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Impact of DOMA on Qualified Retirement Plans

By: Natasha Erskine, CPA The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released guidance on the effective date by which qualified retirement plans must recognize same-sex spousal rights as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor (Windsor).  IRS Notice 2014-19 clarifies certain retroactive retirement plan implications of the Supreme Court’s Windsor [...]


Offshore Tax Compliance – Foreign Bank Account Reporting – New Streamline Filing Compliance Procedures

With the recent closing of the 2014 filing season for the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs) which occurred on June 30, 2014, the IRS released changes to the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program  (“OVDP”) to ease the burden and encourage more taxpayers to come into compliance under the streamline filing compliance procedures. The [...]


B&V on KHOU11 News

Our office held an in-office World Cup viewing party on June 26, 2014 to watch USA vs. Germany. KHOU11 News stopped by to visit, and decided to run a segment on air. You can find the video here: http://www.khou.com/news/local/Employees-split-time-between-working-watching-World-Cup-match-264839321.html This is just one of many reasons why we are continuously voted on of Houston’s best [...]


Tax Day Deals and Freebies

AMC Theatres: Free popcorn on April 15th  Use this coupon. Arbys:Arby’s is offering a free Snack-Sized Curly Fry on April 15 at all Arby’s locations. Visit the website to print a coupon. Bagel Emporium: Get 25 percent off any purchase at the bagel emporium with this coupon on April 15th. Boston Market: $10.40 for two [...]


Briggs & Veselka Named 2014 Accounting Today’s Beyond the Top 100: Firms to Watch & Top Firms: Southwest

Houston, Texas – Briggs & Veselka Co. (B&V) was ranked 6th in the top 19 Top Firms: Southwest, and amongst those, B&V was the leading firm headquartered in Houston. The region includes Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. In addition, B&V was also recognized as one of the Beyond the Top 100: Firms to Watch. [...]


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