Tax Warrior Chronicles

Tax Help Taking Care of Elderly Parents

Posted on Mon, May 01, 2017

By: Lauren O'Byrne, CPA


As average life expectancies rise, and more and more American couples both work outside of the home,  the costs related to the care for elderly parents is a significant factor in the family budget.  The Internal Revenue Code provides some tax relief…at least it does for now. Here are some benefits to consider.

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The Taxation of the “Uber” Economy

Posted on Tue, Jan 24, 2017

By: Stephanie Otake, CPA


Making extra cash with Uber or Lyft has become a popular pastime, but make sure you consider the tax implications that come with it.  In this blog post, we’ll pose and answer common questions of those taking part in the so-called “sharing economy.”

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Unseen Employer Tax Issues from the Affordable Care Act

Posted on Thu, Apr 11, 2013

Our blog post on Wednesday, March 20th,  outlined the income and Social Security tax implications for employers and other service recipients depending on the classification of certain individuals who provide the services to them (i.e., whether these service providers are “employees” or “independent contractors”).  This is a longstanding area of controversy that is likely to continue at least until the tax law clearly defines what an “employee” really is. There is another possible wrinkle that has recently surfaced for employers and other service recipients.

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Independent Contractor or Employee?: Tax Implications for Employers

Posted on Wed, Mar 20, 2013

Taxpayers and businesses alike frequently find themselves in tax court over the question of whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee for federal income and employment tax purposes.  Jane Scaccetti, a D&S partner, in fact, recently tweeted about just such a case, in which a taxpayer lost his case. The question can be quite complex and the stakes can be very high. Let’s try to shed some light, in this brief blog, on some of the more obvious ways to determine on which side a worker may fall and what employers should do to comply with the law.

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