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2017 Business Tax Reform Update

2017 Business Tax Reform Update

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As you may be aware, major tax reform legislation may be passed this year and could mean sweeping changes to the tax code for the first time in about 30 years. Although the bills have only recently been proposed and the timing of their passage is uncertain, businesses should be aware of the bills that have been released...

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TAX ALERT - Employee Retention Credit for Employers Affected By Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

TAX ALERT  - Employee Retention Credit for Employers Affected By Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

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If you are an employer and had to close your trade or business during Hurricane Irma and you kept your employees on the payroll during the close down period, you may get a credit against your federal income tax. 
 
Consequent to the recent natural disasters, Congress enacted the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017, Public Law 115-63, which provides a tax relief for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria...

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HURRICANE  FINANCIAL TIPS FOR LONG-TERM CARE

HURRICANE  FINANCIAL TIPS FOR LONG-TERM CARE

It is the peak of hurricane season in Florida, and the Sunshine State is recovering from the impacts of Irma.  We hope that you, your residents, employees, and their families made it safely through the storm. We want to remind our long-term care friends of some important financial issues in dealing with disasters:

Cash is king
When a major storm is imminent, ensure sufficient cash is on hand with several key staff members or department heads...

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ALERT: New Law Creates Ad Valorem Property Tax Exemption for Non-profit ALFs

ALERT: New Law Creates Ad Valorem Property Tax Exemption for Non-profit ALFs

During the 2017 Legislative Session, HB 7109 passed which modifies the definition of “nursing home” or “home for special services” in section s.196.012 (9), Florida Statutes, to include facilities possessing a valid license under part 1 of chapter 429 (the regulatory law for assisted living facilities). This change appears to totally exempt non-profit assisted living facilities (ALFs) from ad valorem property taxes beginning in... 

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Corporate America still counting on tax reform

Corporate America still counting on tax reform

(Bloomberg) Corporate America and money managers are hugely divided on the prospects of changing the U.S. tax code.

Businesses are "still optimistic on fundamental U.S. tax reform" while "investors have given up," Bank of America Merrill Lynch strategists Athanasios Vamvakidis and Ronald Man wrote in a note Friday, citing surveys conducted by the bank...

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PPS for Medicaid Approved

PPS for Medicaid Approved

As most of you may already know, the 2017-18 budget will implement the Nursing Home Prospective Payment System (PPS). The PPS Plan included in the budget places in statute the Senate PPS model with its quality components and transition period, with an implementation date of October 1, 2018. Although there are still several details to be determined, we wanted to briefly summarize for our readers some of the basics of the new system based on what is currently in the language.

Unlike the current system that calculates each provider’s rate based on their cost and current Fair Rental Value (FRV) calculation, the PPS model utilizes the following main components...

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Proposed Tax Reform for 2017

Proposed Tax Reform for 2017

Last week the Executive Office released an overview of its proposed 2017 tax reform. The plan provided a summary of the goals of the tax reform for individuals and businesses. The key points of the plan are outlined below.

BUSINESS REFORM

  • Reduce corporate tax rates
  • Allow these reduced rates for small and medium business owners
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Medicare: Long-Term Care

Medicare:  Long-Term Care

For most skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), Medicare reimbursements are an important revenue source to maintain both margins and census. If your skilled nursing facility is one of these, it is imperative that your organization develops an effective strategy to address the evolving reimbursement landscape impacting Medicare.

SNF value-based purchasing programs will soon place portions of Medicare reimbursement at risk (e.g. the nursing home readmission penalty). However, SNFs need to quickly realize that...

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2016 Tax Brackets

2016 Tax Brackets

Every year, the IRS adjusts more than 40 tax provisions for inflation. This is done to prevent what is called “bracket creep.” This is the phenomenon by which people are pushed into higher income tax brackets or have reduced value from credits or deductions due to inflation, instead of any increase in real income.

The IRS uses the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to calculate the past year’s inflation and adjusts...

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