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Change Is In the Air: What to Expect as You Prepare to File Your 2014 Tax Return

This tax season will bring changes to millions of tax returns because of the Affordable Care Act (“The ACA”).   The ACA added 2,400 pages to an already complicated tax code and Inuit, maker of the popular tax preparation software “Turbotax”, estimates that 147 million taxpayers will need some form of ACA tax compliance guidance. Here…

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Who moved the CHEESE? Never underestimate the power of market intervention and regulation.

  “Would you like some Parmesan on your pasta”? Did you know that a Consortium in Italy controls Parmesan cheese?  They are responsible for maintaining quality requirements and origination location but also have the ability to impact production.  According to the Wall St. Journal 1– they reported that the Consortium decided in June 2014 to withdraw…

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Don’t Get Googled! A Stock Option Lesson from the 2008 Crash

Employee stock option grants provide great potential to create chucks of wealth with the leverage they provide. Conversely, wealth can vaporize just as quickly in a falling market. Don’t get caught watching your big payday vanish like the fearful employees, of the well-known company Google, did in 2008. Google Stock Option Grant Story I use…

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Happy Holidays From White Oaks!

A special thank you to all of our wonderful clients. Please click here to view our video: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qdyxv2vg2qol5n3/Thanks%20to%20clients%202014.mov?dl=0 Best wishes for a joyous holiday season! Sincerely, The White Oaks Team

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Choose Your Tax Bracket

I have yet to hear excitement from any individual over receiving a tax bill; of course many understand that taxes are necessary to allow government and public utilities to function. It still does not take away the sting of writing a check to Uncle Sam. That sting may be even greater in 2014 for high-income…

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Year-end Battle for Tax Legislation Brews in the Beltway

With the midterm elections behind us, Congress is nearing a deal to retroactively extend a myriad of tax provisions that expired on December 31, 2013. While it is was widely assumed that the lawmakers would take action shortly after the election, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has stated that if legislation is not passed before the…

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IRS Announces Annual Inflation Adjustments and Pension Limitations for 2015

Last month the IRS has released important guidance for taxpayers, including Revenue Procedure 2014-61, which provides detailed guidance on inflation adjustments for over 40 tax provisions, including tax rate schedules and limits on itemized deductions.   These changes come with the midterm elections looming next week.  Regardless of the outcome, there is a high probability that…

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Results of Communication Survey and Blog Changes

A big THANK YOU to all who completed our survey on communication preferences. We had an outstanding response that was both reaffirming to some of our current practices and instructive on new thoughts and direction as well. You can review the results below. In light of this we are instituting some changes to better serve…

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