Category Archives: Tax Return Preparation

“Tax-Favored” Foreign Income: Planning Pointers and Traps, An Overview of the FDII and GILTI Deductions

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) reduces the corporate income tax rates of C corporations to 21 percent. The TCJA further reduces the C corporation income arising from tax-favored foreign income by means of two deductions:
  • The Foreign-Derived Intangible Income (FDII) deduction equals 37.5 percent of FDII and results
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IRS Announces Withholding Tax Changes for 2018

IRS Announces Withholding Tax Changes for 2018: Employers and Employees Should Review Their W-4 Forms During “Tax Season” By Yale Yechiel N. Robinson The Massachusetts Tax Alert™ The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on February 28, 2018 that it has updated its online withholding calculator and the W-4 form to comply with the new tax rates under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  Most employers have already adopted the new tax withholding tables for their employees’ wages based on the revised IRS Notice 1036.

Smith v. Comm’r: Before You Take that Business-Related Tax Loss, Ask “Does My Business Have a Bona Fide Purpose?”

Last fall, the U.S. Tax Court decided the case of Smith v. Comm’r.[1] It’s not a pivotal case, but it stands as a good reminder of the adage “you don’t get something for nothing.” At the heart of the case was a complicated tax planning strategy using an ...

International Tax Issues Are A Major Focus of Newest Launch of IRS Compliance Campaigns in 2017

Earlier this year, the IRS Large Business and International division (LB&I) rolled out 13 compliance campaigns[1] to target both individual taxpayers and corporations for examinations on certain tax compliance issues. On November 3, 2017, IRS announced the identification of an additional 11 compliance campaigns to be conducted by ...

Are Your Business Deductions at Risk of Being Disallowed by the IRS?

Small businesses run on tight margins. The last thing a business owner wants is an IRS notice announcing the disallowance any of their business expense deductions. This is particularly the case for sole proprietorships who report their business expenses on Schedule C of IRS Form 1040. For instance, deductions on Schedule ...

2017 OVDP Declines and Withdrawals Campaign: Certain U.S. Taxpayers at Risk of Audit

In 2016, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report which assessed how well that IRS was managing the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). OVDP is one of the programs taxpayers may use to become compliant if they previously had failed to report offshore income on their ...

Building Wealth through Real Estate: Financial and Tax Policies of the United States Government That Can Lead To Significant Wealth through Real Estate Ownership

Financial and tax policies of the United States government can help Americans achieve significant wealth through real estate ownership. These policies tend to favor taxpayers who, like the Trump family, are willing to commit to "the long game”, where the full benefits of real estate ownership accrue over decades and ...

Avoiding Massachusetts Taxation After the Bank of America Case: What Works and What Doesn’t Work

Massachusetts families of means often establish trusts with Massachusetts resident fiduciaries for the benefit of unborn and unascertained beneficiaries. Later, some of these families leave Massachusetts and reestablish themselves as domiciliaries and residents of other states or even foreign countries. Their unborn children and unascertained beneficiaries may never become Massachusetts ...

Tax Complications of a $1 Billion Dollar Net Operating Loss

Recently, The New York Times shared information that presidential candidate, Donald Trump, declared a loss of $916 million on his 1995 income tax returns. In response, there has been much speculation that Donald Trump may have violated the tax laws of the United States. This may be why he is under audit. ...

State Voluntary Taxpayer Disclosure Programs: An Overview

State Voluntary Disclosure Programs: An Overview[1]

By Attorney Morris N. Robinson, CPA, LLM[2]

What is Voluntary Disclosure? Most state departments of revenue[3] allow certain categories of noncompliant taxpayers to come forward voluntarily and pay taxes accrued during a limited lookback period.[4] Taxpayers ...