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  • IRS Issues New Guidance for Offshore Voluntary Disclosures

    By:
    Michael Sardar, Esq.
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    Apr 1, 2019
    On March 13, 2018, the IRS announced that it would end its long-running Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (“OVDP”) on September 28, 2018. With the closure of one of the IRS’s most successful compliance enforcement programs, practitioners were anxious for the IRS to announce a new program to take its place.
  • 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.
    |
    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. 
Tax Quote
 

The below quote is from The Golden Girls as Blanche is being audited.

 


Blanche Devereaux: A person cannot open a letter anymore without being accosted by some vile disgusting thing. I thought it was against the law to send filth like this in the mail.


Dorothy Zbornak: Blanche, what is it?


Blanche Devereaux: A letter from the IRS. I am being audited!

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