Younger taxpayers often purchase life insurance to care for family members dependent on them if they were to die; but, elderly taxpayers often purchase life insurance to cover estate tax and other financial obligations they are responsible for if they were to die. Are life insurance proceeds taxable? Yes and no. Life insurance policies are…

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At age 70 ½, taxpayers are required to take required minimum distributions (RMD’s) from their IRA accounts: the government wants to collect their taxes from the earning retirees accumulated over the years. Failure to do so could generate penalties as high as 50%! In 2015, Congress made a law permanent allowing RMD’s to be directed…

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Isler CPA is now connected to the ultimate Internet medium: fiber optic.  Simply stated, there is no better Internet connection than fiber to your building.  Since we rely heavily on quality Internet connectivity for our applications and data, this is a major leap forward for our business. “We’re glad to see this project come to…

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2016 Housekeeping

Now that 2015 is coming to a close it is time to start thinking about 2016 and all that comes with the new year.  Below is a summary of housekeeping items to keep in mind for the upcoming year. Filing Requirements for 2015 forms in 2016 Form 1099s – Be sure to review your records…

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Each quarter, RSM’s accounting thought leaders update middle-market businesses on recently issued and proposed accounting guidance to discuss the implications and effects on middle-market companies, like yours. The following topics will be discussed on the webcast: Recently issued and effective guidance Developments in the financial instruments and leases projects Status of changes to new revenue…

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EMAIL SCAM ALERT

Our spam filtering partner  is reporting a high incidence of scam email designed to trick you into launching viruses on your computer. This virus circulating is the UPS/Fed Ex/USPS Delivery Failure. You will receive an e-mail from UPS, Fed Ex, or USPS along with a packet number. It will say that they were unable to…

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The United States Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Chief Accountant recently stressed, in a letter emailed to plan administrators, the importance of obtaining a quality audit from a qualified and experienced CPA firm. This letter explains that selecting a qualified CPA who has the expertise to perform an audit is a critical responsibility in…

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2015 Legislature Changes

Overall discussion of 2015 Oregon law changes Paid Sick Leave – Senate Bill 454 Effective January 1, 2016, Businesses with 10 or more workers will be required to accrue 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, or 1 1/3 per 40 hours worked. This can accrue to a maximum of 40…

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McGladrey announces new global brand name – RSM McGladrey is taking an important step to bring the middle market to the global market. On Oct. 26, 2015, McGladrey will unite with fellow members of the global network, RSM International, under a common brand name – RSM. Isler CPA is a member of the McGladrey Alliance.