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Congratulations to Michael Mason, CPA

Michael Mason recently obtained his CPA license, becoming a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Nebraska. This title recognizes his knowledge and expertise in the field of accounting and represents over 4,000 hours of verified experience as well as successful completion of the four-part CPA exam.  A graduate of the University of Nebraska Omaha, Mike has been with Hancock and Dana for three years, concentrating his practice in the areas of audit, attestation and other business consulting services, including SOC examinations. In addition, he performs tax return preparation services for individuals, closely-held businesses, and non-profits.

Mike was a member of the 2016-2017 class of the UNO Young Alumni Academy, a leadership program focusing on community involvement.  He is also involved in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) as well as the Nebraska Society of Public Accountants (NECPA).

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Nebraska Real Estate Tax Protests

Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 11.33.00 AMReal estate owners in the State of Nebraska, with few exceptions, are responsible for real property taxes on a percentage of the value of their properties. The taxable value of each parcel of property in Nebraska is determined each year by the office of the county assessor for the county in which the property is located. State law instructs county assessors and their offices to place valuations on each property based on the fair market value of the property.

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Hancock & Dana Announces Janet Osborn, CPA, as New Managing Partner

Ervin_11121382-Edit_2Hancock & Dana is very excited to announce that Janet Osborn, CPA has been named Managing Partner effective July 1, 2016.

“Janet has done an excellent job taking over my client responsibilities as I transition to retirement”, said John Hancock, co-founder of Hancock & Dana.  “She has a unique ability to connect with people. I am confident that her intelligence, compassion and common sense approach will make her an outstanding Managing Partner.”

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BEWARE: “Federal Student Tax” Scam

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A recent article published by the IRS warns taxpayers of the latest phone scamming tactic. Unlike previous versions of similar scams, which targeted the elderly, the latest targets college students.

In this case, IRS impersonators solicit college students for payment of the fictitious “Federal Student Tax.” These particular scammers are targeting students by intimidating them over the phone to send payment via wire transfer and threatening to report them to the local authorities if payment isn’t sent in a timely manner.

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Is Your Business Ready for New Changes to Overtime Rules?
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one dollar bills in a stackAt Hancock & Dana, we frequently work with employers who need assistance managing their payroll, planning for their business financially, and constructing effective employee management strategies. So, when the Department of Labor updated their final rule on overtime regulations on May 18, 2016, we knew that many of our clients would have questions about how this rule could affect their business.

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Enable, Nebraska’s ABLE Program, to Be Operational By Summer 2016

enable nebraska logoThere’s big progress underway for certain eligible Nebraska residents: Enable, Nebraska’s ABLE program, is expected to be operational by the summer of 2016.

The Federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into law in 2014. Its goal is simple: to allow states to establish their own programs for individuals to create tax-free savings accounts for qualified, disability-related expenses. Nebraska passed the Nebraska ABLE enabling act in May of 2015, and just recently signed a contract with First National Bank to be the Program Manager for Enable.

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