Category Archives: Tax

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 […]

In May 2014, FASB issued an Accounting Standards Update regarding Topic 606: Revenue from Contracts with Customers, along with various amendments, to be implemented in 2017 and 2019. In this post, we’ll talk about exact adoption dates of the new construction revenue recognition standards, the major updates, and how you can help your construction clients […]

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 […]

Hidden beneath the towering waves of the tax transformation tsunami commonly referred to as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” of 2017; lies a somewhat over-shadowed verse which may presently fail to excite many appetites. The seemingly shallow amendment applies to the very first code section. Code §1 refers to the imposition of tax. It […]

One of the best treats in life is to be able to learn from the challenges of others. For private companies implementing Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, 2018 is providing just this opportunity. Most public business entities (PBEs) adopted Topic 606 on January 1, 2018. This represented the culmination of, for many PBEs, […]

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 […]