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August 2018

Ways and Means GOP, White House Crafting Tax Cut 2.0 Outline

House Republicans and the Trump Administration are working together to craft a tax cut “2.0”outline, the House’s top tax writer has said. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., told reporters during the week that House tax writers and the White House are currently working to finalize the “framework.”

Tax Cuts 2.0

Additionally, Brady reiterated to reporters that he plans to hold […]

Wyden Report Critiques GOP’s Tax Reform

The Senate Finance Committee’s (SFC) leading Democrat has released a report critiquing Republicans’ 2017 overhaul of the tax code. The report, focusing primarily on international tax reform, was released by SFC ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on July 18.

Criticism of GOP Tax Reform

The Democratic SFC report, “Trump’s Tax Law and International Tax: More Complexity, Loopholes and Incentives to Ship Jobs Overseas,” criticizes […]

Tax Reform Hurts Homeowners, House Democratic Report Says

Homeowners will be hurt financially by last year’s tax reform, according to a new House Democratic staff report. The report alleges that real estate developers will primarily benefit from the new tax law at the expense of homeowners.

The Democratic staff report was released by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking member Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., on July 5. The […]

Final Regulations Target Tax-Motivated Inversion Transactions

The IRS has issued final regulations that target tax-motivated inversion transactions and certain post-inversion tax avoidance transactions. The final regulations retain the thresholds and substantiation requirements of the 2016 final, temporary and proposed regulations (the 2016 regulations), but make limited changes to the 2016 regulations to improve clarity and reduce unnecessary complexity and burdens on taxpayers. These changes also ensure […]

Tax Preparer’s Obstruction Conviction Vacated

The Fifth Circuit vacated a tax preparer’s conviction for obstructing tax administration. The conviction was no longer valid in light of C.J. Marinello, SCt., 2018-1 ustc ¶50,192.

Marinello

Under Code Sec. 7212, it is a crime to corruptly or by force or threats obstruct the due administration of the Internal Revenue Code. In Marinello, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that a conviction for this crime requires that:

a relationship […]

National Taxpayer Advocate Releases Mid-Year Report

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson has released her mid-year report to Congress. The report contains a review of the 2018 filing season, and identifies the priority issues the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will address during the upcoming fiscal year. It also includes the IRS’s responses to each of the 100 administrative recommendations made in the 2017 Annual Report to […]

July 2018

Flaherty Salmin CPAs Feature Story in Affordable Housing News

Check out the feature story on Flaherty Salmin CPAs in the Summer edition of the trade magazine Affordable Housing News. Please see the PDF of the article or page 142 of the full magazine linked below.

https://www.affordablehousingnews.com/issues/summer2018/

A big thanks to story contributors Chris Poulin, COO of Silver Street Development Corporation; Tim Fournier, Chairman and CEO of Conifer Realty LLC; and Thomas […]

Brady Expects “Phase Two” Tax Reform Outline by August

A “phase two” tax reform outline could be unveiled by House GOP tax writers by August. Republicans have started to increase their tax meetings related to the effort, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., told reporters on June 13.

Tax Reform “2.0” Timeline

The precise timing of a “phase two” tax reform bill or discussion draft release remains “to-be-determined,” a House Ways and Means Committee spokesperson told […]

Senate, House Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Historic Rehabilitation Credit Bill

A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers have introduced companion Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HTC) bills. The measure aims to strengthen the HTC by encouraging investment and minimizing administrative burdens, according to the lawmakers.

Rehabilitation Credit

As amended by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97), the rehabilitation credit under Code Sec. 47 is limited to 20 percent of qualified rehabilitation […]

June 2018

Section 199A Passthrough Guidance Expected in July, Kautter Says

The IRS expects to issue guidance on the Code Sec. 199A passthrough deduction in July, Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter has said. Kautter outlined the timeline of various guidance proposals at the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Taxation May Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Proposed Guidance
More specifically, the proposed guidance on the passthrough deduction is expected to be released by the […]

Focus Remains on Tax Reform

Congressional lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to focus on tax reform. Republicans and Democrats alike have been discussing the effects of tax reform, albeit reaching different conclusions.

Tax Reform Hearings
The Ways and Means Committee held a hearing during the week of May 14, marking the first in a series of upcoming committee hearings on tax reform. The Ways and Means hearings […]

Mnuchin, Kautter Testify Before Senate Committee on Outdated IRS Technology

The IRS’s “Achilles’ heel” is using outdated software originating from the 1960s, Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter told Senate lawmakers. Kautter and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testified in a May 22 Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee hearing.

System Shut Down
2.3 million cyber attacks are launched against the IRS each day, one million of which are sophisticated, Kautter told […]

Regs Clarified In Response to Suit Over ACA Emergency Services Rules

The Treasury Department and the IRS, along with the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services, issued a notice of clarification to more thoroughly explain their decision not to adopt recommendations made by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and certain other commenters regarding T.D. 9744. The challenged regulations govern the coverage of emergency services […]

IRS Outlines New Five-Year Strategic Plan

The IRS has issued a new five-year strategic plan to guide its programs and operations and to help meet the changing needs of taxpayers and members of the tax community. “Providing service to taxpayers is a vital part of the IRS mission and the new Strategic Plan lays out a vision of ways to help improve our tax system,” remarked […]

LB&I Rolls Out Additional Issue-Based Compliance Campaigns

The IRS Large Business and International (LB&I) Division has identified and selected six additional compliance campaigns. The IRS previously announced 13 campaigns on January 31, 2017, followed by an additional 11 on November 3, 2017, and five more on March 13, 2018. These campaigns help LB&I move in the direction of issue-based examinations. In addition, a compliance campaign process helps […]

Life Insurance Transfer Transition Guidance Planned

The IRS intends to provide guidance on the new information reporting obligations for certain life insurance contract transactions under Code Sec. 6050Y. The proposed regulations will provide guidance on the modifications to the transfer for valuable consideration rules for life insurance contracts under Code Sec. 101(a). In addition, the IRS has delayed the reporting requirements under Code Sec. 6050Y until […]

May 2018

2018 Best of Accounting Award

Flaherty Salmin CPAs Earns Inavero’s 2018 Best of Accounting™ Award for Client Service Excellence

ROCHESTER, NY (MAY 1, 2018) – Flaherty Salmin CPAs, a leading accounting firm located in Rochester,
NY, announced today that they have won Inavero’s Best of Accounting™ Award for providing superior service.
Best of Accounting Award winners have proventhemselvesas industry leaders in service quality based entirely
on the results of […]

White House Remains Focused on Tax Reform – Phase Two

The White House and Republican lawmakers are continuing discussions focused on a second round of tax reform, according to President Trump’s top economic advisor. National Economic Council Director Lawrence Kudlow said in an April 5 interview that Trump and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., spoke earlier in the week again about a “phase two” of tax […]

IRS Chief Outlines Tax Reform Implementation

The IRS is already working on implementing tax reform, according to IRS Acting Commissioner David Kautter. Speaking at a Tax Executives Institute event in Washington, D.C., Kautter discussed current IRS efforts toward implementing tax law changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97).

“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act represents the most sweeping change to U.S. tax […]

New Law Clarifies Partnership Audit Rules

Technical corrections to the partnership audit rules were included in the bipartisan Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), 2018 ( P.L. 115-141), which was signed by President Trump on March 23. The omnibus spending package, which provides funding for the government and federal agencies through September 30, contains several tax provisions, including technical corrections to the partnership audit provisions of the Bipartisan […]

April 2018

Trump Signs Government Funding Bill; Tax Provisions Included

Just hours before government funding was set to expire, President Trump on March 23 signed the bipartisan Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, averting a government shutdown. The $1.3 trillion fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending package, which provides funding for the government and federal agencies through September 30, contains several tax provisions and increased IRS funding.

The House approved the spending bill by […]

AICPA Renews Call for 199A Guidance

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has renewed its call for immediate guidance on new Code Sec. 199A. The AICPA highlighted questions about qualified business income (QBI) of pass-through income under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ( P.L. 115-97). “Taxpayers and practitioners need clarity regarding QBI in order to comply with their 2018 tax obligations,” the AICPA said in a February 21 letter […]

Trump, House Republicans Discussing Phase-Two of Tax Reform

A top House tax writer has confirmed that House Republicans and the Trump administration are working on a second phase of tax reform this year. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., said in an interview that the Trump administration and House Republicans “think more can be done.”

A Ways and Means spokesperson told Wolters Kluwer on March 15 that “there […]

House Lawmakers Examine Tax Extenders

The House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee held a March 14 hearing in which lawmakers and stakeholders examined the future of various temporary tax extenders post-tax reform. Over 30 tax breaks, which included energy and fuel credits, among others, were retroactively extended for the 2017 tax year in the Bipartisan Budget Act ( P.L. 115-123) enacted in February.

Both Republican and […]

IRS Issues Guidance on Transition Tax Filing and Payment Requirements

The IRS has released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to address a taxpayer’s filing obligations and payment requirements with respect to the Code Sec. 965 transition tax, enacted as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Creation Act ( P.L. 115-97). The instructions in the FAQs are for filing 2017 returns with an amount of Code Sec. 965 tax. Failure to follow the FAQs could result […]

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