IRS Updates Small Business Accounting Method Regulations
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IRS Updates Small Business Accounting Method Regulations

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued final regulations to implement the changes to the accounting method rules made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) §448(c), a business with gross receipts under $25 m... TheTaxBook

Staying Sane in the Chaos of Tax Changes
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Staying Sane in the Chaos of Tax Changes

In the last three years, we have gone through several significant revisions to the tax law: the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2... Thomas Gorczynski, EA, USTCP

Stimulus Bill Provides Relief to Plan Participants
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Stimulus Bill Provides Relief to Plan Participants

Earlier in the year, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted into law when it was signed by President Trump. The act is far-reaching for nearly every aspect of American life and business. This article focuses on Sections 2202 and 2203 of the CARES Act, w... John R. Kirk, JD, and Alex S. Mattingly, JD

IRS Crackdowns and Expatriate Tax Compliance
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IRS Crackdowns and Expatriate Tax Compliance

In the past year, the IRS has released new compliance initiatives that target expatriates (expats), specifically. As part of these crackdowns, enrolled agents (EAs) are likely to see a rise in noncompliance notices, passport revocations, and other penalties. While these puni... David McKeegan, EA

Reimbursing Employees’ Business Expenses after the TCJA
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Reimbursing Employees’ Business Expenses after the TCJA

Reimbursing Employees’ Business Expenses after the TCJA The Internal Revenue Code does not require employers to reimburse employees’ out-of-pocket business expenses. Employees were not completely out-of-pocket if their employers chose not to reimburse those costs. The... Alice Gilman

Lessons Learned From the 2018 Tax Season
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Lessons Learned From the 2018 Tax Season

Now that the extended deadlines have passed for 2018 returns, we can take a moment to reflect on the lessons learned throughout a challenging year. Below we have put together five major takeaways we have come across to aid in planning for the 2019 tax year and beyond. To this end, please kee... Megan Bierwirth, CPA

A Primer on the New Excise Tax on Nonprofit Compensation
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A Primer on the New Excise Tax on Nonprofit Compensation

As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed at the end of 2017, many nonprofits found themselves facing a significant tax on both the compensation of certain employees and any separation payments, often called “parachute payments,” paid to highly-compensated employees, u... Joan Vines, CPA, Norma Sharara

Financial Planning Using Qualified Opportunity Zones
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Financial Planning Using Qualified Opportunity Zones

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) expanded the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax exemption amounts, dramatically changing the landscape of estate tax planning. Less appreciated has been the TCJA’s creation of a new tax-de - ferred investment opportuni... Kevin Matz, CPA, JD

Demystifying §199A and Rental Activities
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Demystifying §199A and Rental Activities

I read Gil Charney’s analysis of the application of §199A to a rental activity in the September/October 2019 edition of EA Journal (“Your Questions Answered,” pp. 12-13) and I do not agree with it. In that case, I believe the taxpayer clearly qualifies to take the §199A deduction on th... Thomas A. Gorczynski, EA, CTC, USTCP

Tax Change Transforms Charitable Giving Landscape
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Tax Change Transforms Charitable Giving Landscape

Donor-advised funds are growing in popularity as a way for individuals and corporations to give to charities. Broad-sweeping changes to the tax code at the end of 2017 sent nonprofits into a state of panic. The doubling of the standard deduct... Kim Moore

When Is a State Refund Taxable
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When Is a State Refund Taxable

The TCJA Raises Some Questions. As anyone not living under a rock these last 18 months knows, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) imposed a $10,000 ($5,000 married filing separately) cap on deductions of state and local taxes (SALT)—including income, real estate, property, and s... Gil Charney, CPA/PFS, CFP, CGMA, CMA, MBA

Tax Reform Means Strategic Opportunities For Nonprofits
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Tax Reform Means Strategic Opportunities For Nonprofits

“The GOP tax reform will devastate charitable giving.”i “Nonprofits are the unintended victims of the new tax bill.”ii “Tax reform could cost charities $13 billion a year.”iii While ... Ellie Burke

The Price of Doing Good
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The Price of Doing Good

It may seem early to think about #GivingTuesday, but the giving season will be here before you know it. I have a few charities I contribute to every year and also to those that spring into action whenever disaster strikes. Several factors motivate people to make charitable donations, i... Janelle Julien

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Does Net Rental Income Quality For the Section 199A Deduction

Does Net Rental Income Quality For The SECTION 199A Deduction? By David M. Fogel, EA, CPA, USTCP One of the changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (P.L. 115-97) was to introduce a new 20 percent deduction for qualified business income. The deduction is intended to benefit taxpayers who have net business income. One of the questions being debated in the tax preparer community... David M. Fogel, EA, CPA, USTCP

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Moves the U.S. Closer to a Territorial Tax System
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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Moves the U.S. Closer to a Territorial Tax System

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) fundamentally changes the taxation of outbound activities of U.S. corporations and foreign corporations doing business in the U.S. and moves the U.S. international tax regime closer to a territorial system on par with other developed countrie... Sean Clancy, JD; Frank Emmons, JD; Shahzad Malik, JD

A New Opportunity for Nonresident Aliens: Ownership in an S Corporation Introduction
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A New Opportunity for Nonresident Aliens: Ownership in an S Corporation Introduction

Changes to U.S. tax law brought about by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Acti (TCJA) have affected many longstanding tax planning tools. One favorable change amends the rules regarding the persons who can own shares of an S corporation. Historically, the S corporation election was ... Rusudan Shervashidze, JD; Stanley C. Ruchelman, JD

Impact of Tax Reform on Choice of Entity
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Impact of Tax Reform on Choice of Entity

The tax reform legislation known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was passed by Congress and signed by President Trump on December 22, 2017, has significantly changed how many businesses and their tax advisors approach the choice of entity decision. When deciding on how to be cla... Timothy C. Smith, JD

Employees and the Self-employed: A Comparison under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
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Employees and the Self-employed: A Comparison under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), signed into law on December 22, 2017, is favorable to businesses of all types – corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships. The TCJA reduced C corporation taxes to a flat rate of 21 percent, down from a gradua... Gil Charney, CPA/PFS, CFP, CGMA, CMA, MBA

Home Mortgage Interest & TCJA
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Home Mortgage Interest & TCJA

I have been preparing income tax returns for more than forty years. During that time, there have been many changes as to how nonbusiness interest expense has been treated on Schedule A of a client’s personal income tax returns, Form 1040. In my first couple tax ... C. Dale Boushley, EA, CFP

Post-TCJA Qualified Personal Residence Trust Planning
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Post-TCJA Qualified Personal Residence Trust Planning

The sweeping changes of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) have prompted a reconsideration of many financial plans. The realm of estate planning will be especially affected by the TCJA’s doubling of the federal estate tax exemption. The author presents a hyp... Martin Shenkman, CPA/PFS, JD, AEP

The QBI Effect – §199A
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The QBI Effect – §199A

This topic can easily occupy several hours. So, what is all the hype about? Qualified business income (QBI) qualifies a small business to deduct up to 20 percent off its net income. This is income that normally gets reported on Form 1040. This includes sole proprietors, andlords, farmers, p... Ben A. Tallman, EA, USTCP

What Are They Doing with Tax Forms
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What Are They Doing with Tax Forms

Please remember that this article was written in late September based on the draft forms available at that time. Some changes may have occurred between that date and the publishing of this article. Line 7 Wages. Line 21 — Other income. Lines 37 and 38 – adjusted gross income (AG... Beth Logan, EA

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2018 Tax Law Changes

This year, we get to deal with many tax changes. Members of Congress, as well as presidential candidates, stated that one of their goals was to simplify the tax code (U.S. Code title 26). And simplification has occurred to some extent with Public Law 115-97, also known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA). Congress made some issues simpler while creating at least one new issue that has confused many. Many popular de... David Mellem, EA

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2017 Tax Law Changes

So far this calendar year there has been very little action by Congress involving tax matters. Maybe I should say there has been no final action by Congress on tax matters. Lawmakers have discussed and introduced many small bills, but nothing that has reached joint committee. The one exception is the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017, which is discussed in the cover article. The items that were last exte... David Mellem, EA