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IRS Issues Guidance Deducting Meals Bought During Entertainment

The IRS recently provided transitional guidance about the deductibility of expenses for business meals that are purchased in an entertainment context. (IRS Notice 2018-76) The Basics Businesses can deduct ordinary and necessary expenses paid or incurred during the tax year in carrying on a trade or business. Before it was amended by the Tax Cuts…

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Claiming the New Employer Tax Credit for Family and Medical Leave

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) establishes a new federal income tax credit for employers that provide qualifying paid family and medical leave benefits to their employees. This credit is only available for two employer tax years — those beginning between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019 — unless Congress extends the deal.…

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IRS Issues Proposed Guidance on Controversial SALT Limitation

In recent weeks, the IRS has issued a series of proposed regulations to help clarify provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). One of the most controversial parts of the law is the limit on individuals’ deductions for state and local taxes (SALT) that goes into effect this year. In the wake of…

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Two Big Tax Changes Will Affect Food-and-Beverage Businesses

The food-and-beverage industry knows well that customers’ tastes are dynamic and constantly changing. So is the tax realm. Recent tax law changes and a decision by the Supreme Court have added complicated twists to current tax law that will affect businesses such as restaurants, distributors, and manufacturers on two fronts: the deductions they can claim…

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What’s Next for State Tax Nexus?

The recent Wayfair decision has drastically altered the landscape for states that want to collect sales and use taxes. Prior to this landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, economic “nexus” for tax purposes was established only if the seller of goods or services exhibited a “physical presence” in the state. Under Wayfair, sales and use tax…

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How Tax Reform Affects Tax Planning for C Corporations

One of the biggest changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is the permanent installation of a flat 21% federal income tax rate for C corporations for tax years beginning after 2017. The new 21% rate applies equally to personal service corporations (PSCs). (Under prior law, PSCs were taxed more heavily than other…

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Evaluating Portfolio Company Compliance with New FASB Lease Rule

It’s a common challenge: The balance sheet treatment of leases makes it difficult for private equity firms and other investors to accurately compare different acquisition targets. A portfolio company with substantial financing (formerly known as capital) lease obligations might appear highly leveraged, while another that is able to structure those commitments as operating leases and…

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