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Avoiding a $100 Billion Tax Hike on Main Street

August 4th, 2020|

As the Administration negotiates with Congress over the next round of COVID-19 relief, here’s a simple way they can help Main Street businesses to the tune of $100 billion plus… just do what Congress intended.

That’s the message more than 170 business trades are sending to congressional leadership today.  The letter, signed by the Farm Bureau, NFIB, AICPA, the National Restaurant Association, the National Retail Federation among others, makes clear that loan forgiveness under the

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Senate Amendment Targets Private Businesses

June 28th, 2020|

The Senate this week will debate an amendment to require private companies to annually report the personal information of their owners to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) at the Department of Treasury, or face large fines and multi-year jail sentences.

The amendment — sponsored by Senate Banking Committee leaders Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – mirrors the Corporate Transparency Act of 2019 that passed the House last fall.  If it passes

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Talking Taxes In a Truck Episode 6 – Doug Badger on the Coronavirus, Health Savings Accounts, Florida, and the Phillies

June 27th, 2020|

Doug Badger, former Deputy Assistant to the President and misguided Phillies fan, talks COVID-19, what needs to happen for the economy to reopen, and the prospects for baseball to return in our latest “Talking Taxes in a Truck” podcast.  Recorded on June 26, 2020 — 23 minutes.

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NOL-Loss Limitation Relief Support Building

June 23rd, 2020|

Advocates defending the CARES Act NOL-Loss Limitation relief had a busy week.  First, more than 75 national and local trade groups signed a letter in favor of keeping the relief intact.  The broad number of signatories on the letter, drafted by our friends at the National Mining Association, makes clear arguments that the provision was “snuck” into the CARES Act or would only benefit a “narrow” sliver of industries are wholly meritless.  As the

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Treasury Addresses 4960 Shortcomings – More Work Needed

June 13th, 2020|

When Treasury released its initial Section 4960 guidance last year (Notice 2019-09), S-Corp warned the rules would force many family businesses to dissolve their related charities and/or private foundations to avoid the new tax.  Those concerns remain under the proposed rules published last week, but they are dramatically reduced, so that’s progress.  Here’s the good and the bad on Section 4960.

To recap, tax reform created a new excise tax on million-plus salaries

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