Meals continue to be deductible under new IRS guidance

  • 8 October 2018
  • Author: machele
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The IRS on Wednesday issued guidance clarifying that taxpayers may generally continue to deduct 50% of the food and beverage expenses associated with operating their trade or business, despite changes to the meal and entertainment expense deduction under Sec. 274 made by the tax law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), P.L. 115-97 (Notice 2018-76). According to the IRS, the amendments specifically deny deductions for expenses for entertainment, amusement, or recreation, but do not address the deductibility of expenses for business meals. 

Proposed rules would curb avoidance of SALT deduction limit

  • 27 August 2018
  • Author: machele
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Under proposed regulations issued by the IRS on Thursday, transfers to a state agency or charitable organization in lieu of paying state and local taxes would be deductible as a charitable contribution only to the extent that the taxpayer making the donation did not receive a quid pro quo (REG-112176-18). Contributions that result in a state or local tax credit in return for the contribution would not be deductible for federal tax purposes to the extent of the credit; however, contributions that result in a state or local tax deduction may be deductible for federal tax purposes.

Federal spending bill includes tax provisions

  • 28 March 2018
  • Author: machele
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The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, H.R. 1625, which is the $1.3 trillion spending bill that Congress passed on Friday, contains a few tax-related provisions, including funding for the IRS and technical corrections to various recent pieces of tax legislation. It also amends the centralized partnership audit regime and changes the Sec. 199A deduction for farmers who sell grain to agricultural cooperatives.

IRS issues new tax rate tables, inflation adjustments for 2018

  • 6 March 2018
  • Author: machele
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In Rev. Proc. 2018-18, the IRS announced the new lower tax brackets for 2018 and a number of other new items affected by P.L. 115-97, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It also issued inflation-adjusted amounts for many provisions that were unchanged by the Act, other than that the inflation adjustments now must be calculated using the chained consumer price index method, updating the numbers that were originally announced in Rev. Proc. 2017-58.

Bipartisan Budget Act contains several tax provisions

  • 12 February 2018
  • Author: machele
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Early Friday morning, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, H.R.1892, passed the Senate by a vote of 71–28 and the House of Representatives, 240–186. President Donald Trump signed the bill later in the day.

The 640-page legislation contains many tax provisions, with Congress retroactively extending a number of tax provisions for one year so they were effective for 2017 only.

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