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Category: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

September 30, 2020

Small Businesses: Are First-Year Depreciation Write-Offs Right for You?

Under today’s federal income tax rules, your small business may be able to claim big first-year depreciation write-offs for eligible assets that are placed in service in the current tax year. But that strategy might not be right for every small business every year. Here’s what you should know before claiming 100% first-year bonus depreciation or first-year Section 179 deductions. First-Year Depreciation Breaks The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) included two generous first-year depreciation tax breaks for business taxpayers:… Read more ›

September 30, 2020

How Do the Republican and Democratic Tax Plans Differ?

With the presidential election only weeks away, many people are beginning to pay closer attention to each candidate’s positions on such issues as the COVID-19 pandemic, health care, the environment and taxes. Among their many differences, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have widely divergent tax proposals. Their stances could have a major impact on the amount of taxes you’ll owe in the future. Here’s an overview of each candidate’s tax proposals for both individuals and businesses…. Read more ›

September 26, 2020

COVID-19: New Law Relaxes the Limit on Business Interest Deductions

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides roughly $2 trillion of much-needed financial relief, including tax relief, to individuals and businesses. This relief is in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. One CARES Act provision temporarily relaxes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) limitation on deductions for business interest expense. Here’s the story. TCJA Limitation on Business Interest Expense Deductions Before the TCJA, some corporations were subject to the so-called “earnings stripping” rules. Those rules attempted… Read more ›

March 30, 2020

The CARES Act: An Overview of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act

On Friday, March 27, President Trump signed into legislation the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act. The $2.2 trillion legislation represents the largest stimulus package in U.S. history—dwarfing the $800 billion package signed during the 2008 financial crisis—and provides a variety of economic relief measures to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on American society. This top-level overview represents the first of several upcoming alerts by CBM on various components of the CARES Act. Among the… Read more ›

February 11, 2020

10 Tax Elections to Save Money On Your 2019 Return

2020 is a presidential election year. You’ll have an opportunity to cast a vote for your favored presidential candidate in November, but you can make several other key “elections” this year when filing your 2019 tax return. These elections may be influenced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), as well as the year-end spending package that was signed late last year. Here are ten important choices that individuals and small business owners can make this tax season. 1…. Read more ›

December 28, 2019

2019 Bonus Depreciation Update for Auto Dealers

Tax reform increased first-year bonus depreciation to 100% for most long-term assets placed in service after September 27, 2018. When using bonus depreciation, eligible assets are not subject to an annual dollar limit; except for listed property, the asset does not need to be used 50% of the time for business; and they are not limited to annual business profit. The generous depreciation percentage remains in effect from September 27, 2017 until January 1, 2023, after which it is scheduled… Read more ›

December 20, 2019

Spending Bill Extends Tax Breaks, Adds Retirement Account Provisions

With its winter recess looming before it, Congress has engaged in a flurry of activity. Most notably, it reached agreement on a massive governmentwide spending package titled the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020. The legislation extends certain income tax provisions that had expired, as well as some that were due to expire at the end of 2019. Congress traditionally passes so-called “extenders” annually, but it neglected to do so for 2018. As a result, several popular breaks for both individuals… Read more ›

December 3, 2019

Year-End Tax Planning in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act World – 2019 Year-End Tax Planning Letter for Businesses

A PDF version of CBM’s year-end tax planning letter for businesses can be accessed by clicking here. Dear Business Owner: As this year is about to end, now is an excellent time for businesses to review their current tax planning strategies to ensure they’re still meeting intended goals and develop plans for 2020. It’s also a good time to take advantage of last-minute planning opportunities that could save money now and in the coming year. With that in mind, business… Read more ›

December 3, 2019

It’s Not Too Late to Trim Your 2019 Tax Bill – Year-end Tax Planning Strategies for Individuals

A PDF version of CBM’s year-end tax planning letter for individuals can be accessed by clicking here. To Clients and Friends: As the end of 2019 approaches, additional guidance continues to be released by the IRS relating to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), as well as other areas not necessarily impacted by the landmark tax reform act. While one of the claimed benefits of tax reform was the simplification of filing and the lowering of income tax rates,… Read more ›

October 6, 2019

IRS Issues Final QBI Real Estate Safe Harbor Rules

  Earlier this year, the IRS published a proposed safe harbor giving owners of certain rental real estate interests the opportunity to take advantage of the qualified business income (QBI) deduction. The QBI write-off was created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) for pass-through entities. The IRS has now released final guidance (Revenue Procedure 2019-38) on the safe harbor that clearly lays out the requirements that taxpayers must satisfy to benefit. QBI in a nutshell The TCJA added… Read more ›