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.
UBTI Guidance for Not-for-Profits Regarding 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). A recent ORBA client alert IRS Provides Interim Guidance on Parking Expenses for Qualified Transportation Fringes," discusses the details of the notice as it relates to for-profit companies.
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.
2019 Employee Benefit Plan and Transportation Limits
The tables below present the Internal Revenue Service's (“IRS”) 2019 cost-of-living adjustments for retirement, health and welfare plans, and transportation programs. The majority of limits increase modestly for 2019, while some of the dollar limits currently in effect for 2018 will remain the same. Notable limits increasing slightly in 2019 are the IRA contribution and elective deferral limits.
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.
The Business Meal Expense Deduction Lives on Post-TCJA
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was packed with goodies for businesses, but it also seemed to eliminate the popular meal expense deduction in some situations. Now, the IRS has issued transitional guidance — while it works on proposed regulations — that confirms the deduction remains allowable in certain circumstances and clarifies when businesses can claim it.
Wayfair Update: Several States Expand Sales Tax Requirements as of October 1
In June, the Supreme Court issued the historic decision of expanding the states’ ability to require businesses to collect sales tax.