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Paying taxes is never fun, but it could be easier

Paying taxes is part of our every day life, but both the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the South Carolina Department of Revenue have made it somewhat easier, thanks to modern technology. Read more

Your handy weapon against fraud: the audit trail

Do you keep your accounts in QuickBooks? If so, there’s an important feature you should be taking advantage of, if you’re not doing so already. Read more

Top Five Tax-Filing Mistakes

Don't fall victim to one of the top five tax-filing mistakes. When you’re plowing through a year’s worth of financial records and trying to get everything right on the form, even the smartest people can forget to double-check the simplest things. And that can cost them, either in money or in hassles with the IRS. So take an extra moment to make sure you don’t mess up on these basics. Read more

Are You Ready to Retire? 

Are you ready to retire or thinking about retiring? Are you at full retirement age, or are you considering retiring early? Everyone’s situation is different. Learn what questions to ask, and how to get answers. Read more

Derrick Stubbs Announces Partner Michelle Z. Chapman, CPA

Derrick, Stubbs & Stith, LLP, a Columbia firm providing accounting, auditing, taxation and business consulting, is pleased to announce the addition of Michelle Z. Chapman, CPA as a partner in its consulting practice. Read more

What to expect in a financial statement audit

Having a proper, professional independent audit of your financial statements is essential for everyone – you, your customers, and everybody who in any way depends on your organization – to have confidence in your operation. Read more

IRS Audit Triggers

You may not like doing your annual income tax return, but you probably dread the thought of being audited by the IRS even more. While the IRS sees audits as a way to keep taxpayers in compliance, the agency also makes significant money from them. How can you and your company avoid a high DIF score and a potential audit? Read more

Tax Deadlines for Business Owners

No matter what kind of business you own, meeting your tax deadlines is essential to keep you from paying any interest and penalties that can quickly add up by missing a deadline. Keep your small business out of tax trouble by making sure you know and follow these major tax deadlines. Read more

Derrick Stubbs In The Community

October was a busy month for community service and Derrick Stubbs employees were happy to roll up their sleeves and lace up their sneakers to help others. Read more

Don't Let Fraud Impact Your Company

Fraud has a negative impact on your company’s bottom line and can threaten its hard earned reputation. A recent study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) estimated that the typical organization loses 5% of revenues in a given year as a result of fraud. Read more

Derrick Stubbs Attended USC's "Meet the Firms"

Virginia Greene and Michelle Chapman from Derrick Stubbs were on hand to meet the next generation of CPAs at Beta Alpha Psi’s Meet the Firms event, held Wednesday, September 7th at the Darla Moore School of Business. Read more

Is a 529 College Savings Plan Right For You?

A 529 savings plan is one of the most popular ways to save for college tuition. The plan offers federal and in some cases state tax advantages; it’s a low maintenance plan, and it provides tax-deferred growth. As with any plan, there are complexities. Read more

Derrick Stubbs Tax & Audit Specialist Caroline Hinson Selected for Leadership Columbia Class of 2017

Derrick, Stubbs & Stith, LLP, a Columbia firm providing accounting, auditing, taxation and business consulting, is pleased to announce Caroline Hinson has been selected as a member of the Leadership Columbia Class of 2017. Read more

Quality Counts: Choose Wisely for Your Employee Benefit Plan Audit

A well-performed audit is protection for your employee benefit plan. Maximize the results of your audit process by choosing your audit candidates wisely. Evaluate their qualifications carefully to ensure you meet legal requirements and uphold obligations to plan participants. Read more

How Will New Overtime Rules Affect You?

Beginning December 1, 2016, it is estimated that millions more Americans may qualify for overtime pay under the new rule from the U.S. Department of Labor. Learn what the new rules do and how your busines can respond here.

Tips to Help Make QuickBooks Easier

As CPAs we’ve seen our share of small-business accounting mistakes. We’ve also learned some handy tricks of the trade we can pass on to help you make the most of your accounting program’s functions and tools. Read more

How Long Should I Keep Financial and Tax Records?

When it comes to recordkeeping, there are understandably lots of questions. The three we’re asked most frequently are, “Why should I keep records?” “What kind of records should I keep?” and “How long should I keep them?”

Having a good set of records can save you time and money when it comes to tax season and will be indispensible in case you are ever audited. We’ve answered those three important questions here.

Derrick Stubbs Announces Team Member Promotions

Derrick, Stubbs & Stith, LLP, is pleased to announce the promotions of five members of our firm’s employee team. Read more

Here's What You Might Have Missed on Your Tax Returns

Millions of taxpayers overpay each year because they overlook some common, money-saving deductions. Others may find they’ve racked up interest on unpaid taxes, because of unintentionally unclaimed income. Whether you’re filing yourself or working with an accountant, make sure you’re claiming everything you can to get the deductions you deserve -- and to avoid the penalties you can do without! Read more

Derrick Stubbs Silver Sponsor for 4th Annual Small Business Week Conference

Derrick, Stubbs & Stith was pleased to have been a silver sponsor for the 4th Annual Small Business Week Conference, which was held on Thursday, May 5th at the Spirit Communications Ballpark. Read more

Todd Dailey of Derrick Stubbs Appointed to SC Board of Accountancy

Derrick, Stubbs & Stith, LLP, a Columbia firm providing accounting, auditing, taxation and business consulting, is pleased to announce that Todd Dailey, CPA, CVA, was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to serve on the South Carolina Board of Accountancy. Board members are appointed by the governor to the regulatory authority that issues licenses to over 6,000 Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) in the state of South Carolina. Read more

Tax Alerts
Tax Briefing(s)

The SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation has issued a consumer alert regarding property repairs following flooding. 


Here are some recommended Tax Planning Tips.

Here are the 2015 “Dirty Dozens” tax scams compiled by the IRS.

Derrick Stubbs & Stith proudly announces new management team. 

Derrick, Stubbs & Stith, LLP is pleased to announce it has acquired the practice of public accounting from Frankie and Karen Dial, who retired from the firm of Dial, Hite & Associates, LLC, in May of this year.

House and Senate lawmakers have started their August recess, leaving pending tax legislation for after Labor Day. In past years, September has been a busy month for tax legislation and this year is likely to be the same. Before leaving Capitol Hill, lawmakers took actions in several areas related to tax reform.

The IRS remains focused on an issue that doesn’t seem to be going away: the misclassification of workers as independent contractors rather than employees. Recently, the IRS issued still another fact sheet “reminding” employers about the importance of correctly classifying workers for purposes of federal employment taxes (FS-2017-9). Generally, employers must withhold income taxes, withhold and pay social security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to employees. They are lifted of these obligations entirely for independent contractors, with usually the only IRS-related responsibility being information reporting on amounts of $600 or more paid to a contractor.

A recent Tax Court decision and pending tax reform proposals have intersected in highlighting how stock sales can be timed for maximum tax advantage. The taxpayer in the recent case (Turan, TC Memo. 2017-141) failed to convince the Tax Court that he timely made an election with his broker to use the last-in-first-out (LIFO) method to set his cost-per-share cost basis for determining capital gains and losses on his stock trades on shares of the same company. As a result, he was required to calculate the capital gain or loss on his stock trades using the firm’s first-in-first-out (FIFO) “default” method, which, in his case, yielded a significant increase in tax liability for the year.

Country-by-Country (CbC) reporting is part of a larger initiative by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) known as the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project. CbC reporting generally impacts large multi-national businesses. Because CbC is part of BEPS it is important to be familiar with the core concepts.

An eligible taxpayer can deduct qualified interest on a qualified student loan for an eligible student's qualified educational expenses at an eligible institution. The amount of the deduction is limited, and it is phased out for taxpayers whose modified adjusted gross income (AGI) exceeds certain thresholds.

As an individual or business, it is your responsibility to be aware of and to meet your tax filing/reporting deadlines. This calendar summarizes important tax reporting and filing data for individuals, businesses and other taxpayers for the month of August 2017.

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