We all know the cost for higher education is expensive. The latest figures from the College Board show that the average annual cost of tuition and fees was $10,230 for in-state students at public four-year universities — and $35,830 for students at private not-for-profit four-year institutions.

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These amounts don’t include room and board, books, supplies, transportation and other expenses a student may incur.


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Here are some of the key tax deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the fourth quarter of 2019.

Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you.

October 15
If a calendar-year C corporation that filed an automatic six-month extension:

  • File a 2018 income tax

If you’re self-employed and don’t have withholding from paychecks, you probably have to make estimated tax payments. These payments must be sent to the IRS on a quarterly basis. The third 2019 estimated tax payment deadline for individuals is Monday, September 16.

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Even if you do have some withholding from paychecks or payments you receive, you may still have to make estimated payments if you receive other types of income, such as Social Security, prizes, rent, interest and dividends.


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As teachers head back for a new school year, they often pay for various expenses for which they don’t receive reimbursement. Fortunately, they may be able to deduct them on their tax returns. However, there are limits on this special deduction, and some expenses can’t be written off.

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For 2019, qualifying educators can deduct some of their unreimbursed out-of-pocket classroom costs under the educator expense deduction. This is an “above-the-line” deduction, which means you don’t have to itemize your deductions in order to claim it.


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Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Frank Landreneau, a Director and one of the faces of our International Tax team. Frank, welcome back to the playbook.

Frank: It’s great to be back.

Jen: In our last segment, we were talking about mistakes that multi-foreign multi-national companies can make when they’re doing some debt financing. Can you elaborate a little bit more on that?


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If you’re like many people, you’ve worked hard to accumulate a large nest egg in your traditional IRA (including a SEP-IRA). It’s even more critical to carefully plan for withdrawals from these retirement-savings vehicles.

Knowing the fine points of the IRA distribution rules can make a significant difference in how much you and your family will get to keep after taxes. Here are three IRA areas to understand:


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Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Frank Landreneau, a director and one of the faces of our International Tax team. Frank, welcome back to The Playbook.

Frank: Thanks for having me again. It’s a pleasure.

Jen: We’ve covered all sorts of international topics, but one thing we haven’t touched on is tax reform for tax planning strategies for multinational companies coming inbound.

Frank: That’s right. The rules have changed and tax reform, you know, the biggest development is the change in our tax rate for corporations since most inbound companies do business as a corporation and we’ve gone to 21% tax rate. There are revised rules for interest expense deductions and new rules regarding our net operating loss carryforwards.

Jen: Is there any kind of things people should be aware of for a financing strategy for when they’re coming inbound?


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The IRS’s staffing shortages have been well publicized and audits of individuals have decreased in the past several years. But it’s a mistake to assume that the agency has stopped scrutinizing not-for-profits and conducting audits when it deems necessary. If your organization receives an IRS audit letter, you need to know what the process involves and how you can help resolve it as quickly as possible.

Image of a man in a blue shirt writing audit letters on pieces of paper with a pen


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Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the third quarter of 2019. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you.

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Contact your trusted advisor to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing