Archive for the Tax Planning Category

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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House Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Dependent Care Tax Relief Bill

Taxwriters on the House Ways and Means Committee have introduced a bipartisan bill that would increase the maximum amount of pre-tax dollars employees can set aside for dependent care. The Working Families Relief Bill (HR 2618) was introduced by Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., and House Democratic Caucus…

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IRS Highlights Form 1042-S Filing, Common Errors, Amended Forms and Extensions

The IRS has reminded withholding agents of their responsibilities, some reporting changes and some common errors. The IRS also described filing requirements for non-U.S. citizens in certain circumstances. The due date for Form 1042-S, Foreign Person’s U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding, is March 15. To request…

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