Tax Reform

Tax Bill Allows for Deduction equal to 20% of Qualified Business Income

By |2018-11-16T15:42:30+00:00November 16th, 2018|Agriculture, Change, Compliance, Deductions, IRS, TAX, Tax Reform|

   In continuation of our last article by Susan K. Voss, CPA, of our Agriculture Team, let’s review another new IRC code section 199A, created in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that will impact both the agricultural and commercial industries beginning January 1, 2018 and ending January 1, 2026. The following is [...]

4 Items to Consider Before the End of The Year

By |2018-11-16T15:18:26+00:00November 9th, 2018|Advisory, Compliance, Deductions, IRS, Preparation, Tax Planning, Tax Reform, Vehicle|

It’s the time of year when we like to sit down with clients to project current year results and see how we can help them manage their tax liabilities and avoid surprises.  Planning is more important than ever with the changes brought about by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It’s not as simple as [...]

Choosing the Right Accounting Method for Tax Purposes

By |2018-08-31T10:05:14+00:00August 31st, 2018|Accounting, Cash Flow, Change, IRS, Tax Planning, Tax Reform|

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) liberalized the eligibility rules for using the cash method of accounting, making this method, which is simpler than the accrual method, available to more businesses. Now the IRS has provided procedures a small business taxpayer can use to obtain automatic consent to change its method of accounting under [...]

The TCJA Prohibits Undoing 2018 Roth IRA Conversions, but 2017 Conversions are Still Eligible

By |2018-08-30T09:24:16+00:00August 30th, 2018|Change, Saving, Tax Reform|

Converting a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA can provide tax-free growth and tax-free withdrawals in retirement. But what if you convert your traditional IRA, which is subject to income taxes on all earnings and deductible contributions, and then discover you would have been better off if you hadn’t converted it? Before the Tax Cuts [...]

Why the “Kiddie Tax” is More Dangerous Than Ever

By |2018-08-30T08:28:58+00:00August 29th, 2018|Change, IRS, Tax Planning, Tax Reform|

  Once upon a time, some parents and grandparents would attempt to save tax by putting investments in the names of their young children or grandchildren in lower income tax brackets. To discourage such strategies, Congress created the “kiddie” tax in 1986. Since then, this tax has gradually become more far-reaching. Now, under the Tax [...]

Business Deductions for Meal, Vehicle, and Travel Expenses

By |2018-08-24T13:56:03+00:00August 24th, 2018|Accounting, Deductions, IRS, Saving, Tax Reform, Tips|

A Critical Requirement Subject to various rules and limits, business meal (generally 50%), vehicle and travel expenses may be deductible, whether you pay for the expenses directly or reimburse employees for them. Deductibility depends on a variety of factors, but generally the expenses must be “ordinary and necessary” and directly related to the business. Proper [...]

Close-Up on the New QBI Deduction’s Wage Limit

By |2018-08-24T13:53:05+00:00August 24th, 2018|Change, Deductions, Home, Tax Reform|

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) provides a valuable new tax break to noncorporate owners of pass-through entities: a deduction for a portion of qualified business income (QBI). The deduction generally applies to income from sole proprietorships, partnerships, S corporations and, typically, limited liability companies (LLCs). It can equal as much as 20% of [...]

Does Your Business Have to Begin Collecting Sales Tax on All Out-of-State Online Sales?

By |2018-08-24T13:51:12+00:00August 23rd, 2018|Change, Compliance, Tax Reform|

You’ve probably heard about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing state and local governments to impose sales taxes on more out-of-state online sales. The ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. is welcome news for brick-and-mortar retailers, who felt previous rulings gave an unfair advantage to their online competitors. And state and local governments [...]

Choosing the Best Business Entity Structure Post-TCJA

By |2018-08-22T14:58:38+00:00August 22nd, 2018|Advisory, Change, TAX, Tax Planning, Tax Reform|

For tax years beginning in 2018 and beyond, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) created a flat 21% federal income tax rate for C corporations. Under prior law, C corporations were taxed at rates as high as 35%. The TCJA also reduced individual income tax rates, which apply to sole proprietorships and pass-through entities, [...]

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Changes Some Rules for Deducting Pass-Through Business Losses

By |2018-08-24T13:55:12+00:00August 22nd, 2018|Accounting, Change, Preparation, TAX, Tax Reform|

It’s not uncommon for businesses to sometimes generate tax losses. But the losses that can be deducted are limited by tax law in some situations. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) further restricts the amount of losses that sole proprietors, partners, S corporation shareholders and, typically, limited liability company (LLC) members can currently deduct [...]