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New York Joins SALT Parity Effort

The good news on SALT Parity keeps rolling in. Just days after California’s Governor signaled his support, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo followed suit and included our pass-through SALT Parity language in his 2022 fiscal year budget proposal.

Since 2018, deductions on state and local taxes (SALT) paid by pass-through business owners have been capped at $10,000. C corporations, on the other hand, are allowed to fully deduct these same expenses. In those states that tax pass-through firms at the owner level, the disparate treatment puts them at a significant disadvantage compared to C corporations.

As S-Corp readers know, beginning

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New York Joins SALT Parity Effort2021-01-21T23:12:31+00:00

CA Governor’s Budget Includes SALT Parity

More good news on the pass-through SALT Parity front: California Gavin Newsom has included our SALT Parity proposal in his budget proposal for 2021.

This news comes on the heels of IRS Notice 2020-75 that confirmed our efforts and made clear to states and businesses that they could adopt SALT Parity legislation without worrying about future regulatory actions.

Seven states have adopted our reform to date (Connecticut, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Maryland). Helped by this announcement, we expect that more than a dozen states will join California in taking up

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CA Governor’s Budget Includes SALT Parity2021-01-18T20:23:24+00:00

Talking Taxes in a Truck (Episode 7) – George Callas on Tax Outlook, Effective Dates for Estate and Capital Gains Taxes, and Super Bowl Prediction

George Callas, Managing Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Steptoe, joins the podcast to discuss the tax outlook under President Biden and the new Democratic Congress, including upcoming stimulus debate, health care reforms, and the possibility of estate and capital gains tax hikes, and when those might be effective.

Our latest “Talking Taxes in a Truck” podcast was recorded on January 12, 2021, and runs 29 minutes.

Editor’s Note:  George would like to change his prediction that the Chiefs win the Super Bowl. He says it’ll be the Packers. 

You can access the podcast on Libsyn by clicking 

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Talking Taxes in a Truck (Episode 7) – George Callas on Tax Outlook, Effective Dates for Estate and Capital Gains Taxes, and Super Bowl Prediction2021-01-13T15:22:50+00:00

Don’t Sell Out Main Street

Congress is on the cusp of passing a truly bipartisan assistance package to help the families and employers through the last months (yeah vaccines!) of the COVID-19 pandemic.  As part of this package, the entire business community and its Hill allies support expanding and extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) while clarifying congressional intent on the tax treatment of PPP loans.

As we’ve written before, getting the tax treatment of PPP loan forgiveness correct would avoid a surprise $120 billion tax hike on the five million employers who took out PPP loans.  Those employers were promised tax-free forgiveness when

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Don’t Sell Out Main Street2020-12-29T17:28:16+00:00

PPP Tax Treatment on the Line

With Congress poised to adopt a compromise COVID-19 package in the next week, a BIG outstanding issue is how loans forgiven under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will be taxed.  It’s literally a $160 billion sword hanging over the head of Main Street.

On one side, you have key Congressional leaders and the entire business community in agreement that Congress wanted this money to be tax-free – more than 600 trades wrote to Congress just last week!  On the other hand, you have the IRS and the out-going Secretary of Treasury who calls it “double-dipping.”  Here’s the case for

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PPP Tax Treatment on the Line2020-12-29T17:36:51+00:00