Tax Alerts

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Meals and Entertainment and Employee Fringe Benefits Update

By | March 28, 2018|

The changes to the meals and entertainment (“M&E”) and employee fringe benefits has been one of the most confusing and misunderstood areas under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”).  As more information becomes available about the TCJA, there appears to be some consensus as to what [...]

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Treatment of Qualified Improvement Property under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

By | March 28, 2018|

On Dec. 22, 2017, the President signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”). This act changed many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC” or “the Code”). Some notable modifications include changes to the treatment of Qualified Improvement Property (“QIP”). Qualified Improvement [...]

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Bipartisan Budget Act Analysis

By | March 28, 2018|

New Act Includes Disaster Tax Relief for Victims of California Wildfires On Friday, February 9, 2018, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the Act), putting an end to the short-lived government shutdown. In addition to keeping the government [...]

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Final GOP Tax Analysis

By | March 28, 2018|

On Friday (December 15, 2017), the Joint Conference Committee bridged the differences between the House and Senate bills and unveiled the final version of the tax reform bill. Both the House and Senate plan to vote on the bill early this week and get it ready for [...]

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GOP Tax Plan Analysis

By | March 28, 2018|

In the early hours of Saturday (December 2, 2017) morning, the U.S. Senate passed the Tax Reform bill.  While the overall framework of the Senate bill is similar to the House bill passed on November 16, 2017, there are certain differences.  It is anticipated that the [...]

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President Trump’s Tax Plan Revealed

By | March 28, 2018|

On Wednesday, April 26, the White House issued President Donald Trump’s main goals and priorities for tax reform, including significant cuts of the corporate tax rates, moving to a territorial tax system and eliminating business tax breaks for special interests. The White [...]

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New Due Dates for Submitting Forms W-2 and 1099-MISC is Jan. 31

By | March 28, 2018|

Some of the many tax items that companies send out in the early part of each year are payroll forms: W-2, 1099-MISC and a few others. Under prior rules, employers and business had until Feb. 28 to submit the previous year W-2 to the Social Security Administration and [...]

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U.K. Tax Budget Released

By | March 28, 2018|

On March 16, 2016, U.K. Chancellor George Osborne presented the first Spring Budget of the U.K. Parliament with some significant changes that may affect U.S.-based companies with operations in the U.K. (as well as U.K.-based companies with operations in the U.S.) and [...]

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Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (“PATH”) Act of 2015: International Tax Provisions

By | March 28, 2018|

On Dec.18, 2015, Congress passed and the President signed into law the PATH Act of 2015, which provides certain provisions with either permanent or temporary extensions. The domestic provisions of the PATH Act of 2015 were described in our last Tax Alert released on [...]

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IRS Increases the De Minimis Safe Harbor Limit to $2,500

By | March 28, 2018|

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, a taxpayer that does not have an Applicable Financial Statement (“AFS”) can deduct the cost to acquire or produce a unit of property, up to $2,500 per invoice (or per item as substantiated by the invoice), rather than capitalizing the cost. The [...]

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Safe-Harbor Method for Restaurant and Retail Refresh/Remodeling Costs

By | March 28, 2018|

The Internal Revenue Service recently released a Revenue Procedure that could have significant benefits to businesses that operate retail establishments or restaurants. It can also benefit taxpayers who lease property to certain businesses. This benefit is in the form of a [...]

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BE-10 Surveys Must Be Filed by June 30 for First-Time Filers

By | March 28, 2018|

In the interest of keeping you informed of developments in the international tax area, please note that the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (“BEA”) is conducting a survey which is requiring every US Person (that has previously not filed) to file Form [...]

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Congress Passes Tax Extender Package: ABLE Legislation for the Disabled

By | March 28, 2018|

  Late Tuesday, December 16, the Senate passed the tax package, H.R. 5771. This legislation includes the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (TIPA),” which extends over 50 currently expired “extender” provisions through 2014. This tax package also includes H.R. [...]

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Quarterly California Tax Legislative Update: July 2014 - September 2014

By | March 28, 2018|

The purpose of this Quarterly California Tax Legislative Update is to provide our clients and prospective clients with timely and meaningful updates that affect both their personal income and business taxes. The 3rd quarter of 2014 saw an expansion of the California [...]

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California Announces 2nd Round of Applications for the California Competes Credit

By | March 28, 2018|

  The State of California recently announced three application periods for the California Competes Credit program for fiscal year 2014/2015. The State has allocated over $150 million to the program for fiscal year 2014/2015. This tax alert contains information on the [...]

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California Supreme Court Victory for Retailers on Excess Sales Tax Reimbursement

By | March 28, 2018|

On May 1, 2014, the California Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that state consumer protection laws do not provide recourse to customers on excess sales tax reimbursements. See Loeffler v. Target Corp., Cal. Sup. Ct. No S173972 (5/1/14). The issue at hand was whether customers [...]

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Quarterly California Tax Legislation Update: January 2014 - March 2014

By | March 28, 2018|

  The purpose of this Quarterly California Tax Legislative Update is to provide our clients and prospective clients with timely and meaningful updates that affect both their personal income and business taxes. The first quarter of 2014 was a relatively quiet [...]

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F.I.C.A Refunds From Severance Payments

By | March 28, 2018|

Our Tax Alert of January 8, 2014 discussed potential refund claims to recover F.I.C.A taxes paid on severance payments made to former employees. The United States Supreme court issued a unanimous opinion on March 24, 2014 in which it determined that payments to laid off [...]

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House Ways and Means Committee Releases Tax Reform Proposal

By | March 28, 2018|

On Tuesday, February 26, 2014, House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp released his long-awaited draft legislation on tax reform. The draft is a 979 page report titled “Tax Reform Act of 2014.” If enacted, the draft legislation would usher the single biggest [...]

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Quarterly California Tax Legislation Update: October 2013 - December 2013

By | March 28, 2018|

  The 4th Quarter of 2013 was a relatively quiet time in California from a tax legislative perspective. The Franchise Tax Board (“FTB”) held interested party meetings for potential amendments to its sales factor market sourcing rules and to clarify the treatment [...]

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Auld Lang Syne: Form 990 Changes for Tax Years Beginning in 2013

By | March 28, 2018|

The beginning of the new calendar year provides us with an opportunity to both wish all of you a happy and healthy new year and to update you on changes to the Core Form of Form 990, as well as changes to Schedule A Public Support Test and Schedule B List of Contributors [...]

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California’s New Partial Sales Tax Exemption for Manufacturers and Certain Biotechnology Companies

By | March 28, 2018|

The State of California has enacted a new law effective July 1, 2014, allowing manufacturers and certain Research and Development (“R&D”) companies a partial sales/use tax exemption on certain manufacturing and R&D equipment purchases. This tax alert contains [...]

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Severance Wages May be Considered for F.I.C.A. Tax Refunds: The Quality Stores Court Case

By | March 28, 2018|

If your organization or entity made severance payments to former employees in 2010, it may be wise to file a claim for refund of F.I.C.A. taxes with the Internal Revenue Service by April 15, 2014. The United States Supreme Court is hearing arguments this month on the [...]

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Quarterly California Tax Legislation Update: July 2013 - September 2013

By | March 28, 2018|

The 3rd Quarter of 2013 was time for California to clarify existing law in a number of different areas including the California Enterprise Zone credit, like-kind-exchange transactions and the treatment of gain or loss on the sale of qualified small business stock. [...]

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State and Local Tax Alert: Los Angeles Tax Amnesty Program Enacted September 2013

By | March 28, 2018|

The city of Los Angeles recently announced a tax amnesty program that will apply to various city taxes including: Business Tax Telephone, Electric & Gas Users Tax Commercial Tenant’s Occupancy Tax Transient Occupancy Tax Parking Occupancy Tax For more details [...]

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State and Local Tax Alert: August 2013

By | March 28, 2018|

Is your business or organization making payments/distributions in excess of $1,500 to nonresident independent contractors, shareholders or partners? If yes, then understanding the reporting requirements under California’s nonwage income tax withholding rules should [...]

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Quarterly California Tax Legislative Update: April 2013 - June 2013

By | March 28, 2018|

The purpose of this quarterly California Tax Legislative update is to provide our clients and prospective clients with timely and meaningful updates that affect both their personal income and business taxes. The 2nd Quarter of 2013 saw a proposed law change that [...]

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Quarterly California Tax Legislation Update: January 2013 – March 2013

By | March 28, 2018|

The purpose of this quarterly California Tax Legislative update is to provide our clients and prospective clients with timely and meaningful tax legislative updates that will affect both their personal and businesses taxes. While the First Quarter of 2013 was considerably [...]

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Post-Election Tax Implications

By | March 28, 2018|

With the 2012 election behind us, we wanted to provide you with a brief overview of the likely changes immediately ahead of us and its implications for taxpayers from both a federal and California perspective. The election, which ultimately turned out to be a [...]

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2012 California Tax Ballot Measures

By | March 28, 2018|

California taxpayers should be aware of two major ballot propositions on California’s November 6th, 2012 ballot that are designed to raise taxes on both businesses and individuals. These ballot propositions are California Proposition 30 sponsored by Governor Jerry Brown [...]

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Proposed Tax Changes in the Green Book

By | March 28, 2018|

On February 13th the United States Treasury released its Green Book which is the Treasury’s explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2013 revenue proposals. There are many proposed tax changes, which are significant. These are the Administration’s proposals and [...]

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SB 459 Imposes Penalties for “Willful” Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors

By | March 28, 2018|

On October 9, 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 459 (“Bill”) into law. The Bill imposes significant penalties against employers if they are found to have been involved in “willful” misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The Bill [...]

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Tax Treatment of Success-based Fees Incurred In an Acquisition or Reorganization

By | March 28, 2018|

Transactions often involve payment of fees by the acquiror or by the selling target. Traditionally the IRS has viewed such fees, referred to as “success-based fee”, as costs that produce significant long-term benefits, and therefore required to be capitalized. Taxpayers [...]

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2010 IRS Audit Statistics

By | March 28, 2018|

We are frequently asked a simple question, “what are my chances of being audited?” While there is never a precise answer to this question, the IRS annually releases information about the audits that have been conducted in the previous year which provides a measuring stick. [...]

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Voluntary Disclosure Program for Foreign Accounts/Assets

By | March 28, 2018|

A new voluntary disclosure program, the 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative was announced February 8th by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) to encourage taxpayers with undisclosed offshore accounts/assets to disclose and report such information to the IRS. The [...]

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Tax Relief Act of 2010

By | March 28, 2018|

After much Congressional deliberation, The Tax Relief Act of 2010 (the “Act”) been passed by the House just before midnight on December 16, 2010 and is expected to be signed into law by the President imminently. This significant piece of tax legislation temporarily extends [...]

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California Treatment of Section 1031 Exchanges

By | March 28, 2018|

During the February 19 2010 meeting, California State Assembly made a proposal in Assembly Bill 2640 (“AB 2640”). This tax alert highlights the proposed provisions.   Click here to learn more

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