Monthly Archives: April 2013

Nuances and Pitfalls Hidden in Florida Sales Tax Laws by Karen Lake

Posted on April 29, 2013

 Over the past three years, the Florida Department of Revenue has targeted a growing number of businesses for sales-tax audits.  While the state has always taken a hard line in identifying tax fraud, it has recently stepped up its enforcement efforts and narrowed its focus on a specific businesses and industries, including, but not limited […]

The Myths and Realities of Obamacare by John G. Ebenger

Posted on April 25, 2013

Many employers are still confused about the rules and penalties related to providing health insurance under Affordable Care Act. A recent article in BusinessWeek reported that the biggest rumor is that all businesses would need to provide insurance or be penalized. Three years after Obamacare became law and less than nine months before its biggest […]

Celebrating at Joe’s Stone Crab

Posted on April 22, 2013

It was a great day for the Berkowitz Pollack Brant, Provenance Wealth Advisors and BayBridge Real Estate Group families – we celebrated the end of another successful busy season by closing down the firm and enjoying lunch at Joe’s Stone Crab. It was a well-deserved afternoon of fun, celebration and teamwork. Tuesday we’ll back back […]

Parents of Special Needs Children Can’t Afford to Put Off Estate Planning by Lee Hediger

Posted on April 18, 2013

By Lee Hediger, Director of Provenance Wealth Advisors, an affiliate of Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants in Miami One of the biggest fears parents face is what will happen to their children if the parents die before the children are old enough to care for themselves. This concern can become significantly more daunting and […]

Tax Freedom Day Falls on April 18 by Terry Schultz

Posted on April 12, 2013

The Tax Foundation think tank determines Tax Freedom Day. This is the day that most Americans will have earned enough to pay their total tax bill for the year. The 2013 tax freedom day falls on April 18, five days later than last year. Economists at the Tax Foundation divide all federal, state and local […]

International Tax Practice Profiled in Accounting Today

Posted on April 11, 2013

Barry Brant, Tony Gutierrez,  Alex Molieri and the International Tax practice of Berkowitz Pollack Brant were profiled in the April issue of Accounting Today.  The article appeared in the Practice Profile section of the magazine, a monthly feature that highlights leading firms and their unique practice areas. The team explained what it takes to build […]

Tax Credits for Making Your Home Energy Efficient by Jeffrey Mutnik

Posted on April 08, 2013 by Jeffrey Mutnik

Taxpayers who added energy-efficiency to their homes in 2012 may qualify for credits. Adding certain energy-saving items to a US primary residence can create eligibility for a credit equal to 10 percent of the cost. Insulation, windows, doors and roofs are typical upgrades. For some items, the entire cost is eligible to be claimed, including […]

IRS Extends Look-Back for Work Opportunity Tax Credits by Karen Lake

Posted on April 02, 2013

Companies that hired veterans in 2012 are eligible for tax credits up to $9,600. The Work Opportunity Tax Credits typically must be claimed within a short 28-day window.  Because of the delays related to the Fiscal Cliff negotiations, the IRS has granted an extension up to 15 months. The deadline to submit claim requests is […]