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Congressional Record – Tax Cuts And Jobs Act (Part 15)

Tax Reform, Tax Code, House of Representatives

(This is a direct response to the previous post which asked to oppose the language effectively repealing the Johnson Amendment for houses of worship)

Mr. NEAL: Mr. Speaker, I yield 2 minutes to the gentleman from Kentucky (Mr. Yarmuth), the ranking member of the Budget Committee, and one of the most knowledgeable Members of the House.

Mr. YARMUTH: Mr. Speaker, I appreciate my friend yielding time.Mr. Speaker, this is a horror show today, this is a horror showdebate, and this is a horror show process, but it is a disaster for the American people. Read more

New Tax Code Just Made Sexual Harassment More Expensive

Daniel Morris, Tax Advisor, San Jose, California, Tax Blog, TaxConnections

Tax incentives still matter. While “follow the money” is an excellent concept for seeking greater information about “what has happened,” by identifying and following the incentives is far superior for determining what “will” happen.” In economic terms, the differences are substantial. One is a lagging indicator (where we have been) and the other is the leading indicator (where we are going).

The new law states, no deduction is allowed for any settlement, payout, or attorney fees related to sexual harassment or sexual abuse if such payments are subject to a nondisclosure agreement. Read more

Tax Debate Touches Every Individual, Business

Erica Stark, Tax Advisor

Small business taxation, corporate tax rates, and changes to popular deductions are just some of the many complex changes to the Tax Code being debated in Congress. At the time this article was posted, the Senate is expected to approve, along party-lines, a sweeping overhaul of the Tax Code written by Senate Republicans. The House has already approved its tax bill, also along party-lines. If the Senate passes a tax bill, House and Senate conferees will seek to resolve differences between the two bills. Conferees will likely aim to reach an agreement quickly to send a bill to the White House before year-end. Read more

“Corporations Are People Too ….. My Friend.” – Tax Law

Giving a speech on tax reform whilst stumping for president in what is now seemingly a woebegone era of politics, Mitt Romney quipped this now seemingly famous sound bite personifying the greed of purported capitalism. According to US tax law, unfortunately he is right. Corporations are ‘treated’ like people.

Since this is how we live, when it comes to writing tax laws it seems a reasonable expectation that corporations behave as moral agents of society just like the rest of us. After all, they have their own decision structures and choices to make between rightness and wrongness, goodness and badness that are justified with reasons just like us. Read more

Real Estate Professionals For U.S. Federal Income Tax Purposes

John Dundon

Everyday people misinterpret the tax code. It does not matter if you are a bookkeeper, accountant, unlicensed tax practitioner, Enrolled Agent, CPA, tax attorney, or even a Tax Court Judge, the tax code is complicated and confusing and many of us struggle understanding it, much less applying it in practicality.

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Webinar – U.S. Controlled Foreign Corporations Statute – May 30th

The controlled foreign corporation statute is a bedrock legal concept of U.S. international taxation. Enacted in the early 1960s, it is one of the most complex statutes in the U.S. tax code.

An Introduction to Controlled Foreign Corporations” will provide the CPA with an overview of this statute.

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Webinar – U.S. Controlled Foreign Corporations Statute – May 30th

The controlled foreign corporation statute is a bedrock legal concept of U.S. international taxation. Enacted in the early 1960s, it is one of the most complex statutes in the U.S. tax code.

An Introduction to Controlled Foreign Corporations” will provide the CPA with an overview of this statute.

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Nine Tax Code “Head Scratchers”

John Stancil

Having survived tax season for one more year, I was struck by how complex our tax code really is. I’ve been preparing taxes for over 40 years, yet I ran into several provisions that I had not previously encountered. I am fully aware that there is much wrong with the code, that there are some major overhauls needed. In the midst of all this complexity, it struck me that there are provisions in the code which are not big deals, but are head scratchers. Why are these things in the code? Eliminating them can go a long way toward helping the middle-class taxpayer.

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An Introduction To The U.S. Controlled Foreign Corporations Statute – Webinar May 30th

Hale Stewart

The controlled foreign corporation statute is a bedrock legal concept of U.S. international taxation. Enacted in the early 1960s, it is one of the most complex statutes in the U.S. tax code.

An Introduction to Controlled Foreign Corporations” will provide the CPA with an overview of this statute.

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What To Know About Texas’s Online Sales Tax

Monika Miles

Have you been following the online sales tax debate? Congress hasn’t been able to come up with a solution at this point, so states are taking matters into their own hands. This series showcases how various legislatures across the country are approaching the issue. So far we’ve covered Colorado, Alabama, and Washington. This week we take a look at Texas.

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Have You Been Caught By The IRS For Under-Reporting?

Barry Fowler

Are you the target of an audit for allegedly under-reporting income to the IRS?

Professional help by an experienced, Enrolled Agent tax attorney is a must in this type of situation. A little bit of understanding may also come in handy before you get sucked into the unraveling of your tax returns.

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Could Your Airbnb Rental Be Considered A Hotel?

William Rogers

Vacation rentals are nothing new. For centuries travelers have opted to stay in private residences over hotels for a variety of reasons. It’s quite common here in Southern California with the lure of our local beaches and mountains for property owners to rent out their properties on a transient basis. Vacationers have long used the Internet to search for available properties by visiting sites like Craigslist or VRBO.com (Vacation Rentals by Owner).

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