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Cybercriminals typically increase their activity in the first part of the year through phone scams and email phishing schemes. These scammers try to obtain personal information using different tricks and tactics so they can file income tax returns and claim refunds on behalf of unsuspecting taxpayers. Some scammers may also allege a taxpayer owes taxes and aggressively demand payment for a quick payout.

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UHY Advisors, Inc. (“UHY Advisors”), one of the nation’s leading professional services firms, announced the appointment of eight new managing directors: Thomas Bowen, Daniel Felstow, Amy Gallagher, Jeffrey Hare, Michael Kirby, Corey Massella, Bill Rausch and Warren Zafrin.

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UHY Advisors, Inc. (“UHY Advisors”), a leading tax and business consulting firm, today announced it has expanded the size and capabilities of its accounting automation team and service offerings with the acquisition of the practice of Bright Point Consulting, a Raleigh, NC-based finance and accounting software implementation firm.

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The Ohio Department of Taxation is offering a limited time tax amnesty program. This will run from Jan. 1 - Feb. 15, 2018 and will allow relief from penalties and savings of 50 percent on interest charges. If you had unreported or underreported taxes that were due as of May 1, 2017, this is an opportunity to become current with tax liabilities in Ohio. Eligible individuals and businesses are those that have not been contacted by the Department.

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Effective Jan. 1, 2018 the minimum wage rate in Michigan has increased to $9.25. According to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the increase is the final scheduled increase provided by the Workforce Opportunity Wage Act of 2014.

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The IRS issued Notice 2018-3, updating optional standard mileage rates for business use of a vehicle.

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Virtual currency, or cryptocurrency, is a digital representation of value that can be exchanged for goods and services or held for investment. These currencies include Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and many others. For Bitcoin, if a taxpayer "mines" the virtual currency, it needs to be included in gross income at the fair market value upon receipt or discovery of the currency. The character of the income depends on the intended purpose of the currency.

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Under the recently signed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Congress added Section 199A, a new provision of the Internal Revenue Code that provides for a potential 20 percent deduction for an individual related to income from pass-through entities and other non-corporate tax structures. The deduction begins in 2018 and is scheduled to end after 2025.

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Beginning in 2018 in Michigan, all companies with no unclaimed property will be required to file a zero or negative report. But, what is unclaimed property? Unclaimed property is any asset, tangible or intangible, belonging to a third party that remains unclaimed for a specified period of time by its rightful owner.

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In response to the federal tax bill signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017, New York state governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, signed an emergency executive order allowing individuals the ability to prepay next year's New York property taxes. The order is intended to protect taxpayers from the impact of the GOP tax bill, which caps the deductibility of state and local taxes at $10,000. By allowing individuals to pay a portion or all of their 2018 property taxes in 2017, the executive order aims to provide individuals with options as a result of the tax bill's negative financial impact.

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