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IRS is Prioritizing Certain Guidance Related to Pass-through Entities

As the IRS continues to work on guidance for the new tax legislation (formerly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act), the agency is prioritizing certain complex provisions that relate to pass-through entities. In comments to the New York State Bar Association, Clifford Warren, special counsel to the IRS associate chief counsel, identified section 199A (qualified pass-through business...

IRS Modifies Notice 1036 Withholding Tables Incorporating Changes to the Individual Tax Rates

The IRS recently released an updated version of Notice 1036 (includes income tax withholding tables for employers) which integrates the changes made by the recently passed tax legislation. The notice states that employers must implement the withholding tables by February 15, 2018. The IRS anticipates updating its online withholding calculator by the end of February. Read more: New 2018...

Speaker Ryan Foresees only Technical Corrections to the Tax Reform Bill, Rather Than Major Changes

In an interview with C-SPAN, House Speaker Paul Ryan stated that the bill previously known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would require some technical corrections, such as in the area of international taxation, though he did not offer further details. He anticipates that any corrections to the bill would be small changes. House Ways and Means Committee Chair Keven Brady has also stated...

Broad Scope of “Cash” for Tax on Deferred Foreign Income Impacts Financial Sector

The new provision requiring that U.S. companies pay a 15.5 percent tax on deferred foreign earnings to the extent of cash and cash equivalents and a 8 percent tax on additional untaxed foreign earnings produces complications for the financial sector. Companies are reporting that the repatriation tax imposes a heavier burden on the financial sector because such companies typically hold...

California Proposes Bill to Permit Donations Instead of State Taxes as Challenge to New Federal Tax Bill

The California legislature has introduced a bill that permits residents to donate to a state “public purpose” fund and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on their returns. This donation is intended to be deductible for federal tax purposes as a means of circumventing the new $10,000 cap on state/local tax deductions included in the recently passed tax bill. White House economic...

New York Challenges Federal Government’s Tax Reform Bill as Unconstitutional Double Taxation

In his recent speech before the state legislature, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo stated that the reduction in the state and local tax deduction reflected in the new tax reform bill is unconstitutional double taxation. The governor further indicated that New York would challenge the provision. Cuomo also said that the state will undergo its own tax revision process, shifting away...

IRS Releases Guidance on the Transition Tax Provision

Last week, the IRS released Notice 2018-07 (the “Notice”), which provides guidance on calculating the so-called “transition tax” of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While the Notice itself does not contain any specific regulations, it does describe the regulations that the IRS plans to issue at a later date, including guidance on the effects that the future regulations will have. The Notice...

President Trump Signs Tax Bill into Law

President Trump signed the tax bill passed by the House and Senate this morning. The bill will be generally effective beginning January 1, 2018. Read the bill text here.  Read more about the bill’s passage...

Congress to Begin Voting on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Today

With the Conference Agreement finalized, the Agreement must be approved by both the House and Senate, and once approved, it will head to President Trump for his signature. The House is expected to vote later today, and the Senate will vote soon afterwards, either today or tomorrow. Read more:  Tax Voting Starts...

Conference Committee Working to Resolve House and Senate Differences

Conference Committee negotiators in the House and Senate over the weekend did not reach a compromise on the different versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The main issues include the timing of the 20% corporate rate cut and whether to allow deductions for state and local taxes. Currently, Congressional Republicans hope to finalize the bill by December 20th, and Kevin Brady, Chair of...

House Sends Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to Conference Committee

The House voted Monday to send the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to conference committee to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The committee has 14 House total members, 9 Republican and 5 Democratic. The Republican members are: Keven Brady (the Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee), Ron Bishop, Diane Black, Kristi Noem, Devin Nunes, Peter Roskam,...

Senate Budget Committee Passes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Senate Budget Committee has passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on a 12-11 vote. This procedural hurdle was necessary for the bill to be considered on the floor of the Senate. Read more: Senate Budget Committee Advances GOP Tax...

Senate Releases the Legislative Text of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Senate has released the its version of the legislative text for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Read the full text here.  Read the section by section summary of the act here.

Senate Releases Modification to the Chairman’s Mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Orrin Hatch, has released a modified version of the chairman’s mark for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Read the full text here: Description of the Chairman’s Modification to the Chairman’s Mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs...

Delayed Tax Reform Bill Is Expected To Be Released Thursday

Kevin Brady, the Republican chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, stated that the tax reform bill will be released on Thursday. The bill was originally slated to be released today but there are still several unsettled matters related to the plan, such as the in threshold for the top marginal individual tax rate. The Ways and Means Committee remains set to mark up the bill on...


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