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Category: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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

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…. 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 ›

April 15, 2019

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Glitches and the Extenders: Uncertainty Looms Over Some Federal Income Tax Provisions

Congress has yet to tackle several outstanding uncertainties frustrating both businesses and individual taxpayers. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), for example, contains several “glitches” requiring legislative fixes. Congress also has neglected to pass the traditional “extenders” legislation that retroactively extends certain tax relief provisions that expired at the end of an earlier year, in this case 2017. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Glitches The sprawling TCJA signed into law in late 2017 contains some inadvertent glitches that range… Read more ›

February 1, 2019

IRS Provides QBI Deduction Guidance in the Nick of Time

When President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in December 2017, much was made of the dramatic cut in corporate tax rates. But the TCJA also includes a generous deduction for smaller businesses that operate as pass-through entities, with income that is “passed through” to owners and taxed as individual income. The IRS issued proposed regulations for the qualified business income (QBI), or Section 199A, deduction in August 2018. Now, it has released final regulations… Read more ›

January 19, 2019

IRS Waives 2018 Underpayment Tax Penalties for Many Taxpayers

The IRS has some good news for certain taxpayers — it’s waiving underpayment penalties for those whose 2018 federal income tax withholding and estimated tax payments came in under their actual tax liabilities for the year. The waiver recognizes that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s (TCJA’s) overhaul of the federal income tax regime made it difficult for some taxpayers to determine the proper amount to have withheld from their paychecks or include in their quarterly estimated tax payments for… Read more ›

January 9, 2019

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’s not clear how quickly such refunds can be processed. Effects of… Read more ›

December 12, 2018

Treasury Issues Guidance on Parking Provided by Tax-Exempt Organizations and Other Employers

On Monday, December 10, 2018, the U.S. Treasury Department provided additional guidance on how tax-exempt organizations can compute unrelated business taxable income resulting from parking provided to their employees. The guidance is intended to help employers better understand their new tax situation as it pertains to employee parking. Below is CBM’s overview of the new guidance. In most cases, employer-paid commuting and parking is considered a qualified transportation fringe benefit (QTFB). Because of the 2018 Tax Cut and Jobs Act, tax-exempt nonprofits… Read more ›