• The Connecticut Pass-Through Entity Tax and the Federal SALT Deduction: A Perfect Match?

    By:
    Elizabeth Pascal, JD and William Turkovich
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    Apr 1, 2019
    On May 31, 2018, Connecticut enacted Public Act 18-49, establishing the Pass-Through Entity Tax. As has been written about in this publication and elsewhere, the PET, as it’s known, responds to the $10,000 limitation on an individual’s federal state and local tax (SALT) following passage of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).
  • The Foreign Tax Credit and the New GILTI Basket

    By:
    Charles Ladas, CPA
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    Apr 1, 2019
    With the 2019 tax filing season well underway, most CPAs and tax professionals probably have a good awareness of the new tax provisions in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Whether they have a good understanding of them is a whole different story. There’s no question that numerous provisions of the TCJA are mind-numbingly complex.
  • Connecticut’s Response to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (Part II)

    By:
    Louis B. Schatz, Esq.
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    Mar 1, 2019

    This article is the second in a two-part series about Connecticut’s Response to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “New Federal Tax Act”). To read the first part published in the February 2019 TaxStringer, which summarized the provisions of Connecticut’s new pass-through entity tax, please click here.  This second part of the series summarizes the remaining significant provisions of the new Connecticut legislation that was adopted in response to the New Federal Tax Act.

  • New York State Sales Tax Audits

    By:
    Alfred T. Grillo, CPA
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    Mar 1, 2019
    Every New York business should be concerned about a potential sales tax audit. The result could be expensive and time consuming, and could also expose the owners of the business to personal financial responsibility. This article will discuss some of the various ways businesses can be selected for audit, and the areas where auditors are likely to focus. Knowing these factors may assist CPAs in limiting audits and liability for their clients.
  • New Jersey Tax Update

    By:
    Chaim Kofinas, CPA
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    Mar 1, 2019

    On July 2, 2018, the New Jersey Legislature passed—and Governor Phil Murphy signed—his first budget. This budget was designed to move New Jersey in a new direction as envisioned by the new Governor. The budget bill contains tax increases, tax breaks, and a host of other provisions.

  • Structuring a Transaction: Ways to Minimize Income Tax Implications for Sellers

    By:
    Lisa M. Cribben, CPA/ABV, ASA, CMA and Crystal Christenson, CPA, MST
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    Mar 1, 2019

    Most taxable sale transactions are typically structured in one of three ways: asset sale, stock sale, or stock sale with a Sec. 338(h)(10) election. Each of these structures provides certain advantages to the buyer or seller. Below we’ll discuss the nuances of each structure and the importance of the allocation of the sales price. 

  • IRS Issues New Guidance on Section 199A Qualified Business Income Deduction

    By:
    Ed Morris, CPA
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    Feb 1, 2019
    On January 18, 2019, in response to many comments regarding last summer’s proposed regulations, the IRS issued final and new proposed regulations concerning the Code Section 199A pass-through deduction. At the same time, the IRS issued a revenue procedure dealing with the calculation of W-2 wages and a welcome proposed revenue procedure providing a safe harbor for rental real estate activities.
  • Practical Sales Tax Considerations for Vendors in the Wake of Wayfair (Part II)

    By:
    Mark Klein, JD and Joe Endres, JD
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    Feb 1, 2019
    In last month’s installment, we provided a brief review of the U.S. Supreme Court case South Dakota v. Wayfair, and included a state-by-state review of the new laws and rules governing sales tax administration that the case has engendered. News in this area is exploding on almost a daily basis.  
  • Connecticut’s Response to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (Part I)

    By:
    Louis B. Schatz, Esq.
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    Feb 1, 2019
    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) was signed into law on December 22, 2017. Most of the provisions of the New Federal Tax Act were effective January 1, 2018 (although some provisions went into effect in 2017). The adoption of the New Federal Tax Act had a significant impact on state taxation, especially in states like Connecticut, where the base for the Personal Income Tax starts with federal adjusted gross income. 
  • Looking Under the Hood of Mutual Funds and ETFs

    By:
    David J. Perrotto
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    Feb 1, 2019
    Did you know that according to Leichtman Research Group’s annual on-demand study, 54% of U.S. adults said they have Netflix in their household? Why do I mention this? Because it’s the same number of Americans that own individual stock, a stock mutual fund, or participate in a self-directed 401(k) or IRA, and roughly half those assets are outside IRAs. 
  • Fiduciary Income Tax Planning: Income Taxation of Trusts Under the New Tax Act

    By:
    Carl C. Fiore, JD, LLM
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    Jan 1, 2019

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) represents a broad-based change to the U.S. tax code, touching on virtually every area of taxation, including of course fiduciary income tax. While some aspects of the new tax law impact trusts directly, the effect of the TCJA on individuals may have even greater implications for trust planning. 

  • Medtronic v. Commissioner: New Direction for Transfer Pricing Cases?

    By:
    Rita Chung, CPA
    |
    Jan 1, 2019
    For tax years 2005 and 2006, the IRS proposed a transfer pricing adjustment resulting in a tax deficiency of over $1.35 billion.  Medtronic filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Tax Court, and in June of 2016, the Tax Court issued its decision disagreeing with the IRS’s allocation of income.  
  • The Wayfair Decision and its Effect on Income Tax Nexus

    By:
    Brian Gordon, CPA
    |
    Jan 1, 2019
    Nexus is a connection to a state or taxing jurisdiction that is sufficient for a business to be subject to their tax laws. The U.S. Constitution does not define nexus, but gives guidance under two separate clauses. The Due Process clause states that more than a minimal connection is required. 
  • Practical Sales Tax Considerations for Vendors in the Wake of Wayfair (Part I)

    By:
    Mark S. Klein and Joseph N. Endres, JD
    |
    Jan 1, 2019
    By now we’re sure you have all heard about the U.S. Supreme Court case South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. This case reversed over 50 years of precedent and completely changed the way states can administer their sales tax laws with respect to out-of-state vendors. 
  • 2018 Year-End Tax Planning

    By:
    David M. Barral, CPA/PFS, CFP
    |
    Dec 1, 2018
    Tax planning is a year-round analysis. However, year-end tax planning is an especially important time for taxpayers, along with their advisors, to take advantage of any opportunities before the year closes. This year is particularly important since the December 2017 tax overhaul created by P.L. 115-97, also known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, (“TCJA”) has shaken up some aspects of traditional tax planning. 
  • Deconstructing Sales Tax for Contractors in New York

    By:
    Joseph N. Endres, JD, and Joshua K. Lawrence, JD
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    Dec 1, 2018
    When it comes to sales tax compliance in New York, few industries have it tougher than the construction industry. Navigating the nuts and bolts of sales tax rules applicable to construction contractors can be confounding for both contractors and those who hire them. 
  • The Story of Lisa: Three Different Approaches to State Fiduciary Income Taxation

    By:
    Peter Desmond Hopkins, CPA, MS
    |
    Dec 1, 2018

    In this article, we will consider the story of Lisa and how various states tax the trust created for her benefit. (The story of Lisa is purely fictional. Any resemblance to persons living or otherwise or to actual situations is purely coincidental.)

  • Opportunities and Pitfalls of Advanced Life Insurance Planning Techniques

    By:
    Matthew E. Rappaport, Esq., LLM and Edward W. Gordon
    |
    Dec 1, 2018

    Life insurance seems simple on the surface, but is probably the most complicated financial product available on the retail market. Since licensing standards are not rigorous and do not require prior education or apprenticeship, and since training typically covers only the introductory topics necessary to make a sale, most life insurance professionals do not know the intricate details of how life insurance products work.

  • Comprehensive Business Planning to Maximize Benefits Under Section 199A

    By:
    Ben Lederman, CPA
    |
    Nov 1, 2018
    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act introduced many changes to the tax law, including new deductions, but few captured the attention of both tax preparers and taxpayers like the new deduction on pass-through business income under Section 199A.
  • Common Client Planning Issues: Post-2017 Act Solutions

    By:
    Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, AEP, PFS, JD
    |
    Nov 1, 2018
    The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act dramatically changed all aspects of income and estate tax planning and ancillary financial and insurance planning. Most articles have focused on explaining the new laws, which is natural as the first step must be knowing what has occurred. The 2017 tax act brings a myriad of nuances and subtle, as well as dramatic, changes. 

 
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