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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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Casualty, Theft & Disaster Losses

There are two types of losses individuals and businesses sustain that will give them tax relief. Casualty & Theft Losses Casualty results in a deductible loss only if property is physically destroyed or damaged from an event that is sudden, unexpected or unusual such as a fire,…

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Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas

The IRS announced that affected taxpayers in Texas will receive tax relief with extended upcoming filing deadlines for extended tax returns and estimated tax payments, and penalties associated with payroll deposits. Individuals who reside or have a business in Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston,…

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ACA Repeal & Replacement Fails in Senate; Administrative Changes Possible

At press time, it appears that legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – including its taxes – will not be revisited until after Congress’ August recess. Although there have not been any legislative changes to the ACA, there could be administrative changes. “The…

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White House GOP Leaders Predict Tax Reform Bill in Fall

Administration officials and senior GOP leaders in Congress have predicted that tax reform legislation will be drafted this Fall and come to the floors of both the House and Senate for a vote before year-end. The officials and lawmakers outlined broad principles for individual and business tax…

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IRS’ Processes Inadequate for Notifying Individuals Without Health Insurance

The IRS did not issue the required notification letters by June 30, 2015, to taxpayers without Minimum Essential Coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) for tax year 2014, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reported. In March 2016, the IRS’s ACA…

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District Court Nixes Constitutional Challenge To Income Tax Return And FBAR Filing Requirements

A federal district court has rejected a taxpayer’s argument that statutes and regs requiring U.K. citizens with U.S. permanent resident status to file income tax returns and Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs), when read with the U.S.-U.K tax treaty, are so ambiguous that they…

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Texas Gross Receipts: Payments to Other Company Not Excludable From Total Revenue & Certain Purchases Not Deductible as COGS

A taxpayer’s payments to another company could not be excluded from the taxpayer’s total revenue for Texas franchise tax purposes as flow-through funds, because there was insufficient evidence to establish that the taxpayer had a fiduciary duty to make payments to the company on behalf of customers.…

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