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"We consider Baum, Smith & Clemens, LLP as our tax accountant, advisor and auditor; they have been a key element in our past successes.  We continue to value their advice and recommendations in meeting future challenges."

Donald R. Shepherd
AR Worldwide

Passion is a word that can be used to describe the people who work at Baum, Smith & Clemens, LLP. They have a passion for their job and for helping all of their clients succeed in achieving their financial goals. They strive to present innovative services to help make the firm stand out from their competition and they have helped make BSC one of the most progressive firms in the Philadelphia suburbs. Whether it is traditional or non-traditional services, the zeal and enthusiasm they possess are second to none.

Integrity is another characteristic that distinguishes the BSC family from others. Leadership from the partner group has made this a priority for all BSC employees. Honesty and truthfulness have made them who and what they are today. They are straightforward in offering advice, planning ideas and preparing tax returns and financial statements. Values will not be compromised.

Combining passion and integrity results in providing BSC clients with superior service. Their proactive mentality can lead to positive results and financial success. Baum, Smith & Clemens are in a competitive business and need to be more than number crunchers for their clientele. They are here to help you when you need help. Passion, Integrity and Service; three qualities that make a difference.

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As 2015 winds down, another temporary extension of the tax extenders appears almost certain. Despite talk in early 2015 about finding a permanent solution to the on-again, off-again extenders, the arrival of November brings a short window for Congress to extend these tax breaks. The expected late passage of these popular tax breaks also adds uncertainty to year-end tax planning as well as possibly causing a delay to the start of the 2016 filing season.

Small businesses received some welcomed news in October with passage of the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act. The new law revises the definition of small employer for purposes of market reforms under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The PACE Act is intended to help protect small businesses from potential health care premium increases. At the same time, many small businesses wait for expected relief from potential penalties for stand-alone health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) deemed not to comply with the ACA.

After acknowledging earlier this year that hackers breached one of its popular online apps, the IRS has promised more identity theft protections in the 2016 filing season. The IRS, along with partners in the tax preparation community, has identified and tested more than 20 new data elements on returns to help detect and prevent identity-theft related filings. The agency is also working to prevent criminals from accessing tax-time financial products.

As the calendar approaches the end of 2015, it is helpful to think about ways to shift income and deductions into the following year. For example, spikes in income from selling investments or other property may push a taxpayer into a higher income tax bracket for 2015, including a top bracket of 39.6 percent for ordinary income and short-term capital gains, and a top bracket of 20 percent for dividends and long-term capital gains. Adjusted gross incomes that exceed the threshold for the net investment income (NII) tax can also trigger increased tax liability. Accordingly, traditional year-end techniques to defer income or to accelerate deductions can be useful.

For a business to start writing off the cost of depreciable equipment and property, it is necessary that the equipment be placed in service. To write off costs in 2015, the equipment must be placed in service by December 31, 2015. The "placed-in-service" requirement applies, for example, for taking depreciation, especially first-year bonus depreciation, under Code Sec. 168, expensing of the cost of property under Code Sec. 179, and other write-offs such as the investment tax credit under Code Sec. 46.

As an individual or business, it is your responsibility to be aware of and to meet your tax filing/reporting deadlines. This calendar summarizes important tax reporting and filing data for individuals, businesses and other taxpayers for the month of November 2015.