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2018 Tax Law

Personal Casualty Losses Now Only Deductible in Federal Disaster Areas

September 3, 2019

The deduction for individual casualty losses has always been restricted, but at least taxpayers had a chance of partially deducting the loss of personal assets. After the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), however, the opportunity for... Read More

Taxpayers Can Still Change Their Minds on 2017 Bonus Depreciation Elections

September 3, 2019

Taxpayers who either jumped at the chance to write off 100% of business investments or failed to do so right after the 2017 tax reform bill passed can now take a second look at that decision. The IRS has issued... Read More

grain glitch

Rules for Cooperatives, ‘Grain Glitch’ Fix Round Out QBI Deduction Guidance

August 5, 2019

High on the IRS’s priority guidance plan have been regulations to help show taxpayers how to claim the 20% Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction for passthrough entities. The latest IRS rules address the QBI deduction for cooperatives and their patrons,... Read More

home office deductions

How Home Office Deductions Are Affected by SALT Limitation

June 3, 2019

SALT $10,000 Limit Complicates Home Office Deduction The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s unpopular $10,000 limitation on the deduction for state and local taxes are having a ripple effect on other tax computations. The provision makes taxpayers combine all of... Read More

2018 Estimated Tax Penalty Relief

May 2, 2019

The law of unintended consequences has never been more evident than in the IRS’s efforts to fix the estimated tax problem caused by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). This filing season it became apparent that many taxpayers had... Read More

Auto Depreciation Safe Harbor Offered by IRS

March 26, 2019

Bonus Depreciation for Passenger Autos Just Got Easier Passenger autos are one class of business asset that have unfavorable depreciation rules. These vehicles are subject to strict dollar limits each year of the recovery period if they have a gross... Read More

opportunity zone

IRS Reveals Procedure for Dealing with New Interest Deduction Limitation

January 23, 2019

One of the few potential tax increases in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the limitation on interest expense deductions. Under TCJA business net interest deduction is limited to 30% of taxable income. Real property and farming businesses, as... Read More

transportation fringes

Changes to Transportation Fringes Explained

January 23, 2019

The TCJA’s piecemeal approach to giving away one tax break and taking away another is evident when you look at the number of guidance documents pouring out of the IRS. One of the latest urgent explanations, Notice 2018-99, addresses restrictions... Read More

Investors Given Flexibility in Opportunity Zone Projects

December 3, 2018

It appears the IRS has a clear mandate from Congress to write flexible, taxpayer-friendly regulations on the new provisions of the 2017 tax reform law, as evidenced by the new Opportunity Zone regulations. The proposed rules expand tax planning opportunities... Read More

Tax on Investment Income of Children May Increase Under New Kiddie Rules

December 3, 2018

Only one change was made in the “kiddie tax” under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but it could be significant. Children will no longer be taxed on unearned income at the parents’ tax rate (the “kiddie tax” rule). Instead,... Read More

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