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An Appraisal Witness that is USPAP Compliant has successfully passed his or her 2012-2013 USPAP Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice test. Most appraisers nationwide have yet to pass any USPAP test and are tendering appraisals that are not USPAP Compliant and are defined as illegal. Durkin Valuations Associates have a total of seven Senior Professional Appraisers accredited from the National Association of Professional Appraisers and with a sum of 70 combined years of valuations.

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Explaining the New Landscape for Charitable Tax Breaks  The CPA Journal

At first glance, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) had little direct impact on the tax treatment of charitable giving. Drilling down, however, it.



Charitable Deductions: What Are the Limits? | Professionals' Columns  The Chief-Leader

Charitable contributions made to qualified organizations may help to reduce your taxable income and lower your tax bill. The IRS has put together the following ...



Potential pitfalls of charitable contribution substantiation and reporting  The Tax Adviser

Failure to properly complete all required fields on Form 8283, including the donor's cost or other basis, could jeopardize the entire deduction with respect to the ...



Coming events for August 15, 2019 | Entertainment/Life  The Daily Progress

AUG. 17. FREE CLINIC BLOCK PARTY. The Orange County Free Clinic will hold a summer block party Saturday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking ...



14 Tips For Making Your Charitable Gift Tax-Deductible In 2018  Forbes

A tax deduction for charitable giving isn't guaranteed just because you're feeling generous. As with everything in tax law, it's important to follow the rules and ...



Four Stafford incumbents face opposition in November election  Fredericksburg.com

Four Stafford County officials face opposition at the polls in November, as seats for the commissioner of the revenue, commonwealth's attorney, sheriff and ...



That prehistoric fossil in your attic may be a tax break  CNBC

Cash and stocks aren't the only items people like to give away. Antique furniture, rare paintings, fossils and even gold molars are just a few of the items donors ...



Landlords Get a $173 Million Deal From City as Their Lawyer Raises Funds for de Blasio  The New York Times

The lawyer's work for Mayor Bill de Blasio may resurrect questions of whether the mayor blurs the line between city business and political fund-raising.



Giving life insurance to charity  Accounting Today

Life insurance and the associated tax issues are complicated. When you throw charity into the mix, it can get downright diabolical. It's not as much that the rules ...



Coming events for August 8, 2019 | Entertainment/Life  The Daily Progress

THROUGH AUG. 31. MONROE EXHIBIT IN ORANGE. The James Madison Museum will host “Your Obedient Servant: James Monroe's 1819 Presidential Tour of ...



A Client Wants a Refund and Their Trade-In Back — But It's Already Sold. What Should the Owner Do?  INSTORE MAG

JEFF MILTON, OWNER of Infinity Jewelers, loved his new location. Just eight months ago, he and his brother Andrew moved their third-generation store from its ...



Final rules govern adequate substantiation for charitable contributions  Journal of Accountancy

Final regulations address how taxpayers can comply with the requirements for adequate substantiation of charitable contributions of money or property.



Colleges Are Baffled by Bitcoin Donations  Bloomberg

The University of Puget Sound got an offer it wasn't sure how to accept. A recent graduate had hit the jackpot and wanted to make a donation to the school.



Masterpiece or Mistake? A Hawaii Museum’s $7.5 Million Question  The New York Times

It was a generous gift — and one completely in tune with our cultural times. In 2018, the tech billionaire Marc Benioff donated a wooden statue of a Hawaiian war ...



Luzerne County voting district reductions and additions planned  Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

Luzerne County plans to increase election voting districts in seven municipalities and cut the number in four others due to geographically shifting registration…



Charitable Contributions and Your Taxes: What You Need to Know  The Motley Fool

If you're donating money or goods to charity this holiday season, understand the rules behind this tax deduction.



When big businesses want to fight their property tax bills, Texas law hands them an easy way, critics say  The Texas Tribune

Supporters of the provision, known as equity appeals, say it's valuable for all property owners and stops taxing units from imposing unfair taxes.



7 tax rules that apply to noncash charitable donations  MarketWatch

Thanks to unscrupulous taxpayers who once made a habit of claiming bogus charitable write-offs, the federal government has tightened the screws over the ...



Analysis | How to get a tax write-off from your home remodel  Washington Post

If you're thinking about remodeling your kitchen, bathroom or other part of your home, you might want to reconsider whether demolishing the space and sending ...



City Market formally debuts new Wilkes-Barre eatery  Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

WILKES-BARRE — City Market and Cafe's new sushi bar is officially open. Following a soft open late last month, the eatery inside the Public Square market held ...



Retiree Tax Tip: Donating Items to Charity  Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Generally, the higher the value of your donation, the more records you'll need to gather.



A Failed Trump Golf Course Is Now a Dilapidated State Park – but Is It Worth $26.1 Million?  TIME

Donald J. Trump State Park is what New York calls a "passive park," meaning it has no trails, picnic tables or other amenities.



Rick Morelli applies for vacant Luzerne County Council seat  Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

Former Luzerne County Councilman Rick Morelli said he has submitted his application to fill Eugene Kelleher's vacant council seat. Council must pick another…



Donating a car to charity? You might want to pump the brakes  CNBC

In theory, donating used cars to "charities" helps you unload vehicles, aid a cause and lower your tax burden. In reality, it's rarely such a win-win.



City Council Approves San Antonio's First Homestead Exemption  Rivard Report

City Council voted unanimously Monday to provide a small property tax exemption for qualifying homeowners. It's the first time the City of San Antonio will ...



Tips to Get the Best Tax Deduction on Donated Items  ConsumerReports.org

Consumer Reports explains how to claim donated items on your tax return for the maximum tax deduction.



‘A red flag’: Developers sought taxpayer reimbursement for $20,000 in donations to Chicago alderman  Chicago Tribune

As developers sought taxpayer help to overhaul a prominent South Side apartment building, an unusual email arrived at the Chicago Housing Authority that ...



De Blasio May Want to Be President. What Do His Donors Want?  The New York Times

Mayor Bill de Blasio's flirtation with a White House run has generated virtually no interest among voters. One national poll in March found that he was the only ...



2 Ways To Combine Charitable Giving And Life Insurance  Forbes

Life insurance is a valuable asset, and often, should be kept in force for the benefit of the insured and owners. However, in some cases the need for life ...



New Luzerne County audit shows surplus  Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

Luzerne County ended 2018 with a $4.4 million general fund operating budget surplus, the newly released audit says. When added to a 2017 year-end surplus ...



A day in the life of Christie’s auctioneer Tash Perrin  South China Morning Post

A day in the life of a Christie's auctioneer who lives in Manhattan's richest neighbourhood and thrives on 'being the showman'



Navigating the Tax Rules on Charitable Gifts  New York Times

Congress has been tightening the rules on charitable gifts for more than a decade, and following those rules is critical to getting the maximum deduction for gifts.



IRS Audit: Taxpayers Claim $145,000 Income Tax Deduction for Donations to Goodwill  CPAPracticeAdvisor.com

Although taxpayers can claim valuable income tax write-offs for gifts of property to charity, they should not get greedy. If a taxpayer doesn't have the proper ...



County officials address appraisal concerns | News  Weatherford Democrat

Parker County officials presented information and answered questions for the public at a town hall meeting Tuesday about the property value appraisals.



How to Donate Books for Tax Deductions  Zacks.com

If you hate dusting off your old books and like saving money on your taxes, donating them could save you hassle and money. However, if you don't meet the ...



Want to write off your donations at tax time? Here's what to know.  The Washington Post

It's tax season. It happens at the same time every year, and yet for a lot of people, it feels like a surprise. One of the most challenging tasks, especially for a ...



Make Sure You Have Proof to Support Your Charitable Tax Deductions  Kiplinger's Personal Finance

In an audit, the IRS may deny your charitable write-offs if you don't have a record of your contributions.



Avoid an Audit by Knowing These 6 Red Flags  Investopedia

If history is any indicator, fewer than 1% of Americans will be audited by the Internal Revenue *Service* in the coming year. And while some of the audits are totally ...



Year-end charitable gift strategies that give a tax deduction in return  Press-Enterprise

As we approach the end of 2018, you might be thinking about making gifts to charities that support causes important to you. The contributions might be for ...



Everything you need to know about tax deductions for charitable donations  MarketWatch

The federal income tax rules for deducting personal charitable donations are complicated. Here's what you need to know.



How to Donate to Charity Using Bitcoin  Investopedia

Charitable donations are not just a nobler use for your cryptocurrency than "lambo" – they're also tax-deductible.



When Charitable Donations Give Back to You: The Charitable Contribution Tax Deduction  The Motley Fool

Here are the rules and requirements of the charitable contributions tax deduction, so you can maximize your tax break the right way.



More donors give bitcoin and assets other than cash to charities  CNBC

Charitable donations can be more than cash. A growing number of people are giving noncash assets, such as bitcoin, life insurance policies and restricted stock, ...



Avg. American's charitable donations: How do you compare?  USA TODAY

You might be wondering how much money or property the average person of your income level gives each year. Here's a breakdown of Americans' charitable ...



Family finances: Charitable giving under the new tax law  Chicago Tribune

Changes under last year's federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will result in fewer taxpayers deducting their charitable donations on their 2018 returns.



A Failed Trump Golf Course Turned Into a Dilapidated New York State Park  Bloomberg

When Donald Trump bought 436 acres in upstate New York two decades ago, he envisioned adding two new championship golf courses to his collection.



Big money interests give to 'Schor Fund'  City Pulse

Developers, labor unions and other businesses have quietly donated nearly $170000 to a nonprofit account that funnels funds directly to Lansing Mayor Andy ...



5 Things to Know About Charitable Donations and Taxes  The Motley Fool

Many people focus on giving near the turn of the year. In addition to the holiday spending onslaught that starts with Black Friday sales events at shopping malls ...



Wellfleet residents look to stall tidal flat purchase  Cape Cod Times

WELLFLEET — Citizens are continuing to press for an independent appraisal of tidal flats off Indian Neck that voters in April agreed to purchase.“We feel the ...



The Average American's Charitable Donations: How Do You Compare?  The Motley Fool

'Tis the season for charitable giving and for tallying up the tax break that comes with it. With that in mind, you might be wondering how much money or property ...



Crypto-Enabled Charity Donations Raise As Many Questions as Dollar Signs | Legaltech News  Law.com

Charities that incorporate blockchain into their organizations could allow for donations that are more transparent and secure but the regulatory risks could ...



5 Mistakes to Avoid When Donating Household Items | realtor.com®  Realtor.com News

If you want a tax break when donating household items, avoid making these mistakes that could send the IRS knocking on your door.



This Failed Trump Golf Course Is Now a Dilapidated New York State Park  Fortune

He bought the parcels beginning in 1998 for less than the current price of a two-bedroom condo in Trump Tower.



13 Tips For Making Your Charitable Donation Tax-Deductible In 2017  Forbes Now

A tax deduction for charitable giving isn't guaranteed just because you're feeling generous. As with everything in tax law, it's important to follow the rules.



Tax Deductions for Non-Cash Charitable Donations  NerdWallet

Most of our giving to charities is in cash, but donating household goods, food, clothing and other items can reduce your tax bill, too.



Red Cross urges blood donations to prevent summer shortage  The Sentinel

The American Red Cross is asking donors to donate blood and platelets to prevent a summer blood shortage that could affect patients and the time frame for ...



Charitable Deduction Rules for Maximizing Your Tax Return  Motley Fool

Before you claim a charitable deduction, it's important to know how much to claim, what qualifies, and red flags the IRS will look for.



Get Tax Breaks for Charitable Giving  Kiplinger Personal Finance

Charity fund-raising reaches a fever pitch in the holiday season -- and your mailbox will likely be stuffed with appeals for help. Before you open your wallet, you ...



What to Expect When the IRS Alters Its Bitcoin Tax Policy  CoinDesk

The Takeaway. Coming guidance from the IRS will address longstanding questions about the tax treatment of cryptocurrency. The tax collector has identified ...



AG tells Cedar Park no deal on tax exemption  Austin Monitor

Attorney General Ken Paxton has ruled that the city of Cedar Park is not allowed to set its minimum property tax exemption at $10,000 but must use the $5,000 ...



How To Save On Taxes By Giving To Charity  Forbes: Intelligent Investing

Giving to charity is a great way to get a tax break, and do good at the same time. But the rules are tricky. Here's a guide.



How to deduct charitable donations on your taxes  Christian Science Monitor

It can be confusing to figure out how to list your charitable donations for tax season because different contributions have different rules. Here's how to clearly list ...



11 Tips For Making Your Charitable Donation Count On Your Taxes  Forbes

A tax deduction for charitable giving isn't guaranteed just because you're feeling generous. As with everything in tax law, it's important to follow the rules.



You can still get tax breaks for your charitable giving — here’s how  MarketWatch

Your good deeds will continue to get properly rewarded.



Planning and Tax Considerations for Collectibles  The CPA Journal

Many individuals have substantial investments in collectibles, such as art, stamps, coins, autographs, books, maps, baseball cards, glassware, antiques,



Rollarena makes a donation to help homeless kids  Tri-City Herald

Rollarena Skating Center is donating $5000 to My Friends Place.



Before Dumping It, Consider Donating That Old Kitchen  Architectural Digest

Especially when it comes to luxury brands, there's probably a second life in those gently used appliances. Here's what you (and your clients) need to know ...



Form 497 John Hancock Funds III  StreetInsider.com

JOHN HANCOCK FUNDS III. Statement of Additional Information. August 1, 2019. John Hancock Disciplined Value Fund ...



Avoid these pitfalls to get the full tax benefit of your charitable contributions  Smart Business Network

U.S. businesses and individuals tend to be generous with their time, talents and treasures. Turning that generosity into an allowable tax deduction against ...



EMS eyes a $5000 bonus for new hires  Cleveland Daily Banner

In an effort to recruit new Emergency Medical Services personnel, the Bradley County Commission's Emergency Services Committee is recommending to offer a ...



Last-Minute Tax Tips to Lower Your 2018 Tax Bill  Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Moves you make between now and the end of the year can have a significant effect on how much tax you have to pay next April, particularly when it comes to ...



12 Tips For Making Your Charitable Donation Tax-Deductible  Forbes Now

Feeling generous? Here are 12 tips to keep in mind to make sure your charitable donations are tax-deductible.



Donors boosting charitable giving ahead of tax reform  CNBC

Provisions in the tax reform bill would make it wise to consider gifting more this year, experts say.



De Blasio's history of campaign finance scandals  City & State

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is no stranger to fundraising scandals, even if the allegations never fully stick. Just last week, The City reported on a ...



Form 497 John Hancock Funds II  StreetInsider.com

News and research before you hear about it on CNBC and others. Claim your 2-week free trial to StreetInsider Premium here.



Habitat for Humanity salvages and recycles from Colorado Springs landslide-devastated homes  Colorado Springs Gazette

Cheerfully, if loudly, several dust-covered men plundered an ornate Broadmoor Bluffs home for anything of value June 28.



Did You Donate to Charity in 2017? Here Are 4 Things You Need to Know  The Motley Fool

If you made tax-deductible donations to charity in 2017, there's more that you need to know than just the dollar amount. The IRS tends to take a closer look at ...



How to Donate Land to a Charity for a Deduction  Zacks.com

For some charities, a donation of property helps them to directly achieve their mission by putting the real estate to work. For others, it's a salable asset that they ...



The tax advantages of charitable giving  CNBC

Most Americans have upped their charitable donations this year, or should, if they want to reap the tax benefits.



Michigan woman accused of ‘backhanding’ car salesman, using racial slurs  WTKR News 3

A Michigan woman accused of hitting a used car salesman in the face and using racial slurs faces multiple charges, including ethnic intimidation.



How to Properly Claim Deductions for Noncash Donations  Kiplinger Personal Finance

A report by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration estimated that 60% of taxpayers who make noncash contributions aren't complying with ...



An Appraisal: Creating a mindset about good urban design  Insider Louisville

The question we must now ask is, how can we bring back the 19th-century mindset when it comes to urban design?



Big land donation includes Rappahannock River access  Fauquier Now

Fauquier County park with canoe launch on 196 acres at Waterloo could open in the spring.



When you can take a charitable deduction, and how to do it  CBS News

The IRS has different rules for different kinds of gifts, including the documentation you need to get and keep.



How To Donate Bitcoin To Charity And Get A Big Tax Deduction  Forbes

New IRS rules create paperwork problems for users of virtual currency, but also allow generous income tax deductions for Bitcoin donors.



How You Might Be Cheating on Your Taxes  Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Whether we're pointing out frequently overlooked tax breaks, explaining how retirement income is taxed or providing tools that help you adjust your tax ...



A harsh lesson on charitable contributions  Reuters

A California entrepreneur got a harsh lesson on the rules of charitable contributions this week when the U.S. Tax Court denied his $18.5 million deduction for ...



Generous Tax Tricks  Forbes

If you want to do well while doing good, contribute your private company stock to a donor-advised fund--not an old-fashioned private foundation.



Jackson city elections: The last donations are in, find out how much the candidates have raised and from who  Jackson Sun

Candidates for both mayor and city council had to submit their final campaign financial disclosure on Wednesday. The bulk of money usually spent in national ...



A lifetime of collecting means you need to do some planning today  MarketWatch

Collectibles are often the most valuable assets in an estate. What starts out as a hobby turns into a passion and eventually becomes a lucrative investment, built ...



Boost your charitable giving this year, in case the GOP tax bill becomes law  CNBC

To take advantage of current parts of the tax code, consider maximizing your charitable giving this year.



Tri-Cities charity concert called ‘Kennewoodstock’ raises money to help Habitat for Humanity  Tri-City Herald

An annual benefit concert by singer-songwriter James Lanman raised more than $5000 for Habitat for Humanity last weekend in Kennewick. It was sponsored ...



Tax Benefits for Donating to a 501(c)(3)  Zacks.com

The federal tax code offers a tax deduction for contributing to charitable organizations, also known as 501(c)(3) organizations. The organizations aren't operated ...



Choosing Experts to Appraise Collectibles and Valuables  New York Times

Tracking what valuable collectibles you own and keeping up to date on appraisals is crucial for taxes and insurance and in case of divorce.



How Clients Can Realize Tax Rewards for Charitable Generosity  Accountingweb.com

As for charitable deductions claimed on 2017 returns filed this year, the prior rules remain in place. Here are five common situations when clients may benefit ...



How to List Goodwill Donations for Tax Deductions  Zacks.com

Goodwill Industries relies on in-kind donations of gently used furniture, clothing and household goods to stock resale centers around the nation.



IRS Scrutinizes Land-Donation Syndicates Yielding Big Tax Breaks  Wall Street Journal

The IRS is clamping down on donations to land-conservation syndicates that yield lucrative tax deductions for wealthy investors.



Analysis: At the top of Texas government, three-part harmony  The Texas Tribune

The state's top leaders have been saying for weeks that they are in sync, and here's the surprise: Their initial proposals look like they are actually in sync.



Can an LLC Make Charitable Contributions?  Chron.com

Each state establishes its own rules for the formation of limited liability companies, and an LLC is not a recognized business structure for federal income tax ...



The Right Way to Tap Your Home Equity for Cash  ConsumerReports.org

Millions of Americans are tapping their home equity for cash. That can be risky. Consumer Reports explains what to watch out for and how to choose the right ...


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