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Bill to Correct Qualified Improvement Property Glitch Fails to Gain Traction in the House

On Nov. 20, the House of Representatives failed to approve a motion that would have attached the Restoring Investment in Improvement Act (H.R. 1869) to the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R. 1309). H.R. 1869 would correct a drafting error in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changes to section 168 that prevents qualified improvement property from...

Passthrough Regulations and Guidance Released

Final section 199A regulations and additional proposed rules concerning passthrough deductions were released on January 18. The final regulations concern the 20 percent business income deduction available to passthrough owners meeting certain income thresholds that was introduced under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Included in the final regulations are a technical definition of...

OMB Receives Final and Proposed Section 199A Regulations

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received the proposed and final regulations regarding the new section 199A pass-through deduction regime on December 13 and 14.  The proposed regulations focus on regulated investment company-specific guidelines while the final regulations follow up on the proposed pass-through deduction rules released in August.  The regulations are not marked...

IRS Releases Proposed Foreign Tax Credit Regulations

On November 28, the IRS released proposed regulations (REG-105600-18) concerning the treatment of foreign tax credits and related issues taking into account the changes made by under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).  Foreign tax provisions under the TCJA modified the method for calculating taxable income for purposes of the foreign tax credit limitation; added two additional foreign...

House Republicans Release Tax Package

House Republicans released a 297 page tax bill on the evening of November 26, with the possibility of voting on the proposed bill as soon as this week. The legislation includes a number of “extenders,” which would renew certain tax provisions set to expire; tax breaks for smaller businesses; and technical corrections to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed in 2017. The five...

IRS Releases Business Interest Expense Proposed Regulations

The IRS has released proposed regulations (REG-106089-18) concerning the business interest expense deduction limits applied to certain taxpayers. As amended by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), section 163(j) generally places a limit on the amount of deductible business interest expenses in a current taxable year. The proposed regulations, released on November 26, provide rules for...

Single Entity Can Apply 199A De Minimis Rule Multiple Times, According to IRS Official

Speaking at the American Institute of CPAs Fall Tax Division Meeting in Washington, D.C. on November 14, IRS associate chief counsel Holly Porter stated that the section 199A de minimis test applied to identify specified service businesses could apply multiple times for the same entity if separate businesses are being operated.  Enacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), section 199A...

OMB Receives Proposed Foreign Tax Credit Regs for Review

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received proposed foreign tax regulations for review on November 7. The regulations include guidance on allocation of expenses to the section 951A Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI) basket for purposes of determining the foreign tax credit limitation, as well as transition rules for excess foreign tax credit carryforwards. The...

IRS Releases Additional Guidance on Section 965

The Treasury and the IRS have published Notice 2018-78, containing additional guidance on the proposed regulations for Section 965, which were published on August 9, 2018. The Notice provides that the final regulations (i) will not require taxpayers to make a binding basis election until at least 90 days after finalization of the proposed regulations; (ii) will permit all members of...

House Approves Three New Tax Bills

On September 27, 2018, the House approved two bills that are part of a second package of tax law changes advanced by House Republicans (“Tax Reform 2.0”). The first bill would create universal savings accounts, expand the utility of section 529 education savings plans, and make the offering of employee retirement plans more accessible for small businesses. The second bill would provide...

Tax Reform 2.0 Will Likely Not Be Passed By Congress Before Midterms

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady recently stated that the three tax bills that together comprise the new tax reform package will likely not get through the Senate before midterm elections. The House Ways and Means Committee previously passed the bills through committee. The House is expected to vote the legislation later this month. Read More: Top House tax writer Kevin...

Draft of Tax Reform 2.0 Introduced in Congress

House of Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady recently highlighted the introduction of three new tax bills that together comprise the new tax reform package. The drafts of new tax legislation deal primarily with individuals, retirement savings, and small businesses. H.R. 6760, the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018, would extend the 20 percent deduction on...

Regulations on Bonus Depreciation Are Mostly as Expected

The proposed regulations addressing section 168(k) bonus depreciation largely conform to expectations, however there were a few unanticipated elements. In her recent comments to the press, Ellen McElroy of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP highlighted the IRS’ failure to address the drafting error that left qualified improvement property ineligible for bonus depreciation. McElroy also...

OMB’s Review of 199A Regulations to Be Completed in Ten days

Last week, the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) received draft proposed computational section 199A regulations from Treasury. OIRA’s expedited deadline for this review is ten business days after receipt of all necessary information, subject to extension as agreed with Treasury. Guidance sent to OIRA is generally subject to a 45-day...

Nunes’s Proposed Legislation Would Consider Inflation in Determining Capital Gains Tax

Devin Nunes, a Republican member of the House Ways and Means Committee, has introduced legislation to index capital gains for inflation. Under Nunes’s legislation, the tax basis of a capital asset for purposes of calculating capital gains would be adjusted for inflation. Republican Senator Ted Cruz has introduced similar legislation in the Senate, and Congressional Republicans are...


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