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Type of Taxpayer (calendar year) Due Date Extended Due Date
Employer – Form W-2* January 31, 2020 1 non-automatic 30-day extension
Partnerships, LLCs - Form 1065** March 16, 2020 September 15, 2020
S Corporations – Form 1120S** March 16, 2020 September 15, 2020
Individuals – Form 1040 April 15, 2020 October 15, 2020
Estates and Trusts – Form 1041 April 15, 2020 October 1, 2020
FBAR – FinCEN Form 114 April 15, 2020 October 15, 2020
Corporations – Form 1120 April 15, 2020 October 15, 2020
Exempt Organizations – Forms 990 May 15, 2020 November 16, 2020
Exempt Organizations – Forms 990 July 31, 2020 October 15, 2020

Tax Alerts
Tax Briefing(s)

The 2017 tax act signed into law on December 22, 2017 imposes a broad limit on the deductibility of business interest expense for tax years beginning in 2018 and later, which may result in increased tax liability for corporations and investors in pass-through businesses that finance acquisitions with debt.

 


This article will give you a better understanding of the first-year expensing (also referred to as §179 expensing) and additional first-year depreciation (also referred to as bonus depreciation). Businesses that purchase capital assets are allowed to deduct the decline in value of the assets over their useful lives. This depreciation deduction is intended to help businesses to eventually recover the costs of capital assets.


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), 816 enacted March 23, 2010, and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HCERA), 817 enacted March 30, 2010, ushered in a series of changes to the rules for obtaining and providing health care. The laws, as amended, are commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act (or “ACA”). These rules are administered by the Departments of Treasury (and the IRS), Labor (DOL) and Health and Human Services (HHS), jointly or separately, as appropriate. 818


This article will explain under what circumstances you may be eligible for the §199A deduction for qualified business income (QBI). 


As a fundamental rule, taxpayers are entitled to take deductions only where specifically authorized by the Internal Revenue Code. Thus, because deductions are a matter of “legislative grace,” courts closely scrutinize taxpayers’ claims and reject those that do not clearly respect the letter of the law. Each taxpayer bears the burden of proving his or her entitlement to a deduction, and ambiguities are often resolved in favor of the government. Accordingly, taxpayers should carefully review their maintenance and reconditioning expenditures on property used in a trade or business to determine whether such amounts are deductible or capitalizable. Further, they should retain full and adequate records to substantiate all such costs.

 

 


Tax reform legislation widely known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97) was signed into law on December 22, 2017. The TCJA brought forth the most sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code in over 30 years. However, widespread efforts to implement the TCJA amidst ongoing tax-related global developments continue to this day. Now, two years following its enactment, Treasury, the IRS, and the tax community remain steadfast in working toward understanding and communicating congressional intent under the new law.


On February 11, the White House released President Donald Trump’s fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget proposal, which outlines his administration’s priorities for extending certain tax cuts and increasing IRS funding. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testified before the Senate Finance Committee (SFC) on February 12 regarding the FY 2021 budget proposal.


House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, "Moving Forward Framework"; House Ways and Means Committee, January 29 hearing witnesses’ testimony


House Democratic and Republican tax writers debated the effects of tax reform’s corporate income tax cut during a February 11 hearing convened by Democrats. Democratic lawmakers have consistently called for an increase in the corporate tax rate since it was lowered from 35 percent to 21 percent in 2017 by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97).


The IRS will allow a farmer that is exempt from the uniform capitalization (UNICAP) rules by reason of having average annual gross receipts of $25 million or less to revoke a prior election out of the UNICAP rules made under Code Sec. 263A(d)(3) with respect to pre-productive plant expenditures. The guidance also explains how a farmer may make an election out under Code Sec. 263A(d)(3) in a tax year in which the farmer is no longer exempt from the UNICAP rules as a qualifying small business taxpayer with $25 million or less in average annual gross receipts.


Taxpayers claiming the low-income housing credit should apply the "average income" minimum set aside test by reference to the "very low-income" limits calculated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for purposes of determining eligibility under the HUD Section 8 program. HUD determinations for very low-income housing families are currently used to calculate the low-income housing credit income limits under the alternate "20-50" and "40-60" minimum set-aside tests.



The IRS has provided guidance on qualifying for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a refundable tax credit that is intended to be a financial boost for families with low to moderate incomes.


The IRS has proposed regulations with guidance for employers on withholding federal income tax from employee’s wages.


The IRS has issued final regulations that amend the rules relating to hardship distributions from Code Sec. 401(k) plans. The final regulations are substantially similar to the proposed regulations. Further, plans that complied with the proposed regulations satisfy the final regulations as well. The regulations are effective on September 23, 2019.


In order to be tax deductible, compensation must be a reasonable payment for services. Smaller companies, whose employees frequently hold significant ownership interests, are particularly vulnerable to IRS attack on their compensation deductions.


'Tax risk management" is a fairly recent term first used by large accounting firms to underscore to businesses the opportunities and pitfalls inherent within the particular tax positions taken by a business at any point in time. The collapse of Enron and WorldCom, and Congress's response through Sarbanes/Oxley legislation, have elevated corporate tax departments from what were once sleepy backroom operations to key participants in corporate bottom-line performance. Tax reserves and other tax forecasts now take a more prominent role in SEC-required disclosure and their resulting impact on shareholder value. Corporate boards and top executives are now held directly responsible for tax-related mistakes.

For partnerships and entities taxed like partnerships (e.g., limited liability companies), each partner must compute the basis of his/her partnership interest separately from the basis of each asset owned by the partnership. Because the basis of this interest is critical to determining the tax consequences resulting from any number of transactions (e.g., distributions, sale of your interest, etc..), if your business is taxed as a partnership, it is important that you understand the concept of tax basis as well as how to keep track of that basis for tax purposes.


If you are considering selling business property that has substantially appreciated in value, you owe it to your business to explore the possibility of a like-kind exchange. Done properly, a like-kind exchange will allow you to transfer your appreciated business property without incurring a current tax liability. However, since the related tax rules can be complex, careful planning is needed to properly structure the transaction.


Limited liability companies (LLCs) remain one of the most popular choice of business forms in the U.S. today. This form of business entity is a hybrid that features the best characteristics of other forms of business entities, making it a good choice for both new and existing businesses and their owners.