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Category: Taxation-Individuals

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 ›

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 ›