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Category: Tax Planning & Compliance

Governor Murphy’s Revised Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Proposal Includes Tax Increases

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On August 25, 2020, Governor Murphy released his revised budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021). The proposal includes tax policy changes estimated to yield just over a billion dollars for the nine-month FY 2021 period, including: Imposing the millionaire’s tax on all income above $1 million; Permanently incorporating…

New Jersey Sales Tax and Surcharges for COVID-19

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The New Jersey Division of Taxation issued a notice on the taxation of surcharges for COVID-19 precaution and prevention costs. Some sellers are imposing additional fees on customer invoices for COVID-19 related cost. These additional charges may be termed a COVID-19 Fee, Coronavirus Fee, PPE Fee, Sanitation Fee, Cleaning Fee…

Estate tax planning in 2020, it’s deja vu all over again! Time to consider gifting strategies in some cases

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Authored by Glenn A. Henkel and Samantha Heaton Recent developments with the coronavirus have caused some proactive and wealthy clients to consider whether tax law changes may create an increased tax burden in the future.  As a result, some are revisiting the tax rules and determining whether immediate action is…

Paying your Taxes in the Time of COVID

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The IRS recently issued Fact Sheet 2020-10 to remind taxpayers that they “have a variety of options to consider when paying federal taxes.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the filing deadline and tax payment due date was extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers filing Form 1040…

Estate and Trust Income Tax Return Reporting Changes

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Authored by Michael Rios (summer law clerk) and Joseph T. Kenney, Esq.  On May 11, 2020, the United States Treasury published proposed regulations (“Prop. Regs.”)  (REG-113295-18) under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) related to the deductibility of certain expenses incurred by estates and non-grantor trusts. The Prop….

Long Awaited “Retail Glitch” Technical Correction

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) expanded the bonus depreciation provision in I.R.C. Section 168(k) from fifty (50%) percent to one hundred (100%) percent.  Unfortunately, Congress failed to assign qualified improvement property a fifteen (15) year recovery period when drafting the TCJA, rendering qualified improvement property ineligible for bonus…

Amending Partnership Returns

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The heading of this note is somewhat misleading, because as the result of changes made by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, you can no longer amend a partnership return (but for a limited duration exception discussed below).  If a change needs to be made to a partnership return because…

IRS announces People First Initiative in response to COVID-19 Pandemic

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On March 25, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service announced the “People First Initiative” that will assist taxpayers by providing relief on a variety of tax collection and enforcement issues. Installment Agreements For taxpayers under an existing Installment Agreement with the IRS, payments due between April 1 and July 15, 2020…

COVID-19 Outbreak Tax Developments

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  Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on Tax-Paying and Tax-Filing Due to COVID-19 Outbreak On March 13, 2020, President Trump issued an emergency declaration under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act in response to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic (“Emergency Declaration”). The Emergency Declaration…

Should the new “SECURE Act” changes encourage taxpayers to use a Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) as recipient of IRA benefits?

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In two recent Kulzer & DiPadova newsletters, we addressed a significant change to the law made by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (H.R. 1865, P.L. 116-94), the yearend funding measure signed by President Trump on December 20, 2019.  The first article, dated December 30, 2019, summarized the SECURE Act,…

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