The Potential Impacts of Tax Reform to Real Estate & Construction Companies

  |  September 10, 2018

On December 22, President Trump signed the tax reform bill, “An Act to Provide for Reconciliation Pursuant to Titles II and V of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2018," into law, marking the largest change to U.S. tax policy since the 1980s.

With most of the provisions already in place, it is critical to understand the bill’s conference process and IRS regulations issued in 2018, as they will provide guidance on how to apply key provisions along with the intent of Congress in drafting the bill.

To help them navigate the key provisions affecting the real estate and construction industries, we’ve summarized the top considerations and industry implications below. Read more. Read More

Considerations for Business Entity Selection Under Tax Reform

  |  September 10, 2018

Ever since Congress enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December, many business owners are reconsidering which business entity makes the most sense for their particular business. With the new, lower tax rate for C corporations, many pass-through entities, including S corporations, are reconsidering their structure to take advantage of the substantially reduced 21% corporate tax rate.

The Act also provided tax relief to S corporations (and other pass-through entities) in the form of a temporary business income deduction (with some limitations), so that’s what makes it complicated. It may not be worth switching after all. When it comes to choosing business entities, one thing hasn’t changed—it all depends on a number of factors. Read more. Read More

Upcoming Presentation: The Impacts of South Dakota v. Wayfair

  |  August 29, 2018

The Albuquerque chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants will host James Ortiz, REDW State and Local Tax Senior Manager, as featured speaker for its September meeting.

James will discuss the implications of the South Dakota v. Wayfair ruling on sales and use tax compliance requirements, sales and use tax systems, taxability, and nexus determinations.

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AZ Taxpayers: Federal Tax Opportunity Window Closes After August 27

  |  August 27, 2018

On Thursday, August 23, 2018, the IRS issued proposed regulations that would disallow the federal deduction for donations made to charitable organizations in which taxpayers receive a tax credit. The proposed regulation was needed to halt the many states that were putting in place credit programs to circumvent the recent tax law change limiting the deduction for state and local taxes to $10,000. 

The proposed regulation impacts donations made after August 27, 2018. The regulation is not final and a comment period is required; however, to secure your Arizona state tax credits for 2018, we are recommending you make your contributions before August 28, 2018. Read more. Read More

Four States File Lawsuit to Nullify New Limit on SALT Deduction

  |  August 16, 2018

As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act), the limitation imposed on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has wreaked havoc in many states. In fact, four states – Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Maryland – have determined that the limitation is unconstitutional. On July 17, they filed a lawsuit in federal court that seeks to make the law unenforceable. Read more. Read More

Wayfair Decision Will Have Wide Ranging Implications for Companies Doing Business in Multiple States

  |  July 10, 2018

In a 5-4 ruling on June 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 1992 precedent that barred states from requiring an out-of-state seller with no physical presence to collect sales tax on a sale to a resident of the state. Now, states stand to collect potentially billions of dollars in sales taxes from remote sellers who meet certain minimum standards. The Court remanded the case to South Dakota’s Supreme Court for a finding of whether other issues may block the tax. However, it is unlikely that any issues will surface.

In overturning Quill Corp. v. North Dakota and National Bellas Hess, Inc. v. Department of Revenue of Ill., the Court acknowledged that brick-and-mortar stores have been at a competitive disadvantage to out-of-state sellers. And as technology has become more involved in commerce year after year, it has created incentive for states to challenge the physical presence nexus rule. Read more. Read More

South Dakota Wins in Supreme Court Decision on South Dakota v. Wayfair

  |  June 21, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court today handed down a decision on the highly anticipated South Dakota v. Wayfair case, which challenged South Dakota’s collection of sales tax from out-of-state businesses that do not have physical presence in the state but that sell and deliver into South Dakota tangible personal property, products transferred electronically, or services.

South Dakota passed a law in 2016 that set off a dramatic and market-altering shift in taxation of online sales, one that concluded with today’s Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision... read more. Read More

Tax Scammers Don’t Take a Summer Vacation, IRS Warns

  |  June 18, 2018

Many taxpayers recently filed their taxes and may be waiting for a response from the IRS. Because of this, summertime tends to be a period when phishing emails and telephone scams continue to pop up around the country. Scammers try to get people to disclose personal information such as Social Security numbers, account information, PINs and passwords. 

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IRS Provides Information on Changes to Moving, Mileage and Vehicle Depreciation Expenses

  |  June 1, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service published information May 25 on changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that affect deductions for unreimbursed employee expenses, move-related vehicle expenses, and standard mileage rates and travel expenses.

Before the TCJA was passed last December, the IRS issued a business standard mileage rate in Notice 2018-03. The mileage rate set for use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck was 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, 18 cents per mile driven for medical purposes or moving purposes, and 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations. The TCJA then suspended miscellaneous itemized deductions, so the following effects are noted for these vehicle-related categories. Read more. Read More