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IRS’s Position on Taxability of Qualified Transportation Benefits is Broad Reaching, Adversely Affecting Many Nonprofits

As expected, the IRS has clarified the interpretation of its unrelated business income (UBI) regulations and confirmed the taxation of qualified transportation benefits, whether provided directly by you, through a bona fide reimbursement arrangement, or through a compensation reduction agreement. For-profit entities are no longer able to deduct these qualified fringe benefits programs for their employees and non-profit entities are now required to report them as UBI. Under the new... continue reading

IRS Proposes Substantial Changes to the Use of Donor Advised Funds

On December 4, 2017 the IRS issued Notice 2017-73 providing proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code § 4967 and requesting comments on issues involving sponsoring organizations’ Donor Advised Funds (“DAFs”). While these regulations are only being proposed at this time, Taxpayers may rely on the rules regarding fulfillment of donor pledges immediately. Public Support Test Treatment of DAF Grants Currently, donors could establish a DAF and use it to fund... continue reading

Congress Passes Another Two-Year Suspension of the Medical Device Excise Tax

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware that the Medical Device Excise Tax (“MDET”) has once again been suspended for 2018 and 2019, retroactive to January 1, 2018. MDET is a 2.3% tax on medical devices, enacted effective January 1, 2013.  The tax applied to manufacturers and importers of certain medical devices, as defined by the US Food and Drug Administration under section 510(j) of the Federal Food, Drug and... continue reading

Financial and Estate Planning Opportunities Related to the New Tax Law

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“The Act”) reflects a widespread change not seen in over 30 years. The architects of the legislation hoped this tax overhaul would allow a simplification of the US tax code. Unfortunately, what is clear since the bill’s signing is the additional complexity, and most provisions have taken effect immediately in 2018. AAFCPAs Wealth Management provides the following general outline for clients and friends of... continue reading

Tax Act Eliminates or Curtails Business Expense Deductions for Entertainment, Commuting Benefits, and Meals

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“the Act”) has either eliminated or curtailed business expense deductions for most entertainment, meals, and commuting benefits starting in 2018. Entertainment expenses Deductions for entertainment expenses that were directly related to, or associated with the active conduct of the trade or business were eliminated by the Act starting in 2018. As directly-related and associated entertainment expenses... continue reading

Sweeping Changes Come to Tax Exempt Organizations Under the New Tax Bill

AAFCPAs would like to make Tax Exempt Organizations aware that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, known officially as H.R. 1, (the “Act”) has enacted widespread changes to the tax rules affecting charitable nonprofits.  AAFCPAs has outlined four changes that are especially noteworthy: There is now a 21% excise tax on executive compensation exceeding $1 million: This excise tax rate is equal to the new corporate tax rate under the... continue reading

New Partnership Level IRS Audit Rules: Designate Your Partnership Representative and Modify Your Partnership Agreement

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware that, effective for partnership tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, the IRS instituted new partnership level audit rules.  Specifically, any adjustment to items of income, gain, loss, deduction, or credit of the partnership during a partnership’s tax year, upon audit, will be assessed and collected at the partnership level rather than at the partner level. AAFCPAs advises clients to designate a Partnership... continue reading

AAFCPAs Advises Clients to Prepare for the Return of the Medical Device Tax

AAFCPAs would like to make clients aware that, effective January 1, 2018 the “moratorium” on medical device excise taxation expired, which affects many companies in the life-sciences, including those focused on bio-medical, pharmaceutical, or manufacturing & distribution. As you may recall, the Obama administration enacted the “Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (“PATH Act”) which imposed a moratorium on medical device excise tax (“MDET”) beginning on January 1,... continue reading

AAFCPAs Highlights Provisions in Proposed Tax Legislation and Planning Opportunities for Businesses & Individuals

The US House of Representatives’ tax writing committee has released its first draft of proposed tax legislation. Many of its provisions have been the subject of news articles and debate. Highlights include the following: Limitation of the mortgage interest deduction to $500,000 of new debt Capping the deduction for property taxes to $10,000 Eliminating the deduction for state income taxes Doubling of the standard deduction to $24,000 for joint filers... continue reading

AAFCPAs Shares Valuable Tax Insights in 2017 Year-End Corporate and Individual Tax Planning Webinar

AAFCPAs presented this webinar on Tuesday, November 14th from 12-1pm in a live, 1-hour corporate and individual tax planning session. As you are aware, there is potential for dramatic changes in Federal and State tax law on the horizon which, more than ever, requires a multi-year approach to tax planning. AAFCPAs’ Richard Weiner, CPA, MST, Bella Amigud, CPA, and Josh England, JD, LLM provide business owners, finance executives, and their business advisors with valuable information so... continue reading