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By The Ohio Society of CPAs

The Ohio Department of Taxation will require a driver’s license or state ID number on electronic returns for Tax Year 2016. If the taxpayer has neither, they must declare so on the return.That information was previously optional. 

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By Jonathan Elliott
Accounting and Tax Services Staff Accountant

Traditionally, taxpayers have been able to deduct mortgage interest paid on mortgages of up to $1 million and Home Equity Lines of Credit of up to $100,000, for a total of $1.1 million in debt upon which mortgage interest paid can potentially be deductible.

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Ohio Employers to see a FUTA Tax Reduction of $72 per Employee

Erase taxes.jpgBy Howard J. Kass, CPA, AEP®, CGMA

As a result of the State of Ohio paying off its unemployment compensation debt to the federal government, Ohio employers will reap the benefit of lower Federal Unemployment Tax they pay this coming January.  According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the state paid the remaining balance of nearly $218 million to satisfy its obligation to the federal government earlier this year.
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5 Things Every Small Business Owner Should Do 

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By Richard Huszai, CPA
Accounting and Tax Services Senior 

For many small business owners, the fourth quarter signifies a final flurry of activity. Whether that is projecting inventory against sales or contemplating major purchases against anticipated revenue, for those who use QuickBooks software, it may seem as if the program takes care of the business loose ends on their behalf.  As a result, business owners view the end-of-year task list as one less thing to think about in the middle of the night.

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Zinner-EBook-NOV16-Cover.pngDownload: 2016 Year End Planning Guide

With the 2016 tax year coming to a close, many individuals and business owners are asking what they can do to reduce their tax obligation, discover tax credit opportunities, or set themselves in a more favorable tax position.

From accelerating mortgage payments to charitable contributions, to deferments and deductions, this Year End Planning Ebook will provide you with options, suggestions and solutions you can begin to implement right now.

And, if you have any questions, our CPAs and management advisors will meet with you for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to ensure you step in to 2017 with strong financial footing.



Tis' the Season to be Merry…

The Zinner team enthusiastically volunteered their time on-site to answer the always-ringing phones and lend a hand to help make the annual  WDOK Rainbow Radiothon a huge success.

Thank you to the amazing Star 102 Cleveland listeners and the RBC Terminal Tower_2.jpg
generous donors of UH Rainbow Babies & Children's hospital for their unwavering support and caring spirit during the event.  And, who could miss the bright lights of The Terminal Tower adorned in her colors of the Rainbow! Special thanks to Tim Richards and Jen Toohey for their tireless efforts each year to help make the event memorable and meaningful for the patients and their families.

We're proud of Zinner Managing Partner Robin Baum who serves as the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Foundation President, together with the RBC Foundation Board for their tremendous work to make this event happen. If you missed the Radiothon, you can still give - visit

2016 Tree.jpg... And Festive!

We're thrilled to continue our support for the 2016 Cleveland
Play House
 Festival of Trees. The event features dazzlingly decorated trees sponsored by area companies and shows off
the masterful talents of area designers. Held in the lobbies of
The Allen Theater, Festival of Trees is free and open to the
public through December 23.

Pictured: The Zinner & Co. tree
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... And Bright!
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Partners (pictured L-R)  Brett Neate, Robin Baum, Sue Krantz, and Gabe Adler helped celebrate the opening of the 2016 Gift of Lights holiday display at nearby Victory Park Ohio. The family-friendly event, of which the firm is a sponsor, benefits UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. Gift of Lights, which runs until January 1, 2017, includes a 1.2 mile drive-through lighting display and various activities throughout the season.

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Great Careers Begin with Zinner & Co.

Eric at KSU BAP Pic 1.jpgAlthough intern recruiting season has concluded, the Zinner team is highly visible year round at regional college campuses. We believe great careers extend beyond a tax season internship. Our team presents to accounting and business classes throughout the academic year as well as being hands-on ambassadors with Beta Alpha Psi and accounting association events on- and off-campus.

Nearly 45 students joined Staff Accountant Eric James (left) as he presented “Stress and Time Management Strategies” to the members of Kent State University’s Beta Alpha Psi. Eric explained the need for organized thoughts and the importance of prioritizing tasks whether in the classroom or in the boardroom.

In Case You Missed It...

Howard Kass presented Structuring the LLC with Future Generations in Mind at the National Business Institute’s recent day-long seminar “Use of LLCs in Asset Protection and Estate Planning.” The seminar was part of the NBIs national continuing legal education and training program. If your professional or civic organization is searching for guest speakers, contact us--our leadership team is ready to present to your group on a variety of business topics and best practices.

We’re Hiring!

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Know a savvy CPA who’s ready to join one the best accounting firms to work for? We have mid-and upper-level career positions open in both tax and audit.
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