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.

How New Tax Law Affects Tax-Exempt Organizations

Although not considered to be taxpayers in the normal sense of the word, tax-exempt organizations (“NFPs”) are significantly impacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Act”) on multiple fronts. Several provisions in the Act reduce incentives for charitable giving and impose new taxes on NFPs. Nevertheless, a few areas offer opportunities for certain organizations. Charitable Giving Doubling the standard deduction, limiting the state and local tax deduction (including property taxes), and eliminating a number of miscellaneous itemized deductions means that fewer Americans will be itemizing their deductions. NFPs are concerned that contribution revenue will decrease because many donors will. Read More.

2018 Tax Reform Highlights for Technology, Health and Life Sciences, Manufacturing and Distribution

What provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) will have the biggest impact on businesses in the technology, health and life sciences, and manufacturing and distribution sectors – what we like to call “THInc” (technology, health sciences, industrial) businesses? The answer is: Potentially dozens. There are a lot of big changes and important items to highlight. So, use this list as a quick reference guide to find the topics that will be the most likely to affect you and your organization. Large-Scale Corporate Tax Changes Some of the biggest changes to corporate tax law enacted by the TCJA. Read More.

Real Estate, Construction, and the New Tax Law

The business community is beginning to digest the broad reach of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”). For our clients in the real estate and construction industries, we see new opportunities for tax savings, new complexities, and new reasons to engage in conversation and consultation. New Opportunities Simplification Provisions Businesses with less than $25 million in annual revenue may benefit the most under the TCJA. The simplification provisions that apply to these taxpayers permit use of the cash method of accounting, simplified inventory accounting methods, and the completed contract accounting method for long-term contracts. These accounting methods can create. Read More.

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