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26 Apr

New Year, New Tax Brackets

How Tax Brackets Have Changed The tax plan that was passed late last year has been all over the news lately, which should come as no surprise; it represents the biggest change to U.S. tax code in almost 30 years. While tax brackets have shifted slightly over the years and are updated regularly for inflation, […]

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25 Apr

States Have Vested Interest in Supreme Court Internet Sales Tax Case

Supreme Court Internet Sales | Spire Group, PC Billions of Dollars From Online Retailers at Stake States across the country are anxiously watching as the Supreme Court hears arguments in a long-awaited challenge to Quill Corp v. North Dakota, the ruling which prohibits states from collecting sales tax on vendors lacking an in-state physical presence. […]

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17 Apr

Guarding Yourself Against Social Security Benefits Fraud

Guarding Against Social Security Benefits Fraud | Spire Group, PC Like most people, you want to decide how and when to receive your Social Security benefits. After all, it’s a personal decision—you need to decide what will work best for you. Now think about how you would feel if you found out that a stranger […]

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13 Apr

How the Recent Tax Reform May Impact Your Charitable Giving Strategy

Charitable Giving Strategy The first time Congress allowed a tax deduction for charitable giving was in 1917, only a few months after the U.S. entered WWI. This deduction was created as a way to bolster charities and their war efforts, and it has been available to taxpayers ever since. Today, taxpayers can take a charitable […]

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12 Apr

Tax Reform: How to Navigate Your Path to Depreciation Deductions

Depreciation Deductions and Used Property | Spire Group, PC Used Property Qualifies Under New Tax Rule Overview A taxpayer-friendly provision included in the freshly passed tax reform package allows bonus depreciation to expand to 100 percent for qualified property placed into service after Sept. 27, 2017 and before Jan. 1, 2023. Also of note: Bonus […]

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05 Apr

Building a Stronger Internal Audit Function

In recent years, nonprofits have been the target of increased scrutiny over governance, accountability and compliance.  Despite this, many organizations dismiss the importance of their internal audit functions. This isn’t a wise move. All nonprofits face heightened expectations from regulators and the public, as well as an ever-expanding field of risks. Even though your budget […]

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03 Apr

Estate and Gift Tax Rules Have Changed—Here’s What You Should Know

Estate and Gift Tax | Spire Group, PC The sweeping reform Congress pushed through to the federal tax law began taking effect mostly in 2018. Among the many significant changes made were changes to the estate and gift tax law. The crux of the change is that the estate and gift tax lifetime “exemption” more […]

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29 Mar

Corporate Fraud Risk Assessments – a Wise Investment Indeed

Corporate Fraud Assessment | Spire Group, PC There are many fraud prevention tools and techniques available to companies today. Yet, dollar for dollar, none may yield greater results than a corporate fraud risk assessment. The cost traditionally is not a bargain-basement; but the benefits it offers your company are numerous. If you ask business owners […]

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27 Mar

Is Your Side Hustle a Hobby or a Business?

Business or Hobby? Nine Factors That Determine Your Classification The “side hustle” is a term that has been gaining popularity in the last few years, and for good reason; close to 14% of Americans have a side hustle these days. Americans are choosing to take on their side jobs for a variety of reasons. Some […]

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22 Mar

Theft Prevention Strategies for Smaller Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit Fraud Prevention Strategies | Spire Group, PC While it may seem difficult to comprehend the notion of stealing cash from a nonprofit organization, people with ill intentions do it all the time, and smaller nonprofits are especially prone to this devious practice. This is partly because cash is more difficult to trace than stealing […]

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