Archive for the Tax Planning Category

Bill Introduced to Increase Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate

On Thursday, April 30th, two senior members of the House Ways and Means Committee, Kevin Brady, R-Tex., and Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., reintroduced legislation, the Real Estate Investment and Jobs Bill of 2015 (HR 2128), that would remove a 1980s era tax provision that discourages foreign investment in U.S.…

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Six Key Business Tax Issues To Watch For in 2015

As companies assess the political landscape for 2015 they will also find an evolving economic outlook, and a heightened focus on tax transparency that could add “incredible uncertainty” to the tax outlook in 2015, says KPMG. Therefore, business executives will need to keep a close eye on…

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Projected Flat IRS Budget for FY 2015 Raises New Concerns

The IRS’s anticipated fiscal year (“FY”) 2015 budget took center stage at the IRS Oversight Board’s last meeting of 2014. Senior IRS officials remain concerned about potential funding reductions in FY 2015 but are committed to implementing unfunded mandates, such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care…

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IRS Announces Interest Rates Unchanged for Calendar Quarter Beginning January 1, 2015

In Revenue Rulings 2014-111 and 2014-29, the IRS has announced that the interest rates for the calendar quarter beginning January 1, 2015, will remain at 3 percent for overpayments (2 percent in the case of a corporation), 3 percent for underpayments and 5 percent for large corporate…

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Obama Renews Call for Funding Corporate Tax Reform by Closing Loopholes

On December 3rd, President Obama said that the U.S. needs to close unspecified tax loopholes to pay for any reduction in the corporate tax rate. “There is definitely a deal to be done. If we get some certainty on the federal budget we can work on tax…

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2014 Tax Prevention Act – Business and Investments

Many popular but temporary tax incentives have been extended again by the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014. Among them is Code Sec. 179 small business expensing, bonus depreciation, the research tax credit, and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. This blog provides some highlights of the 2014…

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2014 Tax Prevention Act – Individuals

After much anticipation, Congress has passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (2014 Tax Prevention Act) to extend popular individual and business tax provisions retroactively for one year (through 2014). This one-year retroactive extension allows you to claim many popular tax incentives that expired on December…

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Tax Reform Act of 2014 Formally Introduced in the House

On Thursday, December 11th, 2014 House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich. introduced H.R. 1 – Tax Reform Act of 2014. The proposal formalizes the tax reform discussion draft released on February 26, 2014, without modifications. “I hope that the formal introduction of this proposal…

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Interest Paid by Foreign Disregarded Entity Was U.S. Source Income

The IRS Chief Counsel determined that interest paid by a foreign disregarded entity of a U.S. domestic corporation to a foreign corporation was U.S. source income under Code Sec. 861(a)(1) and, therefore, subject to withholding under Code Sec. 1442. The foreign corporation payee was a controlled foreign…

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TIGTA Finds Fault with Existing IRS Safeguards for Taxpayer Information Released to Health Care Exchanges

In an audit report released on October 23, 2014, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has found that the IRS should revise its procedures to better ensure protection of federal tax information scheduled to be released to the health care exchanges under the Patient Protection…

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