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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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Is the Greatest Federal Income Tax Reform since Reagan Looming?

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, has signaled in his first interview on polices under a Trump Administration, that taxpayers “should expect the largest tax change since Reagan.” Mnuchin, in his November 30 interview with CNBC, predicted that “we’re going to get to 15…

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IRS Announces Position on Unilateral APA Applications Involving Maquiladoras

In October, the Internal Revenue Service announced that U.S. taxpayers with maquiladora operations in Mexico will not be exposed to double taxation if they enter into a unilateral advance pricing agreement (APA) with Mexico’s national tax authority, the Large Taxpayer Division of Mexico’s Servicio de Administración Tributaria…

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TIGTA Releases Report on Implementation of Identity Theft Measures for 2016 Filing Season

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has released a report regarding the implementation of new tax return-related data elements based on the 2015 Security Summit, Protecting Taxpayers from Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud. TIGTA has concluded that tax-related identity thefts adversely affect the ability of…

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