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Significant Retirement and Tax Changes in the Secure 2.0 Act of 2022

The SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022 (“Secure 2.0”) was passed on December 29, 2022 and focuses primarily on enhancing retirement plan incentives for individual taxpayers. Let’s review some key provisions of the bill and how they could impact you and your business.

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A Texas-Sized Fraud: Bookkeeper Embezzles $29M from Texas Family

Barbara Chalmers, 74, pleaded guilty in December 2022 to an embezzlement scheme of at least $29 million over the past decade. Ms. Chalmers was the bookkeeper for a charitable foundation and multiple companies run by the family of Jim Collins, a prominent Dallas businessman and former congressman. The family operates Collins American Capital Corp., International Family Investors LTD and the James M. Collins Foundation. Let’s look at how she did it and the red flags that were missed along the way.

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High Net Worth Families  |  Nonprofit

Child-Focused Nonprofits Can Boost Fundraising by Suggesting Tax Planning Strategies to Donors

A recent charitable giving report from Blackbaud Institute confirms that donations in the United States grew by 9% in 2021. This increase occurred for nonprofits of all sizes in all sectors, with 12% of charitable giving coming from online donations. This uptick in charitable giving is, of course, excellent news for youth-focused nonprofits. However, your organization can benefit even more when your staff members are equipped to educate potential donors about some key tax benefits of charitable giving – beyond a simple cash donation. To understand the big picture, let’s first dive into the reasons behind the increase in giving and then review two mutually beneficial donation strategies for taxpayers and nonprofits.

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Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: Key Highlights

President Joe Biden recently signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 into law. The new legislation intends to curb inflation by decreasing the amount of money the government spends, imposing new streams of revenue and lowering both healthcare and energy bills for Americans. The 755-page bill has three major provisions. So, to help break it down, let’s take a look at these key provisions and see what each entails.

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Late Filing Penalties to be Waived for Some Taxpayers

Certain late tax filers are about to see some relief. The IRS is abating the late filing penalties for various tax returns for 2019 and 2020 that were filed late or have not yet been filed. This announcement came on August 24, 2022, when the IRS issued Notice 2022-36. Let’s take a look at why penalties are being waived, which tax returns are affected and what you can expect next.

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High Net Worth Families

Donor-Advised Funds Can Add Tax Benefits to Your Charitable Giving

Charitable giving is generally a component of a comprehensive tax or estate plan. Receiving a tax benefit for charitable donations used to be a straightforward exercise for taxpayers who itemized deductions. Taxpayers simply made a contribution to a charitable organization and included their donations on Schedule A, Itemized Deductions. Things got a little complicated, however, with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, when the standard deduction was increased and the deduction for state and local taxes was capped at $10,000. The result was a dramatic decrease in the number of taxpayers claiming itemized deductions, and a corresponding decrease in charitable donations due to the diminished tax benefit. Rest assured, there are still ways for philanthropically-minded taxpayers to squeeze tax benefits out of their charitable giving.

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