Fringe Benefits: Navigating the New Entertainment Expense and Transportation Rules
As an employer, you are well aware of the difficulties businesses are facing in implementing the new tax statute known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”). To lower tax rates, especially for businesses, the TCJA eliminates certain deductions so federal revenues do not decline too much. January 1, 2018 marked the change to tax deduction rules on two common business expenses: entertainment expenses and transportation fringe benefits. While the TCJA legislative changes are not detailed, the effects are significant. With the loss of employer deductions, your business should consider behavior adjustments to account for the increased cost of. Read More.
Supreme Court Rules Against Wayfair, et al, in Sales Tax Case
On Thursday, June 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court overturned the physical presence standard imposed by the Court in prior cases, Quill v. North Dakota and National Bellas Hess, Inc. v. Department of Revenue of Ill. This ruling in favor of the state of South Dakota has cleared the way for states to impose sales and use tax collection requirements on out of state sellers. The court based its decision in part on the fact that the physical presence requirement established under the previous cases created an unfair advantage for out of state retailers with no presence in the state. With. Read More.
New Florida Scholarship Real Property Sales and Use Tax Credit
On March 12, 2018, the Florida Legislature passed House Bill 7055, which established a new sales and use tax credit for businesses that lease real property in Florida. The credits are obtained by making eligible contributions to qualified scholarship-funding organizations and may be applied against the sales tax owed on commercial lease payments. The bill is effective July 1, 2018, and a total of $57.5 million in credits are funded for this program. Background on the Commercial Rent Tax Florida currently charges a sales tax of 5.8 percent on commercial lease payments. The tax is charged to lessees by the. Read More.
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.