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Wayne Naegele

Congressional tax writers set to take up reform proposals

Congressional tax writers set to take up reform proposals Tax writers in Congress are set to begin debating and writing tax reform legislation. On September 27, the White House and GOP leaders in Congress released a framework for tax reform. The framework sets out broad principles for tax reform, leaving the details to the two […]

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Brian Whelan

Disaster tax relief unveiled in Congress

Disaster tax relief unveiled in Congress As millions of Americans recover from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Congress is debating disaster tax relief. The relief would enhance the casualty loss rules, relax some retirement savings rules, and make other temporary changes to the tax laws, all intended to help victims of these recent disasters. At […]

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Salvatore Russo

IRS exam staffing falls; audit coverage declines

IRS exam staffing falls; audit coverage declines IRS Exam staffing in fiscal year (FY) 2016, the latest tax year with statistics available, reached a 20-year low. As a result, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has reported that the IRS undertook fewer audits. Staffing “Examination is a vitally important aspect of maintaining a […]

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Salvatore Russo

How Do I? Get a payroll credit for increasing research expenses

How Do I? Get a payroll credit for increasing research expenses IRS Chief Counsel, in generic legal advice (AM-2017-003), recently described when a qualified employer may take into account the payroll tax credit for increasing research activities. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015(PATH Act) created the payroll credit aimed at start-ups with little […]

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Salvatore Russo

FAQ: Can I claim the adoption credit for a foreign adoption?

FAQ: Can I claim the adoption credit for a foreign adoption? Yes, however, there are special timing rules for foreign adoptions. These rules differ from the timing rules for domestic adoptions and impact when you may claim qualified adoption expenses. The Tax Code provides a nonrefundable credit for qualified adoption expenses. The credit is subject […]

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