The IRS recently announced that in many cases, taxpayers can continue to deduct interest paid on home equity loans. The tax agency issued the clarification because there were questions and concerns that such expenses were no longer deductible under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which was signed into law on December 22, 2017. Read more
Your CPA tells you it’s best to ‘extend’ your tax return. What does that actually mean for you? The AICPA has provided a list of seven frequently asked questions and answers. Read more
By Jody Hillenbrand and Luis Torres
Jan. 1, 2019, is quickly approaching. For most privately held construction companies, this is the implementation deadline for the new revenue recognition standard, Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. The time to act is now, especially for contractors with projects lasting over 12 months. A contract that starts now, but extends into 2019, will be subject to the new standard. Read more
What changes are coming for healthcare companies?
To help organizations navigate the issues most impactful and urgent to the healthcare industry, we’ve prepared a summary of the major implications based on the signed legislation. Read more
Do you own residential or commercial rental real estate? The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) brings several important changes that owners of rental properties should understand.
In general, rental property owners will enjoy lower ordinary income tax rates and other favorable changes to the tax brackets for 2018 through 2025. In addition, the new tax law retains the existing tax rates for long-term capital gains. (See “Close-Up on Tax Rates” in the right-hand box.) Read more
The ability to deduct state and local taxes (SALT) has historically been a valuable tax break for taxpayers who itemize deductions on their federal income tax returns. Unfortunately, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) limits SALT deductions for 2018 through 2025. Here’s important information that homeowners should know about the new limitation. Read more
Plan sponsors face many challenges. One of the biggest is determining their 401(k) plan’s total cost, including the cost of investment management, plan administration and participant services. Fees and costs associated with a retirement plan’s investments are inevitable. However, ERISA requires that any compensation paid to any service provider — including an investment provider, manager or adviser — be reasonable. Read more
Federal income tax rates for C corporations have been reduced to a flat 21%, starting in 2018 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). But what about pass-through businesses?
Congress devised a special tax break for pass-through businesses to help achieve parity between the reduced corporate income tax rate and the tax rates for business income that pass through to owners of sole proprietorships, partnerships, S corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs), which are treated as sole proprietorships or partnerships for tax purposes.
But not every pass-through entity is eligible for the break — and it isn’t always 20%. Here’s an overview of how much this deduction can amount to and which types of income count as qualified business income (QBI) under the new tax law. Read more
The following table provides some important federal tax information for 2018, as compared with 2017. Many of the dollar amounts are unchanged and some changed only slightly due to inflation. Read more