SALT Parity Bills Hit Governor’s Desk in CO and IL

June 11, 2021|

Our SALT Parity reform bills continue to roll across the country. Since 2018, 13 states have adopted our parity legislation. Colorado and Illinois, whose legislatures recently approved similar bills, are just a Governor’s signature away from ...

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Revisiting the Outlook for Tax Policy

June 8, 2021|

The Biden administration’s tax proposals pose a triple threat to individually- and family-owned businesses.  They raise taxes on Main Street Employers when they earn income, when they sell the business, and when they pass the ...

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Give FATCA a Chance

May 20, 2021|

Two months ago, we posted a Wire entitled “Hit and Run Economics” that highlighted a new NBER Working Paper – coauthored by Gabriel Zucman – that claimed the Tax Gap is much larger than previous estimates and ...

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SALT Parity Continues to Roll

May 18, 2021|

More good news to report on the SALT Parity front! Just yesterday, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed our parity legislation into law. As a result, more than 300,000 S corporations and partnerships in the ...

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The Myth of Beneficial High Tax Rates

May 5, 2021|

The inequality narrative driving tax policy this year is built on three shaky foundations: (1) that the rich have captured all the economic gains in recent years, (2) that Americans support very high tax rates, ...

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Are the Pollsters Wrong on Taxes?

April 26, 2021|

Politico recently ran a story about the soul-searching taking place in the polling community, whose 2020 projections predicted a landslide victory for Joe Biden and an significant expansion of the Democratic majority in the House. ...

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A Little Reality on the Tax Gap

April 20, 2021|

IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig made news last week when he endorsed a new tax gap estimate from, among others, French economist Gabriel Zucman.  We reviewed the Zucman paper here and found it typically wanting – ...

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S-Corp Hosts Tax Day Summit

April 16, 2021|

S-CORP and NFIB hosted their Main Street Tax Day Summit yesterday -- a two-hour virtual event focused exclusively on the tax policy issues facing small and individually- and family-owned businesses. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), one ...

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A “Modest” Tax Hike? Not Even Close

April 13, 2021|

The Biden Administration’s sales pitch for their proposed business tax hikes goes something like this: Rates were too high prior to 2017 but Republicans overshot the mark and set them too low.  Democrats want to ...

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S Corps for Everyone!

March 26, 2021|

As we previously mentioned, the Senate Budget Committee held a hearing yesterday to discuss various proposals to “make the wealthiest people and largest corporations pay their fair share of taxes.”  It was predictably dull and ...

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Hit and Run Economics

March 24, 2021|

Just in time for tomorrow’s Senate Budget Hearing, a new NBER Working Paper – coauthored by Gabriel Zucman and entitled, “Tax Evasion at the Top of the Income Distribution: Theory and Evidence” – was released ...

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199A Essential to Rate Parity

March 24, 2021|

Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s passage at the end of 2017, some have seized on the Section 199A deduction as a “loophole” that stacks the deck in favor of pass-through businesses. We’ve heard ...

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Razorbacks Roll with SALT Parity

March 17, 2021|

We can’t predict victory for the University of Arkansas’s basketball team in March Madness (Seeded 3rd in the South) but the state’s pass-through business owners are already winners, as the state officially became the ninth ...

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Income Inequality and S Corporations

March 8, 2021|

Whether they like it or not, S corporations and other pass-through businesses are at the heart of the income inequality debate that has been raging in economic circles for the past two decades. That’s because the ...

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S-Corp Testifies on Michigan SALT Parity Legislation

March 4, 2021|

S Corporation Association President Brian Reardon testified this week – via Zoom – before the Michigan House of Representatives’ Tax Policy Committee. The subject of the hearing was H.B. 4288, which would permit electing pass-through ...

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Main Street Supports 199A Permanence

February 26, 2021|

More than 80 business groups signed on to support legislation making permanent the 20-percent pass-through deduction (Section 199A). The bill was sponsored by Steve Daines (R-MT) in the Senate and Jason Smith (R-MO) and Henry ...

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COVID Bill Signals Tax Hikes to Come

February 22, 2021|

With impeachment over, congressional Democrats are turning their attention to their $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. House committees spent prior weeks marking up pieces of the bill, which will be consolidated into a single “reconciliation” ...

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Business Community Rallies to Defend NOL Relief

February 5, 2021|

On February 2nd – Groundhog Day, appropriately enough – dozens of Senators and Representatives called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to retroactively repeal the net operating loss (NOL) relief included ...

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Bloomberg Is Wrong About Tax Rates

February 1, 2021|

Where does fairness lie? At a time when Main Street is struggling to stay open while Wall Street flies high, you might be surprised that Bloomberg thinks it’s private companies organized as S corporations ...

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S-Corp Supports MN SALT Parity

January 26, 2021|

The Tax Committee of the Minnesota Senate held a hearing today to discuss legislation (S.F. 263) to restore the full SALT deduction for pass-through businesses. If adopted, Minnesota would become the eighth state to enact ...

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New York Joins SALT Parity Effort

January 21, 2021|

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 ...

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CA Governor’s Budget Includes SALT Parity

January 18, 2021|

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 ...

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Don’t Sell Out Main Street

December 17, 2020|

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 ...

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PPP Tax Treatment on the Line

December 15, 2020|

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 ...

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The Washington Post is Wrong About PPP

December 2, 2020|

The Washington Post is reporting on yesterday’s court-ordered PPP loan data dump by the Small Business Administration.  In a rush to support a breathless income inequality headline, they forgot to report on the real purpose ...

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S-Corp Protests PPP Loan Forgiveness Form

November 17, 2020|

The Paycheck Protection Program has been one of the Federal government’s most successful responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s effectiveness has been hamstrung from the outset by the SBA and Treasury Department. Today, the ...

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Treasury Blesses SALT Parity Reform

November 10, 2020|

Huge news out of Treasury yesterday – the Department has blessed our SALT Parity reforms.  You can read the full Notice here.  As Law360 reports: BREAKING: Treasury To Say Pass-through SALT Workarounds OK State and ...

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Stop the Surprise Small-Business Tax Increase

September 29, 2020|

An Op-ed by Christopher Smith, Executive Director of the Parity for Main Street Advisors coalition, ran this morning in the Morning Consult. The Payroll Protection Program enacted this past spring has helped millions of employers ...

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Priorities for Reopening Main Street

August 31, 2020|

The Commerce Department last week revised its 2nd Quarter GDP estimates showing the economy shrunk by nearly one-third.  In a $22 trillion economy, that translates into nearly $2 trillion in lost wages, profits, retirement savings, ...

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Senate Amendment Targets Private Businesses

June 28, 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 ...

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NOL-Loss Limitation Relief Support Building

June 23, 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 ...

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More Business Community Support for COVID-19 Reforms

May 27, 2020|

The Main Street Employers coalition today endorsed legislation scheduled to voted on in the House of Representatives tomorrow.  The bill, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, was introduced by Representatives Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Chip ...

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HEROES Act Kicks Businesses When They Are Down

May 13, 2020|

House leadership released their HEROES Act yesterday with a plan to vote on it Friday.  The bill includes an eye-popping $3 trillion in assistance to families, businesses, non-profits, and governments. One item that stands alone ...

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More on NOL and Loss Limitation Relief

April 24, 2020|

Allowing businesses to use losses to offset income earned in prior years is a longstanding anti-recession policy with solid bipartisan support.  It was adopted after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, after Hurricane Katrina, and again following ...

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Main Street Support for Paycheck Protection Loans

April 15, 2020|

More than 200 national and state-based trade groups wrote to congressional leadership today calling on Congress to increase funding for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. That program was authorized by the CAREs Act last month ...

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Washington Post Supports “Recession Bombs”

April 14, 2020|

Is the loss limitation relief in the CAREs Act an unwarranted giveaway, as claimed by the Washington Post this week?  That’s a big “N-O.”  As others have noted, this relief prevents the "recession bombs" of ...

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Economic Solutions to COVID-19 Beginning to Emerge

March 20, 2020|

It appears Washington is coalescing around a set of policies to help families and businesses while the economy is effectively shut down.  California’s “stay home” order is illustrative of the challenge – how do businesses ...

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Main Street Response to COVID-19

March 19, 2020|

Yesterday, over 100 business groups wrote to the Congress and the Administration requesting that the response to the economic crisis confronting us is on the same scale as steps being taken to respond to the ...

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Coronavirus and Main Street

March 11, 2020|

How the coronavirus plays out in the public health sphere is anybody’s guess, but its current progress all but demands a response from Congress.  What might that look like?  Here’s what some of the experts ...

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SALT Parity Update

March 6, 2020|

Lots of progress on the SALT Parity front to report! As readers know, S-Corp and the Parity for Main Street Employers coalition has advocated for the restoration of the federal SALT deduction to businesses organized ...

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Brookings and Progressivity

February 5, 2020|

We interrupted our impeachment viewing last week for a Brookings Institute briefing exploring various ways the Congress could raise taxes. A book of revenue raising recommendations accompanying the briefing weighed in at a hefty 368 ...

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Our Chairman’s Annual Letter

January 22, 2020|

Dear S-CORP Member: The S Corporation Association recently surveyed voters and asked them how much private companies and other taxpayers should pay in taxes every year? Almost without exception, the responses were consistent, reasonable and ...

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Main Street Responds to House SALT Bill

December 11, 2019|

Yesterday, the Main Street Employers coalition sent a letter to House tax writers raising concerns with their plan to provide temporary relief from the SALT deduction cap by raising the top tax rate applied to ...

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Long-Term Tax Policy Outlook

November 22, 2019|

Whoever claimed there’s not a “dime’s worth of difference” between the political parties clearly was not referring to American politics in 2020. For tax policy alone, the difference is in the trillions. On one hand, ...

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S Corps and Income Inequality

October 31, 2019|

Much of today’s tax policy debate is premised on the notion that income inequality is bad and getting worse. Economists Piketty and Saez have published numerous papers making this case (here, and here), and Saez ...

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EY on Tax Parity

October 24, 2019|

EY has published a new study commissioned by the S Corporation Association entitled “Large S Corporations and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: The economic footprint of the pass-through sector and the impact of the ...

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Main Street Hill Briefing

October 17, 2019|

The Parity for Main Street Employers coalition and the S Corporation Association will host a Hill lunch briefing at noon on October 24th in the Kennedy Caucus Room (SR-325). The briefing is open to Hill ...

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Grading the TCJA, Two Years Later

September 27, 2019|

The American Enterprise Institute has a new“Trump Tax Reform Blog” series on its website.  Over the next month, tax policy folks from both sides will weigh in on the reform and whether it’s working.  You ...

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Perception v. Reality on Tax Rates

September 10, 2019|

Here’s a conundrum.  A recent poll revealed that 76 percent of Americans support increasing taxes on the “wealthy,” while sixty-one percent support the wealth tax proposed by Senator Elizabeth Warren, which is like an income ...

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Failure of High Marginal Rates

September 3, 2019|

Earlier this year, the Congressional Budget Office produced a report reviewing tax rates on labor income since 1962 that includes some important lessons for tax policy folks. The first lesson is that nothing replaces a ...

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Treasury on 199A Guardrails

August 27, 2019|

Remember this JCT chart from earlier this year?  It garnered lots of attention and called into question how the 199A pass-through deduction was structured.  If only 9 percent of all pass-through income was disqualified from ...

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S-Corp Member Survey 2019

July 30, 2019|

S-Corp sent its members a new survey this Spring.  The goal was to follow up the survey we did just after tax reform was enacted to see how things had evolved.  Now that our members ...

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The Myth of Corporate Decline

July 26, 2019|

The visual economist issued another great chart last month, this time showing the largest public companies by market cap. Our first reaction is, wait, Microsoft is number one?  When did that happen?  All the focus ...

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Joe Biden’s S-Corp

July 11, 2019|

What is it about Presidential candidates and S corporations?  First John Edwards made the practice of abusing the S corporation structure infamous back in 2004.  Then we learned Newt Gingrich did the same thing when ...

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Progress on S-Corp SALT Parity Efforts

June 25, 2019|

The House Select Revenue Subcommittee held a hearing today entitled “How Recent Limitations to the SALT Deduction Harm Communities, Schools, First Responders, and Housing Values.” Missing from the list are Main Street Employers, many of ...

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S-Corp Comments on Section 4960 Excise Tax

May 29, 2019|

The S Corporation Association sent comments to the Department of Treasury today raising concerns that recent guidance it published has the potential to impose the new, Section 4960 excise tax onto private operating companies. The ...

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Tax Foundation Needs to Fix Their Map

May 22, 2019|

The Tax Foundation has updated some of their data on pass-through businesses last week, including this nice map with state-by-state data on the percentage of jobs from pass-throughs, which is helpful.  As before, it shows ...

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The Legal Case for Pass-Through SALT Parity

March 14, 2019|

Last week, Bloomberg published a report that got our attention.  Entitled, “IRS May Knock down New York, Connecticut SALT Workarounds,” the article says the IRS is “likely” to issue regulations that invalidate SALT workarounds. The ...

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S-Corp Submits Comments Defending Manufacturers

February 26, 2019|

Today, the S Corporation Association submitted its formal comments to the IRS on the pending Section 163(j) rules.  Section 163(j) would impose the new, 30 percent cap on interest deductions as part of the Tax Cuts ...

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199A Pass-Through Deduction Rules Finalized

January 30, 2019|

Treasury issued the final rules on 199A earlier this month.  You can read the rules and accompanying guidance here: 199A Final Rule Revenue Procedure 2019-11 Notice 2019-07 You can also read a terrific “how does ...

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S-Corp Testifies on 199A

October 18, 2018|

Board Member and Advisory Committee Chair Tom Nichols represented S-Corp in Tuesday’s IRS hearing on Section 199A. Tom was one of 26 witnesses to testify.  As Tax Notes summarized: Thomas J. Nichols of Meissner, Tierney, ...

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More Tax Reform Comments!

October 9, 2018|

Everything has its season, and for tax reform, this is the season of sending comments to Treasury.  This week, the S Corporation Association submitted comments on Treasury’s proposed rules implementing the so-called “toll charge” repatriation ...

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S-Corp Comments on Proposed 199A Rules

October 1, 2018|

The S Corporation Association today submitted comments on Treasury’s proposed rules implementing the new, 20-percent pass-through deduction. S-Corp readers know the 20-percent deduction was designed to preserve rate parity between pass-through businesses and the new, ...

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Proposed 199A Rules Released

August 8, 2018|

It’s not late Friday afternoon, so why is Treasury releasing important new rules on the pass-through deduction?  We’re not sure, but we like it! The rules themselves look pretty good too, and our members’ initial ...

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Pass-Through Parity Briefing

August 2, 2018|

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 ...

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S-Corp’s New York SALT Comments

July 11, 2018|

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 ...

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Tax Breaks for Job Creators

June 28, 2018|

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 ...

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More Debate over SALT

May 29, 2018|

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 ...

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Senate Reviews Tax Bill

April 25, 2018|

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. ...

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Making States More Main Street Business Friendly

March 27, 2018|

(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 ...

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S Corporation Association Member Survey

February 27, 2018|

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, ...

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Tax Reform Overview

February 7, 2018|

From the corporate perspective, the early returns on the new tax bill are promising.  The markets certainly like the lower corporate tax rate and dozens of public companies have announced tax-cut related investments, wage hikes, ...

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Our Chairman’s 2018 New Year Message

January 12, 2018|

Dear S-CORP Member: Well that was a roller coaster ride.  In just ten weeks, Congress went from being nowhere on tax reform to seeing a massive rewrite of the Tax Code enacted into law.  It ...

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S-Corp Thanks its Champions

December 20, 2017|

With tax reform passing the Congress in the next few hours, S-Corp sent a note of thanks to those members of the Senate – Johnson, Daines and Inhofe – who stood up for Main Street ...

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S-Corp Comments to Tax Reform Conferees

December 4, 2017|

General:  Neither the House nor the Senate bills live up to the promise of the 25-percent pass-through rate proposed in the Framework.  The Senate bill doesn’t even have a pass-through rate.  Pass-through businesses employ the ...

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Pass-Through Community Letter to Finance Committee

November 28, 2017|

Yesterday 42 Main Street trade groups, including the National Beer Wholesalers Association, the Independent Community Bankers of America, the Associated Builders and Contractors, and the S Corporation Association sent a letter to Chairman Hatch calling ...

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Flaws in the Tax Foundation’s Review

November 20, 2017|

The Tax Foundation is out with a new write-up called, “Are Pass-Through Businesses Treated Fairly Under the Senate Version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act?” that has a chart showing the top rate applying ...

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S-Corp Concerns with Senate Tax Reform Bill

November 11, 2017|

Top Line The Framework and rhetoric leading up to its release indicated that Senate Leadership and the Finance Committee were committed to treating the millions of companies organized as pass-through businesses fairly in relation to ...

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House Tax Reform and S Corps, Part II

November 9, 2017|

The Ways and Means Committee is likely to wrap its tax reform markup today.  The bill presents many challenges to pass-through businesses that are unlikely to be fixed today.  Here are some quick hits on ...

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House Bill & S Corps

November 6, 2017|

The House tax reform bill to be considered this week has a headline top rate of 25 percent for S corporations and other pass-through businesses, but in many cases the real rate is significantly higher.  ...

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S-CORP Response to H.R. 1

November 2, 2017|

WASHINGTON, D.C. – S-CORP has been a vocal supporter of the House Republican Blueprint and the unified tax reform framework.  We have serious concerns though about the pass-through provisions in the tax reform draft released ...

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Can Main Street Businesses Just Convert? No!

October 26, 2017|

Nor Should They.  Here’s Why.  If tax reform results in a top C corporation rate that is far below the top rate offered to pass through businesses, couldn’t pass-through businesses just switch to C status ...

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Pass Through Fallacy and Responses

October 18, 2017|

Marty Sullivan has an interesting post in Forbes this week on the pass through rate challenge, arguing that S corporation shareholders who don’t want to see their taxes go up are being greedy.  He says: ...

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Treasury Pulls Harmful 2704 Rules

October 4, 2017|

It’s official – the Treasury Department today released a new report announcing they will withdraw the family business valuation rules that had threatened the family business community for more than a year!  Today’s announcement is ...

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Framework Hits Key Notes

September 27, 2017|

The Big Six released their “framework” today and it’s pretty good.  You can read all eight pages here, but key provisions for Main Street businesses include: A new, lower pass through tax rate of 25 ...

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Pass Through Tax Rates and the 70/30 Rule

September 25, 2017|

Axios reported over the weekend that the tax plan to be rolled out by the “Big Six” Wednesday will call for a 35 percent top rate for individuals, 25 percent for pass through businesses, and ...

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Tax Reform Plan Forthcoming

September 15, 2017|

After months of meetings, the so-called Big Six are preparing to release some sort of summary of their work the weekend of the 23rd.  The Ways & Means Republicans have a retreat that weekend, and ...

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S-Corp Comments on 2704

August 14, 2017|

Monday was the close of the comment period for Treasury Notice 2017-38, and the S Corporation Association joined several other trade groups in submitting our final comments on the pending Section 2704 rules, including our study highlighting ...

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Tax Reform Statement & Pass Through Taxes

August 1, 2017|

Just in time for the August recess, the House, Senate and the White House released a joint statement yesterday on the status of their tax reform talks and their plans moving forward.  You can read ...

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S-Corp Submits Comments

July 17, 2017|

The S Corporation Association submitted the following comments to the Senate Finance Committee today as part of the Committee’s request for input: The United States is unique among developed countries in the emphasis it places ...

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S-Corp Testifies

June 15, 2017|

S-Corp President Brian Reardon testified yesterday before the Senate Small Business Committee in a hearing entitled “Tax Reform: Removing Barriers to Small Business Growth.”  As Inside Sources reported: The hearing primarily focused on ensuring small ...

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Pass Thru Rates & Enforcement

June 6, 2017|

As Congress returns to tackle tax reform, one area of consensus continues to be ensuring that Main Street is treated fairly by establishing a new, low top rate on pass through businesses.  But separating business ...

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Ways & Means Takes on Tax Reform

May 19, 2017|

The House Ways and Means Committee began its focus on tax reform yesterday with a hearing on economic growth.  The hearing, entitled “How Tax Reform Will Grow Our Economy and Create Jobs” featured four company ...

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2704 and Family Businesses

May 9, 2017|

Remember the Obama Administration’s family-business valuation rules?  They were proposed back in August and resulted in such a backlash from the family business community that Treasury received nearly 29,000 comments during the 90-day comment period.  ...

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Trump To Weigh In On Taxes

April 25, 2017|

So what do we know about the Administration’s tax announcement scheduled for tomorrow?  First, we expect the announcement will be limited to principles and a couple key proposals – not a full blown tax reform ...

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Business Community Support for S Corp Mod

April 6, 2017|

As we reported last week, a bipartisan group of tax writers in the House and Senate have introduced this year’s version of the S Corporation Modernization Act.  The bills (H.R. 1696 & S. 711) are ...

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S Corp Mod Bills Introduced!

March 24, 2017|

Good news! The 2017 version of the “S Corporation Modernization Act” has been introduced the House and the Senate.  Led by Senators Thune (R-SD) and Cardin (D-MD) and Representatives Reichert (R-WA) and Kind (D-WI), the ...

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Brady Plan and Pass Throughs

March 17, 2017|

The Wall Street Journal featured S-Corp Board member Clarene Law last week in a story focused on the new tax rates for pass through businesses in the House tax reform plan.  As the story notes: ...

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The Tax Foundation Gets it Right (Sort Of)

January 26, 2017|

The Tax Foundation published its annual piece on pass through businesses this week, and as usual, there’s lots of great material in there.  To begin, the Foundation updates its numbers on pass through employment and ...

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S-CORP Testifies at IRS

December 1, 2016|

Last month’s elections so dramatically changed the outlook for tax policy in 2017 that we’re still trying to catch up.  The outlook for the proposed 2704 regulations in particular has done an about-face, going from ...

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Tax Reform Front and Center

November 18, 2016|

Last week’s election changed everything in the tax world, from who’s running Treasury to the prospects for tax reform.  We’re still trying to get our heads around all the implications, but the short summary is ...

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2704 Comment Period Closes Big

November 3, 2016|

The official comment period on the proposed Section 2704 regulations closed yesterday, with nearly 10,000 comments filed!  You can review those comments here, but a cursory review this morning made clear they were nearly unanimous ...

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S-Corp Submits Valuation Comments

October 18, 2016|

Yesterday, the S Corporation Association submitted its formal comments to the IRS on the pending Section 2704 valuation rules.  You can read all 15 pages of comments here, but the basic message of the submission ...

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S Corps Exempted from 385 Rules

October 14, 2016|

Here’s a bit of good news for the S corporation community – Treasury has exempted them from the newly published rules under Section 385. This is a huge relief to the S corporation community.  The ...

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Latest on 385

October 5, 2016|

It looks like the IRS and Treasury have made their revisions to the proposed 385 regulations and are just waiting for sign-off from the White House.  According to our friends at Politico: Tax lawyers just ...

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Business Community Rallies

September 30, 2016|

Thousands of family businesses signed a letter this week calling on the Department of the Treasury to withdraw proposed regulations that target family businesses for sharply higher gift and estate taxes. Getting that many private ...

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Response to Valuation Rules Continues

September 23, 2016|

The Main Street Employers coalition sent a letter to congressional tax writers yesterday opposing the proposed rules on estate valuations and calling on Congress to weigh in with Treasury on the issue.  From Politico: The ...

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Business Community Responds to Valuation Rules

September 16, 2016|

Business Valuation Wire reports there has been a sharp spike in the number of families asking valuation professionals to analyze what the newly proposed rules out of Treasury mean to their business succession plans: Valuation ...

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More on the Valuation Rules

August 30, 2016|

The August recess has given the S-Corp team a little more time to review the pending valuations rules out of Treasury.  Recall that 23 years after the IRS surrendered and stopped using their flawed “family ...

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Pass Through Loopholes? 

August 15, 2016|

The pass through mantra, supported by more than 100 national business trade groups, is simple – tax business income once, tax it when its earned, tax it at the same reasonable top rate, and then ...

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Treasury Hits Family Businesses!

August 9, 2016|

The verdict is in, and Treasury’s proposed rules on estate tax valuations of family-owned businesses are broad – very broad indeed. They are, simply put, a direct assault on America’s family-owned businesses. Here’s the take ...

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S-Corp Mod Bills Introduced! 

July 14, 2016|

Good news on a hot day in July!  The 2016 version of the “S Corporation Modernization Act” has been introduced the House and the Senate.  Led by Senators Thune (R-SD) and Cardin (D-MD) and Representatives ...

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S-Corp Submits 385 Comments

July 7, 2016|

The debate over Section 385 continues.  The comment period ends today, and we sent in our comment letter along with the rest of the business community. As we noted in our submission, the 385 regulations ...

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House Tax Blueprint

June 28, 2016|

You have to feel for the House tax writers.  They spent months putting together a plan to reform the tax code and now all anybody wants to talk about is Brexit and Section 385.  That’s ...

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More on 385

June 23, 2016|

S-Corp continues its efforts to educate policymakers about the pending Section 385 rules and the harm they will cause to domestic employers and American jobs starting…well, now. That’s the dirty little secret about the 385 ...

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S-Corp on Section 385

May 25, 2016|

The S Corporation Association has sent a letter to the two congressional tax committees asking them to support efforts to pull Treasury’s proposed section 385 regulations released back on April 4th.  The comment period for ...

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Treasury’s Section 385 Regs and S Corps

May 11, 2016|

The business community is beginning to recognize that Treasury’s new Section 385 regulations published on April 4th have a much broader reach than anybody thought.  S corporations in particular need to pay attention. How broad ...

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Rate Parity Bill Introduced!

April 29, 2016|

For five years, the S Corporation Association and its allies have asked tax writers to pursue business tax reform that taxes all business income just once and at the same, reasonable top rates.  That’s the ...

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More on Corporate Integration

April 25, 2016|

Lots of chatter on corporate tax reform last week.  First, Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch gave a speech on the Senate floor making clear that only comprehensive changes to our tax code would help to ...

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New Name, Same Mission

March 22, 2016|

It’s a new year, so we’ve rolled out the latest version of our pass-through business principles.  As in previous years, the letter hits on the three key elements necessary for any successful tax reform plan ...

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S-Corp in WSJ

March 1, 2016|

S-Corp President Brian Reardon and Advisory Committee Chair Tom Nichols made the pass-through tax reform case in the pages of the Wall Street Journal on Friday. The core message of the piece is that businesses ...

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More on the Administration’s Budget

February 19, 2016|

We weren’t the only ones who noticed the President’s budget for 2017 is bad for Main Street Employers.  Numerous outlets ran stories (CQ, Bloomberg, and Morningstar) focusing on the negative impact the President’s tax proposals ...

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Administration Budget

February 9, 2016|

The President’s budget is out and, as usual, it includes a number of retread proposals to hike taxes on pass-through businesses, including the Buffett Tax and a big hike in the capital gains tax.  We’ve ...

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Permanent Built-In Gains in Extender Package

December 16, 2015|

Negotiators agreed to a package of tax and a package of spending provisions last night, and the big news (pun intended) is that the 5-year recognition period for built-in gains (BIG) – something S-Corp has ...

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S-CORP Testifies

December 4, 2015|

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qcQzgezwO0&t=112m6s Ahead of the extender deadline, S-Corp was on the Hill testifying yesterday that Congress needs to act to end the extender roller coaster and make permanent these provisions, including the built-in gains ...

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Extenders – The Post-Thanksgiving Update

December 2, 2015|

Lots of noise on the extender front, but is there progress being made?  Hard to tell.  Last week, a list of potential items made the rounds that would have made some provisions permanent, some extended ...

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Legislative Update: The Pre-Thanksgiving Edition

November 18, 2015|

We’re tracking two key tax items at the moment – tax extenders and international reform.  Here’s our outlook for both. For extenders, Congress has once again ignored the needs of American businesses by delaying adoption ...

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Brady Elected Chairman of Ways and Means

November 6, 2015|

On Wednesday, the Republican Steering Committee tapped Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) to succeed Speaker Ryan as the committee’s chairman. Both he and his challenger, Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH), are strong allies of S corporations and ...

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What’s On Deck for the Rest of 2015

November 2, 2015|

Speaker Boehner had a three step plan at the beginning of October: 1) Resign at the end of the month; 2) Clear the legislative decks of controversial and difficult items; 3) Turn the gavel over ...

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Legislative Update

October 27, 2015|

It’s been a busy week.  First, Ways & Means Chair Paul Ryan yielded to a tremendous amount of peer pressure and agreed to run for Speaker.  The Republican Conference vote to replace departing Speaker John ...

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S-CORP News Clips

October 19, 2015|

Small Business Confidence Survey You’ll remember back in June we profiled three small business surveys from NFIB, Wells Fargo/Gallup, and Thumbtack. Together, these surveys, with different sample populations and varying methods, provide the most complete ...

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Legislative Update and Treasury’s Effective Rate Study

October 2, 2015|

Legislative Outlook, Post-Boehner Announcement Speaker Boehner’s announcement that he plans to retire at the end of October has implications for tax policy and next year’s spending levels.  Here’s our outlook for both. International Tax Reform:  ...

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S-Corp Comments on Innovation Box

September 10, 2015|

The S Corporation Association submitted comments today to Ways and Means Committee Members Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) and Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), sponsors of the draft “Innovation Promotion Act of 2015.” As you’ll recall, the ...

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Innovative Pass Thrus and an Update on Valuations

August 21, 2015|

Innovative Pass Thrus Last month’s release of the “innovation box” proposal by Ways and Means Committee Members Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) and Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) started us thinking, “Exactly how much innovating do S ...

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Recap of a Busy Week in Tax Policy

July 31, 2015|

Patent/Innovation Box Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) and Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) unveiled their proposed “innovation box” legislation aimed at keeping intellectual property registered in the United States. The bill would lower the rate on qualified ...

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Highway Funding and Tax Extenders Update

July 24, 2015|

Highway Debate Continues Last week, we reported on the House’s adoption of a highway trust fund (HTF) extension through December. This extension is the first step of Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan to combine a longer ...

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Senate Finance Working Groups Release Reports

July 10, 2015|

The Senate Finance Working Groups reports are done and publicly available!  Many congrats to the Committee members and their staff for continuing the progress on tax reform.  You can check out the reports here.  The ...

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S Corp News Clips

June 26, 2015|

More on Tax Reform We've previously commented on Chairman Paul Ryan's desire to do as much as he can this Congress to lay the groundwork for comprehensive tax reform in 2017. Now, in the Wall Street ...

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S Corp Modernization Introduced!

June 17, 2015|

Just in time for our annual Board meeting, S-Corp Champions Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Ron Kind (D-WI) introduced legislation to improve the rules governing S corporations!  Entitled the S Corporation Modernization Act of 2015 (HR ...

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S Corp News Clips

June 12, 2015|

Family Business Valuation under Attack? In a development that could harm valuations of S corporations and other family-owned businesses, the Treasury Department appears poised to issue guidance limiting discounts under section 2704. Such action has ...

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Courts Overvalue S Corps

May 14, 2015|

For over 15 years, the IRS has discriminated against S Corporations when it comes to estate taxes and other matters where business valuation plays a role and, for 15 years, S Corp has been fighting ...

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Big Week for S-Corp

April 20, 2015|

It's been a busy and productive week for team S-Corp!  First, we had two S-Corp representatives testifying before congressional committees on Wednesday. Second, with the Finance Committee working group comments due on April 15th, we ...

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Kleinbard on Tax Reform

March 6, 2015|

Edward Kleinbard, the former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, has a piece in Bloomberg on the prospects of corporate tax reform that makes some interesting points worth considering. To start, he argues that Congress ...

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House Passes S-Corp Reforms!

February 19, 2015|

Last week was a good one for S corporations!  On Friday, the House voted 272 to 142 to adopt long-time S corporation Association priorities – the built-in gains tax relief and the charitable contribution basis ...

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S Corp Provisions on House Floor

February 3, 2015|

Last Friday, longtime S-CORP allies Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) introduced two pieces of legislation – H.R. 629 and H.R. 630 – to extend tax provisions critical to America’s 4.6 million ...

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Mark to Market for Dead People

February 2, 2015|

The President’s budget is out and, as we have in the past, we will start with a disclaimer.  Congress requires the President to issue a budget every year, and every year the President (regardless of ...

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A Tale of Two Speeches

January 26, 2015|

The president gave his State of the Union speech last Tuesday, while his Secretary of Treasury spoke to the Brookings Institution the following morning.  The president didn’t mention tax reform, whereas Lew devoted nearly his ...

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Tax Foundation on Pass-Through Businesses

January 21, 2015|

The Tax Foundation today released a great paper outlining the state of American pass-through businesses – S corps, partnerships, and sole props – and how the tax code currently treats those companies.  According to the ...

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Extenders Clear the Senate

December 17, 2014|

Although it’s not ideal and expires in just two weeks, we are glad to report that the tax extenders bill finally passed in the Senate last night by a 76-16 vote and is on its ...

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Extenders Update

November 26, 2014|

The tax extenders front has been busy in the last couple days.  First, there was the rumor Monday that negotiators were close to a deal.  Tuesday, details emerged of a $450 billion package mixing ten ...

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Extenders and Immigration

November 19, 2014|

Last week, we did a post-election analysis that highlighted the broad implications of the new Republican Congress. A return to "regular order" and increased legislative activity overall, including in the tax space, was our basic ...

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S-CORP Hosts 2014 Midterm Elections Webinar

November 6, 2014|

On Thursday, November 6th, the S Corporation Association held a webinar to go over the 2014 midterm elections results and sort out the implications they'll have on legislation and S-CORP's priorities going forward. To watch ...

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S Corporations Hit by Tax Hikes

October 20, 2014|

Our friends at McGladrey LLP have a new survey out of mid-market firms showing just how hard those companies have been hit by the tax rate hikes championed by President Obama and his allies in ...

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Lew Punts on Tax Reform, Inversions

September 8, 2014|

Secretary Lew gave his tax reform speech this morning.  It lasted maybe 10 minutes and he didn’t take questions afterwards.  Given the buzz the speech’s announcement created on Wall Street and in tax policy circles, ...

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Inversions and Tax Reform

July 17, 2014|

Yesterday’s letter from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on inversions is just the latest headline on an issue that has dominated the tax discussion ever since Pfizer proposed to merge with AstraZeneca back in May.  As ...

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House Passes S-Corp Reforms!

June 12, 2014|

It’s a big day for S corporations!  Earlier today, the House voted to adopt HR 4453, the S Corporation Permanent Relief Act of 2014, by a count of 263 to 155. The bill, sponsored by ...

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BIG Tax Relief on House Floor

June 10, 2014|

It’s a big week for S corporations!  The House is scheduled to vote on several small business tax items, including permanently higher section 179 expensing limits and S corporation modernization legislation too! The S corporation ...

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Thune Files S-CORP Amendment

May 15, 2014|

More good news on the tax front.  Senator John Thune (R-SD) has filed an amendment making permanent two key S corporation reforms.  Joined by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Pat Roberts (R-KS), the Thune amendment ...

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Ways & Means Votes for Permanent BIG Relief!

April 29, 2014|

Earlier today, the House Ways and Means Committee voted out a number of business-friendly tax provisions, including two S corporation reforms introduced by Reps. Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Ron Kind (D-WI). You can click here ...

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Extenders in Play

April 25, 2014|

Tax extenders have gone from the back bench to a starring role in recent weeks. The latest news is that the Ways and Means Committee will hold a markup next Tuesday where they will consider ...

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S-CORP Testifies on Built In Gains

April 10, 2014|

Long-time S Corporation Association advisor Jim Redpath testified Tuesday before the Ways and Means Committee in support, among other items, of making permanent the 5-year recognition period for built in gains. The hearing focused on ...

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Moving on Extenders

March 28, 2014|

Extenders are back in play in the House and Senate.  Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) plans to release his package Monday, with amendments due on Tuesday and markup to begin on Wednesday. Details of the ...

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S-Corp Payroll Tax Hike Re-Emerges

March 6, 2014|

Both the Camp discussion draft and the President’s budget include provisions to expand the application of payroll taxes to S corporation income. The White House proposal is an expanded version of efforts that failed in ...

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S-CORP Testifies on Nexus Issues

February 28, 2014|

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Wednesday on the Business Activity Tax Simplification Act of 2013 (H.R. 2992), a bill that seeks to rationalize the current maze of state and local practices when it ...

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Camp Draft Released

February 27, 2014|

Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released his long-awaited tax plan yesterday.  The Chairman has worked hard to put out a plan that addresses the biggest challenges faced by the tax code, and he ...

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S-CORP on the Air

February 24, 2014|

February 21, 2014 Earlier this week, S-Corp Executive Director Brian Reardon took to the airwaves to talk all things S-Corp with radio host Mark Kohler. Kohler hosts a weekly program devoted to tax issues that ...

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New Finance Committee Chair

February 24, 2014|

February 14, 2014 Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) took the helm of the Finance Committee this week.  What does this mean for tax policy?  Here’s what the press has to say: The Hill tells us he ...

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CBO Gets Effective Rate Wrong

February 24, 2014|

February 6, 2014 The tax reform effort may face significant headwinds, but the debate over who pays what continues, with the business community doing a good job of articulating just how much they pay in ...

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Entitlement Death Spiral

February 24, 2014|

February 5, 2014 Yesterday’s CBO report has started a firestorm here in DC, with most of it focused on the portion that says Obamacare will result in 2 million fewer workers by the year 2017.  ...

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SOTU Commentary and Response

February 24, 2014|

January 29, 2014 While the President’s State of the Union address last night covered a range of topics, it did little to move the needle on tax reform. The full transcript of the speech can ...

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S-Corp Comments to Senate Finance

February 24, 2014|

January 17, 2014 Senator Baucus is headed to China but his discussion drafts remain, as does the January 17th deadline for commenting on them. So earlier today, the S Corporation Association submitted comments in response ...

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Letter from Chairman Simmons

January 10, 2014|

Dear S-CORP Member: As the President of a multi-generation family business, the question Ibm often asked is bWhy has the McIlhenny Company stayed private all these years?bB Why, indeed. We do face limitations as a ...

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Senate Finance Committee Shakeup

December 20, 2013|

Yesterday we got word that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus is headed to Beijing to serve as the next Ambassador to China. For tax policy, the move changes our outlook in the following ways. ...

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Tax Reform Rehash

December 12, 2013|

The release of Finance Committee tax reform discussion drafts on cost recovery and international tax have laid bare a reality that's been hiding just below the surface for two years now the visions for reform ...

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S Corp Payroll Tax Hike Resurfaces

November 14, 2013|

Last week, Senate Democrats released a paper highlighting a dozen tax increases they would like to use to offset spending cuts in the current budget negotiations. As Politico reported: Tax expenditures topping the list include ...

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Budget & Tax Policy Outlook

October 31, 2013|

The agreement earlier this month between Senators Reid and McConnell reopened the government for a few months, but it failed to resolve any of the issues that precipitated the shutdown in the first place.B Therebs ...

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Forbes on Pass Through Businesses

October 16, 2013|

Marty Sullivan always writes interesting and provocative pieces on tax policy, so when we saw his recent piece in Forbes on tax reform Should Small Business Have Veto Power Over Corporate Tax Reform, we read ...

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The Importance of Pass Throughs

September 10, 2013|

Put on your "must read" list a new paper from our friends at the Tax Foundation highlighting the importance of pass-through businesses to jobs and employment. It's the best written and most comprehensive summary of ...

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S-Corp Study in the News

August 8, 2013|

Since its release yesterday, the effective tax rate study put out by S-Corp and the National Federation for Independent Business has been getting traction both on the Hill and in the media. The study shows ...

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Finance Committee ”Blank Slate” Letter

June 28, 2013|

Yesterday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch ruined the July 4th vacation plans of every tax lobbyist in town with they laid out their new "blank slate" approach to tax ...

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Pass-Through Reform Issues

June 21, 2013|

A couple of recent publications have highlighted the negative consequences of "corporate-only" tax reform, including a paper put out by Grant Thornton last month that focused on the challenges faced by businesses structured as S ...

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S-CORP Testifies

May 29, 2013|

S corporation tax policy took center stage on the Hill earlier this month. Carrying the S-CORP flag before the House Ways and Means Select Revenue Subcommittee was Tom Nichols, the Chairman of S-CORP's Board of ...

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More Support for S Corp Modernization!

April 17, 2013|

More groups are coming out in support for the provisions contained in H.R. 892, the S Corporation Modernization Act of 2013, sponsored by S-Corp champions Representatives Reichert (R-WA) and Kind (D-WI). As you recall, S ...

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Ways & Means Draft Strengthens S Corps

March 12, 2013|

The Ways & Means Committee today released another in a series of "discussion drafts" outlining their plans for tax reform. This latest draft focuses on how to tax pass-through businesses -- those businesses organized as ...

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S-CORP Opposes Senate Sequestration Bill

February 28, 2013|

The Senate is voting today on legislation to swap the sequester spending cuts with a package evenly divided between other spending cuts and targeted tax hikes. The core tax hike in this package is our ...

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Big Picture on Pass-Through Taxation

February 14, 2013|

Our expectation for 2013 is continued guerrilla warfare on specific tax hike proposals coupled with the looming threat of larger tax hikes when Congress next addresses the debt limit. Add in the determination of both ...

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Tax Outlook

February 5, 2013|

The conventional wisdom in the press is that the agreement on the fiscal cliff killed tax reform. By making permanent so many tax policies -- including the AMT treatment and estate tax rules -- the ...

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Built-In Gains Relief in Fiscal Cliff Deal

January 3, 2013|

Happy New Year everyone! As everyone knows, the President signed into law H.R. 8, the so-called mini deal addressing the fiscal cliff yesterday. The agreement was the result of negotiations between Vice President Biden and ...

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S-Corp Supports Plan B

December 20, 2012|

Text of the letter we sent to Speaker Boehner earlier today: Dear Speaker: The S Corporation Association would like to thank you for all your work over the past two years to protect closely-held businesses ...

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S Corp Meets with House Leadership

December 6, 2012|

S Corporation Association Board Member Dan McGregor participated in a small business roundtable with House Republican leadership yesterday as part of our ongoing effort to educate policymakers on the important role pass-through businesses, and particularly ...

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Pass-Through Coalition Weighs In on Fiscal Cliff

November 28, 2012|

The S Corporation Association joined with more than 40 other organizations in a letter to Congressional leadership calling for action on to pursue comprehensive tax reform that lowers rates on all forms of business income ...

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Fiscal (Slope) Cliff Forecast

November 5, 2012|

While everyone in Washington waits for Tuesday's election results, this story in The Hill caught our eye: "Fiscal cliff already weighing on economy." According to the story: While the expiring tax cuts and automatic spending ...

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S Corporations Featured in Presidential Debate

October 5, 2012|

This week's Presidential debate featured both of our recent S-Corp studies -- the first highlighting how many Americans work for pass-through businesses, and the second making clear that the pending higher tax rates will result ...

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Tax Outlook

September 4, 2012|

With the Republican convention behind us and the Democratic one this week, we thought it would be worthwhile to assess what the business community can expect on taxes in the next six months. We break ...

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Rate Debate Update

August 1, 2012|

The rate debate continues. Last week, the Senate failed to extend all the current tax rates and policies by a vote of 45-54. Two Republicans voted against the measure because of a refundable credit issue ...

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Rate Debate Begins

July 24, 2012|

Majority Leader Harry this week filed a motion to proceed to the Senate Democratic bill (S 3414) to extend the Bush tax cuts for all taxpayers except the top two brackets. A procedural vote is ...

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New S-CORP Study in the News

July 18, 2012|

As our Washington Wire readers know, S-CORP released an important study on Tuesday by Bob Carroll and Gerald Prante from Ernst & Young. The new study focuses on the rate debate in Congress and its ...

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New Ernst & Young Study on Top Rates

July 17, 2012|

oday, the S Corporation Association released a new study by Ernst & Young focused on the rate debate in Congress and its impact on job creation and business investment. According to the study, allowing the ...

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BIG Update

July 12, 2012|

It's been an active week for supporters of an extension of built-in gains (BIG) tax relief. First, Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) worked to find another way to highlight an extension of ...

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President Targets S Corps

July 10, 2012|

President Obama announced yesterday his continued support for raising tax rates on Americans earning more than $250,000 ($200,000 for single filers). As the Wall Street Journal reported today, these policies would hit a large number ...

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The Supremes and S Corps

June 28, 2012|

The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate today. For health care agencies, providers, insurance companies, and states that means they have 18 months to rework their entire health care system, including creating ...

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S Corps More Efficient

June 26, 2012|

We have long argued that the American economy benefits from allowing entrepreneurs multiple business forms from which to choose. Each business has its own unique capital, management, governance, and transition challenges, and allowing those businesses ...

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Cliff Notes II

June 20, 2012|

With less than 200 days left before Washington leads the economy over the fiscal cliff, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) has offered up more evidence that Congress needs to act to extend the current ...

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Cliff Notes

June 19, 2012|

House leadership has made clear they will take up legislation to extend the current tax rates and other policies through 2013, combined with expedited procedures for tax reform to be enacted in 2013. This one-two ...

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BIG (Built-In Gains) Day, Continued

May 22, 2012|

Building on the oral testimony of Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) at the member's hearing on tax extenders held by the Ways and Means Revenues subcommittee, Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) also weighed in to support extending ...

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Game On!

May 17, 2012|

This morning, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp announced that the House would act this fall, prior to the November elections, to extend current tax rates while outlining a process whereby the Committee would ...

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Senate Defeats S-Corp Tax Hike

May 8, 2012|

Good news for job creators! The Senate just voted against moving forward on legislation that would increase taxes on S corporations by $9 billion. The legislation was opposed by a broad coalition of business groups, ...

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BIG (Built-In Gains) Day

May 1, 2012|

The Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures heard from Members last week on the tax extenders they care most about. Given the relative dearth of legislative opportunities this year, there was lots ...

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S-Corp Payroll Taxes on the Table (Again)

April 24, 2012|

The S-Corp payroll tax issue is back in play. According to the Associated Press and others, Senate Democrats are planning to raise taxes on S corporation shareholders by $6 billion to offset the cost of ...

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Keeping Rates the Same

April 10, 2012|

It's Easter recess here in D.C. and we've had a chance to catch up on our reading. Topping the stack was Marty Sullivan's Tax Notes piece from March 26th. It's a rebuttal to our tax ...

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The Ryan Budget & Taxes

March 21, 2012|

The budget introduced in the House today calls for a couple broad items on the tax front. First, it calls for extending all the tax provisions set to expire January 1st. That's the rate cliff ...

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Tiberi Introduces Bonus Depreciation Bill

March 16, 2012|

This week Ways and Means Member Pat Tiberi (R-OH), one of our more vocal S-Corp champions, introduced legislation (H.R. 4196) to extend 100 percent bonus depreciation through the rest of this year. Bonus depreciation allows ...

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Ways and Means Hearing

March 13, 2012|

S-corporation taxation took center stage on the Hill last week. Carrying the S-Corp flag before the House Ways and Means Committee was Association Advisor Tom Nichols of Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C. Tom had ...

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Taxing Business Investment

March 2, 2012|

Our position on tax reform is simple and outlined in the letter 45 business groups sent to Congress last fall: Pursue comprehensive reform that includes both the corporate and individual tax codes; Keep the top ...

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Administration Offers Corporate Tax Reform

February 22, 2012|

The Administration released its outline for "business" tax reform today. Described by its authors as more than a set of principles but less than a fully-realized plan, the 22-page joint Treasury-White House release raises more ...

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President’s Budget and S Corps

February 13, 2012|

The President's budget came out today, and despite the fact that it and the many proposals it contains are unlikely to move through Congress, there are a number of items of specific concern to S ...

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Extensions for Main Street

February 3, 2012|

Three cheers for Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) for fighting to move extensions of expired tax provisions benefiting Main Street businesses! Senators Snowe and Landrieu introduced the Small Business Tax Extenders ...

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S Corporations and Payroll Taxes, Again

February 1, 2012|

The release of Newt Gingrich's tax return has returned the issue of payroll taxes and S corporations to the public's attention. This issue first came to prominence during the 2004 election cycle, when Vice Presidential ...

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Wall Street Journal Misleads its Readers

January 24, 2012|

Two weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal ran a front-page piece entitled, "More Firms Enjoy Tax-Free Status." While you could argue the story itself was less biased than the headline, its overall bent leaves the ...

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New Year, Similar Outlook

January 23, 2012|

It's a new year but the outlook for tax policy remains remarkably unchanged. The list of possible to-do items Congress might take on this year is pretty much the same and includes: Extension of the ...

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A Word From Our Chairman

January 20, 2012|

Dear S-Corp Member: Happy New Year! I am writing to thank you for your continued support of the S Corporation Association and the important work we do in defense of the S Corp community. As ...

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Nobody Here But Us Unicorns

December 13, 2011|

Last week, National Public Radio ran a story suggesting that while business groups are focused on the pending rate hikes and the impact they will have on jobs and investment, actual business owners are less ...

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Year-End Wrap Up

December 5, 2011|

Two headlines in Politico this morning tell the story on tax policy for the remainder of the year: "Tax Cut Boils Down to Who Pays" and "K Street Mounts Last-Ditch Blitz for Tax Breaks." The ...

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What’s Next?

November 21, 2011|

The Super Committee announced today that it will not produce any recommendations for Congress to act on next month. The markets are reacting badly, which surprises us. They should have seen this coming. Maybe they ...

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Pass-Through Businesses Get Their Day

November 4, 2011|

On the heels of the release of the Ways and Means Committee's discussion draft to reform the international tax code and drop the corporate rate to 25 percent, a Subcommittee of the House Committee on ...

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Increased Activity on Tax Reform

October 19, 2011|

A Hill report from yesterday adds detail to the rumblings over the past week that the House Ways and Means Committee Republicans are putting together a discussion outline for tax reform. According to The Hill: ...

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More Talk on Corporate-Only Reform

October 14, 2011|

Congressional Quarterly has a really good article on the state of tax reform discussions on the Hill, and the Super Committee in particular. Here's a few of the key paragraphs: Advocates of a corporate overhaul ...

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Senate to Consider Surtax

October 5, 2011|

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) reportedly plans to bring up the President's Jobs Bill this month and pay for it with a new 5 percent "surtax" on taxpayers making more than a million dollars. ...

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Battle Lines on Tax Policy

September 20, 2011|

The President rolled out his latest deficit reduction outline yesterday. As expected, it included several tax recommendations. In sum, the President is calling for an additional $1.5 trillion in tax collections over the next decade, ...

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Pass-Thru Employment Takes Center Stage

September 15, 2011|

Robert Carroll's study on pass-thru businesses continues to be a centerpiece in the tax policy discussion here in DC. At yesterday's Finance Committee hearing on the future of tax rates, Bill Rys from the National ...

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Honey, I Shrunk the Small Business Sector

August 24, 2011|

Earlier this month, the Department of the Treasury released a report to redefine "small business." As Bloomberg reports: Using the proposed definition, 20 million small business owners reported $376 billion in net business income for ...

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Tax Policy and the “Joint Committee”

August 2, 2011|

Does the debt deal include tax policies? Step One of the plan includes $917 billion in spending cuts only. But Step Two calls on a special "Joint Committee" to develop an additional package of deficit ...

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The Gang Falls Short

July 21, 2011|

With less than two weeks to go before the Treasury-announced August 2nd deadline to raise the debt ceiling, members of Congress are desperate for some sort of plan that will break the current stalemate over ...

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Ryan on S-Corps and Taxes

July 15, 2011|

Earlier this morning, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) cited from our Ernst & Young study to defend Main Street businesses. We had been in to see Chairman Ryan back during our annual Board ...

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The President and Cantor on Taxes

July 7, 2011|

The Hill was all atwitter last evening with rumors that some sort of deal had been reached over raising the debt ceiling and the deficit reduction package that needs to accompany that legislation. In moments ...

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Tax Notes: Make S-Corps Pay C-Corp Taxes

June 7, 2011|

The drumbeat to impose the double corporate tax on large pass-through businesses grows louder. This time, it's Martin Sullivan at Tax Notes arguing that larger firms should all be subject to corporate-level taxes. At least ...

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S-CORP Study in the News

April 14, 2011|

As our Washington Wire readers know, S-CORP released a ground-breaking study on Tuesday by Bob Carroll and Gerald Prante from Ernst & Young. The study quantifies the economic footprint of flow-through businesses for jobs and ...

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Treasury to Propose Corporate Tax Reform Plan

April 6, 2011|

Appearing before a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee to discuss FY 2012 Treasury Department funding, Secretary Geithner said the Administration is ready to get the ball rolling on corporate tax reform, telling Senators, "I'm ...

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The “Ideal” Way to Tax Businesses

April 5, 2011|

The story on tax reform continues to progress. Last week, the Senate Finance Committee held another in its series of hearings on the various aspects of reform. This hearing, entitled "How do Complexity, Uncertainty, and ...

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Camp Pushes Comprehensive Reform

March 23, 2011|

The Wall Street Journal reports that Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp wants to push tax reform that addresses both the corporate and individual tax codes. That's good news for S corporations and the majority ...

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More on Pass-Throughs and Corporate Reform

March 8, 2011|

Last week, the Ways and Means Select Revenue Subcommittee held a hearing that sought to counter the momentum building within the Administration and in the press to tax pass-through businesses to pay for corporate-only tax ...

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Using Pass-Throughs to Pay for Corporate Reform

March 1, 2011|

Tax Notes has an article that pours more gasoline on the fire started by Bloomberg and the Geithner-led Treasury Department last weeks. The piece, written by Martin Sullivan, argues that pass-through treatment of some firms ...

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New Tax Writers

February 1, 2011|

The Senate last week announced the new members of the tax-writing Finance Committee. The announcement followed several weeks of negotiations over committee ratios of Democrats to Republicans, in addition to a related fight over amending ...

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New Year – New Challenges

January 18, 2011|

Happy New Year! As we're preparing for the new Congress and the new challenges it brings, we would like to once again thank you for your continued support of the S Corporation Association and to ...

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2-Year Extension Set to Pass

December 15, 2010|

Here's an early Christmas present -- the Senate voted this afternoon 81-19 to move forward on the tax deal cut between President Obama and congressional Republicans. We expect the package to pass intact early tomorrow. ...

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Rate Debate is All But Over

December 10, 2010|

Another interesting week in our nation's capital. The big news is the tax deal struck between Congressional Republicans and the White House. We expect this deal to pass, with few changes, either next week or ...

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Latest on Rate Debate

December 6, 2010|

Congress and the Administration continue to move through the three-step dance necessary to come to closure on the debate over extending expiring tax provisions. Step 1 took place two weeks ago when the Democratic and ...

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Rate Debate Continues

November 22, 2010|

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Here's a quick update on the tax outlook. Congress returned last week, but didn't make much progress. The big news was the cancellation of the bipartisan leadership meeting at the White ...

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Lame Duck and Tax Policies

November 3, 2010|

Congress is set to return for its lame duck session the week after next. With Thanksgiving in the middle and Christmas at the end, Congress has maybe three weeks to fund the government and figure ...

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Taxes and Elections

October 19, 2010|

With Congress gone, we thought we might dust off the old S-CORP Crystal Ball and make some predictions. By all accounts, the seats in play this cycle are well above the norm and this could ...

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President Signs BIG Relief!

September 28, 2010|

In a capital-starved economy, what makes more sense than allowing firms access to their own capital? For one year beginning in 2011, hundreds of thousands of S corporations around the country will be able to ...

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The Rate Debate Continuesb&

September 22, 2010|

Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus staked out unique turf yesterday, calling for keeping tax policy stable for middle class taxpayers, allowing rates to rise for taxpayers making more than $250,000, but for taxing capital gains ...

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Senate Passes Built-In Gains Relief

September 16, 2010|

After months of maneuvering, the Senate today adopted H.R. 5297, the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act.B This legislation includes a number of business-friendly provisions, including the built-in gains tax relief so important to the ...

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Small Business Update

September 13, 2010|

The Congress is back, and Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) indicated last week that he will support closing debate on the small business tax bill pending in the Senate.B He should be the 60th vote, clearing ...

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Business Community Opposes Tax Hike

September 9, 2010|

Following yesterday's comments by President Obama, the S Corporation Association joined together with more than 30 other business associations to make the case for action by Congress to avoid the massive tax hike on private ...

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Tax Policy on the Table for September

August 19, 2010|

Members of Congress are back home and set to return mid-September for a final three week session before the November elections. Add in two or three weeks of possible "lame duck" session, and that's the ...

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Small Business & Extender Tax Bill Update 2.0

August 3, 2010|

After reappearing briefly last week, the latest version of the tax extenders package (Baucus IV) has now disappeared. The plan was for the latest version to garner sufficient support and then be attached to the ...

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Small Business & Extender Tax Bill Update

July 29, 2010|

If you watched the Senate floor yesterday, you might be under the impression that nothing was happening. The Senate spent most of the day in a Quorum Call (Senate code for nothing happening), and when ...

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Senate Back on Small Business Bill

July 28, 2010|

The Senate restarted debate on the small business bill last night. Majority Leader Reid called the bill back up and filed cloture on a new version. Among other changes, the bill now includes an agricultural ...

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Finance Reviews Economic Impact of Tax Hikes

July 14, 2010|

It's July 14th, 2010. There are approximately 30 legislative days before the fall elections and less than six months before huge portions of the tax code expire, so it's only appropriate that today, the Senate ...

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Congress Returns to Small Business Bill

July 13, 2010|

Congress is back this week, and the pending business before the Senate is the small business tax bill that passed the House last month. Here's BNA's review of the plan: The Senate is expected to ...

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Baucus III

June 23, 2010|

The tax community is still waiting for the third version of the Baucus substitute to be released. A "trial balloon" draft circulated yesterday made certain changes, but failed to address many of the sticking points ...

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Latest On Extenders and the Payroll Tax

June 18, 2010|

So the Senate just adopted a stand-alone, six month Doc Fix. Adoption of this provision sends a couple signals for the broader extender package. This action follows on last night's failed 56-40 cloture vote on ...

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Baucus Substitute, Part II

June 17, 2010|

After falling 15 votes shy of the 60 needed to close debate and move forward on the "extender plus" package, Finance Chairman Max Baucus offered up a second substitute last evening and Senator Reid immediately ...

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Payroll Tax Hike Taken Up in the Senate

June 8, 2010|

The Senate began debate on the bloated tax extender package today. The House passed its version 215-204 shortly before leaving for the Memorial Day recess on May 28th. That vote was supposed to take place ...

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S-CORP Opposes Extender Pay-For

May 26, 2010|

Your S-CORP team has been busy hitting the Hill in opposition to this payroll tax provision in recent days. Late last week, the House Ways and Means Committee released its package of tax extenders, partially ...

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Payroll Tax Update

May 6, 2010|

Congressional taxwriters, especially in the House, continue to express interest in raising payroll taxes on active S corporation shareholders as an offset to the tax extender package under consideration, and the business community has responded. ...

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Payroll Tax Hikes Back On The Agenda

April 27, 2010|

Last week, the S corporation community was put on high alert when we received word that an S corporation payroll tax increase similar to the provision from the old Rangel Mother bill (H.R. 3970) was ...

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Small Business Tax Package Recap

April 10, 2010|

With the Senate back in town this week, here's a quick recap on the status of the S Corp reform tax title we've been advocating in Congress: First, on January 10th, the House passed a ...

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Private Enterprise and Jobs

March 31, 2010|

A recent Washington Times article by Mike Whalen, chief executive of Heart of America Restaurants and Inns, should give policymakers pause as they worry about weak job growth while simultaneously piling one tax on top ...

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House Passes Health Care Reform and "Fix"

March 22, 2010|

After a long legislative odyssey, the House passed the broad health care reform package on Sunday evening by a vote of 219-212. This legislation is identical to the Senate bill adopted on Christmas Eve and ...

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Health Care Reform and S Corporations

February 24, 2010|

President Obama released a list of proposed changes to the Senate-passed health care reform bill on Monday, and while there is plenty to interest any American, one item in particular should catch the attention of ...

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The Skinny on the Jobs Bill

February 18, 2010|

So we're still trying to figure out what happened between Thursday morning and Thursday afternoon last week. On Thursday morning, the Senate Finance Committee released an $84 billion "Jobs" bill draft with all the expected ...

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Jobs Bill on Senate Floor Next Week

February 5, 2010|

Senate leadership has committed to taking up a Jobs bill next week. The details of the package are still being worked out, but the list released by the Senate Democrats includes: Job Creation tax credit ...

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President Releases 2011 Budget

February 2, 2010|

The president released his FY2011 budget yesterday. According to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the administration begins with a ten year baseline deficit of $5.5 trillion dollars. Simply put, if Congress and the ...

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Senate Jobs Bill First Out of the Chute

January 26, 2010|

With health care reform in a state of political limbo, Senate leadership is busy assembling a job-creation package that is likely to be the chamber's next significant legislative effort. Just before Christmas recess, the House ...

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Tax Outlook for 2010 — Starting in a Hole

January 15, 2010|

The economic fear that gripped folks in the Fall of 2008 has resulted in a historic collapse of federal revenues. Revenue collections since 1960 have stayed in a relatively tight pattern centered around 18 percent ...

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Welcome to 2010!

January 13, 2010|

Dear S-CORP Member: As we begin a new year and gear-up for all the hopes and challenges that 2010 will bring, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support and highlight ...

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Business Community Supports Estate Tax Relief

November 13, 2009|

Last week, the S Corporation Association joined a group of nearly 50 small business organizations to support estate tax legislation (H.R. 3905) to make permanent rates and exclusion levels more favorable than those in place ...

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S-Corp Organizes Defense of Family Business

November 2, 2009|

  Led by S-CORP, a coalition of fifteen small business trade associations sent letters last week to the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees urging policymakers to protect the interests of family-owned businesses ...

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Update on Estate Tax

October 27, 2009|

We've been visiting Capitol Hill offices over the past couple weeks to talk about the estate tax and its impact on family businesses and now have a clearer idea of where the issue is headed. ...

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Health Care Update

October 6, 2009|

The idea of taxing high cost plans is relatively new, and there are many outstanding questions about how it would work. For example, how exactly how would this excise tax raise revenue? The Senate plan ...

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Estate Tax Update

August 31, 2009|

Where to start? The August break is nearly over and Congress is scheduled to return after Labor Day with a full agenda that includes finishing (or finishing off) health care reform, wrapping up all the ...

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Estate Tax & PAYGO

July 21, 2009|

  The House is scheduled to take up a Paygo bill -- short for b"pay-as-you-go" -- this week that makes room for an estate tax fix. Paygo was established back in 1990 as a means ...

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House Releases Health Care Legislation

July 15, 2009|

As expected, House Leadership released its health care reform plan yesterday -- America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (H.R. 3200). As you can imagine, there are any number of provisions to explore in a ...

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S-Corp Modernization Bill Introduced in the House

June 25, 2009|

Good news! Last week, S-CORP Champion Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) introduced the "S Corporation Modernization Act of 2009." Joining Congressman Kind in sponsoring the legislation were fellow Ways & Means Committee Members Wally Herger (R-CA), ...

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Value-Added Tax Coming to America?

June 2, 2009|

Two weeks ago, the Senate Finance Committee released its summary of options to pay for health care reform. As expected, the list was long and could be divided up any number of ways. One item ...

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S Corp Modernization Introduced in the Senate!

May 7, 2009|

Good news for S corporations! S-CORP allies Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) today introduced the "S Corporation Modernization Act of 2009." This legislation is similar to bills offered in previous Congresses and ...

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The Washington Post Discovers Small Employers

April 28, 2009|

The Washington Post this week reported on an issue that shouldn't come as a surprise for S-CORP readers: President Obama's tax plans could hurt many of America's small businesses. Small business owners who report their ...

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The Washington Post Discovers Small Employer

April 28, 2009|

The Washington Post this week reported on an issue that shouldn't come as a surprise for S-CORP readers: President Obama's tax plans could hurt many of America's small businesses. Small business owners who report their ...

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Middle-Class Tax Increases on the Horizon

April 21, 2009|

Last Wednesday's The Hill included a comprehensive overview of the exploding spending and deficit picture and calls into question President Obama's ability to live up to his long-held promise not to raise middle class taxes. ...

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Budget Process and Reconciliation

April 8, 2009|

Both the House and the Senate completed their respective budget resolutions last week. The plan now is for the two bodies to get together to resolve any differences and produce a single budget in the ...

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Congressional Budget Takes Form

March 25, 2009|

Lots of budget related news in recent days with implications for small business taxpayers. First, the Congressional Budget Office weighed in last week with its analysis of the Obama budget outline and estimated that the ...

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Obama’s Tax Plans Take Shape

February 26, 2009|

President Obama released a 140-page outline of his budget today that reflects his revenue and spending priorities for the next couple of years. Chief among these is a major change in federal health care policies. ...

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Congress Reaches Deal on Stimulus

February 13, 2009|

Sometimes, Congress meets a deadline. Six weeks ago, congressional leadership and the new Obama Administration had set out the Presidents' Day recess as the deadline for getting the economic stimulus package to the President's desk. ...

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Stimulus Update

February 4, 2009|

The Washington Post reports that the Senate Stimulus bill is short of the 60 votes needed for it to move through the chamber. As the Post noted: Senate Democratic leaders conceded yesterday that they do ...

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BIG Reform Included in Finance Committee Mark!

January 27, 2009|

Big news for S corporations! S-CORP champions Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) have succeeded in securing BIG reform in Senator Baucus' (D-MT) version of a stimulus package! As S-CORP readers know, BIG ...

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Stimulus Introduced in House

January 16, 2009|

The House Leadership released an outline of its proposed stimulus package yesterday with few surprises. The total package is $825 billion with $550 billion in new spending and $275 billion in tax relief. On the ...

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Estate Tax Compromise Under Development

January 14, 2009|

Looks like Congressional Democrats and President-elect Obama's economic team are already beginning work on legislation to prevent a full repeal of the estate tax in 2010. The Wall Street Journal reports that President Obama's plan ...

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Stimulus Package Discussed

January 8, 2009|

Following a closed-door planning session today of members of the Senate Finance Committee, we expect the Committee will mark-up the tax portions of a stimulus package as early as January 22nd. As we indicated previously, ...

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Tax Relief Grows in Proposed Stimulus

January 5, 2009|

Congress is back and ready to legislate. First out of the box will be the long-anticipated economic stimulus package. Unlike previous efforts, the current push has the benefit of support from leadership in the House, ...

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Bailout Watch

December 17, 2008|

The ongoing soap opera of the auto bailout continues, with Congress failing to find a means of balancing the needs of Detroit with the concerns of taxpayers and Senate Republicans. As a result, the bailout ...

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Auto Bailout Stalls Stimulus

November 19, 2008|

Congress is back for the week, but we do not expect much to get done. House and Senate Democrats support allocating $25 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program to bailout the Big Three automakers, ...

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Second Stimulus on the Horizon

November 10, 2008|

A second stimulus package is being formulated up on the Hill, but is by no means a done deal at this point.B Just before adjourning for the election, the House passed a $61 billion bill ...

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Election Impact on S Corporations

November 5, 2008|

We'll write more about the election in coming months, but wanted to send out a quick summary of how the elections yesterday affect the S corporation community. We've noted several times that President-elect Obama's tax ...

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S Corp Champions Push BIG Relief

October 29, 2008|

As Congress moves forward on the stimulus bill, the S Corporation Association continues to push Built-In Gains tax relief as a vital part of the package. If the economy is suffering from a lack of ...

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Congress to Consider Lame Duck Session Stimulus

October 20, 2008|

What time is it when the market is down, unemployment is up, personal consumption is falling and manufacturing activity is contracting? Time for another economic stimulus package. Last week, the Ways and Means Committee confirmed ...

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Bailout Update

October 14, 2008|

The Treasury Department announced over the weekend that it would infuse $250 billion directly into the banking system, starting with approximately $125 billion targeted at nine major institutions including Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. Combined with ...

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Bailout and Extenders Combined

October 1, 2008|

As equity markets continue their wild swings while the credit markets signal distress, Congress will make another run at the financial sector bailout this evening. This time the Senate will try. The new package retains ...

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Bailout Votes This Week

September 29, 2008|

The House is scheduled to vote on the financial sector bailout package later today. If it passes, the Senate will take it up on Wednesday. The package itself retains the core Paulson proposal to give ...

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Congressional Overview

September 26, 2008|

We are nearing the finish line for the 110th Congress with more on the table than when we started nearly two years ago. None of the 12 bills to fund the government have been adopted. ...

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Extenders Advance

September 24, 2008|

Following a series of votes on alternatives, the Senate adopted a $150 billion package of tax extenders yesterday by a vote of 92-5. The key components of the package include: A one year extension of ...

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Bailout Takes Center Stage

September 22, 2008|

Our friends at the Treasury spent the weekend working primarily with the House Financial Services Committee to refine the Administration's emergency plan to purchase hundreds of billions of dollars worth of mortgage backed securities. According ...

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Tax Policy and Small Business

September 12, 2008|

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reviewed the most recent comments by Senator Barack Obama regarding his plans for tax policy. As we noted in the past, the bias is for higher tax rates ...

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Happy 50th, S Corps!

September 2, 2008|

Today marks the 50th birthday of the S corporation! As you can imagine, here at the S Corporation Association we've got the cake and candles ready. Perhaps more importantly, at a time of economic and ...

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S-Corp Supports Small Business Tax Modernization Act

July 29, 2008|

More good news for S Corps! Congresswoman Nydia VelC!zquez, Chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, introduced legislation last week "the Small Business Tax Modernization Act of 2008" that includes many provisions with the potential ...

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Broad Business Coalition Supports BIG Relief

July 23, 2008|

There are increased reports in the media about a potential stimulus package to be considered when Congress returns in September (here and here). If Congress does consider another stimulus package and wants to target help ...

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Stimulus Getting More Ink

July 11, 2008|

Several papers are reporting what we have been hearing for the past week - a possible second economic stimulus package is in the early stages of discussion. As the Wall Street Journal reported: Senate Majority ...

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S Corporations and the Estate Tax

June 26, 2008|

With a large fraction of the tax code expiring in the next couple of years, the big surprise may be the growing consensus for compromise over the estate tax. The estate tax is scheduled to ...

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S Corp Testifies in the House!

June 20, 2008|

This week the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing to consider reforms that would promote equality and growth for S corporations. Rick Klahsen, a member of the S Corporation Association's Board of Advisors ...

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Busy Week in Washington

June 5, 2008|

Lots of activity on tax policy with implications for S corporations this week. On Monday, the White House held a forum on the expiring tax relief and its potential to hurt the economy if it ...

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Senate S Corp Modernization Act Introduced!

May 23, 2008|

Good news for the S corporation community! Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the S Corporation Modernization Act of 2008, S. 3063, last evening. The introduction ...

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House Passes Marginal Tax Increase

May 16, 2008|

Foreshadowing things to come, the House on Thursday adopted legislation to increase Veterans education benfits by raising marginal tax rates on individuals - including S corporation shareholders - making $500,000 a year or more. As ...

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Stimulating S Corporations

May 2, 2008|

S Corporation Association Chairman Richard Roderick weighed in on behalf of S corporations yesterday regarding the second stimulus package being developed in the House. In a letter to Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia VelC!zquez, Roderick ...

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Small Business Week 2008

April 30, 2008|

Washington loves small businesses, at least in its rhetoric.B April 20-26th was Small Business Week.B The annual event is devoted to recognizing the "determination and ingenuity of America's workers and entrepreneurs who play a vital ...

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Did Somebody Say Tax Reform?

April 21, 2008|

Last Tuesday the Senate Finance Committee held the first of several planned hearings on tax reform. These hearings are being held in preparation of the 111th Congress, when the Ways and Means and Finance committees ...

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Budget Debate and Taxes

March 11, 2008|

Everyone in Washington knows Congress will have to address the growth of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and the expiration of popular tax provisions over the next three years. Just how they will go about ...

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Obama and S Corporations

March 4, 2008|

The Texas and Ohio presidential primaries are dominating the news today, so we thought webd take a look at the candidatesb tax policies and see how they would affect S corporations.B B Webll start with ...

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Peering into the Future of Tax Policy

February 25, 2008|

We've been asked to gaze into our crystal ball and see what the future of tax policy looks like. For S Corporations, it looks a lot like when the Ghost of Christmas Future popped in ...

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President to Sign Fiscal Stimulus

February 11, 2008|

The President is expected to sign the fiscal stimulus package on Wednesday. After two weeks of hand ringing and posturing, the Senate finally adopted a slightly modified version of the bill the House and the ...

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Stimulus Boost to Senate Bill

January 31, 2008|

The initial GDP estimate for the first quarter of 2008 (based on data from October, November and December 2007) came in yesterday at a very low 0.6%. That's a big reduction from the 4.9% increase ...

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Stimulus Deal Announced

January 25, 2008|

As the news reported over the last couple of days, Administration and House leaders have agreed to a package of temporary tax relief to provide the economy with fiscal stimulus. As reported, the package would ...

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Stimulus Introduced in House

January 16, 2008|

The House Leadership released an outline of its proposed stimulus package yesterday with few surprises. The total package is $825 billion with $550 billion in new spending and $275 billion in tax relief. On the ...

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2008 Tax Forecast

January 16, 2008|

While everyone else is predicting the presidential primaries, we thought we'd take a look at the forecast for tax policy in Congress this year. The usual refrain for a presidential election year is that all ...

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President Bush Plugs S Corps in Chicago

January 9, 2008|

Say what you want about this President, he understands the important role S corporations play in the economy and the critical link between low tax rates, business investment, and job creation. This excerpt is from ...

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AMT and Other Updates

December 19, 2007|

Just after Thanksgiving, we put together a list of the must-pass items that Congress would turn to in December, including the AMT/Extender package, omnibus spending bill, farm bill, S-CHIP, energy bill, and Medicare Doctors payment ...

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Senate Passes AMT

December 7, 2007|

The United States Senate last evening passed a one-year extension of the so-called AMT patch - a higher AMT exemption to protect 20 million or so taxpayers from being subjected to the AMT on April ...

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The End is Near (of the First Session)

November 28, 2007|

Congress returns Monday with lots to do and just three weeks to do it. Here's the list of must-pass items we've identified: AMT Patch Tax Extenders (Including the S Corporation Charitable Provision) S-CHIP Reauthorization All ...

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Death of Death Tax Repeal?

November 15, 2007|

Yesterday's Senate Finance Committee hearing on the estate tax resulted in some good theatrics, but little in the way of comfort to those family businesses attempting to plan their way past the tax. Berkshire Hathaway's ...

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Higher Tax Rates on Horizon

November 7, 2007|

We've had numerous conversations in the past couple of weeks with S corporation owners about the tax outlook for the next couple of years, and it's becoming apparent that the S-Corp community is underestimating the ...

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More Details on the Rangel Tax Bill

October 24, 2007|

At a members briefing this evening, Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel outlined his "Mother of All Tax Bills" to the Committee membership. In essence, he outlined three separate bills that he will introduce in ...

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Tax Credit Repeal – Another Hit on S Corporations?

October 24, 2007|

BNA this morning has additional information about the AMT repeal legislation planned to be introduced tomorrow by Chairman Charlie Rangel. Aside from the offsets we mentioned yesterday - rate increase, LIFO repeal, manufacturing deduction repeal ...

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Rangel to Propose Corporate Rate Cut

October 23, 2007|

The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel will likely introduce his "Mother of All Tax Bills" this week, a proposal marrying the repeal of the individual AMT with ...

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AMT Dominates Tax Outlook

October 18, 2007|

For the past few months, we've been tracking the progress, or lack thereof, of legislation to protect taxpayers from the growth of the Alternative Minimum Tax. The two principle points of tension were: Conflicting approaches ...

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Death Tax Compromise Talks in Senate

October 11, 2007|

At the Finance Committee markup last week on the Agriculture bill, Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) offered an amendment to make permanent changes to the estate tax. The Kyl amendment would have created a new framework ...

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AMT and Corporate Tax Rates Together? Watch Out

September 25, 2007|

As we have previously reported, Chairman Charlie Rangel has a deep interest in passing a permanent "fix" to the Alternative Minimum Tax. Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Paulson has kicked-off efforts to cut the corporate tax rate ...

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Congress Returns

September 7, 2007|

Congress came back from its August break this week and is picking up right where it left off, struggling with the question of what to do with the Alternative Minimum Tax and examining how to ...

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Treasury Issues a New Tax Gap Report

August 2, 2007|

This morning, the Treasury and the IRS released the new "tax gap" report. This report is in response to a request from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus that the Treasury produce a plan to ...

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Treasury Conference on Corporate Tax Policy

August 1, 2007|

Your S-Corp Association friends attended the Treasury conference on corporate tax policy last week, rubbing shoulders with the Secretary of the Treasury, Alan Greenspan, and others. As expected, the bulk of the speakers focused on ...

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Debate Over Taxing Hedge Funds

July 20, 2007|

Under the category of "We Told You So," yesterday's CongressDaily includes an analysis by Martin Vaughn that makes a point similar to the theme of our last Wire - that the debate over how to ...

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Accountants Weigh in on Tax Gap

July 10, 2007|

First, the "Big Four" accounting firms weighed in on the Tax Gap. Now, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the trade association for the accounting community, has added its input. While only 1.3 percent ...

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Tax Bill Offset Tally

June 11, 2007|

To simplify tracking of the various tax bills under consideration by Congress, we've put together a chart of what's moving and what's being discussed, including separate tax bills on the AMT, energy production, education, housing, ...

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Small Business Tax Package Signed Into Law

June 5, 2007|

Congress returns this week following its Memorial Day recess. As expected, the Small Business tax package was signed into law along with the Iraqi War funding just before they left. This package included a number ...

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Small Business Tax Package — Part II!

May 9, 2007|

House Leadership has indicated that it will attach the $4.8 billion Small Business tax package to the second Iraq supplemental spending bill to be considered by the House this week. The tax package will likely ...

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Small Business Tax Package Agreement

April 23, 2007|

Late Friday evening, House and Senate tax writers announced they had come to an agreement on the Small Business Tax Package to accompany an increase in the minimum wage. While this package is destined to ...

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Small Business Tax Package in Play

April 20, 2007|

The small business tax package is back in the news. What we heard yesterday -- confirmed by press reports this morning -- is that the four top tax writers (Baucus, Rangel, Grassley, and McCrery) have ...

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Another Tax Gap Hearing, Another Standoff

April 19, 2007|

In case you didn't already catch the Senate Finance Committee hearing featuring Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson yesterday, here's a quick summary. The hearing itself was pretty entertaining and highlighted the on-going stand-off between Paulson and ...

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AMT Legislative Forecast

April 13, 2007|

While Congress is considering numerous changes to the Tax Code, the 800 pound gorilla in tax policy these days is the projected growth of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and what exactly Congress plans to ...

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Illinois Governor Proposes Gross Receipts Tax!

April 12, 2007|

S Corp Member Alert! Governor Blagojevich proposed last month to replace the Illinois state corporate income tax with a gross receipts tax (GRT). Under the current proposal, the state's current 4.8% corporate income tax rate ...

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Budget Targets Tax Gap

March 20, 2007|

It is time to start a tally of how many times Congress spends revenues raised from closing the tax gap. It's an annual tradition. Each year, Congress picks out its favorite revenue raiser and then ...

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Energy Tax Bill and Energy Offsets

March 2, 2007|

For those small business groups who are thinking that Big Oil will foot the bill for any energy tax title enacted this year, a new CRS report issued Tuesday provides little comfort. The report, entitled ...

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Rangel Ready to Prepare Small Business Tax

February 7, 2007|

Good news for S corporations and other closely-held businesses! Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) indicated yesterday that he plans to put together a package of small business provisions to be coupled with the ...

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Do S Corporations Pay the Minimum Wage?

February 2, 2007|

Now that the Senate has adopted a package pairing the minimum wage together with provisions to improve S corporation rules, one of the questions our Capitol Hill friends have asked us is, "Do S corporations ...

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Stimulus Deal Announced

January 25, 2007|

As the news reported over the last couple of days, Administration and House leaders have agreed to a package of temporary tax relief to provide the economy with fiscal stimulus. As reported, the package would ...

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A New Congress Brings New Tax Writers

January 9, 2007|

Last week marked the swearing-in of all new Members of Congress and the official change in control of the House and Senate from Republican to Democratic hands. House Democrats elected Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Speaker of ...

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109th Congress Concludes Business

December 11, 2006|

Out with the Old Challenges Last week the House and Senate wrapped up the 109th Congress by approving a "continuing resolution" to fund the federal government through February 15th. Doing so leaves major 2007 spending ...

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TAX BILL IN LAME DUCK?

December 1, 2006|

Real quick, here's what we're hearing on the prospects of tax legislation moving when Congress returns next week: Congressmen Hastert, Boehner, and Thomas are gathering today to decide what the House tax bill should look ...

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KEY NEW SENATE POSITIONS ANNOUNCED

November 15, 2006|

The "Lame Duck" session of Congress convened this week to tackle a number of organizational and legislative priorities. The 109th Congress must wrap up the remaining 2007 fiscal year spending bills or at least pass ...

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S-CORP OPPOSES EXPORTER TAX INCREASE

October 26, 2006|

Chairman Submits Comments to Tax Writers S-CORP Chairman Tom McMahon today submitted comments (click here for full text) to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees opposing a proposed tax increase on small ...

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Proposed Tax Increase on S Corp Exporters!

October 12, 2006|

Just before breaking for the November elections, the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees introduced their tax technical corrections bills (H.R. 6264 & S. 4026) to fix errors and ambiguities in the tax ...

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S Corps Everywhere!

September 22, 2006|

You couldn't swing a dead cat in Washington last week and not hit somebody busy touting the benefits of S corporations to the American economy, job creation, and retirement security. First, the President highlighted S ...

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Tax Bill Action Moves to the Senate

August 1, 2006|

Following late Friday night and early Saturday morning votes in the House on the Pension Protection Act of 2006 and the Estate Tax and Extension of Tax Relief Act of 2006, attention now turns to ...

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IRS TARGETS S CORPS!

July 26, 2006|

As a follow-up to its broader "Tax Gap" study completed last spring, the IRS yesterday announced it will engage in a multiyear study of about 5000 taxpayers reporting S corporation income or losses. According to ...

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So Little Time, So Many Tax Bills

July 18, 2006|

Congress has about six weeks left of session before it leaves for the mid-term elections and a very full list of unfinished items on the agenda. Just on the tax front, there is possible action ...

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Senate Finance Committee Holds Tax Gap Hearing

June 15, 2006|

S-CORP continues to closely monitor proposals to increase taxes on S corporations through increased payroll taxes or by repealing the LIFO method of inventory accounting.B On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing entitled ...

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S-CORP Weighs in On Corporate Tax Reform

May 25, 2006|

It's his last term in Congress, and Ways and Means Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) is working hard right up until the end. While few observers think tax reform will make tangible progress before November's mid-term ...

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President Signs Tax Bill

May 17, 2006|

Before a South Lawn crowd today, President Bush signed into law H.R. 4297, the "Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005". Cumbersome name aside, the bill is a relatively streamlined effort to extend several ...

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House Approves $70 Billion Tax Cut Bill

May 11, 2006|

Yesterday, by a vote of 244-185, the House approved the long-delayed tax reconciliation bill (H.R. 4297) following an agreement between House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck ...

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No Agreement on H.R. 4297

April 28, 2006|

House and Senate tax writers failed to reach an agreement this week on a final tax reconciliation conference report (H.R. 4297), despite earlier predictions that a final bill would be unveiled this week. It appears ...

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Tax Relief Bill Negotiations Proceed

April 26, 2006|

Today's Congress Daily includes a number of points about the conference between House and Senate negotiators: "One source said April 25 it appears House negotiators will be willing to accept at least some of the ...

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IRS Considering More S Corp Guidance

April 20, 2006|

The 2004 American Jobs Creation Act contained numerous S Corp friendly provisions, including increasing the number of allowable S Corp shareholders from 75 to 100 and expanding the definition of a single shareholder to include ...

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The President’s Budget

February 10, 2006|

One of the challenges of political advocacy is to separate real from imagined threats. For S Corps, the threat of increasing payroll taxes on S Corp profits continues to be very real indeed, despite the ...

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Tax Relief Delayed - Pressure for Offsets Grows

October 18, 2005|

Congress returns to legislative business this week following a week long Columbus Day recess. With numerous outstanding issues for Congress to consider before adjourning for the year (possibly by Thanksgiving, but December remains a distinct ...

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S CORP ALLIANCE CONTINUES TO MAKE HEADLINES!

August 11, 2005|

For those who missed it, Monday's Congress Daily does an excellent job of outlining the challenge confronting S Corporations and other flow-through businesses as Congress prepares to take up reconciliation, tax reform, an extension of ...

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INCREASED S CORP SCRUTINY

July 29, 2005|

INCREASED S CORP SCRUTINY -- JULY 28TH, THE HILL Yesterday's "The Hill" takes a look at the two challenges facing the S Corp community today- by modernizing S Corp rules to ensure S Corporations continue ...

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IRS TARGETS S CORPS!

July 26, 2005|

As a follow-up to its broader "Tax Gap" study completed earlier this year, the IRS yesterday announced it will engage in a multi-year study of about 5000 taxpayers reporting S corporation income or losses. According ...

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State Update and IRS Issues S Corp Rules

May 24, 2005|

As S-CORP members will recall, S-CORP has been monitoring a number of states considering tax bills that will adversely affect S corporations. We were fortunate to lay the groundwork in Pennsylvania in working with others ...

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S CORP ALLIANCE CONTINUES TO MAKE HEADLINES!

August 11, 1005|

For those who missed it, Monday's Congress Daily does an excellent job of outlining the challenge confronting S Corporations and other flow-through businesses as Congress prepares to take up reconciliation, tax reform, an extension of ...

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