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October 5, 2016 · Posted in Accounting, Profitability Tips, Tax Planning · Comment 

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cqbc_mediumIs your IRS or FTB problem causing financial difficulty, or do you believe an IRS procedure isn’t working as it should? if so, please contact us at http://coreperformance.net/contact/ – and a team member will respond the same business day.

Our tax resolution engagements generally fit into one of the following types:

1) Where a taxpayer is experiencing some financial difficulty, emergency, or hardship, and the IRS needs to move much faster than it usually does under its normal procedures. If the IRS doesn’t act quickly (for example, to remove a levy or release a lien), the taxpayer will experience even more financial harm.

2) Where many different IRS units and steps are involved, and the case needs a “coordinator” or “traffic cop” to make sure everyone does their part. We play that role.

3)Where the taxpayer has tried to resolve a problem through normal IRS channels but those channels have broken down.

4) Where the taxpayer is presenting unique facts or issues (including legal issues), and the IRS is applying a “one size fits all” approach, isn’t listening to the taxpayer, or doesn’t recognize that it needs new guidance for those circumstances.

We can assist you in quickly resolving these issues. Just contact us!

IRS Offers Streamlined Approach to Online Payment Agreements

September 29, 2016 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The IRS now offers a new super easy process for a qualified taxpayer or authorized representative (Power of Attorney) the opportunity to avoid long telephone wait times or the need to visit an IRS office to apply for an installment agreement. Here is the link to the application.



Once you complete this simple online process, you’ll receive immediate notification of whether your agreement has been approved. This is a big change!

You can also use these links https://www.irs.gov/individuals/payment-plans-installment-agreementsto revise an existing Online Payment Agreement (unless you have a Direct Debit Installment Agreement) or to modify your e-authentication security profile.


Take a look, it now super easy to start eliminating your tax debts.


Your Life Purpose and why it is the most important issue you’ll ever face

September 29, 2016 · Posted in Community Development, Decision-Making Tips, Uncategorized · Comment 

Truly Amazing insight from the late Shimon Peres – only some of his truth to the generations…..”Most people prefer to remember, but not to think, imagine, and dream – this is the biggest mistake. What do you want to remember? All the mistakes that have been made?”……. We as people have so much to be thankful for, and yet, instead what do we do? …..we complain, sometimes endlessly. Why ???

For what purpose? Will it better you or me, or all of us? Think about it. We all need to move away from disagreements, which is the easy and lazy route, and instead find the unifying purpose in all of us. Which of course is, why I am here? why did God allow me to be here in this time, in this place. Think about that question, consider your the value of your life, and what you want your legacy to be. Think about it. And pray.

Why it’s Important to understand your future Tax expense and what this has to with Click Thru Nexus?

May 10, 2016 · Posted in Accounting, Profitability Tips, Tax Planning · Comment 

Work Local Awards - FBFreshBooksCertified (1)This may sound like an unusual title for a Blog Post. And yet, I believe when you see the logic and how the evidence is laid out, you will see that State and Local Sales and Income tax revenues in the near future will look very different than they do now. First some basic facts about the current state of business, Company formation, the broader economy, governmental budget pressures, and how this all fits together:

• Businesses are less inclined to station their own employees and property in any given location. People work virtually, which means they have the potential to establish nexus in multiple jurisdictions. Thereby, incurring tax liabilities in multiple States and jurisdictions.

• E-commerce companies are increasing in numbers and in capabilities, meaning a greater number of buyers are using vendors without physical presence in the state of delivery. This is putting pressure on the States to change they way they govern and tax online transactions.

• Actions and inaction by the federal government and courts cause confusion regarding acceptable standards for nexus. It’s cloudy out there, like the wild wild west when it comes to defining taxing jurisdictions.

• States want to increase revenue, and the perception that E-commerce is evading tax assessment and impatience/aggravation with guidance from the federal government is leading to greater disparity in standards between states.

• Businesses are operating under the new normal circumstances of doing more with less. This is a growing wave, and we are in the early stages.

• More and more State legislatures are defining the sale of Digital Goods as a taxable event in their state.

•  Impact of digital currency – The larger states are now defining Digital Currency as Cryptocurrency – A digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank. This allows the states and the Federal Government to treat Digital Currency as property, like Inventory, or an Investment, e.g. taxable.

• Businesses will now look at Accruing Loss Contingencies, for sales/use tax liabilities, when it is probable that a State will assess a tax.

All this points out that Tax Expense, which used to be directly connected to the business transactions done within your own State, are increasingly shifting to Indirect Tax, which can come about from many places at the same time, based on differing interpretations of Commerce, Click thru Nexus, and a State’s desire to claw back at online sellers. You need a tax expert who thinks about and applies logic to every business situation, so that proper business structuring, using tax planning as a key ingredient, will become paramount. If it has not done so already. Please contact us to discuss your business situation, and how we can help you mitigate the very real risk that these imminent pressures will impact your business operations.





Paying your Taxes has never been this easy!

April 4, 2016 · Posted in Accounting, Business Tips, Tax Planning · Comment 

The IRS offers several payment options for you to consider as the April tax deadline approaches.You can pay online, by phone or from your mobile device. Paying online is easy and secure. Here are a few of the options  available to you:

  1. When you’re e-filing your taxes, you can use the electronic funds withdrawal method. EFW allows you to e-file and pay from your bank account when you are using tax preparation software or a tax professional. Your can schedule your payment any time before your taxes are due.
  2. You can use IRS Direct Pay anytime to pay your taxes directly from your checking or savings accounts at no cost to you. You receive instant confirmation that your payment was submitted, and you can schedule your payment up to 30 days in advance.
  3. Another option is paying your taxes by phone or online through any of the secure debit and credit card processors. Though the IRS does not charge a fee for this service, the card processors do.
  4. There’s also the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System. It’s free, and it takes five to seven business days to enroll before you can make a payment. If you can’t pay in full, you may want to consider requesting a payment agreement. If you owe $50,000 or less in individual income taxes and can pay the full amount within 72 months or less, you can use the online payment agreement tool.
  5. There’s no need to call or write the IRS because you make the request directly from your computer. It’s easy, and your personal information is safe and secure. If you prefer to pay with your mobile device, use IRS2Go, the official mobile app of the IRS. IRS2Go provides easy access to the mobile-friendly payment options Direct Pay for free, and debit or credit card payments through an approved payment processor for a fee. You can download IRS2Go from Google Play, the Apple App Store or Amazon and make your payments when it’s convenient for you.
  6. Visit IRS.gov/Payments for easy and secure ways to pay your taxes. Electronic payment options are quick, easy, secure and much faster than mailing a check or money order. April 1, 2016 

How do we convert all of the newly available insight into better decisions ?

I have been saying for awhile now that technology frees finance & accounting departments of the time-consuming manual responsibilities of the past. As a result, today’s accounting and business finance professionals are expected to take advantage of these efficiencies – to show results and plan strategically. To accomplish this, Accountants must incorporate analytics into their daily work, in order to develop expertise at using the results of the analytics. What are these results of improved analytics? ….. better data, more aligned with Customer requirements, and agile enough to bend with changing times.

Cloud Accounting technology gives us the ability to store and organize large sets of data over time so that results can be analyzed effectively, KPIs can be benchmarked against companies in a specific peer group and resources can be allocated appropriately. These unconventional activities provide an opportunity for us to elevate the value of our businesses’ accounting function by demonstrating our ability to turn data into knowledge and ultimately provide client companies with a competitive market advantage.


Analytical tools are designed to help you gather insight from your data and develop a business wealth creation strategy for your company. With access to benchmarking results, you can quickly compare your company results to those within your peer group—a game-changing advantage.

The key point here is that analysis and insight not only gives you an opportunity to plan strategically, but it can also provide your company with a tangible competitive edge. Now that you know how cloud accounting technologies enable you to glean business insight from your data, learn more about how Core Performance delivers better results for its clients, stay tuned to this blog.

Tax Responsibilities with the ACA & Resolving Information Form 1095 Conflicts

Important Introductory Note: There are no special or specific due diligence requirements related to Affordable Care Act issues or specifically to Form 1095 information returns.

Our Planning document represents best practices for Tax Preparers and their Clients to gather necessary information to prepare 2015 tax returns, including information that may be helpful to demonstrate compliance with the ACA health coverage provision. General requirements on filing a complete and accurate tax return continue to apply. Tax Preparers are expected to resolve conflicting or contradictory statements from their clients during the return preparation process, as they do today.

Extensions: Due to the extensions for furnishing health care information forms (Notice 2016-04), some individual taxpayers may not receive a Form 1095-B, Health Coverage, or Form 1095-C, Employer Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage, by the time they are ready to file their 2015 tax return. While the information on these forms may assist in preparing a return, they are not required. Like last year, taxpayers can prepare and file their returns using other information about their health coverage. Individuals do not have to wait for their Form 1095-B or 1095-C in order to file.

Resolving conflicting information between Form 1095-A and Form 1095-B: In certain circumstances, some of which we have listed below, a client’s Form 1095-B may contain information that appears contradictory to their Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement. In those situations, the preparer will need to ask clients about their specific circumstances to determine whether a client is eligible for the premium tax credit. Examples:

1. Reporting errors: If the issuer has reported information incorrectly on Form 1095-A or 1095-B, the client should contact the issuer of the form and ask for a correction. Because the issuer               also reports this information to the IRS, discrepancies should be resolved at the earliest opportunity.

2. Same month changes in coverage: If a client has coverage for at least one day during a month with one provider and switches coverage to another provider that takes effect later in the                     same month, both providers will report coverage provided during that month. This situation does not affect the client’s potential eligibility for the premium tax credit.

3. Retroactive eligibility determinations: A client may be retroactively determined to be eligible for government-sponsored insurance (Medicaid, for example). The client may receive both a               Form 1095-A and a Form 1095-B for an overlapping period. Although this may appear to be contradictory information, the client’s eligibility for the premium tax credit does not change                     until the first day of the first calendar month beginning after the date of the approval.

4. Eligibility for Medicaid or Medicare while enrolled in Marketplace coverage: In general, a client is not eligible for the premium tax credit for months in which the client is eligible for                         government-sponsored health coverage. Individuals are granted a short period of time to apply for and transition to government-sponsored coverage. However, any individual who fails by                 the last day of the third full calendar month following when he or she meets the criteria to enroll in the government-sponsored insurance, becomes ineligible for the premium tax credit as of             the first day of the fourth calendar month.

5. Supplemental private insurance coverage: The health care law does not prohibit individuals who have enrolled in Marketplace coverage from obtaining supplemental insurance from a                   private insurance provider. Therefore, dual coverage in this situation as reflected by a Form 1095-A and a Form 1095-B does not affect the client’s eligibility for the premium tax credit.

6. Dual enrollment:

Q. My client enrolled in a qualified health plan with Affordable Premium Tax Credit (APTC) based on a Marketplace determination or assessment that the client was ineligible for Medicaid or            CHIP  coverage. Subsequently, the client was determined eligible for Medicaid and was enrolled for several months while still enrolled in the qualified health plan. Should I treat my client as            eligible  for Medicaid and therefore ineligible for the premium tax credit for these months?

A. Generally, no. If a Marketplace makes a determination or assessment that an individual is ineligible for Medicaid or CHIP and eligible for APTC when the individual enrolls in a qualified               health plan, the individual is treated as not eligible for Medicaid or CHIP for purposes of the premium tax credit for the duration of the period of coverage under the qualified health plan                  (generally, the rest of the plan year). Accordingly, if your client was enrolled in both Medicaid coverage and in a qualified health plan for which advance credit payments were made for one or           more months of the year following a Marketplace determination or assessment that your client was ineligible for Medicaid, your client can claim the premium tax credit for these months, if               the client is otherwise eligible. The Marketplace may periodically check state Medicaid data to identify consumers who may be dual-enrolled, and direct them to return to the Marketplace to             discontinue their APTC. If you believe that your client may currently be enrolled in both Medicaid and a qualified health plan with advance credit payments, you should advise your client to             contact the Marketplace immediately.

Resolving reporting conflicts between Form 1095-A and Form 1095-C:

If a client receives a Form 1095-C that is marked in Box 14 with a code 1A, affordable offer of self-only minimum essential coverage, the client generally would not be eligible for the premium tax credit. However, the return preparer will need to ask clients about their specific circumstances to determine whether a client might still be eligible for the premium tax credit.

1. Reporting errors: If information is reported incorrectly on a Form 1095-A or Form 1095-C, the client should contact the issuer of the form and ask for a correction. Because the issuer also reports this information to the IRS, discrepancies should be resolved at the earliest opportunity.

2. Offers of affordable employer-sponsored insurance and Marketplace enrollment: Generally, individuals who are offered affordable self-only employer-sponsored coverage (in 2015, coverage that costs 9.56% or less of household income) are not eligible for the premium tax credit. There are some exceptions:

a. Employee safe harbor: In good faith, a client may provide accurate information to the Marketplace about the cost of employer sponsored insurance and the Marketplace may determine                  that the individual is eligible for advance payments of the premium tax credit. Under these circumstances, the client would still be eligible for the premium tax credit if he or she meets the                  other eligibility criteria even though the employer sponsored coverage would have been affordable based on the taxpayer’s actual household income. Note: If the client changed employers                 during the year and the new employer offered the client affordable coverage in subsequent months, the client must contact the Marketplace again to redetermine his or her eligibility for the               premium tax credit.

b. Employer-sponsored insurance offerings after Marketplace enrollment: If an employer extends an offer of affordable insurance during the year after the client had already enrolled in                     Marketplace coverage, the client generally is eligible for the premium tax credit until the first day of the first full month the employer coverage could have been effective.


Many of our clients are pleasantly surprised at how easy their life becomes after they take the first step toward visionary accounting with Core Performance Consulting.

We encourage you to call us at (949) 502-4680 or email us at peterc@coreperformance.net to set up your no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Nominate Your Favorite Businesses for the 2016 Work Local Awards!

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Core Performance is excited to announce to our friends and business partners the 2016 Work Local Awards, a celebration of the best local employers in the Bay Area.

The Work Local Awards shines the spotlight on the boutiques, cafes, nonprofits, startups, and all the local employers that make our local communities thrive.

The awards are presented by Localwise—the local job community in the Bay Area—in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Kiva Zip, and more. Localwise is a mission-driven organization focused on helping local businesses hire great local people.

Share the love! Nominate your favorite local businesses today.



How do we collect and analyze data from our Customer Interactions?

March 1, 2016 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Remember last time when you had to collect a large amount of data to make an informed decision? We want everyone to know about the power of Google Forms, which is how we interact with our Customers, and further how we use the information to improve our Customer interactions and onboarding processes.

Read below for more information. I also want to credit Stacy Kildal, creator of http://stacykacademy.com/ for illustrating how Google Forms is so easy to use.

Think about tasks such as the collection of feedback from clients or the organization of a team event! Many see it as a time-consuming task… Not anymore, if you use the powers of the revamped Google Forms! In this episode, Jimmy and James share with us a concrete example of the usage of Google Forms and guide us through some great features and Add-ons that help them process data more quickly.

Google Forms recently got a facelift. It is now easier to collect and manage data. Also, the “Response” section was improved and is now equipped with more granular information. James and Jimmy walk us through these new changes. First, they show that we can create a new form faster, thanks to the roll-out of a new template gallery, located at http://forms.google.com.

Also, It is now simpler to manage responses. If you want to keep track of each submitted answer, you can set up an email notification so that you get alerted every time someone submits a response. Now it is possible to can get a timestamp for each form submission! Also, this feature is helpful if you need to send a friendly reminder to those that haven’t fill out the form yet. Everything you need to do is to go to Responses view, click on the three little dots at right hand corner and select “Get email notifications for new responses”

Finally Add-ons! Our dynamic duo shows how they leverage the management of forms with the use of Add-ons. James explains how to set up his favorite Add-on, Form Mule, that allows him to automatically send a confirmation email to everyone who has answered the form. Jimmy loves the Add-on Form Limiter, which limits Forms from accepting responses after a maximum number of responses. To set up these add-ons, go to the Form Answer sheet and look-up for these add-ons at the “Add-ons” section, “Get Add-ons”. Check out the demo to know more!

The Forms & Add-ons combo does wonders with data. When are you starting to use this dynamic duo as well?…….   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-6ev_BsC5U

Message me if you would like to know more.

We encourage you to call us at (949) 502-4680 or email us at peterc@coreperformance.net to set up your no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

State of CA Business personal property tax statements are due soon

February 25, 2016 · Posted in Accounting, Management Tips, Profitability Tips, Tax Planning · Comment 

We at Core Performance believe it is critical to understand the filing requirements to avoid penalties and over-assessments. Should you want to speak with us about this topic, please call the office at 949 381-5629, or send an email to info@coreperformance.net

This Article written by Kathryn Zdan, EA

Unlike real property, business personal property is reappraised annually. Business owners with taxable personal property having an aggregate cost of at least $100,000 must file a business property statement with the county assessor, detailing costs of all supplies, equipment, and fixtures at each business location.

Most counties have mailed their business personal property tax statements to business owners, and while the due dates for returning the completed statements vary by county, the deadline to avoid penalties is May 9, 2016. Most counties use Form BOE-571-L, Business Property Statement.

Find your local assessor

For your county assessor’s contact information, go towww.boe.ca.gov/proptaxes/assessors.htm.


If a business is required to file the statement and fails to do so, the county assessor will estimate a value and add a penalty of 10% of the estimated assessed value of the unreported property.1 As a result, failure to return Form BOE-571-L can result in an overassessment.

The tax rate is usually a little more than 1% of the assessed value. However, the tax bill might also include special assessments voted into effect within the property’s taxing jurisdiction. Generally, using a rate of 1.2% will give a conservative estimate.

For example, if the assessed value is $12,000, the property taxes on the business asset will be about $144 ($12,000 × 1.2%).

Penalty abatement

Effective January 1, 2016, AB 571 (Ch. 15-501) changed the reasonable cause exception to the penalty for failure to file business personal property tax statements, and failure to report a change in ownership to the BOE.2

Penalty abatement will now be granted if the failure to file the property statement or change in ownership statement was “due to reasonable cause and circumstances beyond the assessee’s control, and occurred notwithstanding the exercise of ordinary care in the absence of willful neglect.”

Previously the exception simply stated, “due to reasonable cause and not due to willful neglect.”

Electronic filing

Many counties provide online filing for most businesses. In most of these counties, once a taxpayer chooses the e-file option, the taxpayer will no longer receive a paper copy of Form BOE-571-L unless one is specifically requested.

For a list of the counties participating in the e-file program, go to www.calbpsfile.org.

Which assets are subject?

Every business that owns taxable personal property (other than a manufactured home) having an aggregate cost of $100,000 or more for any assessment year must file a property statement with the county assessor.

Businesses with property below the threshold value are required to file only if the county assessor mails the business a property statement to complete. Alternatively, the assessor may use direct billing.3 Direct billing may be used for smaller, established businesses whose aggregate property cost is under $100,000 and the value of which changes very little from year to year. These businesses may only be required to file statements every three or four years.4

All machinery, office furniture, computers, equipment, and supplies are subject to tax. Business inventories, licensed vehicles, and intangible assets are exempt from assessment.5

Assessment begins with the cost of the asset, including sales tax, freight, and installation, but not including any trade-in value. The assessor applies an index factor to the asset’s cost and then applies a depreciation factor to the result, and this becomes the assessed value. The assessor’s depreciation schedule is different from the franchise or income tax depreciation schedule, as it is based on expected economic life.6

Payment dates

Property tax statements are due May 9. After the statements are filed, the counties will assess the businesses, and property tax bills will be issued. For taxpayers who do not own the real property where the business is conducted, the business personal property tax bill should arrive about the middle of July. Payment is due by the end of August.

For taxpayers who do own the real property, the assessed value of the business assets will be added to the value of the real property, and the tax will be paid in the December and April tax payments.


Remember that property listed on Form BOE-571-L should also be listed on the depreciation schedules on the tax return. At least once every four years, county assessors are required to audit the books and records of any trade or business whose business personal property and trade fixtures have a FMV of $400,000 or more.7

Property tax and the repair regulations

Because the IRC §263(a) repair regulations were never adopted for California property tax purposes, businesses preparing a California Business Property Statement may be required to keep separate sets of fixed asset records. For more information on this, see “IRC §263(a) repair regulations and California property taxes” in the November 2015 issue of Spidell’s California Taxletter®.

1 R&TC §§441, 463, 501
2 R&TC §§463(d), 483
3 R&TC §441
4 BOE Assessor’s Handbook, Section 504, available at: www.boe.ca.gov/proptaxes/pdf/ah504.pdf
5 R&TC §§212, 219, 224
6 BOE Assessor’s Handbook, Section 504
7 R&TC §469

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