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Get to Know Emily Fischbach, Staff Tax Accountant

Describe your role at Weber O’Brien: 

My current role at Weber O’Brien is a Staff Tax Accountant in the BCG department. I prepare corporate and any accompanying state and local tax returns, prepare year-end trial balances, and assist in the year-end tax planning process.

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Update Your Mileage Rate Reimbursements For 2017

If you intend to use your vehicle for business, charitable activities, medical appointments, or moving during 2017, be aware that the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible costs have changed.

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Do You Need To Revise Your Final Estimated Payment?

The last installment of your 2016 estimated federal income tax is due January 17, 2017.

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Year-End Is Fast Approaching

Consider these planning ideas:

Sell stocks currently held at a loss. You can write off the first $3,000 of those losses as an ordinary loss and the excess capital loss can be used to offset capital gain.

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Happy Holidays From Weber O’Brien!

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2016 Year-End Tax Planning for Individuals

Individual income taxes, whether paid through employer withholding or quarterly estimates, are probably one of your largest annual expenditures. So, just as you would shop around for the best price for food, clothing, or merchandise, you want to consider opportunities to reduce or defer your annual tax obligation. This Tax Letter is intended to assist you in that effort. 

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2016 Year-End Tax Planning for Businesses

The time to consider tax-saving opportunities for your business is before its tax year-end. Some of these opportunities may apply regardless of whether your business is conducted as a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, S corporation, or regular corporation. Other opportunities may apply only to a particular type of business organization. This Tax Letter is organized into sections discussing year-end, and year-round, tax-saving opportunities for:

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Quarterly Nonprofit Newsletter

With year-end fundraising well underway, the nonprofit sector has turned its attention to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in 2017. On the brink of the new year, the latest edition of the Nonprofit Standard discusses how potential tax reforms could impact nonprofit's day-to-day operations and highlights the IRS' Fiscal Year 2017 priorities for tax-exempt organizations. Dive into the full issue for further guidance on the nonprofit financial reporting ASU and a comprehensive examination of foreign income tax considerations for nonprofit employees. 

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2017 Standard Mileage Rates for Business

The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

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WHATS IT COST

Data on prices has begun to show some consistent lift as the third quarter ended. Demand for construction nationally is pinching labor supply and is giving manufacturers the confidence to test the market with price increases. Consumer prices are nudging above the one percent level and wages are consistently up 2.5 percent or more year-over-year. Yet for all the talk of inflation beginning to trend towards “normal” levels, an examination of year-over-year changes in September shows that prices are more stable overall than in a number of years.

Since 2008, there have been two major swings in the price of oil and energy that have induced big deltas in the prices of oil-related or energy-intensive materials. October marked two full years since the collapse of the oil price and the impact is noticeable in the lack of a severe outlier among the basic materials and products. Even after an apparent agreement by OPEC producers is factored in, the price associate with oil should not swing the cost of construction materials dramatically.

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