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Does Extending Your Personal Income Tax Return Increase the Odds of an IRS Audit?

Personal Income Tax Extensions and IRS Audits, Los Angeles CPA

Rumor has it among our clients that extending your tax returns may increase the likelihood of an IRS audit.  Is there any truth behind it?  The fact of the matter is, there’s really no way to know for sure. Although the IRS releases information on audit rates based on income levels and types of tax returns, they have never released Read More »

IRS Security Awareness Tax Tips

IRS Security Awareness Tax Tips, Los Angeles CPA

Following a number of high-profile security scares, the IRS has begun to publish tips for taxpayers to protect personal information from identity theft. One of the most helpful posts is “Seven Steps for Making Identity Protection Part of Your Routine,” published on IRS.gov. Be sure to monitor your financials closely and follow up with us if you have any questions Read More »

Mortgage Interest Deduction for Unmarried Couples

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has recently concluded that the $ 1.1 million home mortgage interest limitation for unmarried co-owners of a qualified residence applies on a per-taxpayer basis. This reverses an earlier tax court decision, in which the limitation was applied on a per-residence basis. The case involved California domestic partners, who had purchased a home in Beverly Read More »

SPS Spotlight: Jeff Cameron Acknowledged by Nature of Wildworks

Nature of Wildworks, Jeff Cameron, Los Angeles CPA

We are very proud of members of the SPS team and all that they do away from the office. One of our principals, Jeff Cameron, was recently honored by the charitable organization, the Nature of Wildworks, for his long service to the organization. The Nature of Wildworks was founded in 1998 by Mollie Hogan, to continue her work of providing Read More »

Fraudulent IRS Collection Calls

Fraudulent IRS Collection Calls, Los Angeles CPA

We continue to receive calls from clients concerning telephone callers identifying themselves as being from the Internal Revenue Service, and demanding checking account or credit card information to pay outstanding tax balances and penalties. The callers are very aggressive, claiming that a warrant is outstanding for the individual’s arrest, or that law enforcement will be notified if payment is not Read More »

Year-End Charitable Gift Tips from the IRS

IRS Tips on Charitable Donations. Los Angeles CPA

The IRS has provided tips and reminders to individuals and businesses making year-end gifts to charity. They highlighted the rules for claiming deductions for charitable contributions of clothing and household items along with the guidelines for monetary donations. Clothing and Household Items The IRS reminded taxpayers that donors must get a written acknowledgment from the charity for all gifts of Read More »

Is it Time to Make Those Gifts to Family Members?

Estate Planning, Los Angles CPA

For decades, one of the most popular and effective methods to transfer family wealth to younger generations was through Family Limited Partnerships (FLP). Parents would set up an FLP and contribute assets, such as real property, to the FLP. They would then make gifts of minority interests in the Limited Partnership to their children and grandchildren. Since a minority interest Read More »

SPS Spotlight: Mark Umemoto and AthletesTouch

AthletesTouch - Sobul, Primes & Schenkel CPA - Los Angeles

Sobul, Primes & Schenkel is excited and proud its newest principal, Mark Umemoto, exemplifies the spirit of community service that we cherish at SPS. Mark is an active member in the networking organization, AthletesTouch (www.athletestouch.co). AthletesTouch is a collective of over 300 former college and professional athletes who work together to grow and succeed in the business world. Mark played Read More »

Fraudulent IRS “Collection Calls”

IRS Fraudulent Call Alert - Sobul, Primes & Schenkel CPA - Los Angeles

In our last newsletter, we highlighted a telephone scam where callers, claiming to represent the U.S. Treasury or the Internal Revenue Service, are calling individuals and aggressively demanding immediate payment of “taxes” that are owed. The caller will claim that a warrant is already outstanding for the individual’s arrest, or that law enforcement will be notified if payment is not Read More »

Check Fraud Protection: Individual and Business Accounts Are Not Treated The Same

Positive Pay Check Fraud Protection - Sobul, Primes & Schenkel CPA Los Angeles

Today’s advanced technology makes it easier than ever for criminals to fraudulently replicate your checks. Individuals generally have 30 days from the receipt of their monthly bank statement to notify the bank of suspicious activity in their account. Typically, the bank offers free protection from fraudulent activity, and will happily reverse the transactions to keep their customers’ accounts secure. But Read More »