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Senate Finally Approves and Passes Tax Reform Bill- Part II Deductions

Harold Goedde, Tax Advisor

The standard deduction will be doubled starting in 2018 and many taxpayers itemized deductions may be less than the standard deduction. To maximize itemized deductions in 2017, taxpayers should pay these in 2017.

(A) State and local taxes.

The House bill puts a $10,000 cap on these, but the Senate Finance Committee completely repeals the deduction. In light of this, the following actions should be taken for: Read more

Recent PLRs Highlight: How Not to Run a Charitable Organization

William Byrnes, Tax Advisor

Organizations described in IRC 501(c)(3) and exempt under section 501(a) must be both organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes. You have failed to produce documents to establish that you are operated exclusively for exempt purposes and that no part of your net earnings inures to the benefit of private shareholders or individuals. You failed to respond to repeated reasonable requests to allow the Internal Revenue Service to examine your records regarding your receipts, expenditures, or activities as required by section 6001 and 6003(a)(1) of the Code and Rev Ruling 59-95, 1959-1 C.B. 627. You did provide information stating that your organization has been inactive and that there have been no operations conducted or planned. As such, you fail to meet the operational requirements for continued exemption under Section 501(c)(3).

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Senior Tax Manager/Transfer Pricing And International (New Jersey)

Senior Tax Manager- Transfer Pricing New Jersey

Responsibilities involve a wide range of international tax matters including transfer pricing, international aspects of consolidated income tax provision, and international elements of US tax compliance. Coordinate with international finance organization regarding international audits, income tax and transaction tax compliance.  Role is responsible for providing technical tax leadership, with an emphasis on transfer pricing and international tax. Position is responsible for transfer pricing and 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. Read more

Head of Tax and Treasury (San Francisco)

Head of Tax And Treasury San Francisco California

The Head of Tax and Treasury will work closely with C – Suite Executives in managing and reviewing global corporate tax compliance, the global tax provision, transfer pricing and treasury strategy. Responsibilities include managing global outside tax consultants and reviewing processes and procedures. The Head of Tax and Treasury will partner with internal business leaders to effectively manage exposure. The role requires an individual who can effectively communicate with internal and external partners and provide business options to management executives. We are searching for a lead tax executive who has the innate ability to identify areas of risk and tax opportunity it important. Read more

M&A Senior Tax Manager (Northern California)

The M&A Senior Tax Manager  is a market facing leadership position with path to partnership. This role is available due to the continued expansion and success of the transaction advisory practice. The M&A Senior Tax Manager will team with the west region transaction advisory team to grow the practice and be responsible for traditional large firm M&A tax consulting (deal structuring, due diligence, post-deal integration, tax attribute management, and other special projects). Read more

Senate Finally Approves and Passes Tax Reform Bill-What’s in Store?

The House has passed their version of the Tax Reform bill and the Senate Finance Committee has approved a bill which will now be debated, amended, and voted on by the full Senate. The bill passed by the Senate will be different from the one passed by the House. The differences will be ironed out by the joint House-Senate Compromise Committee and then voted on by the full House and Senate, which cannot be amended.

This process may not be completed until the end of the year which will not leave much time for taxpayers to do effective planning to minimize their 2017 taxes. Due to the uncertainty of the final law’s provisions, this article makes suggestions how taxpayers can minimize their 2017 taxes. Part I explains ways to minimize income and Part II explains ways to increase deductions. Read more

President Trump’s Tax Proposals

Lisa Nason, Tax Advisor

Both the House and Senate have passed their versions of President Trump’s tax bill, and there are many similarities, including the limiting of itemized deductions to mortgage interest, charitable contributions, and property taxes (up to $10,000), and the doubling of the estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax exemptions from $5.6 million to $112 million in 2018. These versions also differ in a number of ways. These differences will have to be resolved through a legislative conference committee. Some differences should be easy to reconcile, but resolving others is expected to take time and effort. Read more

IRS Updates AFRs; Interest Rates Remain Unchanged

Betty Williams, Tax Advisor

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has updated its applicable federal rates (AFRs) used for a variety of IRS calculations, such as the minimum interest rate for intra-family loans. For calendar year 2017, AFRs for short-term loans have increased from 0.96 percent to 1.52 percent, AFRs for mid-term loans have fluctuated around 2 percent, and AFRs for long-term loans have fluctuated between 2.6 percent and 2.82 percent. For a detailed list of AFRs by month and year, click here.

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What is the Economic Activity Requirement that Offshore Financial Center’s Agreed to Adopt into Law?

William Byrnes, Tax Advisor

Fair Tax Competition: The country should not have harmful tax regimes, which go against the principles of the EU’s Code of Conduct or OECD’s Forum on Harmful Tax Practices. Those that choose to have no or zero-rate corporate taxation should ensure that this does not encourage artificial offshore structures without real economic activity. In the context of the screening process, the Code of Conduct Group invited each jurisdiction where concerns were identified to commit to address such concerns. The large majority of jurisdictions have decided to introduce the relevant changes in their tax legislation in order to comply with the EU screening criteria.  The following jurisdictions are committed to addressing the concerns relating to economic substance by 2018: Bermuda; Cayman Islands; Guernsey; Isle of Man; Jersey; and Vanuatu.

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Avoid Ponzi Schemes With This Professional Inside Scoop

There are several investments that turn out to be fraudulent schemes in which investors invest their hard earned funds and lose those funds because there was never in fact an actual investment that produced profits. Generally, those frauds are known as Ponzi Schemes.

Taxpayers who lose money in Ponzi Schemes may enjoy a tax advantage and recoup some of their lost funds by deducting their losses as financial theft losses. Deductions may be used against income that is being earned by the defrauded taxpayer, both before and after the fraud is discovered. There are several important rules that must be followed to enjoy this tax benefit.

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Tax Reform Links and Examples

Annette Nellen, Tax Advisor

UPDATED 12/2/17: Tax reform is moving along. The House Ways and Means Committee introduced its bill – H.R. 1, on November 2 and the House passed it on November 16. The Senate Finance Committee released its proposal on November 9 and passed it on November 16. Late on 12/1/17, the Senate passed a bill that made numerous amendments to the bill passed by the Senate (see the list of amendments in this JCT document). Now the House and Senate need to create a conference committee to work out the differences among the bills and that version will go back to House and Senate for votes.  Or, perhaps the House will just pass the Senate version, but I don’t think so. I think there are some items the House doesn’t like such as the corporate rate reduction not starting until 2019.

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Taxpayer Assistance Center Service Continues to Decline, Impairing Taxpayers’ Ability to Receive In-Person Assistance

Nina Olson, Taxpayer Advocate

The other day, I came across an interesting item in the news, describing that for the first time in its history, Macy’s was only letting people with appointments visit its famous Santa. I was interested in this because, for all intents and purposes, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had been “appointment only” in its Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) since November 2016. So on the face of it, the IRS was in the vanguard of customer service.

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