Aaron Blau, EA, CPA

About Aaron Blau, EA, CPA

Aaron is a native to Tempe, Arizona. Aaron followed his father’s footsteps and fell in love with accounting and the study of taxation. Graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with emphases on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (Class of 2001), he uses his education to help small business owners better understand their financial and tax picture. Aaron is one of the youngest applicants to pass the Special Enrollment exam, administered by the U.S. Treasury Department, and received his license to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Arizona. Aaron, having completed a three year course of study, is also a Fellow of the prestigious National Tax Practice Institute.

Filing due dates for certain tax and information returns changed

On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed into law P.L. 114-41, the "Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015." Although this new law was primarily designed as a 3-month stopgap extension of the Highway Trust Fund and related measures, it includes a number of important tax provisions, including revised due dates for partnership and C corporation returns and revised extended due dates for some returns. This letter provides an overview of these provisions, which may have an impact on you, your family, or your business. Revised Due Dates for Partnership and C Corporation Returns [...]

2016-12-28T09:59:34+00:00 December 27th, 2016|Business Tax|Comments Off on Filing due dates for certain tax and information returns changed

Changes to Child Tax Credit – American Opportunity Tax Credit – Earned Income Tax Credit

Over the past few years, the use of refundable tax credits has increased.  Due to the significant potential - and actual - fraud, Congress has required the Internal Revenue Service to put into places certain measures to combat fraud, which costs the Federal Government over $10 billion dollars per year. For more information on reforming these tax credits, click here. Accelerated Form Filing Dates Worker payment reports (Forms W-2 and 1099) must be filed with the federal government by January 31.  The prior law required forms to be given to workers by January 31, but the filing copies were due at a [...]

2016-12-23T09:54:18+00:00 December 23rd, 2016|Personal Tax|Comments Off on Changes to Child Tax Credit – American Opportunity Tax Credit – Earned Income Tax Credit

Year-End Planning for 2016

As the end of the year approaches, it is a good time to think of planning moves that will help lower your tax bill for this year and possibly the next. Factors that compound the planning challenge this year include turbulence in the stock market, overall economic uncertainty, and Congress's all too familiar failure to act on a number of important tax breaks that will expire at the end of 2016. Some of these expiring tax breaks will likely be extended, but perhaps not all, and as in the past, Congress may not decide the fate of these tax [...]

2016-12-06T22:26:34+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Business Tax, Personal Tax|Comments Off on Year-End Planning for 2016

Aaron’s Mailbag: Retirement Basics

From time to time, I receive e-mails from clients that include great questions!  I like to share these questions and my answers: Client: Aaron - [My wife] and I were talking to one of my uncles over Thanksgiving and he recommended that we invest in dividend stocks. Are we able to take the funds in our 401k's and IRAs and direct the funds into certain stocks? I know we briefly touched on this when we were in your office, but any advice/direction you have we would greatly appreciate! Aaron's Take: This is a great question. You don’t usually invest in [...]

2016-11-29T09:33:48+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Personal Tax|Comments Off on Aaron’s Mailbag: Retirement Basics

Five Things You Should Know in 2015 about the ACA

In recognition of the five-year anniversary of healthcare reform, here are five things you should know about some of the key ACA requirements for businesses in 2015: The shared responsibility provision of healthcare reform is effective either this year or next year, depending on how many employees you have. The employer mandate or “play or pay,” provision requires companies with at least 50 full-time equivalent employees to offer minimum essential healthcare coverage to their full-time employees and their dependents. Applicable large employers (ALEs) can choose to pay a substantial penalty if they don’t abide by the law. Companies with 100 [...]

2016-10-27T16:54:56+00:00 July 24th, 2015|Business Tax, General Consulting, Personal Tax|Comments Off on Five Things You Should Know in 2015 about the ACA

Sign Up for IRS Summertime Tax Tips

If you are interested in receiving helpful consumer tips this summer to get a jump start on this year’s taxes, consider joining the more than 660,000 subscribers who already receive IRS Tax Tips. Starting July 1, the IRS began offering its Summertime Tax Tips series, which includes useful information in English and Spanish. Tax Tips subscribers receive a new tip via email three times a week during July and August. They also get a Tax Tip each weekday during the tax filing season. The IRS also issues Special Edition Tax Tips on important tax topics throughout the year. IRS Tax [...]

2016-10-27T16:54:56+00:00 July 24th, 2015|General Consulting, Our Office|Comments Off on Sign Up for IRS Summertime Tax Tips

Forgot Something on Your Tax Return?

If you realize you forgot something on your tax return, you can amend that return after it has been filed. There are many reasons individuals need to amend their returns, whether it is for the just-filed 2014 return or prior year returns. Here are some key points when considering whether to file an amended federal (Form 1040X) or state income tax return. If you are amending for a refund, be aware that refunds generally won’t be paid for returns if the three-year statute of limitations from the filing due date has expired. Except for amending a return to carry back [...]

2016-10-27T16:54:56+00:00 July 24th, 2015|Business Tax, Personal Tax|Comments Off on Forgot Something on Your Tax Return?

Thoughts on the IRS Data Breach

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced Tuesday that a brute force hacking attempt has compromised approximately 104,000 taxpayer accounts through the utilization of the “Get Transcript” tool located on IRS.gov.  Hackers utilized information gleaned from black market sources to answer identity verification questions and receive confidential information from the IRS system. The IRS reports that the system has been used 23 million times to provide taxpayers important information about their tax accounts as well as wage and earnings information.  “It is important to understand less than one half of one percent of successful requests were fraudulent,” said Aaron Blau, a [...]

2016-10-27T16:54:56+00:00 May 27th, 2015|Personal Tax|Comments Off on Thoughts on the IRS Data Breach

Ten Steps to Starting A Business in Arizona

Republished from the Arizona Corporation Commission IMPORTANT – the following is only a suggestion of the sequence and type of steps that might be needed to start a business in Arizona. Your particular business, tax, or legal needs may require that you take different action or do things in a different order. The below information is only an overview, and is not intended to provide legal or tax advice or to be a complete resource. We recommend you consult with knowledgeable professionals such as an accountant and an attorney to determine the particular needs of your business.   1. CHOOSE [...]

2016-10-27T16:54:56+00:00 May 25th, 2015|Business Tax|Comments Off on Ten Steps to Starting A Business in Arizona

What is the deal with EMV Credit Card Processing?

Guest post by Ben Ford of American Payment Solutions, a locally owned and operated merchant processing company. You’ve probably heard talk of EMV with increasing regularity over the past several months. This new regulation seems to be creating a sizable knot in the stomachs of most business owners. It’s doubly scary because it is being advertised as the key to credit card security. With breaking news of new credit card data breaches every time we turn around, and deadlines for implementation of EMV set for 2015, it’s understandable that EMV is the topic everyone both does and doesn’t want to [...]

2015-05-08T15:27:24+00:00 May 20th, 2015|Business Tax|Comments Off on What is the deal with EMV Credit Card Processing?