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Among the data exposed in the Equifax breach of 2017 were Social Security numbers, which thieves can use to file a fraudulent tax return using taxpayer information obtained in the breach. Tax-related identity theft is one of the top tax scams on the IRS "Dirty Dozen" list and the breach will exacerbate that problem.

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Beginning in 2018, regardless of when incurred, home equity loan interest is generally not deductible under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The IRS has issued clarifying guidance that taxpayers, in certain situations, can continue to deduct interest on a home equity loan, a home equity line of credit or a second mortgage, as mortgage interest. All the interest paid on these types of loans is deductible if they are secured by a qualified residence and the total loans do not exceed the home's cost. Also, the total amount of these loans cannot exceed $750,000, reduced to $375,000 for taxpayers filing as married filing separate.

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UHY Advisors, a leading global financial, tax and business consulting firm, will showcase its Shared Services and Digital Transformation capabilities at the 22nd Annual North American Shared Services & Outsourcing Week (SSOW) conference in Orlando, March 19-22, 2018. The firm will offer a focused workshop on Digital Transformation.

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According to a new Standard & Poor’s report, there are two key indicators that will tell you what kind of shape the manufacturing industry is in.

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Based in St. Louis, Missouri, US, Sunnen Products Company (referred to as Sunnen) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of bore sizing and finishing equipment, engine rebuilding equipment, and tooling and abrasives. Its honing products are used in the sizing and finishing of cylindrical bores for internal combustion engines; in mechanical gears; in hydraulic valve bodies, blocks, and cylinders; and in petroleum extraction tubes, among others. The company’s prime markets include automotive and transportation, construction, mining, aerospace and energy. Customers range all the way from small, owner-operated machine shops to large, publicly-traded original equipment manufacturers.

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Not only are many manufacturers wondering how the tax law changes will fuel the economy, but how will the key provisions impact my business. Well, usually most answer(s) provided by your advisor take on a typical response like “it depends,” and in some regards that is the case here. However, before we get into specific benefits under the new law, let’s step back and look at what this means from a macro level.

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The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, passed by Congress and signed by President Trump on Feb. 9, 2018, retroactively extends over 30 tax provisions that had expired at the end of 2016. This one year extension applies to the extended provisions and is effective for 2017 only. Many of the extended provisions are related to energy credits which are especially important for businesses and individual taxpayers.

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US individual shareholders of controlled foreign corporations (CFCs) are currently grappling with the one-time US transition tax on post-1986 deferred foreign income accumulated by their CFCs and the impact of new anti-deferral income inclusion rules referred to as the global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) provisions, along with other generational changes to the US international tax rules, as the United States transitions from a worldwide tax system to a quasi-territorial tax system.

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Signed into law in November of 2015, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 made sweeping changes to the way partnerships are audited. These changes apply for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017 and are intended to simplify the audit process for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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On Jan. 4, 2018, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued statements warning of the risks of cryptocurrencies. Their statement highlighted important issues and concerns related to cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings (ICO) and other cryptocurrency related investment products.

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