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January 2019

Proposed Regs Provided for Code Sec. 163(j) Limit

The IRS has proposed regulations on the limitation on the business interest expense deduction under Code Sec. 163(j), as amended by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97). The IRS also has issued a safe harbor that allows taxpayers to treat certain infrastructure trades or businesses as real property trades or businesses solely for purposes of qualifying […]

Deductions Denied to Medical Marijuana Dispensary

A nonprofit corporation that operated a medical-marijuana dispensary legally under California law was not allowed to claim deductions for business expenses on its federal return. Code Sec. 280E, which prevents any trade or business that consists of trafficking in controlled substances from deducting any business expenses, applied.

Meaning of “Consists of”
The corporation argued that a business does not “consist of” drug […]

2019 Standard Mileage Rates Released

The IRS released the optional standard mileage rates for 2019. Most taxpayers may use these rates to compute deductible costs of operating vehicles for:

business,
medical, and
charitable purposes.

Some members of the military may also use these rates to compute their moving expense deductions.

2019 Standard Mileage Rates
The standard mileage rates for 2019 are:

58 cents per mile for business uses;
[…]

Guidance Issued on Nondeductible Portion of Parking Fringe Expenses and UBTI

The IRS has provided guidance and examples for calculating the nondeductible portion of parking expenses. In addition, the IRS has provided guidance to tax-exempt organizations to help such organizations determine how unrelated business taxable income (UBTI) will be increased by the nondeductible amount of such fringe benefit expenses paid or incurred.

The IRS also has provided transitional estimated tax penalty relief […]

Guidance on Tax Benefit for Stock Options and Restricted Stock Units

The IRS has released initial guidance on the new Code Sec. 83(i), added by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ( P.L. 115-97).

Code Sec. 83 generally provides for the federal income tax treatment of property transferred in connection with the performance of services. Code Sec. 83(i) allows certain employees to elect to defer recognition of income attributable to the […]

Proposed Regs Address Foreign Tax Credit Changes

Highly anticipated foreign tax credit regulations have been issued that provide guidance on the significant changes made to the foreign tax credit rules by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ( P.L. 115-97). The proposed regulations address:

allocation and apportionment of the deductions under Code Secs. 861 through 865, and adjustments to the foreign tax credit limitation under Code Sec. […]

Proposed Regulations Provide Guidance on Base Erosion and Anti-Abuse Tax (BEAT)

Proposed regulations provide much anticipated guidance on the base erosion and anti-abuse tax (BEAT) under Code Sec. 59A and related reporting requirements. The regulations are proposed to apply generally to tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, but taxpayers may rely on these proposed regulations until final regulations are published.

Code Sec. 59A was added by the Tax Cuts and Jobs […]

Accounting Method Procedures Simplified for Complying with AFS Deadline for All Events Test

The IRS will grant automatic consent to accounting method changes to comply with new Code Sec. 451(b), as added by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ( P.L. 115-97). In addition, some taxpayers may make the accounting method change on their tax returns without filing a Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method. These procedures generally apply to tax […]

Relief from “Once-In-Always-In” Condition for Excluding Part-Time Employee Deferrals Under 403(b) Plan

The IRS has issued transition relief from the “once-in-always-in” condition for excluding part-time employees under Reg. §1.403(b)-5(b)(4)(iii)(B). Under the “once-in-always-in” exclusion condition, once an employee is eligible to make elective deferrals, the employee may not be excluded from making elective deferrals in any later exclusion year on the basis that he or she is a part-time employee.

Part-Time Employee Exclusion Conditions […]

Guidance on 2019 Withholding Rules

The IRS has provided interim guidance for the 2019 calendar year on income tax withholding from wages and withholding from retirement and annuity distributions. In general, certain 2018 withholding rules provided in Notice 2018-14, I.R.B. 2018-7, 353, will remain in effect for the 2019 calendar year, with one exception.

The IRS and the Treasury Department intend to develop income tax withholding […]

Regulations to be Issued on Controlled Foreign Corporations’ Previously Taxed Earnings and Profits

The IRS and the Treasury intend to provide regulations that will address issues affecting foreign corporations with previously taxed earnings and profits (PTEP). The regulations are in response to changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97), and are intended to include rules for:

the maintenance of PTEP in annual accounts and […]

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