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Pass-Through Parity Briefing

The S Corporation Association participated in a Hill briefing Tuesday highlighting new work for Ernst & Young on the challenge of establishing parity for pass-through taxation. The analysis, authored by Robert Carroll of EY, focused on all the complexities confronting pass-through businesses under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and the resulting matrix of possible tax outcomes for pass-through businesses.  As the table shows. Effective tax rates on successful S corporations (and other pass-through businesses) are consistently higher than the average C corporation, even after adjusting for the double corporate tax and other variables. These findings are particularly important right ...

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Pass-Through Parity Briefing2019-02-06T18:49:35+00:00

S-Corp’s New York SALT Comments

Today the S Corporation Association submitted comments to the New York Department Taxation and Finance on their proposed SALT fix for partnerships. Following hard on the heels of the new Connecticut SALT fix, New York asked stakeholders for feedback on their draft to restore the State and local tax deduction for New York partnerships.  In its comments, S-Corp made clear its support for the proposal with the following three improvements: “Expand the UBT to include S corporations as well as partnerships.  There are 410,000 S corporations in New York State, employing more than two million people.  These S corporations face ...

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S-Corp’s New York SALT Comments2019-02-06T18:49:35+00:00

Tax Breaks for Job Creators

Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) got itself into a lather the other day noting that the new, 20-percent deduction for pass-through businesses will reduce revenues by twice what the federal government spends on Pell Grants. What’s the link between the Pell Grant program and the business income deduction? None. There is no link. The CBPP could have just as easily compared the deduction to spending on our national defense or agriculture programs. Moreover, while the CBPP makes certain to highlight the 7.7 million beneficiaries of the Pell Grant program, they ignore the 73 million employees who work for ...

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Tax Breaks for Job Creators2019-02-06T18:49:35+00:00

Mass S-Corp Conversions? Not Yet, But Wait ‘til the Deduction Expires

The headline is eye-grabbing, but what does it mean? A new study by Penn Wharton predicts a “mass conversion” of pass-through businesses to C corporation under the new tax law.  Specifically, the study finds that 235,780 pass-throughs representing 17.5 percent of all pass-through income will convert to C corporation in response to the new rules. What sort of businesses are most likely to convert?  Those professional services businesses that don’t qualify for the new deduction.  Faced with a choice between paying the pass-through rate of around 40 percent and a corporate rate half that much, they are understandably attracted to ...

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Mass S-Corp Conversions? Not Yet, But Wait ‘til the Deduction Expires2019-02-06T18:49:35+00:00

More Debate over SALT

The same week our Parity for Main Street Employers group released its model pass-through SALT reform bill, critics of state SALT fixes fired a couple salvos that are worth noting.  First, the IRS announced it plans a new rule putting the kibosh on the SALT charitable “workaround” being considered by several states. IRS Notice 2018-54 has no direct impact on the S-Corp’s proposed pass-through SALT fix.  Legal scholars can debate the validity of the charitable workaround (a couple recent papers that do a surprisingly good job of that, here and here), but the pass-through fix recently proposed by New York ...

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More Debate over SALT2019-02-06T18:49:35+00:00