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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 »

Be an Identity Theft Crime Stopper

Stop Identity Theft - Sobul, Schenkel & Primes CPA Los Angeles

Put the freeze on your info Not too many years ago, the only people worrying about protecting their identities were Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne. Now it’s a concern for everyone. Unfortunately, identity theft is a multi-billion dollar industry. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identity stolen each year. Thieves are very Read More »

SPS, the Cloud and Protecting Client Data

Protecting Data in the Cloud - SPSCPA Los Angeles

In the last SPS newsletter we discussed ways that we can protect ourselves when using services such as Dropbox “in the cloud”. But how is the cloud being used by SPS? And more importantly, what’s our accounting firm doing to protect our sensitive data? “The way that we use the cloud at SPS is for access to the Client Portal,” Read More »

Information about Employer Reimbursements of Individual Health Insurance Policies

Health Insurance Reimbursement Information - SPSCPA Los Angeles

For plan years beginning after 2013, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) institutes so-called market reform provisions that place a whole host of new restrictions on group health plans. The penalty for violating the market reform restrictions is a punitive $100-per-day, per-employee penalty, or $36,500 per-employee, per-year. With a limited exception, these new market reform provisions significantly restrict an employer’s ability Read More »

IRS Telephone Scam

IRS Phone Scam Information - SPSCPA Los Angeles

There seems to be a new scam or website that has been hacked discussed in the news on a daily basis, but here is one that you should not ignore. There appears to be a rash of fraudulent calls made, with the callers identifying themselves as representing the U.S. Treasury or the Internal Revenue Service. The Treasury Inspector General for Read More »