May 2019

Wolters Kluwer Interview: A Two-Part Q&A Series on the Section 199A Deduction (Part 1 & 2)

Wolters Kluwer Interview: A Two-Part Q&A Series on the Section 199A Deduction (Part 1)

Republicans’ 2017 overhaul of the tax code created a new 20-percent deduction of qualified business income (QBI), subject to certain limitations, for pass-through entities (sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, or S corporations). The controversial QBI deduction—also called the “pass-through” deduction—has remained an ongoing topic of debate among lawmakers, […]

Bipartisan House Bill Aims to Fix “Retail Glitch”

A bipartisan House bill has been introduced that would fix a GOP tax law drafting error known as the “retail glitch.” The House bill, having over a dozen co-sponsors, is a companion measure to a bipartisan Senate bill introduced in March.

Immediate Expensing

The Restoring Investment in Improvements Act (HR 1869), sponsored by House tax writers Reps. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., and Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., […]

House Approves Bipartisan IRS Reform Bill

The House on April 9 approved by voice vote a bipartisan, bicameral IRS reform bill. The IRS bill, which now heads to the Senate, would redesign the IRS for the first time in over 20 years.

IRS Reform

The Taxpayer First Act of 2019 (HR 1957), as amended, cleared the House Ways and Means Committee by voice on April 2. The House […]

Proposed Reliance Regs Address Qualified Opportunity Funds, Zones and Businesses

Proposed regulations address gains that may be deferred when taxpayers invest in a qualified opportunity fund (QOF). Taxpayers may generally rely on these new proposed regulations. The IRS has also requested comments.

The proposed regulations also withdraw and replace placeholder provisions in an earlier set of proposed regulations ( REG-115420-18). These concern:

the definition of “substantially all”regulationstransactions that can trigger includible gain;the timing and […]

Safe Harbor Provided for Basis of Professional Sports Contracts for Players Traded Between Teams

The IRS has provided a safe harbor for professional sports teams to avoid the recognition of gain or loss when trading players and/or draft picks. Under the safe harbor provision, the traded player’s contract or the traded draft pick would have a zero basis.

Value of Professional Sports Contracts

Professional sports teams enter into contracts with their personnel (e.g., managers, coaches, players, […]

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