IRS Gives Taxpayers A Break on Meal Deductions

On October 3, 2018, the IRS issued Notice 2018-76 confirming that certain business meals will continue to be deductible, subject to the 50% limitation. As background, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) of December 2017 eliminated the deduction for entertainment expenses effective January 1, 2018, creating uncertainty whether client business meals would be treated as a form of nondeductible entertainment.

IRS Issues New Roadmap for Transfer Pricing Examinations

On June 29, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Publication 5300 (06‑2018), Transfer Pricing Examination Process (“TPEP”), a 37-page document intended to guide IRS agents in the planning, execution and resolution of transfer pricing examinations (“TP Audits”).

Qualifying ERP Implementation for the R&D Tax Credit

Enterprise Resource Planning (“ERP”) has become an integral component of the manufacturing process as it can provide insight on vendor management, product logistics and server integration. Taxpayers may be able to qualify time for the R&D tax credit associated with developing and integrating the ERP system depending on whether it is developed primarily for internal or external use

Tim Oberst Discusses the Section 199A Deduction in Accounting Today

In an article published in Accounting Today, Bennett Thrasher partner Tim Oberst discusses the highly anticipated proposed regulations for Code Section 199A, the new 20 percent deduction on “qualified business income” of pass-through entities, released by the Treasury Department and the IRS on August 8.

Brian Sengson to Appear as a Guest on Lewis on the Law Radio Show on September 1st

Brian Sengson, Manager in Bennett Thrasher’s State and Local Practice, will be joining the “Lewis on the Law” Biz 1190 radio show as a guest on Saturday, September 1st at 9:00 AM. He will be discussing the practical and Constitutional implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the South Dakota v. Wayfair case.

Tax Return Due Dates Reminder

As the time for filing tax returns in 2018 nears its end, taxpayers should be aware of the filing deadlines applicable to their individual and business tax returns. These filing deadlines were updated by the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act for tax returns filed during 2017, and continue to be effective for returns filed in 2018 and future years.

James Pickett Shares Tips for Preparing for an IRS Tax Audit in CPA Practice Advisor

James Pickett shares tips for preparing for an IRS Tax Audit in a recent article published by CPA Practice Advisor. The article outlines the process for advising clients who have received an IRS audit notice as 1 in 160 individual taxpayers are audited and approximately 1 in 12 for returns reporting more than $5 million in gross income.

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