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House Budget Would Extend Individual TJCA Provisions

On June 19, 2018, the House Budget Committee released a 10-year budget plan that, if passed, would provide a vehicle to extend the individual tax provisions enacted under the TJCA past their current expiration date in 2025 through the budget reconciliation process. To help reduce the cost of extending the cuts, the budget plan requires committees to submit legislation to reduce the...

Legislation for Phase 2 of Tax Reform Expected in August

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady indicated that Republicans hope to have a proposal for healthcare and additional tax changes by August. While the contents of the bill remain uncertain, potential topics include: permanent individual income tax provisions, retirement savings, the treatment of capital gains, and employer incentives for helping to pay back student loan...

Guidance on Section 199A May Halt Benefitting Firms

The Treasury Department may issue guidance on section 199A in response to workarounds taken by law and accounting firms. The new section 199A provides a 20% deduction for qualifying pass-through businesses. Since its enactment, offices have been broken down into separate businesses to take advantage of the deduction; future guidance may halt this technique. According to an official at...

Congressman States that the TCJA will not be Amended, Despite EU Criticism

Rep. Peter Roskam, a Republican member of the House Ways and Means Committee, stated at a conference that, despite criticism from EU officials, Congress does not intend to amend the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TJCA). Some EU officials have been particularly critical of the foreign-derived intangible income provision, arguing that the provision essentially acts as an export subsidy which...

The IRS Releases Additional Guidance on Penalties Related to the Transition Tax

The IRS announced that it will waive the estimated tax penalty for taxpayers subject to the transition tax under section 965 in certain instances, such as (1) for any taxpayer that improperly applied a 2017 overpayment to a 2018 estimated tax liability, and (2) for any individual that missed the April 18, 2018 deadline for making the first payment. Read more: IRS offers penalty, filing...

IRS to Crackdown on SALT Deduction Cap Workarounds

The IRS intends to issue regulations pertaining to states’ attempts to subvert the state and local tax deduction cap. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act imposed a $10,000 ($5,000 for married individuals filing separately) limit on state and local tax deductions for federal income tax purposes. Certain states, including New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, have enacted legislation to allow...

Committee Hearing Discusses Tax Reform Impact and Next Steps

The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing last Wednesday, May 16th, where Republicans and Democrats continued to be divided in their evaluations of the recent tax reform and its effects on jobs, the economy, and investment. In opening statements, Richard Neal criticized the new law for giving “83 percent of the tax savings to the top one percent.” Testimony during the hearing...

The Upcoming FAA Authorization May Not Contain Any Technical Corrections to the Tax Legislation

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady has indicated that the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) reauthorization bill is unlikely to contain additional technical corrections to the 2017 tax bill, despite containing a tax title. Congress had previously passed, in the 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act, a technical correction to fix a provision that encouraged farmers...

IRS Provides Timeline for Tax Reform Guidance

During the ABA Section of Taxation meeting in Washington, D.C. on May 12, David Kautter, the acting IRS commissioner, provided a rough timeline as to when IRS intends to release guidance related to the 2017 tax act. Kautter stated that a notice regarding section 965 (the so-called transition tax) may be released in the next two weeks and that proposed regulations are slated for release...

Rev. Proc. Offers Automatic Accounting Change for 606 Book-Tax Accounting Conformity

An automatic method change is now available for taxpayers wishing to change their accounting method to comply with the new financial accounting standards issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) (“Topic 606”). Under the new standards of Topic 606, taxpayers recognize revenue from contracts with customers based on...

No Rules or Answers: Notices to Just Provide Notice

Rather than provide “subregulatory guidance” or answer specific questions, future notices will simply notify taxpayers of regulations to come. According to Catherine Hughes of the Treasury’s Office of Tax Policy, the Treasury and IRS will not create new rules, but give a “heads up” of what proposed regulations are in the works. This has been seen in recent notices, including Notice...

IRS Issues Guidance Related to Determining Built-in Gain or Loss under Section 382

Recently released Notice 2018-30 provides that the two safe harbor approaches in Notice 2003-65–related to recognizing built-in gain or loss–will be determined without regard to the bonus depreciation rule under section 168(k). Section 382 imposes limits of the amount of built-in losses that can offset future taxable income following ownership change. The notice states that...

IRS Considering the Definition of a “Trade or Business” under Section 163(j)

The IRS is in the process of defining a “trade or business” for purpose of determining what counts as business interest for the purposes of section 163(j). The text of the statute and Notice 2018-28 indicate that all income earned by a corporation is business interest, but questions still remain on whether a corporation that receives only passive dividend income is a business and...

New Notice Requests Recommendations for the IRS and Treasury 2018-2019 Priority Guidance

Notice 2018-43 was released by the IRS, asking taxpayers for recommendations on the 2018-2019 Priority Guidance Plan. The Priority Guidance Plan is used each year by the Treasury and IRS to identify and prioritize what tax issues to prioritize and address through guidance such as regulations, rulings, procedures and notices.  According to the Notice, there has been focus on the...

IRS Releases Fact Sheet on Depreciation

The IRS recently released a factsheet that provides an overview of the changes to depreciation and expensing under the new tax law. The fact sheet addresses immediate expensing for section 179 property, first year bonus depreciation, limitations on luxury automobiles and personal use property, treatment of certain farm property, the applicable recovery period for real property, and the...


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