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Correctly Report Your Rental Income

By | 2017-05-24T13:42:02+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Real Estate|

Reporting income from rental properties may seem straightforward, but that’s not always the case. The IRS definition of rental income may be broader than property owners realize. Such misunderstandings could prove costly if uncovered by an IRS audit. What is Rental Income? Rental income is any payment you receive for the use or occupation of [...]

9 IRA Tax Tips for the 2016 Tax Year

By | 2017-05-24T13:42:02+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Tax Planning|

Taxpayers often have questions about Individual Retirement Arrangements, or IRAs. Common questions include: When can a person contribute, how does an IRA impact taxes, and what are other common rules. The IRS offers the following tax tips on IRAs: Age Rules. Taxpayers must be under age 70½ at the end of the tax year to [...]

How an ILIT can help your family

By | 2017-05-24T13:42:02+00:00 March 6th, 2017|Estate & Trusts|

If you’re concerned about your family’s financial well-being after you’re gone, life insurance can provide peace of mind. Going a step further and setting up an irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT) to hold the policy offers additional estate planning benefits. Asset protection If you’re concerned about your heirs’ money management skills, an ILIT may be [...]

What to do when you receive a letter from the IRS

By | 2017-05-24T13:42:02+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Tax Planning|

Do you know what to do when you receive a letter from the IRS?  Your first reaction may be to panic, but your letter is most likely one of millions that the IRS sends to taxpayers every year.  So, wipe the perspiration from your forehead, take a deep breath, and calm the shaky hands. The [...]

Gumbiner Savett Recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal

By | 2017-05-24T13:42:02+00:00 February 24th, 2017|News|

Gumbiner Savett Inc., a Santa Monica-based full-service accounting, taxation and consulting firm, was recently named the twentieth largest “Accounting Firm” in the city by the Los Angeles Business Journal. The full list of top accounting firms was published in the February 13-19, 2017 issue. “At Gumbiner Savett, we strive to be a leader in the [...]

Planning to leave your IRA to someone other than your spouse?

By | 2017-05-24T13:42:03+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Estate & Trusts|

An IRA can be a powerful wealth-building tool, offering tax-deferred growth (tax-free in the case of a Roth IRA), asset protection and other benefits. But if you leave an IRA to your children — or to someone else other than your spouse — these benefits can be lost without careful planning. “Inherited IRA” stretches tax [...]

Receive an IRS audit letter? Here’s what you need to do.

By | 2017-05-24T13:42:03+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Non-profits|

In recent years, the IRS has increased its scrutiny — including actual audits — of not-for-profits. Do you know what to do if your organization receives an audit letter? What is an audit? An audit begins with the initial contact from the IRS and continues until a closing letter is issued. Before closing an audit, [...]

Estate planning as a single parent

By | 2017-05-24T13:42:03+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Estate & Trusts|

In many respects, estate planning for single parents of minor children is similar to estate planning for families with two parents. Single parents want to provide for their children’s care and financial needs after they’re gone. But when only one parent is involved, certain aspects of an estate plan demand special attention. If you’re a [...]

3 steps to ensure a smooth external audit

By | 2017-05-24T13:42:03+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Audit & Accounting|

If your company issues audited financial statements and follows a calendar year end, these steps are a part of your external auditing procedures. Once the engagement letter is signed, the process begins with preliminary financial statements and possible year-end physical inventory counts. However, audits can be complicated, so taking time to additionally streamline audit fieldwork [...]

Estate planning strategies for married couples

By | 2017-05-24T13:42:03+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Estate & Trusts|

It’s crucial to review and update your estate plan in light of significant life changes or new tax laws. It’s equally important to be aware of strategies that can be implemented after your death to achieve your estate planning goals. The flexibility postmortem strategies provide is especially important during times of estate tax law uncertainty, [...]

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