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Senate Reviews Tax Bill

Yesterday’s Finance Committee hearing on the tax bill was interesting, if only to remind viewers that it’s way too early to pass final judgement on the tax overhaul.  Not that several Committee members didn’t try. Exhibit A was a new Joint Committee on Taxation report with some selective analysis of the tax plan.  Members repeatedly brought up Table 3 and the fact that so much of the “tax benefit” of the pass-through deduction will go to taxpayers making more than $1 million. The goal of the pass-through deduction was to maintain tax parity between Main Street businesses and giant C ...

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By |2018-12-11T13:59:50+00:00April 25th, 2018|The Washington Wire Archive|0 Comments

Making States More Main Street Business Friendly

(For clarity purposes, this write-up focuses on S corporations.  The arguments and policy conclusions largely apply to partnerships as well.) Like C corporations, S corporations are subject to state and local income taxes imposed on qualified business income.  Unlike a C corporation where the state and local income tax is incurred and paid at the entity level, however, an S corporation remits its share of state and local income taxes in three different ways, depending on the state: Entity Level State & Local Tax Income Liability Composite/Withholding State & Local Income Tax Liability Individual State & Local Income Tax Liability ...

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By |2018-12-11T13:58:46+00:00March 27th, 2018|The Washington Wire Archive|0 Comments

Business Community Rallies around Aggregation

Treasury has its hands full with the new tax overhaul.  As technical comments from the US Chamber, AICPA and S-Corp make clear, the list of necessary guidance for the business community is long and growing. Common to all three lists is the issue of aggregation.  This technical sounding challenge looms large for businesses trying to calculate their pass-through deduction for 2018.  For many of them, the question of whether to aggregate or not could mean the difference between getting the full 20-percent deduction or not. To emphasize the importance of this issue, more than 40 trade groups, including the US ...

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By |2018-12-11T13:58:09+00:00March 19th, 2018|The Washington Wire Archive|0 Comments

S Corporation Association Member Survey

2018 will be a pivotal year for Main Street businesses and the trade groups that represent them.  The 20-percent pass-through deduction is helpful to those businesses that qualify, but it’s availability is limited by income, industry, location, and other “guardrails” so complicated even tax experts are scratching their heads. Meanwhile, the new federal law precludes most pass-through businesses from deducting their state and local income taxes.  And finally, the 20-percent deduction is scheduled to sunset in a few years, threatening many pass-through businesses with a tax hike in future years. To help provide policymakers with a better sense of how ...

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By |2018-02-28T14:04:32+00:00February 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

S-Corp at Brookings—Making the Case for Tax Parity

On Tuesday the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center held a forum on the new tax bill entitled “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: The new business tax landscape.”  The forum focused on two of the more confusing aspects of the new law – the treatment of pass-through businesses and the treatment of international income. S-Corp was represented on a panel discussion devoted to the pass-through issues, with S-Corp President Brian Reardon joining Lilian Faulhaber of Georgetown Law and Joseph Rosenberg of the Tax Policy Center.  Reardon made a strong case for the pass-through structure as a preferred mode of business taxation, ...

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By |2018-12-11T13:56:07+00:00February 14th, 2018|The Washington Wire Archive|0 Comments