The Tax Reform Impact On Meals, Entertainment, And Automobile Parking

Kazim Qasim - Meals Ands Entertainment Deductions

If you’ve formed certain habits related to how you handle meals, entertainment, transportation, and parking as it relates to your business and taxes, the time to change those habits has come.

As this report notes, tax reform law commonly referred to as H.R. 1 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has changed the deductibility of certain meals, entertainment and transportation expenses. Before 2018, a taxpayer could deduct 50 percent of business meals and entertainment and 100 percent of meals provided through an in-house cafeteria or meals provided for the convenience of the employer (i.e., also known as a de minimis fringe benefit).

Not so anymore.

Under the new law, effective January 1, 2018, entertainment is no longer deductible and meals provided through an in-house cafeteria or for the convenience of the employer are subject to the 50 percent limitation.

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What Are The Penalties For Not Filing Your Tax Return?

Charles Woodson- Penalties For Not Filing A Tax Return

Everybody knows the old saying about death and taxes, yet a surprising number of people fail to file an income tax return. If you’re one of those people and you think you’ll be able to slide by, you need to reconsider your position. Even if you’re unable to pay your taxes, you need to file a return. Not doing so will eventually lead to a domino effect of negative consequences.

No matter how many people have told you that it’s no big deal, or that the IRS has “bigger fish to fry” than you, the employees of the Internal Revenue Service have a job to do and a process that they follow. Even if no legal action is taken against you, failure to file a return will end up working against you. Let’s take a look at the rules regarding filing your taxes and the various outcomes that you risk:

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Texas Sales Tax Exemption For Manufacturing – What Is Exempt?

Aaron Giles - Texas Sales Tax Exemption

The Texas sales tax exemption for manufacturing makes purchases that are necessary and essential to the manufacturing process non-taxable.  Under the general heading of the Texas Sales Tax Exemption for manufacturing, there are a number of subcategories of purchases which are designated as taxable or non-taxable by the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

A manufacturer, as Texas defines, is a taxpayer who manufactures, fabricates or processes tangible personal property for sale. Texas Administrative Code 3.300 explains in detail what items specifically are exempt from sales tax and which items are not.  This list is not intended to be exhaustive, but does provide taxpayers solid guidance about what may and may not qualify for the Texas sales tax exemption for manufacturing.

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ASC 740 Webinar – International Impact Of Tax Cuts And Jobs Act – Friday, December 14, 2018

ASC 740 -International Impact

Nick Frank, Tax Prodigy CEO teaches Accounting For Income Taxes at the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. We asked Nick to share his tax provision expertise with our readers on a complimentary basis. Join his last complimentary ASC-740 webinar for the year 2018.

Nick Frank is here to educate and prepare you for the tax provision under tax reform.

Register for ASC 740 – International Impact Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act on Dec 14, 2018 10:00 AM CST at:

Avoid surprises at year end! This intermediate course explores how Subpart F, GILTI, FDII and Sec. 163(j) interact with one another in the context of ASC 740.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you are unable to make this complimentary webinar, and want information on how to shorten the tax provision process and simplify it for your organization, please register here.



IRS Issues Guidance For Determining Nondeductible Amount Of Parking Expenses

IRS Rules On Parking Expenses

The Internal Revenue Service issued interim guidance regarding the treatment of qualified transportation fringe benefit expenses paid or incurred after Dec. 31, 2017. The new rules assist taxpayers in determining the amount of parking expenses that are no longer tax deductible. They also help tax-exempt organizations determine how these nondeductible parking expenses create or increase unrelated business taxable income (UBTI).

The IRS acknowledges that this guidance falls late in the year and taxpayers that own or lease parking facilities may have already adopted reasonable methods in 2018 to determine the amount of their nondeductible parking expenses. Taxpayers may rely on the guidance or, until further guidance is issued, use any reasonable method for determining nondeductible parking expenses related to employer-provided parking.

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Are You An S Corporation Stockholder? Are You Taking Reasonable Compensation In The Form Of Wages?

Charles Woodson-S Corporation Reasonable Compensation

S corporation compensation requirements are often misunderstood and abused by owner-shareholders. An S corporation is a type of business structure in which the business does not pay income tax at the corporate level and instead distributes (passes through) the income, gains, losses, and deductions to the shareholders for inclusion on their income tax returns. If there are gains, these distributions are considered return on investment and therefore are not subject to self-employment taxes.

However, if stockholders also work in the business, they are supposed to take reasonable compensation for their services in the form of wages, and of course, wages are subject to FICA (Social Security and Medicare) and other payroll taxes. This is where some owner-shareholders err by not paying themselves a reasonable compensation for the services they provide, some out of unfamiliarity with the requirements and some purposely to avoid the payroll taxes.

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As The IRS Redesigns Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, Stakeholders Raise Important Questions

Nina Olson- 2019 W-4 Form

The IRS is redesigning Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. The changes to this form will affect nearly every employee and employer, potentially more than once a year. When a person starts a new job or his or her tax situation changes (e.g., due to a birth, a pay raise, a marriage, or a home purchase), he or she may be required by IRC § 3402(f)(2) to fill out a new Form W-4 and give it to his or her employer. The employer uses the number of “allowances” claimed on the Form W-4 to compute (based on IRS tables) how much of each paycheck to withhold and send to the IRS.

If employees claim too many allowances, they will have too little tax withheld (i.e., be under-withheld) and also violate IRC § 3402, whereas if they claim too few allowances, they will have too much tax withheld (i.e., be over-withheld). They can avoid an underpayment penalty under IRC § 6654 if either (1) they owe less than $1,000 in tax after subtracting their withholding and estimated tax payments, or (2) the amount withheld is at least 90 percent of their tax liability for the current year or 100 percent (or 110 percent for higher income taxpayers) of their tax liability shown on their tax return for the prior year, whichever is smaller.

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Sales Tax Consultants Top 5 Tips For An Effective Sales Tax Audit Defense

Aaron Giles - Sales Tax Audit Defense

Sales tax audit defense is one of the cornerstones of our sales tax consulting practice. We’ve represented hundreds of clients who were undergoing sales tax audits. We’ve fought audit assessments in all 45 U.S. states that have sales tax. One of the most common questions we hear from taxpayers upon receiving the notification of a sales tax audit is, “What should we do now?” We’ve put together the following list of the best tips and tricks of the trade from our experience as sales tax consultants defending a sales tax audit.

Sales Tax Audit Defense Tip #1 – Relax

It’s never good news when you find out that your company has been selected for a sales tax audit. It seems like the initial reaction everyone has is to cringe and think “I wonder what the auditor is going to find?” Followed quickly by the second thought of “I wonder how much time this audit is going to take?” While no one will ever confuse a sales tax audit with fun, it’s important to remember that there is nothing you can do to avoid the process. Stressing about what prompted the sales tax audit is a useless endeavor and it’s important to remember that it doesn’t necessarily mean that the state suspects any wrongdoing by your company. In fact, I’d say from our experience that less than 10% of audits are generated because of some suspected liability.

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Senior Vice President Tax (Los Angeles, CA)

Senior VP Tax - Los Angeles, CA

We would genuinely appreciate your taking the time to review the Senior Vice President Tax opportunity and refer this to anyone you know who may be interested in learning more. This is a very special opportunity to work in a family office and work on a lot of deals. An ideal Senior Vice President Tax candidate will be currently working in a family office, private equity, M&A, Big Four with real estate investment firm, investment fund, private equity and/or asset management expertise.

Responsibilities include overseeing global tax strategy, tax planning and compliance; review the filing of all domestic and international corporate, personal, partnership and other income and indirect tax returns; and implementing and managing company’s income tax and indirect tax compliance activities (partially insourced and partially outsourced); and supervision of an outstanding, incumbent tax team.  The Senior Vice President Tax will work directly with family office CFO in identifying and developing effective tax strategies and planning techniques to minimize overall tax burden of consolidated group of companies and minimize overall costs associated with the tax structure. The Senior Vice President of Tax will lead acquisition structuring and due diligence including tax integration efforts.

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Vice President Tax – Lead Tax Executive (Midwest Region)

VP Tax - Midwest

TaxConnections is conducting a search for a Vice President of Tax for a client in the financial services and insurance sector. Our client is a financial services company with an extraordinary business reputation.  The VP Tax  will be responsible for overseeing and managing the entire tax function and all relationships with external and internal business partners and identify areas of risk and  opportunity for the company including:

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Senior Director Tax (Camden, New Jersey)

Senior VP Tax - Camden, New Jersey

TaxConnections has been retained to conduct a search for a Senior Director of Tax for a publically listed regulated company in the New Jersey area. With a presence in more than 46 U.S. states and Canada this company employs more than 7,000 professionals. Our client seeks a tax executive with experience in a regulated industry to lead and develop a strong tax team.

Key Responsibilities Include The Following:

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Senior Tax Manager/ International Tax (Rutherford, New Jersey)

Tax Job - International Tax Manager Compliance New Jersey

Position is responsible for providing technical tax leadership, with an emphasis on international tax. Position is responsible for international tax matters for the Americas consolidated group including preparation and/or review of international portions of the consolidated tax provision, preparation and/or review of international reporting requirements for the US consolidated return and transfer pricing. Transfer pricing responsibilities include managing documentation processes, preparation and review of various analyses, providing guidance to Brand Finance and Operations teams and intensive interaction with HQ transfer pricing team. Responsible for transfer pricing in a complex inbound, multinational group. Position is responsible for ensuring timely compliance and reporting by the international affiliates in the group for both income and transaction taxes. Highly visible position especially regarding transfer pricing. Significant interaction with the business as well as accounting teams.

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