Opportunity Zones: A New Investment Opportunity

Community Revitalization by Rewarding Private Investment Are you interested in reviving hard-hit areas in your community? Could you use a tax benefit, too? The newly created Opportunity Zones program, enacted as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, provides an opportunity to do both. The Opportunity Zones program, found in Sections 1400Z-1 and 1400Z-2 of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”), is intended to spur investment in low-income or economically disadvantaged areas. The tax incentives provide investors with an opportunity to defer recognition of gains on sales of assets, permanently reduce a portion of the deferred gain to. Read More.

Georgia Rural Hospital Organizations Expenses Credit Update

The Rural Hospital Organizations (“RHO”) tax credit was enacted and became law effective January 1, 2017. The statute provides a tax credit for individuals and corporate donors to qualified rural hospital organizations. On May 2, 2018, Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 769, which amended the tax credit. The changes to the legislation, which become effective July 1, 2018, include increasing the amount of the credit from 90% of the donation to 100% of the donation and extending the sunset date from December 31, 2019, to December 31, 2021. Thus, taxpayers are allowed the tax credit as follows: So what’s. Read More.

Client May File Returns and Make Payments through Today, April 18

The IRS announced that it is extending the deadline for filing and paying taxes by one additional day because of issues taxpayers were experiencing with the IRS online filing and payment system on April 17. The new deadline is now Wednesday, April 18, at 11:59 p.m. This one-day extension also applies to taxpayers filing an application for an extension of time to file their returns and to those taxpayers making payments towards 2018 Q1 liabilities. Taxpayers do not need to do anything to receive this extension. If you filed a return or made a payment electronically yesterday and received confirmation that. Read More.

Before You File for 2017: Important Tax Breaks Extended by Congress

Over 30 tax breaks (the “tax extenders”) were extended when President Trump signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the “Act”) on February 9, 2018. In addition to keeping the government funded through March 23 and providing tax relief to certain victims of natural disasters, the Act retroactively extended most of these tax extenders through December 31, 2017, which means they may be claimed on 2017 federal income tax returns. More good news! The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently announced that it has reprogrammed its processing systems and is ready to process 2017 returns claiming the tax extenders.. Read More.

Eye on Tax Reform: Why State and Local Taxes Matter a Lot This Year

With federal tax reform getting so much attention, the impact of tax reform on state and local taxes may go unnoticed. However, state and local taxes (“SALT”) are where taxpayers may feel unexpected pain. Lots of people have the misconceptions that: State taxes are simple The impact of state taxes will be insignificant to your bottom line There’s nothing you can do to reduce your states taxes Actually, those businesses and individuals who recognize and proactively plan for the state impacts of federal tax reform will be best positioned to minimize the negative effects of changes in the tax laws. Read More.

Georgia’s Rural Zone Program

A new program in Georgia offers tax incentives to businesses looking to invest in rural downtown areas throughout the Peach State. Effective January 1, 2018, the state has designated the following communities for economic development under the Rural Zone program: Bainbridge Commerce Cornelia Fitzgerald Jonesboro Nashville Perry Springfield Toccoa Portions of each community are now zoned to allow for tax credits related to job creation and economic activity in these communities. Such tax incentives include the following: Job Tax Credit: Businesses can receive a credit of $2,000 for each new full-time equivalent job per year for up to five (5). Read More.

Top Ways Tax Reform Affects Individuals, Estates and Trusts

Individual taxpayers (defined as U.S. citizens and legal residents) at every income level will feel the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) – some more than others. However, high-net-worth individuals may have the most to gain and the most to plan for, thanks in no small part to the top tax rate being reduced and the estate and gift tax exclusion nearly doubling under this new legislation. Whatever your own tax situation may be, knowing the top ways tax reform affects individuals, estates and trusts can help you to make the most of new tax savings and. Read More.

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