Author Archives: Nick Spoltore, Esq.

IRS announced the 2019 COLA adjustments to retirement plan limits on November 1, 2018 in Notice 2018-83. Elective deferrals for 401(k), 403(b), etc. plans rise from $18,500 to $19,000, plus $6,000 for those age 50 or older. The limit on defined contribution accounts increases from $55,000 to $56,000. The definition of a key employee in […]

Since TCJA passed last December, we have heard from a multitude of professionals with varying levels of concern regarding the continued existence of the food and beverage deduction in light of the fate of entertainment expenses. Well, Notice 2018-76, issued October 3, 2018, clarifies that taxpayers generally may continue to deduct 50% of the food […]

IRS Basically Shuts Down SALT Deduction Workarounds

In Proposed Regs 112176-18 issued August 23, 2018, IRS put a major damper on efforts to skirt the TCJA’s state and local tax deduction cap. I have found in talking to various professionals that these so-called SALT deduction workarounds are not very well understood in practice or effect. So, let’s start with a basic understanding […]

The IRS issued proposed regulations (107892-18) on August 8, 2018 regarding the passthrough deduction of §199A. Excepting the new season of Orange Is the New Black, nothing else has garnered as much anticipation this Summer as the arrival of these regs. Having read all 184 pages, I can tell you there is a lot of […]

Much has been written about Qualified Improvement Property (QIP) lately. QIP is defined as any improvement to an interior portion of a building that is nonresidential real property if such improvement is placed in service after the date such building was first placed in service. QIP does not include any improvement for which the expenditure […]

On July 24, 2018, House Republicans released their outline of Tax Reform 2.0. Interestingly, the outline commits to improving the tax code every year and likens the process to upgrading apps on a phone. Three main points are discussed. Making the individual and small business tax cuts of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act permanent […]

No doormat rule akin to mailbox rule Undoubtedly, the grand majority of people reading this are aware the mailbox rule deems a return filed as it is placed in the mailbox and correspondingly postmarked the same day. An enterprising taxpayer unsuccessfully attempted to extend the rationale of the mailbox rule in Plato v. Commissioner, USTC […]

The Service recently responded to widespread confusion surrounding changes made through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by announcing that taxpayers can often still deduct interest on a home equity loan, home equity line of credit or second mortgage, without regard to the label placed on the loan. Tax reform imposed a lower limit of […]

Last week, IRS recalculated the previously released 2018 figures for Health Saving Account (HSA) family coverage deductions. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, inflation adjusted figures previously utilizing the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) would be indexed under the Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U). Though of little […]

On February 9, 2018, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The main purpose of the legislation was to fund the government through March 23, 2018, but it also provided a few relevant retroactive tax changes we should note and be aware of for tax year 2017. The […]