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Category: Taxation-Individuals

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 ›

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 ›

July 25, 2018

Are You Withholding Enough for 2018? Modified Income Tax Tables May Impact Your Liability

In February 2018, the IRS modified the federal income tax withholding tables as a result of the reduced 2018 Federal income tax rates incorporated by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). This modification may produce one of the following for you: (1) you are under-withheld, which will result in unexpected tax liabilities upon the filing of your 2018 returns, and perhaps the imposition of penalties for under-withholding; OR (2) you may be over-withheld, which means you are paying… Read more ›

July 24, 2018

Navigating the New Qualified Business Income Deduction

The tax reform legislation that Congress signed into law on December 22, 2017, was the largest change to the tax system in over 3 decades. The new tax code contains many provisions that will impact everyone, including dealerships. While some provisions will be welcome, others will add a new level of complexity. Dealerships must be mindful of how these changes will impact their dealerships. The key to staying ahead of these changes is awareness and planning. One of the more… Read more ›

July 18, 2018

Will You Have to Pay Tax on Social Security Benefits?

Some people are under the misconception that Social Security benefits are always free from federal income tax. However, depending on how much income you have from other sources, you may have to report up to 85% of your benefits as income on Form 1040 and pay the resulting federal income tax. If this happens, you’re effectively getting taxed twice on the same dollars: First, you’re taxed during your working years when you have to pay federal income taxes on Social… Read more ›

July 10, 2018

Supreme Court Opens Door to Taxation of Online Sales

In a much-anticipated ruling that confounded the expectations of many court watchers, the U.S. Supreme Court has given state and local governments the green light to impose sales taxes on out-of-state online sales. The 5-4 decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. was met by cheers from brick-and-mortar retailers, who have long believed that the high court’s previous rulings on the issue disadvantaged them, as well as state governments that are eager to replenish their coffers. The previous rulings The… Read more ›

April 12, 2018

CBM to Present on the Impact of the New Tax Legislation on DC-Area Auto Dealers

John Comunale, CPA and Richard Morris, CPA, MST, respectively director of auto dealer services and tax services at CBM – Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C. will speak about the impact of the new tax legislation, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on auto dealerships throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan region. The presentation will be hosted by the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association, the capital region’s auto dealership association that advocates on behalf of franchised auto dealers, their employees and… Read more ›

March 30, 2018

Washingtonian Interviews CBM Tax Services Director Richard Morris About Impact of New Tax Legislation

The Washingtonian, one of the Washington, DC metropolitan region’s most prominent guides to business, lifestyle and entertainment, interviewed Richard Morris, CBM’s tax services director, about the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Act, which Congress passed in late December and represents the most significant act of tax reform in more than 30 years, introduces a series of impacts for both businesses and individuals. Mr. Morris specifically addressed the end of deductions for business entertainment and employee commuter… Read more ›