The recent tax law changes eliminated the deduction for personal casualty losses for tax years 2018 through 2025, but did retain a deduction for losses within a federally declared disaster area. As a result of the wild fires in the west, hurricanes and flooding in the east, we’ve had a number of presidentially declared disaster areas this year.
IRS audits have been on the decline in recent years as a result of the reduction in IRS enforcement personnel. According to the IRS’s 2017 Data Book, the IRS audited just over 900,000 individual tax returns, or about 0.6%, of all tax returns filed in calendar year 2016.
As I’m sure you’re aware, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) was enacted at the end of last year. It’s the largest tax overhaul since the 1986 Tax Reform Act and will affect almost every business in the United States. In light of all the changes that took effect this year, it’s time for year-end business tax planning.
You’ve filed your tax return with a balance due and are unable to pay and are unsure what you should do next. Well, within a short period of time after receiving your return, the IRS will begin its automated collection process. Here’s how it works.
The IRS’s offer in compromise program can be a great way to reduce the amount of debt you owe and make your payments more manageable. After all, the program is mutually beneficial to you and the IRS—it allows you to negotiate a tax settlement for less than you owe and allows the IRS to collect a portion of the debt owed to them.
Have you realized gain from the sale of an asset and want to defer paying the tax? Opportunity Zone Investments may be the solution for you. If you have a large taxable gain from the sale of a stock, asset, or business and who would like to defer that gain with the possibility of excluding some of it from taxation you should investigate Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOF).
If you are a business owner who is accustomed to treating clients to sporting events, golf getaways, concerts and the like, you were no doubt disappointed by the part of the tax reform that passed last year that did away with the business-related deductions for entertainment, amusement or recreation expenses.
There are many reasons why taxpayers find themselves with tax problems and on rare occasions it is due to criminal intent. However, the majority of tax problem resolution cases we deal with are caused by some serious event that occurred in the taxpayer’s life.
We know the story all too well: finances are tight so you either don’t file your tax return, or file the return but don’t pay the balance due. But you tell yourself not to worry as next year things will get better.
Unlike a C corporation, which itself pays the tax on its taxable income, an S corporation does not directly pay taxes on its income; instead, its income, losses, deductions, credits and distributions are allocated to its shareholders’ on a pro rata basis.