On Tuesday, December 3rd, the team from Linkenheimer, along with significant others and kids, met up after work at the Redwood Empire Food Bank to lend a helping hand. Holiday months are always tough for REFB in terms of finding volunteers, so we were excited to be able to participate and assist a great local non-profit that has been serving Sonoma County for over a decade, providing meals to elderly, children and those in need. Over the course of our two hours there, we formed into teams to put to sort through and box bread and baked goods. In total, we boxed 3, 697 lbs of bread to be sent out in the community. This helps provide over 2,900 meals to be distributed to our neighbors in need. Local charities like these are what makes Sonoma County such a great place to live and do business in and we are proud to support them. So during these busy holiday months, we encourage everyone to take some time and think about how they can give back and help those less fortunate. If everyone does a little, the impact can be huge. Happy Holidays from the Linkenheimer […]
Once again, we are honored to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in the North Bay for 2018. This is the 8th year in a row that Linkenheimer has been voted Best Place to Work in the North Bay and it is truly a testimony to the amazing, hard working team we have here and the community and clients that have supported us all these years. We are grateful to call Sonoma County home and it’s also why we feel the importance of giving back. Over the past year, we’ve volunteered over 1,000 hours as a firm to community projects locally and abroad, including Rotary, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Nicaraguan Eye Care Projects, Elsie Allen High School Foundation and many other incredible organizations focused on making our great community better for everyone.
From the North Bay Business Journal Press Release:
Along with our co-presenters, Nelson Family of Companies, Exchange Bank; Kaiser Permanente and underwriter Trope Group, we are pleased to inform you that Linkenheimer LLP CPAs & Advisors has been selected as one of the Best Places to Work in the North Bay in the thirteenth-annual […]
We’ve had a number of clients ask us questions since the wildfires on tree loss and what that means in terms of determining a casualty loss on property. Below is an FAQ from the IRS which should hopefully provide some good information. If you have any questions, feel free to ask your Linkenheimer CPA.
Q: How does a taxpayer determine a casualty loss from damaged trees and other landscaping on personal-use residential property when that loss is attributable to a disaster?
A: In determining the amount of a casualty loss from damage to personal-use residential property, trees and other landscaping are considered part of the entire residential property, and are not valued separately or assigned a separate basis, even if purchased separately.
To compute your casualty loss:
Determine your adjusted basis in the entire residential property before the casualty. Your basis is generally the cost of the property, adjusted for improvements and certain other events. For more information on determining your adjusted basis, see Publication 530, Tax information for First-Time Homeowners, and Publication 551, Basis of Assets
Determine the decrease in fair market value of the entire residential property as a result of the casualty.
From the smaller of these […]
For all those who were displaced by the wild fires in Sonoma County, below is a list of Property Management Companies and Apartment Complexes:
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANIES – Sonoma County
Westgate Property Management – 707-769-9590
Mahoney Davison Property Management – 707-762-7710
Century 21 Bundesen Property Management – 762-7777
North Bay Property Management – 707-303-3748
DeDe’s Rentals – 707-523-4500
Pacific Properties – 707-206-6645
Hills & Homes – 707-585-2913
Sonoma County Property Rentals – 707-596-1020
Kelley Rentals – 707-824-2222
Alliance Property Management – 707-524-8380
Timely Property Management – 707-588-9200
Baker & Associates – 707-542-4700
Kelley Rentals – 707-824-2222
Task Property Management – 707-579-2013
W Property Management – 707-545-6187
Rental Property Management – 707-843-3696
Safer Property Management – 707-978-4303
Copeland Creek – 707-586-9741
Creekview Place Apartments – 707-664-8986
Fiori Estate Apartments – 844-404-4061
Oak View of Sonoma Hills (Senior) – 888-321-0662
Park Ridge Apartments – 707-400-6865
Americana Apartments – 707-584-3522
Vintage Point Apartments – 707-664-8028
Dalewood Apartments – 707-664-8432
Edgewood Apartements – 707-585-2241
Santa Alicia Apartments – 707-795-1465
Willow Creek Apartments – 707-739-4189
The Reserve at Rohnert […]
As we look into the future and the rebuilding of our county begins, we are faced with uncertainty and questions. We have compiled some common insurance questions and tips and hope that these will help throughout the process. If you have any questions, please let us know. We are also hosting three seminars in November on disaster relief and the impact on taxes and your business. For more info or too sign up, please click here.
1. Be pro-active in the claim process and keep good notes.
2. You’re not on a level playing field when you’re dealing with an insurance claim.
3. Don’t pad or exaggerate your claim.
4. Give your insurance company a chance to do the right thing, but don’t mistake a friendly representative for a friend.
5. Document and support your claim with proof, details and estimates.
6. Present clear requests in writing that explain what you need, when you need it, and why you’re entitled to it.
7. Think of your insurance claim as a business negotiation—you’re dealing with a for-profit company.
8. Don’t sign legal documents without consulting with a qualified attorney. There are many local attorneys who […]
During these tragic times businesses may want to help employees affected by the local fires. The purpose of the following information is to highlight some tax efficient opportunities to help employees affected by the local fires which were declared a qualified disaster by President Trump. IRC section 139 allow employers to provide qualified disaster relief payments to employees that have incurred unreimbursed expenses due to a qualified disaster (such as the local fires) and have those payments excluded from the employees gross income and included as deductible expense for the business making the payment. For the payments to be considered qualified disaster relief payments, they should be for either items i. or ii. below, but only to the extent not already covered by insurance.
- Reasonable and necessary personal, family, living, or funeral expenses incurred as a result of a disaster. This would include expenses related to loss of use.
- Reasonable and necessary expenses incurred for the repair or rehabilitation of a personal residence or repair or replacement of its contents to the extent that the need for such repair, rehabilitation, or replacement is attributable to a qualified disaster.
Other items to point out: