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2016 E-Filing Closes November 18; IRS Turns To Next Filing Season

Individuals who have not yet filed their 2016 federal tax return will be able to e-file only through November 18, 2017. The IRS will only accept paper-filed returns after that date, the IRS has announced. At the same time, the IRS reminds certain taxpayers living in a…

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Ways and Means Approved GOP’s Amended Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill

The House Ways and Means Committee on November 9 approved the GOP’s amended Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill (HR 1) by a 24-to-16 party-line vote, thus concluding a four-day markup of the bill. The measure now moves to the House Rules Committee and then the House floor.…

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TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT; Senate GOP Unveils Plan; House Bill Moves Ahead

Special Report Senate Republicans released a tax reform plan on November 9, 2017. Like the House GOP bill – the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (HR 1) – the Senate GOP plan would impact virtually every individual and business on a level not seen in over 30…

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Updated Special Tax Briefing

The House Ways and Means Committee advanced to the full House the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (HR 1) on November 9, 2017. The committee approved, along party lines, a number of amendments to the original bill. The House is expecting to hold a vote on…

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Trump/GOP Leaders Unveil Tax Reform Framework

President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress unveiled a framework for tax reform on September 27. The nine-page framework broadly describes tax proposals ranging from lower rates for individuals and businesses to repeal of certain tax preferences, but it leaves actual legislative language to congressional taxwriting committees.…

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Small Business Owners’ Tax Simplification Act of 2017 (HR 3717)

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES September 8, 2017 Mr. Chabot (for himself and Ms. Velázquez) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means A BILL To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to simplify income tax compliance for small businesses,…

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House Lawmakers Examine Small Business Tax Reform

The momentum on Capitol Hill for comprehensive tax reform remains strong as House and Senate lawmakers continue to put forth and debate reform ideas. The House Small Business Committee held an October 4 hearing examining, in particular, tax reform for small businesses. During the hearing, lawmakers and…

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Lawmakers Question IRS’ New Sole-Source Identity Verification Contract with Equifax

The House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee held an October 4 hearing on the IRS’s efforts and challenges toward modernizing its information technology (IT) infrastructure. Witnesses from the IRS, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and Government Accountability Office (GAO) testified before the subcommittee. The IRS…

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Sales and Use Tax: Hurricane Harvey Tax Relief Measures Discussed

Businesses not required to report their sales and use taxes electronically (less than $50,000 paid in preceding state fiscal year) are granted an automatic 30-day extension to file the August monthly report, normally due September 20, and the third quarter report, normally due October 20, provided they…

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New Regulations Exempt Objecting Employers and Colleges from Contraception Coverage Mandate

The Departments of the Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Labor have issued proposed and interim final contraceptive mandate rules that are effective on October 6, 2017. The new regulations exempt objecting nongovernment employers from the general requirement to provide contraceptive coverage at no cost to participants…

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