Substantiation Rules for Charitable Contributions Continue to Baffle

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As April 15th (the annual D-Day for U.S. taxpayers) is rapidly approaching, confusion still exists as to how to properly substantiate a donation or charitable contribution to a qualifying tax-exempt organization. The lack of clarity relates mostly to a seemingly endless series of technical changes to the substantiation requirements by the Internal Revenue Service. Obtaining […]

State and Local Tax Refunds & the Tax Benefit Rule

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In years prior to 2019, and the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), taxpayers were accorded an “unlimited” federal income tax deduction for all state and local income taxes as well as real estate taxes, if they were able to itemize deductions. In those instances when the state and local income taxes […]

IRS Issues Notice of 2018 Required Amendments for Individually Designed Retirement Plans

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In Notice 2018-91, the Internal Revenue Service has announced there are no changes in qualification requirements on the 2018 Required Amendments List (RA List) for individually designed qualified retirement plans. Generally, the RA List includes statutory and administrative changes in qualification requirements that are first effective during the plan year in which the list is […]

Deductibility of Business Meals after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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As we have posted previously, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) made changes to the business expense deduction for meals and entertainment. The TCJA disallowed the deduction for expenses related to activities generally considered to be entertainment, amusement or recreation, that were incurred in years beginning after December 31, 2017. However, in most cases, taxpayers […]

IRS Releases Draft Instructions for 2018 Form 1040

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With simplicity seemingly in the eyes of the beholder, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released the 100+ pages of Draft Instructions for the 2018 Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. The IRS released a draft of the 2018 Form 1040 and six accompanying schedules in June. The instructions note that the IRS generally does not […]

IRS Postpones Changes to Form W-4

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) made significant changes to the manner in which individual income taxes are calculated. To accommodate and plan for the many changes included in the TCJA, taxpayers would be wise to consider their income tax withholdings on their salaries and wages to ensure that the amounts being withheld in […]