]

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San Francisco Tax Preparation / CPA: Washington debates raising taxes on higher-income taxpayers to cut deficit, fund jobs program

Filed in Uncategorized by on October 11, 2011

Autumn 2011 in Washington, D.C. is expected to be a season of contentious debates over tax reform, and at the heart of the debate is the amount of taxes paid by higher-income individuals.  President Obama wants Congress to raise taxes on higher-income individuals to help reduce the federal government’s budget deficit and to pay for […]

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San Francisco Tax Preparation / CPA: How Do I? Compute a “substantial equal periodic payment”

Filed in Uncategorized by on October 11, 2011

Taxpayers who wish to withdraw funds from a retirement account such as an IRA before they reach the age of 59½, can do so without their distributions becoming subject to the additional 10 percent tax. One option is to have their distributions made in substantially equal periodic payments, as outlined in Sec. 72(t) of the […]

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