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New Ohio Income Tax Requirement for 2016

Ohio, along with other states, will require driver’s license information for the primary taxpayer and spouse (if Married Filing Jointly) beginning in tax year 2016.

This new requirement is in an effort to combat stolen-identity tax fraud.

Taxpayers will be asked to provide the information from their driver’s license or state issued identification card. For taxpayers who do not have a driver’s license or state ID card, they will have the option to indicate such and still be allowed to e-file.

Protect Your Personal and Financial Data Online and At Home

In recent weeks, the IRS issued a series of Security Awareness Tax Tips designed to help you take steps to protect yourself. If you missed them, we’ve created an IRS Security Awareness Tax Tips page for you to catch up or review.

Remember, cyber criminals continue stealing large amounts of personal data from outside the tax system. They can use that data to file fraudulent tax returns or commit other crimes while impersonating the victims.

The IRS, the states and the tax industry joined together in the Security Summit initiative to help fight back against these criminals. They have made significant progress to help taxpayers, but can do an even better job with your help.

Please consider taking these steps to protect yourselves and your data:

Happy New Year From Our Families To Yours!

For many of us, the new year signifies new beginnings . . . the first day of the rest of your life!  Hoping this new year brings you all good things, and you are blessed with happiness, good health, and the love of family and friends.

Happy Holidays From Our Families To Yours!

From all of us at DJL Accounting . . .

Wishing you a holiday season filled with peace and joy.

May the New Year bring you happiness and prosperity!

Tribute to Carl N. Lupi, Beloved Step-Father, Mentor & Advisor

Carl N. Lupi, my beloved step-father, mentor and advisor, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2016 surrounded by his loving family, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Carl has been a big influence in my life. I owe much of my success to him. Sometimes someone comes into your life who changes everything . . . raises the standards, makes you laugh, makes you feel like you. There is something about Carl that you can't put into words. Even though he is no longer here in body, he will always be here in our hearts.

2016 Year-End Tax Planning Letter

Dear Clients and Friends:

With a new administration taking shape in our nation’s capital after the elections, you can expect that significant tax reforms will be debated, and perhaps enacted, in the near future. But the greatest impact on year-end tax planning in 2016 will likely derive from what happened late last year, not what will happen next year.

In the waning days of 2015, Congress passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, which was promptly signed into law. This new federal legislation reinstated dozens of favorable tax provisions that had expired, many of them retroactive to the beginning of 2015. In some cases, the new law made often-extended tax breaks permanent, with certain modifications. The changes included in the PATH Act provide both individual and business taxpayers with a clearer picture about the optimal tax moves to make before the end of this year.

Department of Labor Overtime Rule Blocked

The Department of Labor Overtime Rule that would have required employers to pay overtime to most salaried workers who earn less than $47,476 annually, has been blocked.  Texas U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant issued a temporary injunction blocking the Department of Labor rule, which was scheduled to take effect December 1st.

Dozens of business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and 21 state attorneys general, including Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, filed suit against the rules.  The litigation will likely continue beyond inauguration day. President-elect Trump is expected to either eliminate the new rule or make substantial revisions to ease the burden on businesses.

New I-9 Employment Verification Form Coming Soon!

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") has announced that it will release a newly revised Employment Verification Form, Form I-9 on November 22, 2016.

Employers are required to use the Form I-9 to verify the identity and employment authorization eligibility of their employees. Employers may continue using the current version of Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 N until Jan. 21, 2017. After Jan. 21, 2017, all previous versions of Form I-9 will be invalid.

Giving you all a heads up.  When the new form becomes available we will post it on our Tax and Accounting Resources & Forms page.  

Join Team Hawk to Raise Money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

 For those of you who may not know Shannon Beach aka Team Hawk, she was instrumental in assisting in the early years when DJL had our first Golf for a Cure Outings for Leukemia/Lymphoma. As you all know Shannon, she was and still is the life of the fundraising party for such a worthy cause. I would like to ask everyone who attended those events to help Shannon and her family now. They need your help! Please tune in and read about Hawk Strong, Shannon and Roberts journey is nothing but inspirational. Leo and I will be there with them. Who else is in? I am also getting together a package for them. So anyone interested please contact me.​

Join Shannon Beach and I as we raise $ for Leukemia & Lymphoma. #teamhawk will be walking in honor of Hawk's fight at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night event on Sunday, October 9th at Wade Oval at 5:00 p.m. Our team fundraising goal is $1,000.00. Click on the following link and search for #teamhawk to join the team or to make a donation. You do not have to donate to walk. A lot of fun activities for kids from 5:30-7, followed by 1 mile walk. Thanks for Marti Goodwin Jacobson for organizing our team.

http://pages.lightthenight.org/noh/Clevelnd16/teamhawk

Ohio BWC Extended Deadline for Mandatory True-Up Until Sept. 29

The new mandatory payroll true-up reports for private employers were due to Ohio BWC no later than August 15, 2016. However, because there are so many businesses that missed the deadline, the BWC has extended the deadline to September 29, 2016.

If you haven't already completed your report, it is important that you get it done. The best way to complete the report is to visit the BWC website at http://www.bwc.ohio.gov and log on with your user ID and password. If you don’t have one, you will need to create one by simply following the directions located near the top right-hand corner of the BWC’s home page.  Here is a video provided by Ohio BWC that shows you exactly how to complete your true up report online.  

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  • Address:DJL Accounting & Consulting Group, Inc.
    Cider Mill Professional Center, Building C-102
    1570 S Canfield Niles Road
    Youngstown, Ohio 44515 
  • Phone:330 779 0781