If you’re looking for things to do to get ready for the upcoming filing season or want to check your list against another, I have one for you. Please see “Preparing for the 2016 Filing Season,” AICPA Tax Insider, 12/17/15.
The article was written before passage of the extenders and appropriations tax package. Here is a list of links to that legislation you may find useful along with a list of some items for immediate consideration.
P.L. 114-113 (12/18/15) – H.R. 2029, Consolidated Appropriations Act 2016 – includes appropriations and other changes along with the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH), which is the extenders bill.
NOTE ON EXTENDERS: The bulk of the tax changes are in PATH, although a few, including a two year extension of Read More
An important tax update was made regarding the rate increase and withholding of tax on U.S. property dispositions. On December 18th, President Obama, signed H.R. 2029, the tax (the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015”) and spending bills (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016) to fund the government for its 2016 fiscal year.
The December The Act increases the rate of withholding from dispositions of U.S. real property interests under §1445 from 10% to 15%, but remains at 10% for residences sold for less than $1 million.
The withholding exemption where the sale price is under $300,000US and the purchaser will acquire the property as their principal residence is still in effect.
On December 18th of 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (hereinafter the “PATH Act”) which expanded the scope and application of the I.R.C. § 181 deduction for Qualified Film and Television Production expenditures to now encompass Live-Theatrical Productions. The PATH Act also extended this highly advantageous tax incentive through December 31, 2016.
The PATH Act truly enables a level playing field between live-theatrical productions and film and television productions in connection to the tax incentives available for the entertainment industry. Robert E. Wankel, Chairman of The Broadway League in a prepared statement indicated: “The Broadway and Touring Broadway industries have a combined economic impact of more than $15 billion dollars on the nation’s economy and employ tens of thousands of people in the U.S. and around the world, yet we are still very much made up of small businesses that actively seek financing from individual investors. This relatively small Read More