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New rates for tax planning in 2019

The first part of this column outlined some of the new tax rates released by the IRS and Social Security Administration. Below are more...

New rates for tax minimization planning

Early in the year is the best time to begin planning to minimize your income tax liability. The IRS and the Social Security Administration...

Improve EITC to help the poor

For U.S. workers, the tax system acts as an important equalizer. If you earn enough, you pay your share. But if you earn very...

Tax overhaul changes haven’t deterred charitable giving

For Lynn O’Marra, Blum, Shapiro & Co. PC tax principal, 2018 stands out in her nearly 25-year tenure in the industry as a memorably...
NONPROFITS, such as churches and colleges, will be given some leeway when calculating the cost of parking benefits and won’t face penalties this year if they were confused about how much they owed, according to guidance released by the IRS on Monday. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

IRS softens blow after tax law cut perks for nonprofit employees

NEW YORK - The Internal Revenue Service moved to soften the hit from a controversial provision in last year’s tax overhaul that imposes a tax...

Brown-bag lunch for real estate agents will focus on reducing taxes

WARWICK – Certified public accountant Paul Dion will hold a brown-bag lunch at the Rhode Island Association of Realtors offices on Dec. 19, aimed...
A NORTH PROVIDENCE dentist was sentenced to three years probation and 280 hours of community service per year for diverting and failing to report $1.2 million in payments from insurance carriers and patients to his practice.

R.I. dentist sentenced to 3 years probation for failing to report...

PROVIDENCE – Dr. Lawrence P. Stephenson of Lincoln was sentenced in U.S. District Court to three years probation and 280 hours per year of...
JAMES E. DOYLE III has pleaded guilty to 31 counts of bank fraud and one count each of filing a false tax return and failing to file a tax return for a check-kiting scheme that lasted from 2013 to 2016. / COURTESY WJAR-TV NBC 10

Doyle pleads guilty to bank fraud, tax crimes

PROVIDENCE – Little more than a month after being charged by the federal government with 31 counts of bank fraud and one count each...
JAME E. DOYLE II was charged with 31 counts of bank fraud and one count each of filing a false tax return and failing to file a tax return. / COURTESY WJAR-TV NBC 10

Former R.I. Sen. James E. Doyle III charged with bank fraud...

PROVIDENCE – Former state senator and businessman James E. Doyle III of Pawtucket has been charged with 31 counts of bank fraud and one...
OPPORTUNITY ZONE: Chris Vitale, community-development coordinator for Bristol, stands on Hope Street, one of the areas recently approved by the Treasury Department as an opportunity zone, which will be marketed to developers as a place for ­investment. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Treasury Department approves R.I.’s 25 census tracts for opportunity-zone program

In mid-April, R.I. Commerce Corp. identified 25 low-income census tracts across 15 cities and towns in Rhode Island as opportunity zones, including Bristol’s tract...
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