When you file your 2018 income tax return, you’ll likely find that some big tax law changes affect you — besides the much-discussed tax rate cuts and reduced itemized deductions. For 2018 through 2025, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) makes significant changes to personal exemptions, standard deductions and the child credit. The degree…Read More
By now you have most likely heard from your tax advisor or via news outlets about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The biggest tax overhaul since 1986, these new rules – along with new revenue recognition rules and partnership audit rules – have given individuals, business owners, and their advisors a great deal…Read More
If a foreign company has sales or any kind of operations in the U.S., whether via a subsidiary, an agent, or direct activity, they should evaluate whether they have any risk of having a “permanent establishment” in the U.S. As the criteria can vary between the various income tax treaties, the determination can become quite…Read More
Employers can use 401(k) plans to help employees pay student loans In a recent private letter ruling, the IRS approved an employer’s student loan repayment program, under which it made contributions to employees’ 401(k) plan accounts that were contingent on repayments of student loans. Essentially, the employer agreed to make a matching contribution equal to…Read More
A vacation home can be many things to different people. For example, it can be a relaxing refuge for friends and family, or the property can serve as an income-producing investment if you choose to rent it out when you’re not using it. However you plan to use your vacation home, it pays to understand…Read More
By temporarily doubling the gift and estate tax exemption, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) opened a window of opportunity for affluent families to transfer assets tax-free. To take advantage of the higher exemption amount, many families that own businesses or other assets worth more than the pre-TCJA exemption amount are planning substantial gifts…Read More
Before Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), most business-related interest expense was deductible, although corporations couldn’t deduct interest paid to or guaranteed by a related party under certain circumstances. But for tax years beginning after 2017, the TCJA imposes a limit on business interest deductions, with exceptions for “small businesses” and electing…Read More
Commercial buildings and improvements generally are depreciated over 39 years, which essentially means you can deduct a portion of the cost every year over the depreciation period. (Land isn’t depreciable.) But special tax breaks that allow deductions to be taken more quickly are available for certain real estate investments. Some of these were enhanced by…Read More
If you’re like many Americans, letters from your favorite charities have been appearing in your mailbox in recent weeks acknowledging your 2018 year-end donations. But what happens if you haven’t received such a letter — can you still claim an itemized deduction for the gift on your 2018 income tax return? It depends. Basic requirements…Read More
While the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) generally reduced individual tax rates for 2018 through 2025, some taxpayers could see their taxes go up due to reductions or eliminations of certain tax breaks — and, in some cases, due to their filing status. But some may see additional tax savings due to their filing…Read More
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