Scammers are impersonating technology, banking, and government officials in a complex ruse to convince a typically older victim that foreign hackers have infiltrated their financial account. The scammers then instruct the victim to immediately move their money to an alleged U.S. Government account to “protect” their assets. In reality, there was never any foreign hacker, and the money is now fully controlled by the scammers. Some victims are losing their entire life savings.
The FBI has observed repeated behavior by criminals involved in “The Phantom Hacker” scam. The ruse is often perpetrated in three major steps:READ MORE
During Cybersecurity Awareness month, we are sharing some ideas to consider to limit your risk.
1. Share less online- not just social media. Be mindful of the forms you fill out on websites (avoid inserting optional information like your phone number and middle name), create a throwaway email address for subscriptions (this is how your info could be sold on the dark web), avoid shared playlists, folders, or albums (they could get hacked), and protect your wi-fi password (your router handles sensitive information like your passwords and financial info).READ MORE
With a heat wave hitting much of the nation and Arizona blistering form 25+ days of temperatures of 110 degrees or higher, air conditioning units are failing. While the cost of a new unit can be unsettling, the US Department of Energy provides consumers the opportunity to receive tax credits of up to $2,000. If you purchase an eligible energy efficient equipment, complete IRS Form 5695 to claim your credit.
For more information, go to Clean Energy Tax Credits for Consumers.
Business owners need to consider things besides family dynamics when hiring their parents or children. One of those things is employment taxes.
Child works for parent - When a child works for a parent's sole proprietorship or a partnership in which each partner is the child's parent:
When are business travel expenses deductible? Business travel expenses can be deducted when an individual must travel away from their tax home or main place of work for business reasons. An individual is traveling away from their tax home if they are away for more than an ordinary workday and they need to sleep to meet the demands of their work while away.
What is a tax home? Generally, an individual's tax home is their regular place of business or post of duty - not their personal residence. The term "tax home" can include the entire city or general area where the individual's work or business is located.READ MORE
The IRS has posted a webpage that alerts taxpayers to some issues to consider when operating a business as a married couple. Employment tax requirements for family employees may vary from those that apply to other employees.READ MORE
Changes to several tax credits and contributions.READ MORE
The IRS often scrutinizes large deductions for rental real estate losses claimed by so-called “real estate professionals.” In a new case involving a couple that wholly owned a partnership, Dunn, TC Memo 2022-112, 11/29/22, the Tax Court denied losses because neither spouse met the requisite tax law test.READ MORE
In 2021, Governor Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1828, which increased the maximum taxable wages from $7,000 to $8,000 for Unemployment Insurance (UI) compensation purposes, effective calendar year 2023. This legislation also made other changes to the UI program, including additional program integrity requirements.READ MORE
The Arizona Legislature substantially reduced Arizona's individual income tax rates for the 2022 tax year. The previous Form A-4 withholding rates are no longer representative of the new lower income tax rates. Employers should select the 2.0% default on behalf of the employee.
Employees will still have the option of selecting a higher Arizona withholding rate than their wages might dictate and there is still a line to add an additional amount of Arizona withholding.READ MORE