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.

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.

New Sales Tax Nexus Standard: South Dakota V. Wayfair, Inc.

In the landmark decision of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., the US Supreme Court overturned the Quill physical presence standard, deeming it “unsound and incorrect.” In turn, the Court upheld South Dakota’s economic nexus law, which requires companies to collect sales tax when their sales or the number of transactions with the state exceed certain thresholds.

Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program

Nationwide, 4.1 million Americans pay more than $10,000 each in property taxes alone, according to ATTOM Data Solutions.  The itemized deductions of many taxpayers stand to be severely limited with the new $10,000 cap on state and local taxes enacted as part of tax reform in December of 2017, especially if multiple personal real properties are owned.

Qualified Opportunity Zone Investments

Included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law in December 2017, is a new tax planning technique for deferring gains from sales. By investing in Qualified Opportunity Funds, taxpayers can defer (and potentially partially avoid) gain recognition on the sale of any property.

What to Expect During an IRS Audit

There is a letter for you.  The return address looks ominous – as the first line reads:  Internal Revenue Service.  You opened it.  Your worst fears were confirmed.  It is the dreaded notice that your individual income tax return is under audit or, to put it in the language used by the IRS, “your return has been selected for examination.” 

Handling IRS Notices and Letters

You checked your mail. Among the mail was an envelope with a return address that started with three words: Internal Revenue Service. Don’t panic. Receiving mail from the IRS is something millions of people experience every year

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