A common tax question asked by physicians is whether hypodermic needles and syringes purchased for use in providing patients with medical care are subject to sales and use tax or not. The answer may sting a little. N.J.S.A. 54:32B-8.1c states that sales of supplies “purchased for use in providing medical care for compensation, but not transferred to the purchaser of the service….”are taxable. Hypodermic needles and syringes would fall under that category, so they are taxable.
Medical practitioners and dentists in New Jersey offering cosmetic procedures, such as electrolysis or tooth whitening, are required to pay a cosmetic tax. The tax, which began in 2004, is on any cosmetic procedure performed in order to improve the patient’s appearance without significantly serving to prevent or treat illness or to promote proper functioning of the body. Gross receipts from such procedures were taxed at a rate of 6% until this year. [Read more…] about NJ Cosmetic Tax Phase Out Has Begun
The FBAR: Who Should File? Do you have income overseas you forgot to report? Did Grandpa leave you his foreign bank account when he passed away? If you have foreign bank accounts holding more than $10,000 in the aggregate anytime during the year, you are required to file an FBAR (Report of Foreign Bank Accounts) by June 30th of the following year. It doesn’t matter whether the foreign accounts generate income or not; just owning them, or having signature authority, requires you to file.
What’s the Big Deal? Failure to file can result in serious consequences. The sanctions for not completing the FBAR include numerous severe civil penalties and potential prosecution followed by a term in federal prison. [Read more…] about Got Unreported Foreign Assets? Get Out of Jail Free
Congratulations to partner Jeffrey Urbach, who has earned a Certificate of Excellence by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) as the 2011 Instructor of Exceptional Distinction. Jeff, a Certified Valuation Analyst, generously shares his expertise and wisdom as a regular lecturer for NACVA, greatly enriching all those privileged to hear him. Jeff is accredited in Business Valuation. His specialty is the business valuation of medical and dental practices, law offices and other professional practices.
Should you be classified as an employee or independent contractor? This is an issue that has drawn a lot of attention from the IRS lately, as more employers have been trying to cut costs and classify employees as independent contractors thereby avoiding thepayroll taxes. To clarify how one determines his or her status the IRS has released Publication 1779, which looks at three areas: behavioral control, financial control, and the relationship of the parties to determine worker classification.
To view the template, click here: Employee Vs Independent Contractor Status
Supporting your financially distressed relative is a commendable act that can also result in significant tax savings. If the recipient meets all of the criteria required to be deemed a “qualified relative”, you can benefit in several ways. First of all, the qualified relative can be claimed as a dependent and you can therefore take his personal exemption ($3,750 in 2011) on your return. Another benefit is that you can add his medical expenses to yours for the medical expense itemized deduction. This is especially important for those whose medical expenses do not exceed the 7.5% of AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) minimum threshold to deduct medical expenses. Even if you don’t itemize, you can still benefit by filing as head of household instead of as single, resulting in a much greater standard deduction (in 2011 the standard deduction was $5,800 for single and $8,500 for head of household). The criteria to be a “qualified relative” are as follows: [Read more…] about Supporting a Relative? You May be Entitled to Tax Breaks