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Category: Taxation-Individuals

June 26, 2019

The SECURE Act and Your Retirement Savings

On May 23, the House of Representatives passed the Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, a bill endorsed by both Republicans and Democrats designed to improve the retirement system of our nation. Approximately one out of five working Americans has no savings for retirement. According to a survey conducted by Bankrate.com, not saving enough for retirement is Americans’ top financial regret. The proposed bill would bring significant changes to retirement plans. The bill includes 29 provisions, many… Read more ›

June 24, 2019

New Online Requirement to File 2020 DC Personal Property Tax Return

Some individuals may have received an alert regarding new filing requirements for the 2020 DC personal property tax return. Washington, DC has now required this return to be filed online. To do so, taxpayers will need to log into or create an online account on the MyTax DC website at https://mytax.dc.gov. Taxpayers will need to enter a notice number under the account validation section, which is the number starting with “L” that should appear on a notice received from the… Read more ›

June 18, 2019

Electric Cars: The Good News and the Bad News

Electric Vehicles: The Good News and the Bad News As of March 26, 2019, General Motors, LLC (GM) crossed their appointed electric car (EV) threshold of 200,000 EVs sold, marking their official entry into the race to the tax credit finish line. The GM tax credit, issued through the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008, started at its peak value of $7,500. Hitting the 200k threshold signals a year-long phase-out, dropping to $3,750 for every EV sold from April… 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 ›

March 24, 2019

The Department of Labor Proposes Updated Overtime Rule

The Trump administration has released its long-awaited proposed rule to update the overtime exemptions for so-called white-collar workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The rule increases the minimum weekly standard salary level for both regular workers and highly compensated employees (HCEs). It also increases the total annual compensation requirement for HCEs that’s required to qualify them as exempt. In addition, it retains the often confusing “duties test.” The Trump administration rule generally is more favorable to employers than the… 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 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 ›