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Final Regulations Provided for Substantiating and Reporting Charitable Contributions

The IRS has issued final regulations relating to the substantiation and reporting of charitable contribution deductions under Code Sec. 170 for income tax purposes. The final rules adopt proposed regulations issued in 2008, as well as other interim guidance, with only a few minor modifications. The regulations…

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House Approves Five Tax Bills

The House approved five tax bills on July 24. The tax bills cover areas related to health care, IRS administration, and water infrastructure. The following measures were approved: Protect Medical Innovation Bill of 2018 ( HR 184): this bill would amend the tax code to repeal the…

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Brady Unveils Tax Reform 2.0 Framework

The House’s top tax writer has unveiled Republicans’ “Tax Reform 2.0” framework. The framework outlines three key focus areas: making permanent the individual and small business tax cuts enacted under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA); promoting family savings by streamlining retirement savings accounts and creating…

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Senate Approves IRS Funding Bill; Congress Departs for August Recess

The Senate has approved a fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget for the IRS. The Senate’s approved IRS budget provides less funding than a House-approved proposal. The Senate appropriations package, which includes the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill (HR 6147), cleared the Senate by a 92-to-6…

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FAQs Provide Penalty and Filing Relief for Taxpayers Subject to Code Sec. 965 Transition Tax

Three new FAQs covering the Code Sec. 965 transition tax provide welcome penalty and filing relief for taxpayers who make the election to pay the tax in eight annual installments. The transition tax on accumulated foreign earnings is a tax imposed on the untaxed foreign earnings of…

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Section 199A Passthrough Guidance Expected in July, Kautter Says

The IRS expects to issue guidance on the Code Sec. 199A passthrough deduction in July, Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter has said. Kautter outlined the timeline of various guidance proposals at the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Taxation May Meeting in Washington, D.C. Proposed Guidance More…

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Neal Asks Treasury, IRS for Pass-through Deduction Guidance

House Ways and Means Committee ranking member Richard Neal, D-Mass., has asked the Treasury and the IRS for guidance on the tax code’s new pass-through deduction. In a May 1 letter, Neal asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. and Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter, for clarifying guidance on…

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Brady Talks “Phase Two” of Tax Reform

President Donald Trump and the House’s top tax writer think Congress and the president should work to make the tax code better every year. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., said in an interview that he and the president share this goal and are…

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IRS Outlines Guidance on Business Interest Deduction

The IRS has announced initial guidance for computing the business interest expense deduction under Code Sec. 163(j) effective for tax years beginning after 2017, and aspects that will be covered in future regulations. The deduction is generally limited to the taxpayer’s business interest income plus 30 percent…

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Tax Reform Guidance Will Take Years, IRS Chief Says

Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter told lawmakers on April 11 that implementing tax reform is one of the IRS’s highest priorities, but issuing guidance will likely take years. “Preliminary efforts to implement this new law are already underway,” Kautter said during a House Appropriations Financial Services Subcommittee hearing. The…

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