Category Archives: Tax Reform

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“TCJA”) was the most comprehensive overhaul of the Tax Code in over 30 years, but one of the most controversial changes was the limitation of the State and Local Tax (“SALT”) deduction. Prior to tax reform, taxpayers who itemized their deductions were eligible to deduct 100% of […]

It’s that time of year again. No, we’re not talking candy canes, presents under the tree, and the subsequent cherub in a top hat, sash, and diaper as Baby New Year in January, 2020. We are talking about our annual Virtual Tax Conference. This year’s offering should not be missed by any CPA or tax […]

By Nick Spoltore What image comes to your mind when you think about Robin Hood? Is it the incredibly charismatic Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood from 1938? Perhaps you envision the 12th century English folk tale adventurer as depicted by Kevin Costner or Russell Crowe. My favorite would undoubtedly be Robin Hood […]

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act brought about quite a few changes that went into effect in 2018, but several tax law updates weren’t slated to go into effect until the 2019 tax year. One of the biggest changes in 2019 is the federal level elimination of the individual mandate penalty, also called the Shared […]

On July 25, 2019, the announcement of Rev. Proc. 2019-32 provided welcomed relief for Form 1065 filers. Under Section 6031(b), partnerships under the centralized audit regime are prohibited from amending, after the return’s due date, K-1 information required to be provided to partners. For 2018 returns, the K-1s show for the first time Line 20 […]

The Taxpayer First Act of 2019 was signed into law on July 1, 2019. The Act contains numerous provisions largely dealing with customer service to taxpayers and IRS organization. As such, there is little for professionals to digest in terms of substantive planning or practice. Two points, though, are noteworthy. The Act established the IRS […]

IRS issued final regs (T.D. 9864) reiterating if a taxpayer receives or expects to receive a state or local tax deduction exceeding the amount of the payment or fair market value of the property, the federal charitable contribution deduction faces mandatory reduction. The final regs largely mirror the proposed regs of August 2018 with little […]

Updated October 15, 2019 Now that the extended deadlines have passed for 2018 returns, we can take a moment to reflect on the lessons learned throughout a challenging year. Below we’ve put together five major take-aways we have come across to aid in planning for the 2019 tax year and beyond. To this end, please […]

As you probably are aware, final regulations were issued January 18, 2019 implementing the new Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction of §199A. In response to arguably the most requested clarification from tax professionals, Notice 2019-07 separately issued a proposed revenue procedure containing a safe harbor under which a rental real estate enterprise will be treated […]

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 […]