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Opportunity Zones Can Provide Big Tax Benefits

Qualified Opportunity Zones are a creation of the new Code Sections 1400Z-1 and 1400Z-2, enacted in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in December 2017. These provisions are intended to incentivize investment in economically challenged areas by giving tax benefits to investors. 

 

The tax benefits from Opportunity Zones come in two forms: A deferral of current capital gain, and the potential exclusion of future capital gain. 

 

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Standard Mileage Rates Increase for 2019

The IRS has issued the standard mileage rates for 2019. The business-use standard mileage rate for 2019 is 58 cents per mile, up 3.5 cents from 2018. The standard mileage rate for moving and medical purposes will be 20 cents per mile in 2019, up two cents from 2018. The charitable mileage rate is set by statute at 14 cents per mile, so that did not change.

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Rental Real Estate Reporting Policies Have New Significance

Smaller-scale real estate rental activities are generally considered to be exempt from Form 1099 reporting requirements. With the arrival of the new pass-through income deduction of Code Section 199A, the determination of whether or not to file 1099 forms has new importance.

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IRS Issues Proposed Regs on Business Interest Expense Deductions

In April 2018, the IRS released temporary guidance on the amended limit on deductions for business interest expense for tax years beginning in 2018. Taxpayers were allowed to rely on that guidance while waiting for regulations. The IRS has now published proposed regulations that taxpayers can rely on until final regs are released. The proposed regs significantly expand on the temporary guidance. They include, among other notable provisions, a broader definition of interest than businesses have applied in the past.

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2019 Q1 Tax Calendar: Key Deadlines for Businesses and Other Employers

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the first quarter of 2019. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us at learnmore@BoulayGroup.com or 952.893.9320 to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing requirements.

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The Business Meal Expense Deduction Lives on Post-TCJA

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was packed with goodies for businesses, but it also seemed to eliminate the popular meal expense deduction in some situations. Now, the IRS has issued transitional guidance — while it works on proposed regulations — that confirms the deduction remains allowable in certain circumstances and clarifies when businesses can claim it.

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Opportunity Zones

Opportunity zones were created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and allows taxpayers to defer capital gains and potentially reduce the amount of gain realize. There is also a possible exclusion of gain on appreciation from Qualified Opportunity Fund investments.

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3 Bills Form Tax Reform 2.0

On September 13, the House Ways and Means Committee passed three separate bills that will be the cornerstone of what is being referred to as Tax Reform 2.0. The bills focus on making permanent certain provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that affect individuals, families, and small businesses. They also promote family and retirement savings and new business innovation. For example, one proposal would allow new businesses to write off more of their initial start-up costs.

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2018 Q4 Tax Calendar: Key Deadlines for Businesses and Other Employers

Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the fourth quarter of 2018. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us at learnmore@BoulayGroup.com or 952.893.9320 to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing requirements.

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IRS Regs Detail How Businesses can “Aggregate” for the Pass-through Income Deduction

One of the most valuable tax breaks in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is the new deduction for up to 20% of qualified business income (QBI) from pass-through entities. The IRS recently issued proposed regulations that help clarify who can benefit from the deduction. One of the issues the regs clarify is how taxpayers can elect to aggregate, or combine, their trades or businesses for purposes of the QBI deduction (also called the pass-through or Section 199A deduction).

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