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Top 10 Things Companies Need to Know About Tax Reform

Posted by Michael D. Machen, CPA, CVA on Feb 14, 2018

The $1.5 trillion new tax law represents the most sweeping change to the tax code in a generation. Tax reform of this magnitude will have broad implications for businesses of all sizes and in all industries. While accountants and tax departments wade through the 185-page legislation, here are the top 10 things companies need to know:

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Claiming Bonus Depreciation On Your 2017 Tax Return May be Particularly Beneficial

Posted by Jessica L. Pagan, CPA on Feb 06, 2018

With bonus depreciation, a business can recover the costs of depreciable property more quickly by claiming additional first-year depreciation for qualified assets. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), signed into law in December, enhances bonus depreciation.

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2 Tax Credits Just For Small Businesses May Reduce Your 2017 and 2018 Tax Bills

Posted by Nick Wheeler, CPA on Feb 05, 2018

Tax credits reduce tax liability dollar-for-dollar, potentially making them more valuable than deductions, which reduce only the amount of income subject to tax. Maximizing available credits is especially important now that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has reduced or eliminated some tax breaks for businesses. Two still-available tax credits are especially for small businesses that provide certain employee benefits.

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Tax Reform Act: Understanding Two Areas which May Impact Employers and Employees Now – Meals and Entertainment and Moving Expenses

Posted by Lesley L. Price, CPA on Jan 30, 2018

Understanding the implications of the Tax Reform Act will be critical in business planning for 2018. The Act placed stricter limits on what businesses can deduct for meals and entertainment and suspended the exclusion of moving expenses from an employee’s income.  Please see the tables below comparing the rules before and after the Act.

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Meals, Entertainment, and Transportation May Cost Businesses More Under The TCJA

Posted by Marty Williams, CPA on Jan 25, 2018

Along with tax rate reductions and a new deduction for pass-through qualified business income, the new tax law brings the reduction or elimination of tax deductions for certain business expenses. Two expense areas where the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) changes the rules — and not to businesses’ benefit — are meals/entertainment and transportation. In effect, the reduced tax benefits will mean these expenses are more costly to a business’s bottom line.

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Your 2017 Tax Return May Be Your Last Chance To Take The “Manufacturers’ Deduction”

Posted by Melissa Motley, CPA on Jan 18, 2018

While many provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will save businesses tax, the new law also reduces or eliminates some tax breaks for businesses. One break it eliminates is the Section 199 deduction, commonly referred to as the “manufacturers’ deduction.” When it’s available, this potentially valuable tax break can be claimed by many types of businesses beyond just manufacturing companies. Under the TCJA, 2017 is the last tax year noncorporate taxpayers can take the deduction (2018 for C corporation taxpayers).

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New Tax Law Gives Pass-through Businesses a Valuable Deduction

Posted by Jessica L. Pagan, CPA on Jan 12, 2018

Although the drop of the corporate tax rate from a top rate of 35% to a flat rate of 21% may be one of the most talked about provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), C corporations aren’t the only type of entity significantly benefiting from the new law. Owners of noncorporate “pass-through” entities may see some major — albeit temporary — relief in the form of a new deduction for a portion of qualified business income (QBI).

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Temporarily Expands Bonus Depreciation

Posted by Nick Wheeler, CPA on Jan 05, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) enhances some tax breaks for businesses while reducing or eliminating others. One break it enhances — temporarily — is bonus depreciation. While most TCJA provisions go into effect for the 2018 tax year, you might be able to benefit from the bonus depreciation enhancements when you file your 2017 tax return.

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This Year's Company Holiday Party is Probably Tax Deductible, But Next Year's May Not Be

Posted by Jessica L. Pagan, CPA on Dec 21, 2017

Many businesses are hosting holiday parties for employees this time of year. It’s a great way to reward your staff for their hard work and have a little fun. And you can probably deduct 100% of your 2017 party’s cost as a meal and entertainment (M&E) expense. Next year may be a different story.

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Should You Buy a Business Vehicle Before Year End?

Posted by Lesley L. Price, CPA on Dec 11, 2017

One way to reduce your 2017 tax bill is to buy a business vehicle before year end. But don’t make a purchase without first looking at what your 2017 deduction would be and whether tax reform legislation could affect the tax benefit of a 2017 vs. 2018 purchase.

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