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We here at Clark & Leucht would like to take a moment of your time to inform you of a new Indiana income tax credit that you may want to take advantage of but action must be taken before year end to reap the tax benefits in 2007.

IDR/Newsroom/December 18, 2006 - Beginning January 1, 2007, businesses that are delinquent in paying their Indiana sales taxes could find themselves out of business.

The holidays are quickly approaching. It seems the list of things to take care of this time of year is nearly endless. For our team at Clark & Leucht, tax planning time is here. For many of our clients, the approaching year end means decisions about technology. Before you buy a new computer, upgrade to the latest operating system, or download the new version of Microsoft Internet Explorer, we would like to bring to your attention a compatibility issue that could affect your ability to use QuickBooks versions older than QuickBooks 2006. Versions of QuickBooks prior to QuickBooks 2006 release 8 are not compatible with the new version of Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.

Small business taxation, corporate tax rates, and changes to popular deductions are just some of the many complex changes to the Tax Code being debated in Congress. At the time this article was posted, the Senate is expected to approve, along party-lines, a sweeping overhaul of the Tax Code written by Senate Republicans. The House has already approved its tax bill, also along party-lines. If the Senate passes a tax bill, House and Senate conferees will seek to resolve differences between the two bills. Conferees will likely aim to reach an agreement quickly to send a bill to the White House before year-end.


As an economic incentive for individuals to save and invest, gains from the sale of capital assets held for at least one year unless offset by losses, as well qualified dividends received during the year, may be taxed at rates lower than ordinary income tax rates. The tax rate on long-term capital gains and qualified dividends for individuals is 20 percent, 15, percent, or 0 percent depending on their income tax bracket.


Information reporting has become a growing part of IRS’s enforcement and compliance strategy. Data matching, or even the inference that the IRS has the data to do so, statistically has increased overall income reporting nine-fold. Use of information returns, either in the form of Forms W-2, 1098s or 1099s, is here to stay, and growing.


Life insurance proceeds are received tax-free. However, any interest earned on life insurance proceeds, usually referred to as its cash value, is subject to tax. Special rules apply to transfers of ownership in a life insurance policy, accelerated death benefits, and viatical settlements.


The method and systems by which a taxpayer calculates the amount of income, gains, losses, deductions, and credits and determines when these items must be reported, constitute the taxpayer's method of tax accounting. Although the Tax Code and the regulations authorize the use of several accounting methods, and permit certain combinations of methods, a taxpayer must use the accounting method on the basis of which the taxpayer regularly computes book income. Further, the method must be used consistently and must clearly reflect income.


As an individual or business, it is your responsibility to be aware of and to meet your tax filing/reporting deadlines. This calendar summarizes important federal tax reporting and filing data for individuals, businesses and other taxpayers for the month of December 2017.