Archive for the Tax Planning Category

House Republicans Unveil ACA Repeal, Replacement Bill; Markup Scheduled This Week

House Republicans on the evening of March 6 unveiled their much anticipated Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replacement legislation. A markup of The American Health Care Act is scheduled in the Ways and Means Committee for Wednesday, March 8. “It is going to…

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Ways and Means Chairman Touts GOP Tax Reform Blueprint at International Tax Law Conference

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., touted the House GOP “Better Way” tax reform Blueprint on February 3 at the International Tax Policy Forum (ITPF) and Georgetown Law’s Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) Conference on tax competition in Washington, D.C. Brady delivered the…

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Effort to Repeal Debt-Equity Regulations Met with Disapproval by Ways and Means Democrats

House Ways and Means Committee Democrats on February 8 sent a letter to colleagues urging against a GOP lawmaker’s effort to undo controversial Code Sec. 385 debt-equity regulations. The letter, authored by Ways and Means ranking member Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., and Tax Policy Subcommittee ranking member…

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Repeal and Replacement of ACA to be Concurrent, GOP Says

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said on January 10 that repeal and replacement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be concurrent. At the same time, some Democratic lawmakers questioned what will be included in any ACA replacement. “We will use every tool at…

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2016 International Tax Legislation

INTERNATIONAL Global trade continued to increase throughout 2016 and with it, increasing attempts to find loopholes and other advantages within applicable Internal Revenue Code Sections. All but a few IRS regulations released throughout 2016 carried the consistent goal of plugging loopholes. And in response to a major…

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2016 Tax Legislation

Although Congress did not pass any large tax bills in 2016, lawmakers did agree on a number of specific tax measures. In March, President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-125), which included an increase in the penalty for failure to…

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Expected Tax Law Changes with Trump Administration

Donald Trump’s election as the 45th President of the United States on November 8th is expected to bring changes to the tax laws for individuals and businesses. President-elect Trump had made tax reduction a centerpiece of his economic plans during his campaign, saying he would, among other…

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Extended Due Date to Furnish Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to Individuals

The IRS has issued Notice 2016-70 extending the due date for furnishing to individuals the 2016 Form 1095-B, Health Coverage, and the 2016 Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage, from January 31, 2017, to March 2, 2017. Health insurers and applicable large employers are required,…

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House Passes Cures Bill Allowing Certain Small Business Sponsored HRAs

The House passed the much anticipated 21st Century Cures Bill (HR 34) on November 30 by a 392 to 26 vote. The bipartisan measure now heads to the Senate for consideration. Among its provisions, HR 34 would essentially exempt certain small employers who operate qualified Health Reimbursement…

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Year-end Tax Planning Strategies

As with prior years, 2016 year-end planning should start with data collection and a review of prior year returns. This includes losses or other carryovers, estimated tax installments, and items that were unusual. Conversations about next year should include review of any plans for significant purchases or…

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