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Columbus Day is a federal holiday here in the United States. It’s also celebrated in many countries in central and south America and also the Caribbean. In 2020, it’s observed here in the US on October 12 and can serve as a useful reminder of the time to file your taxes if you requested an

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With the COVID-19 pandemic still going on, you may be spending more time working from your home office. You may have taken some extra rooms for your business use. Is that okay? Section 280A(c) states that you may claim a home office based on the portion of the dwelling that you use exclusively and regularly

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The 2020 Texas Relocation Report reported that 86,164 Californians moved to Texas.  According to NerdWallet’s Cost of Living Calculator, housing costs are 75% lower in Houston versus San Francisco.  Food costs are 30% lower; transportation costs are 31% lower and so on.  If you’re considering moving to a different state, taxes in the new state

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The COVID-19 Pandemic May Create Tax Benefit Opportunities For You And Your Family members. For example, you could hire your under-age-18 children, pay them, say, $10,000 each, and they could pay zero federal income taxes. And you or your corporation, the employer, would deduct the $10,000 you paid to each of the children. The child

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The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act changed the landscape for retirement and savings planning. Here are eight important reminders about this new law: You can’t use contributions made in 2020 but applied to 2019 for any SECURE Act provisions that apply to contributions made after December 31, 2019. If you inherit

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How to Get the IRS to Owe You Money How can you get the IRS to owe you money? Of course, the IRS is not likely to cut you a check for this money (although in the right circumstances, that will happen), but you’ll realize the cash when you pay less in taxes. Here are Read More

Annual depreciation and expensing deductions for so-called luxury autos are limited to specific dollar amounts. The dollar limits amounts are inflation-adjusted each year. The IRS has announced that for autos (which includes trucks or vans) acquired and first placed in service during 2019, the dollar limit for the first year an auto is in service

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IRS has announced that the 2019 inflation-adjusted maximum fair market values (FMVs) for employer-provided vehicles, the personal use of which can be valued for fringe benefit purposes at the mileage allowance rate (58¢ per mile for 2019). For 2019, the FMV can’t exceed $50,400 (was $50,000 for 2018). In addition, the 2019 maximum fleet-average vehicle

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In June, Congress passed the Taxpayer First Act of 2019 (the Act), and it was signed into law by the President on July 1. The Act, among other things, provides some new safeguards to taxpayers in their interactions with the IRS, including the following. … Notice to taxpayer of IRS contact with third party. Effective

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Final regulations shoot down states’ SALT limitation workaround. For 2018 through 2025, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) limits an individual taxpayer’s annual SALT (state and local tax) deductions to a maximum of $10,000, with no carryover for taxes paid in excess of that amount. (The SALT deduction limit doesn’t apply to property taxes

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