Innovative vehicle credit, summertime tax tips, and treating losses from wildfires

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SKR+Co Alert: Innovative vehicle credit, summertime tax tips, and treating losses from wildfires


How to treat losses from Colorado Wildfires 

By Trinity Bradley-Anderson, Senior Tax Manager

Trinity Bradley-Anderson PhotoIf you are a survivor of the High Park, Waldo Canyon, Black Forest or Royal Gorge Wildfire, you may be wondering how your losses are treated for tax purposes: whether they are deductible, how much, and what is the process.

A Major Disaster Declaration was issued for both the Black Forest and Royal Gorge Wildfires by the President on July 26 of this year. (High Park and Waldo Canyon Fires were declared on June 28, 2012.)  With this declaration come some benefits as far as how losses are treated. According to the IRS, "If you have a casualty loss from a federally declared disaster that occurred in an area warranting public or individual assistance (or both), you can choose to treat the loss as having occurred in the year immediately preceding the tax year in which the disaster happened, and you can deduct the loss on your return or amended return for that preceding tax year."

We have put together Frequently Asked Tax Questions on the Impact of Colorado Wildfires to assist you. Click here to read and download a copy.

The IRS provides helpful information regarding casualty losses due to disaster on their website, as well: Casualty, Disaster, and Theft Losses – Including Federally Declared Disaster Areas

We realize that you may need help sifting through the information, so please contact us if you have questions or need assistance.

Disaster Declarations and their related numbers:
Colorado Black Forest Wildfire (DR-4134)
Colorado Royal Gorge Wildfire (DR-4133)
Colorado High Park and Waldo Canyon Wildfires (DR-4067)

Identity theft is on the rise: IRS criminal investigations continue

Internal Revenue Service interim leader, Danny Werfel, told a congressional committee on August 2nd  that the IRS opened 1,100 criminal investigations of tax fraud by June 30 of this year, exceeding the 2012 total with three months remaining in the fiscal year. The agency has doubled the number of employees working on tax fraud cases to 3,000. "Refund fraud caused by identity theft is one of the biggest challenges facing the IRS today," Werfel told the committee.

Because this issue continues to grow, we wanted to remind you of steps you can take to protect your identity and not become a victim of identity theft. Click here to see the IRS Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft.

Summertime Tax Saving Ideas

Whether you're traveling for charity or business or cleaning out the garage, take a look at your summertime activities for potential tax savings. 

We've compiled a few ideas for you here. 

How your "innovative" vehicle can save you more money

The Colorado Legislature recently signed a bill that has the potential to significantly boost the tax benefit of owning or leasing alternative fuel and/or electric vehicles. You may be eligible for up to a $6,000 credit on your individual or business Colorado income tax return for purchases/lease agreements made during the 2013 tax year through tax year 2021. 

To learn how this may benefit you, read the full article here.

Please let us know if you have any questions about these articles or if we can be of assistance in any other way. You can contact us at (719) 630-1186 or through our Secure Email. 





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