Taxing Thoughts

May 2017

California Sales and Use Tax: Nonprofits and Taxable Food Sales

By | May 10, 2017|Categories: Taxing Thoughts|

What is sales and use tax, and how is it applied California? California's sales tax generally applies to the sale of merchandise, including vehicles, in the state. California's use tax applies to the use, storage, or other consumption of those same kinds of items in the state.  Generally, if sales tax would apply when you [...]

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Avoiding PFIC Status – Practical Considerations

By | May 3, 2017|Categories: Taxing Thoughts|

Overview: One area where complexities of U.S. taxation is clearly demonstrated is the Passive Foreign Investment Company (“PFIC”) rules.  These PFIC rules generally apply to U.S. investors in a foreign corporation where U.S. ownership is 50% or less.[1]  A PFIC is any foreign corporation if – 75 percent or more of the gross income of [...]

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March 2017

Form 926 Filing Requirements – a Potential Trap for the Unwary Tax-Exempt Organization

By | March 31, 2017|Categories: Nonprofit, Taxing Thoughts|Tags: , , , |

By: Sunil Patel (Tax Supervising Senior) and Jason Booth (Tax Principal) Many tax-exempt organizations invest frequently in foreign alternative investments (e.g., hedge, private equity, real estate and venture capital funds). When investing into such funds, these tax-exempt organizations’ primary tax concern is generally to mitigate their risk of Unrelated Business Taxable Income (“UBTI”). Funds commonly [...]

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Nexus: The New Era of State Taxation

By | March 16, 2017|Categories: Taxing Thoughts|

The physical presence nexus standard is becoming a thing of the past as state governments try to shift the tax burden from in-state to out-of-state taxpayers. If a state has jurisdiction to tax either the business entity or the subject matter, then a taxpayer has nexus in a state with or without physical presence. The [...]

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Certain Entities Now Subject to the Form 8938 Filing Requirements

By | March 9, 2017|Categories: Taxing Thoughts|

Co-Authors Sunil Patel and Jason Booth Internal Revenue Service Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets, has been one of the primary reporting mechanisms imposed directly on taxpayers under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which is designed to enhance tax reporting compliance with respect to certain foreign assets.  Form 8938 is used to report foreign [...]

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The 2015 PATH Act and Qualified Improvement Property

By | March 2, 2017|Categories: Taxing Thoughts|Tags: , , |

History Since its inception in 2001, many taxpayers have used the Qualified Leasehold Improvements (QLI) designation as an effective tax planning strategy to help accelerate depreciation and recover the cost of certain improvements over a shorter period of time. For improvements that qualify, the recovery period is reduced from 39 years to 15 years. The [...]

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December 2016

Tax Cuts Are in the Air

By | December 15, 2016|Categories: Taxing Thoughts|Tags: , |

By Liubou Partnaya (Tax Senior Associate, Green Hasson Janks) With Donald Trump as President-elect, proposals presented during his campaign are brought to the forefront. Among his proposals are sweeping changes to our income tax laws. Here is a quick overview of individual and business tax reform positions. Major highlights for individual taxpayers include: Simplifying the [...]

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November 2016

Due Diligence During a Merger

By | November 15, 2016|Categories: Nonprofit, Taxing Thoughts|Tags: , |

By Lizbeth Nevarez (Senior Manager, Green Hasson Janks) It is a rare feat when two nonprofit organizations are able to come together and join resources to increase the collective impact they have in the community. It is just as rare to have enough donor contributions that allow them to do so. The amount of time, [...]

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October 2016

Section 181 Film Production Tax Incentive

By | October 12, 2016|Categories: Media Clips, Taxing Thoughts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

By: Dan Li (Senior Manager, Green Hasson Janks) and Daniel Rowe (Principal, Green Hasson Janks) In previous blog posts, we have written about federal and state tax incentives for the entertainment industry, including the Section 199 domestic production activities deduction (DPAD) and state film tax credits. Another significant federal tax incentive is the Section 181 [...]

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September 2016

Home Mortgage and Equity Loan Interest Deduction Limitations

By | September 1, 2016|Categories: Taxing Thoughts|Tags: , , , , , |

By Jennie Tieu (Senior Manager, Green Hasson Janks) Most taxpayers are aware that the mortgage interest deduction is limited to $1 million of acquisition indebtedness and $100,000 of home equity indebtedness on a qualified residence. These limitations apply to a single taxpayer or married taxpayers who jointly file their tax return. In the case of a [...]

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