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Category: Tax Planning & Compliance

Biden Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2022 Budget with a Revenue “Greenbook”

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On May 28, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released its “Greenbook,” which are explanations of the Biden Administration’s 2022 Revenue Proposals. This book provides additional information on proposals previously announced as American Families Plan and the Made in America Tax Plan.   Many of these proposals center on improving…

The repeal of step-up in basis and change in capital gains rates will adversely affect buy sell agreements

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On April 28, 2021, the White House released The American Families Plan (the “Act”), which included new details about the Biden administration’s proposed 2021 tax reform.  The tax changes are expected to be enacted this year but the effective date of the provisions are generally expected to be January 1,…

President Biden Announces his Proposed Tax Changes under the American Families Plan

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On April 28, 2021, President Biden announced the American Families Plan (the “Plan”), which continues many tax provisions of the American Rescue Plan signed into law by President Biden in March of 2021, and reverses many provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) signed into law by former…

Proposed Changes to the Estate and Gift Tax Begin to Emerge

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On March 25, 2021, Senator Bernie Sanders introduced the “For the 99.5% Act,” under which he proposes, with the aim of targeting the top 0.5% of wealthy Americans, significant changes to the estate, generation-skipping transfer, and gift tax regimes. Below is a summary of the changes and the date the…

Estate and trust deductions on a fiduciary income tax return post 2017, how does it now work?

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Tax professionals are often questioned about limitations on tax deductions for income tax purposes and, most of the time, the focus is on the returns of individuals, IRS Form 1040. However, for “fiduciary” returns (a trust or estate) that are filed on Form 1041, there are similar limitations that may…

IRS adds question on 1040 about cryptocurrency, but causes potential confusion

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On the first page of the Form 1040 for 2020, right under the taxpayers’ personal information but before any financial information is reported, the IRS has added the following question: “At any time during 2020, did you receive, sell, send, exchange, or otherwise acquire any financial interest in any virtual…

Employee Retention Credit

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act incentivized employee retention by offering a payroll tax credit equal to fifty (50%) percent of qualified wages (wages, including qualified health plan expenses allocable to the wages) paid by eligible employers during the period from March 13, 2020, to December 31,…

Deductibility of Expenses Paid by a Paycheck Protection Program Loan

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act[1] (the “CARES Act”) was signed into law on March 27, 2020.  The CARES Act was intended to provide relief for individuals and businesses that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.  One of the most significant aspects of the CARES Act…

Required Minimum Distributions – Life Expectancy and Distribution Tables Updated

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On November 12, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service issued Final Regulations providing  guidance relating to the life expectancy and distribution tables that are used to calculate required minimum distributions (“RMDs”) from qualified retirement plans, individual retirement accounts and annuities and certain other tax favored employer provided retirement accounts. The new…

New Jersey State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction Planning Opportunity

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In January 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation creating the Business Alternative Income Tax (BAIT). Effective for income tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, the legislation allows New Jersey pass-through entities (PTEs) to pay and deduct income tax at the entity level. The legislation provides…

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