Standard Mileage Rate to Increase in 2019

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the optional standard mileage rate used to calculate the costs of operating a car, van, pickup truck, or panel truck for business purposes in 2019 will be 58 cents per mile, up from 54.5 cents per mile in 2018. The 2019 rates for automobiles used for charitable, medical,…

How TIGTA stymied an IRS impersonation scam

New technologies aided a massive phone scam, but investigators turned the tables on the scheme, which allegedly caused ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ in taxpayer losses. On Nov. 24, 2014, a woman named Diana received a menacing phone call in Hernando, Miss., a small city nestled in the northwest corner of the state. A caller…

Clarification for business taxpayers: Payments under state or local tax credit programs may be deductible as business expenses

IR-2018-178, Sept. 5, 2018 WASHINGTON — Business taxpayers who make business-related payments to charities or government entities for which the taxpayers receive state or local tax credits can generally deduct the payments as business expenses, the Internal Revenue Service said today. Responding to taxpayer inquiries, the IRS clarified that this general deductibility rule is unaffected…

Virginia Tax Credits

Making the most of available tax credits is a key component in any plan for minimizing tax liabilities.  Remember, tax credits are much more valuable than deductions because they reduce the amount of tax owed on a dollar-for-dollar basis.  Did you know that Virginia has numerous tax credits in place to help their residents and…

Do your employees need a paycheck check-up?

IR-2018-145, June 28, 2018 Taxpayers who owed additional tax when they filed their 2017 federal tax return earlier this year can avoid another unexpected tax bill next year by doing a “paycheck checkup” as soon as possible, according to the Internal Revenue Service. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the tax reform legislation passed in…

Detecting and Preventing Accounts Payable Fraud

To a criminal exploring ways to steal from a business, the accounts payable department often looks like the equivalent of a poorly guarded cashbox. Any time money exits a business, it flows through accounts payable. At most companies, that makes this function the most vulnerable and attractive opportunity for thieves both inside and outside the…