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Tax Planning Under The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act For Pass-Through Entities

John Dundon, Pass-Throughs And Tax Cuts And Jobs Act

Now that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is in full swing, many of you have been clamoring for tax planning strategies. This post addresses some essential aspects of the TCJA and suggests some strategic implications to be used for planning purposes.

One of the most significant changes coming out of the TCJA are the new tax rates:

  • The individual tax rate is reduced to a maximum 37%.
  • Tax rate for a pass-through entities can be reduced by 20%.
  • The corporate tax rate is reduced from 35% to as low as 21%.

As a result of these new tax rates there is a growing debate over whether a business should be organized as a pass-through entity or a full blown ‘C’ corporation.

Families with multiple businesses in various life cycle stages are compelled to think very carefully about tax implications associated with their ‘portfolio’ of business entities.
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Federal Tax Deduction Allowed For Gluten Free Diet With Physicians Prescription

John Dundon, Gluten Free Diet Tax Deduction

Many people suffer from Celiac’s disease.  To be eligible to deduct the excess costs of a gluten-free diet under Internal Revenue Code Section 213, you must have a documented reason to require the observance of a gluten-free diet, along with a physician’s prescription to follow a gluten-free diet. This should provide sufficient documentation of eligibility.

The excess cost of gluten-free food can be deducted if you can deduct expenses paid for medical care for yourself, a spouse, or a dependent, to the extent the aggregate expenses exceed 10 percent of adjusted gross income.

If you meet both criteria above and choose to itemize deductions start collecting receipts and record them regularly. Download a spreadsheet from the Celiac Sprue Association for calculating the deductible expense.

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How To Submit A Reasonable Cause Claim To The IRS For Penalty Abatement

John Dundon, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Denver, Colorado, USA, TaxConnections

If you have not filed your personal income tax form (1040), generally, you should get the tax form filed ASAP without consideration for the yet to be assessed penalties.

Then exercise patience.

Wait for the IRS to assess the penalty and then send a reasonable cause explanation to the address indicated on the notice from the IRS. This way you mitigate all sorts of procedural kerfuffles. Read more

How Long Should Tax Records Be Kept?

Paul Mueller, Tax Blog, Tax Advisor, Loveland, Colorado, USA, TaxConnections

A frequent question we get throughout the year is: How long should I keep records and tax returns?

Here is a helpful guide to follow:

1 Year
Monthly statements of investments until an annual statement recapping the year’s activity is available, bank statements, copies of checks used for tax deductible expenses and payroll statements until your W-2 arrives and you confirm the information matches.  Read more

When Is It Time To Become A S Corporation?

Paul Mueller, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Loveland, Colorado, USA, TaxConnections,

For most new businesses and business owners, keeping it simple is key. After all, launching a new business requires attention to detail and doing many things right.  For that reason, most new businesses start out simply as a sole proprietorship or a Limited Liability Company (LLC).  As a successful business matures, however, the savvy owner should call time out to consider the S Corporation form of business.

The owners of an active business operating as a S Corporation enjoy a distinct tax advantage over other types of tax entities, particularly sole proprietors, partnerships and LLCs.  For the owner of a profitable sole proprietorship, partnership or LLC, the earnings are subject to both income tax and the 15.3% self-employment (SE) tax, which funds Social Security benefits and the Medicare health system.  This SE tax is often unanticipated, particularly for new entrepreneurs, and can cause havoc with cash flow at tax time. Read more

Navigating The Shoals Of IRS Penalties

John Dundon, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Denver, Colorado, USA, TaxConnections

For those of us inclined to the proverbial ‘head-bury’ strategy with Big Brother, it is best to understand the civil penalties assessed when IRS systems catch up – as measured in tangible $$ out the pocket. For the brave of heart, navigating the shoals of IRS Penalties can be intimidating to comprehend but it is far from rocket science.

Understanding IRS civil penalties starts with picking up Part 20.1 of the Internal Revenue Manual (IRM).  Here you will find guidance on all areas of civil penalties imposed by the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).

Criminal penalty provisions are contained in IRM 9.1.3 and beyond the scope of this post. Read more

5 IRS Penalties Changed Under The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Of 2018

John Dundon, Tax Advisor, Denver, Colorado, USA, Tax Blog, TaxConnections

This post contains cocktail party killer one liners about how 5 IRS Penalties Changed Under the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2018.

My editor also quipped that reading this post helps with insomnia as well. So if you are looking to either kill a party and/or fall asleep faster please continue reading.

If you are a tax practitioner however, you better know this stuff and with all due respect – most do NOT.

The 5 big changes are summarized as follows: Read more

What You Should Know About Your Form W-2

John Dundon, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Denver, Colorado, TaxConnections

It’s tax time, and you need your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement from your employer(s) to file an accurate federal tax return. You should have received this form by January 31.

If you did not get it by now check with your employer to make sure they have your correct address.

If the employer(s) in question have your correct address and the W-2’s have not arrived by the end of February you must still file your income tax forms and pay any income taxes due on time. Not to worry. Read more

Fascinating Raminfications Of Colorado’s New Online Sales Tax

Monika Miles, multistate tax, colorado, online sales tax

As we’ve been following the online sales tax debate in previous posts, we’ve mostly approached the issue as it affects the country as a whole. While Congress has continued to debate how to handle taxing internet shoppers, however, states have been taking matters into their own hands. This upcoming series will look at new legislation coming out in different state legislatures across the country, beginning with Colorado.

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New Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch And His Tax Stance

Kat Jennings

President Donald Trump selected Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch draws much similarities to Judge Anthony Scalia, whom he is replacing, after his death in 2016. There are a lot of political decisions one might get into, but we are going to look at how some of the decisions Judge Gorsuch made on tax-related issues.

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Income 54: Shareholders of Partnerships and S Corporations

John Dundon

The Colorado Department of Revenue has finally revised its guidelines in FYI Income 54 regarding people who do not live in Colorado but are partners and/or shareholders of partnerships and/or S corporations in Colorado, ensuring that pass-through entities pay Colorado income tax on their Colorado-source income. This Enrolled Agent says “About Time!”

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Colorado Year End Tax Update: Focus on USE TAX – 50 Points

John Dundon

It is that time of year again where we work ourselves into a tizzy finishing off the year “strong” and simultaneously enduring another holiday season whilst purportedly planning for a new year. YIKES!

With internet sales exploding, it is a good idea to review each transaction you make to know if sales tax is being charged. If it is not, chances are good that you owe Colorado USE Tax on the item purchased.

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