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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
President
AR Worldwide


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SAVE THE DATE! - Monday January 27, 2020, Hatfield Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Annual Tax Update.  Presented by our own Jason Peterka and Seth Marshall.  Please register (members $20, non-members $25) by January 24 at https://www.punchbowl.com/parties/5297fd9335e7f9c6f8dc.

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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On December 20, President Donald Trump signed the bipartisan, year-end government spending and tax package, just hours before federal funding was set to expire. Trump's signature on the over 2,000-page spending package avoided a government shutdown.


The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) ( P.L. 111-148) individual mandate is unconstitutional because it can no longer be read as a tax, and there is no other constitutional provision that justifies this exercise of congressional power. However, the central question of whether the rest of the ACA remains valid after Congress removed the penalty for not having health insurance remained unanswered. Instead, the case was sent back to the district court to reconsider how much of the ACA could survive without the individual mandate penalty.


Proposed qualified opportunity zone regulations issued on October 29, 2018 ( REG-115420-18) and May 1, 2019 ( REG-120186-18) under Code Sec. 1400Z-2 have been finalized with modifications. The regulations. which were issued in a 550 page document, are comprehensive.


The IRS has issued final regulations that provide guidance on transfers of appreciated property by U.S. persons to partnerships with foreign partners related to the transferor. Specifically, the regulations override the general nonrecognition rule under Code Sec. 721(a) unless the partnership adopts the remedial allocation method and certain other requirements are satisfied. The regulations affect U.S. partners in domestic or foreign partnerships.


The IRS has released Publication 5382, "Internal Revenue Service Progress Update / Fiscal Year 2019—Putting Taxpayers First." This new annual report describes accomplishments across the agency, and highlights the work of IRS employees during the past year. It covers a variety of taxpayer service efforts, including development of the new Taxpayer Withholding Estimator, as well as operations support efforts on areas involving information technology modernization, human capital office initiatives, and others.


Bridget Roberts, the Acting National Taxpayer Advocate, released her 2019 Annual Report to Congress. The report discusses the key challenges facing the IRS regarding the implementation of the Taxpayer First Act, inadequate taxpayer service and limited funding of the agency. Further, Roberts released the third edition of the National Taxpayer Advocate’s "Purple Book," which presents 58 legislative recommendations designed to strengthen taxpayer rights and improve tax administration.


The IRS has modified the applicability dates for proposed regulations under Code Sec. 382 that were issued with NPRM REG-125710-18, September 10, 2019 (2019 proposed regulations). The IRS is withdrawing the text of the proposed applicability dates, and proposing revised applicability dates. The newly issued proposed rules would also provide transition relief.


The Treasury and IRS have issued final regulations on the due diligence and reporting rules for persons making certain U.S. source payments to foreign persons. Guidance is also provided on reporting by foreign financial institutions on U.S. accounts. The regulations are effective on the date the regulations are published in the Federal Register.


Taxpayers have been provided with additional guidance for complying with the Code Sec. 871(m) regulations on dividend equivalent payments for 2021, 2022, and 2023. The Treasury Department and the IRS intend to amend the regulations to delay the effective/applicability date of certain rules. Further, the phase-in period provided in Notice 2018-762, I.R.B. 2018-40, 522, has been extended.