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Practitioner’s Corner: Proposed IRS Rules on Opportunity Zones Provide Clarity, But Gaps Remain

Practitioner’s Corner: Proposed IRS Rules on Opportunity Zones Provide Clarity, But Gaps Remain Last year’s tax reform created a new Opportunity Zone program, which offers qualifying investors certain tax incentives aimed to spur investment in economically distressed areas. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has predicted that the Opportunity Zone program will create $100 billion in private […]

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Rettig Wants to Modernize IRS and Continue to Implement TCJA

Rettig Wants to Modernize IRS and Continue to Implement TCJA IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig gave his first speech since being confirmed as the 49th chief of the Service at the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) November 13 National Tax Conference in Washington, D.C. “You’re going to see things [I do] and go, ‘I can’t believe he […]

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Brady: New Middle-Income Tax Cut Conditionally Expected in 2019

Brady: New Middle-Income Tax Cut Conditionally Expected in 2019 A new, 10 percent middle-income tax cut is conditionally expected to be advanced in 2019, according to the House’s top tax writer. This timeline, although largely already expected on Capitol Hill, departs sharply from President Donald Trump’s original prediction that the measure would surface by November. […]

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Democratic Senators Introduce Retirement Savings Bill to Restore Obama-Era MyRA Program

Democratic Senators Introduce Retirement Savings Bill to Restore Obama-Era MyRA Program The Senate Finance Committee’s (SFC) top ranking Democrat has introduced a bill to restore a retirement savings program known as myRA that was terminated by Treasury last year. The myRA program was created by former President Obama through an Executive Order. Retirement Savings “Cost-of-living […]

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GOP to Move Tax Bills During Lame-Duck Session

GOP to Move Tax Bills During Lame-Duck Session Congressional Republicans are looking to move forward with certain legislative tax efforts during Congress’s lame-duck session. The House’s top tax writer, who will hand the reins to Democrats next year, has reportedly outlined several tax measures that will be a priority when lawmakers return to Washington, D.C., […]

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Trump Signs Legislation Expanding Religious Exemption for ACA Individual Mandate

Trump Signs Legislation Expanding Religious Exemption for ACA Individual Mandate Tax-Related Portion of the Substance Use–Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, Enrolled, as Signed by the President on October 24, 2018, P.L. 115-271 President Donald Trump has signed bipartisan legislation, which expands a religious exemption for the Patient […]

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IRS – Withholding Calculator

IRS – Withholding Calculator The IRS encourages everyone to use the Withholding Calculator to perform a quick “paycheck checkup.”  This is even more important this year because of recent changes to the tax law for 2018. The Calculator helps you identify your tax withholding to make sure you have the right amount of tax withheld […]

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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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Courts Loosen Up On Conservation Easement Rules

Courts Loosen Up On Conservation Easement Rules Two recent court cases indicate that, although use of a conservation easement to gain a charitable deduction must continue to be arranged with care, some flexibility in determining ultimate deductibility may be beginning to be easier to come by. The IRS had been winning a string of cases […]

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