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Supreme Court to Address the Power of States to Tax Trusts
More than $120 billion of our nation’s income flows through trusts, and the Supreme Court will hear a case that may clarify how much states are able to tax.
2019 Tax Calendar
To help make sure that you do not miss any important 2019 deadlines, we have provided this summary of when various tax-related forms, payments and other actions are due.
IRS Provides QBI Deduction Changes Just in Time for Filing
The tax law signed in December 2017 included a dramatic cut in corporate tax rates and also a generous deduction for the qualified businesses income (QBI) of businesses that operate as pass-through entities (PTE)— sole proprietors, S corporations and partnerships (including LLC electing to be S corporations or partnerships).
IRS Relaxes Penalties for Underpaying 2018 Taxes
The IRS has increased the safe harbor for paying estimated taxes for tax year 2018. The overhaul of the federal income tax regime made it difficult for some taxpayers to determine the proper amounts to have withheld from their paychecks or include in their quarterly estimated tax payments.
Federal Government Shutdown Creates Tax Filing Uncertainty
The IRS has announced that it will begin accepting paper and electronic tax returns for the 2018 tax year on January 28, but much remains to be seen about how the ongoing shutdown of the federal government will affect this year’s filings. Although the Trump administration has stated that the IRS will pay refunds during the closure — a shift from IRS practice in previous government shutdowns — it is not clear how quickly such refunds can be processed.
1099-MISC Reporting Guidelines and Resources
As we tend to receive the most questions related to Form 1099-MISC, we would like to provide you with some general guidelines and resources in order to assist you with the accurate and timely filing of Form 1099-MISC.
IRS Provides Interim Guidance on Parking Expenses for Qualified Transportation Fringes
On December 10, 2018, the IRS released Notice 2018-99 to provide interim guidance on determining the amount of nondeductible parking expenses relating to qualified transportation fringes (QTF). The deductibility, or lack thereof, of QTFs was one of the changes to the tax code coming out of the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Treasury Department Proposes Regulations on Business Interest Expense Limitation
The IRS released temporary guidance about the new interest expense limitation in April. Now, proposed regulations have been published that significantly expand on the temporary guidance. Among other notable provisions, the proposed regulations provide a very broad definition of “interest”.
Year-End Tax Planning for Businesses in the New Tax Environment
The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in late 2017 brought significant changes to the tax landscape. As the first tax season under the law looms on the horizon, new year-end tax planning strategies are emerging. Meanwhile, some of the old tried-and-true strategies have changed and others remain viable.
IRS Proposes Regulations for Opportunity Zone Tax Incentives
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) includes a provision that Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin said should lead to $100 billion in capital investments in distressed areas. The provision allows taxpayers to defer tax on capital gains by investing in such Opportunity Zones. The IRS unveiled proposed regulations on October 19, 2018 that should help investors capture this tax incentive.