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Category: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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 ›

December 10, 2018

Tax Update on Meals and Entertainment Deduction Charges

The IRS has issued guidance clarifying that taxpayers may continue to deduct 50% of the food and beverage expenses associated with operating their trade or business, despite changes to the meal and entertainment expense deduction under Sec. 274. The amendments in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) specifically deny deductions for expenses for entertainment, amusement, or recreation, but did not address the deductibility of expenses for business meals. This has created a lot of confusion, which the… Read more ›

December 9, 2018

The Impact of Tax Reform on Commuter Benefits

The Tax Reform Bill limits an employer’s ability to deduct the cost of transportation and parking benefits as a business expense. In exchange for the loss in deductibility of certain items, the overall tax rates were reduced. While the deductibility of transportation and parking expenses was removed, pre-tax employee elections for mass transit and parking expenses continue to be available. To understand the impact of tax reform and commuter benefits, we need to consider these three commuter benefits: Direct Payment… Read more ›

December 6, 2018

2018 Year-End Tax Planning Letter for Individuals

Please note that following our year-end tax planning letter below are links to additional tax planning resources.  As this year is about to end, now is an excellent time to review your current tax planning strategies to ensure they’re still meeting your needs, and develop plans for 2019. It’s also a good time to take advantage of last-minute planning opportunities that could save you money now and in the coming year. With all that in mind, please call Marcia Cohen… Read more ›

October 12, 2018

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. The need for guidance Before the TCJA, Section 274 of the Internal Revenue Code generally prohibited deductions for expenses related to entertainment,… Read more ›

October 12, 2018

IRS Issues New TCJA Guidance for Businesses

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) created a new general business tax credit for certain businesses that grant their qualifying employees paid family and medical leave in 2018 and 2019. The IRS now has released Notice 2018-71, which addresses several related issues, including eligibility, types of leave covered and calculation of the credit amount. Notably, the guidance allows employers currently without a paid family and medical leave policy to adopt a retroactive policy before year end and claim the… Read more ›

August 2, 2018

Government Accountability Office Report Shares Treasury Department Recommendations for Withholding Allowances

A Government Accountability Office report released on July 31 included a Treasury Department recommendation for a $4,150 withholding allowance, which would “result in a slightly lower proportion of overwithheld taxpayers and a slightly higher proportion of underwithheld taxpayers under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act than would have been the case under prior law.” You may read the GAO report by clicking here. CBM is working with clients and other individuals to help them determine their withholding amounts and better… Read more ›