Tag Archives: Tax

Florida Sales Tax on Commercial Real Property Leases Reduced Beginning January 2019

As commercial real property owners in Florida are likely aware, the Sunshine State imposes its sales tax on rental payments for the lease of real property. The general 6 percent state-level tax was reduced to 5.8 percent for 2018. The legislature passed a law to further reduce the state-level rate to 5.7 percent for occupancy … Continue Reading

Proposed Regulations on the Interest Deduction Limitation Under Section 163(j) of the Internal Revenue Code

On Nov. 26, 2018, the IRS issued proposed regulations under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) § 163(j) enacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Proposed Regulations). Generally, IRC § 163(j) limits certain taxpayers’ business interest expense deduction to the sum of (i) the taxpayer’s current year business interest income, (ii) 30 … Continue Reading

IRS Releases New Voluntary Disclosure Procedures for Post 9-28-2018 Offshore and Domestic Disclosures

On Nov. 29, 2018, the IRS released a memorandum with new procedures for all voluntary disclosures following the end of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) on Sept. 28, 2018. The new voluntary disclosure procedures apply to both domestic and offshore voluntary disclosures. What’s Changed? Background OVDP was initiated in 2009 and designed to bring taxpayers with … Continue Reading

IRS Issues Proposed Section 956 Regulations Relating to Foreign Subsidiary Guarantees and Stock Pledges

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued proposed regulations under Section 956 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) that may allow foreign subsidiaries of U.S. multinational corporate borrowers to provide additional credit support to lenders without resulting in adverse U.S. federal income tax consequences. Although the proposed regulations may be relied upon by taxpayers for taxable … Continue Reading

Limitations for Charitable Deductions and SALT Credits

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) placed a $10,000 annual limit on the deductibility of state and local taxes (SALT). In response to and attempting to work around that limitation, several states enacted programs that create charitable entities, contributions to which would entitle the donor to a credit reducing their property tax. This would … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Internet Sales Tax Case Will Require Many Companies to File State Corporate Income Tax Returns – Even If They Are Not Subject to Sales Tax

Although the sales tax collection obligation of online retailers was the focus of last month’s momentous U.S. Supreme Court case South Dakota v. Wayfair, it will also impact state corporate and income tax obligations. Companies may now be exposed to state income tax as a result of the Wayfair case and should examine their activities … Continue Reading

California Documentary Transfer Tax Litigation Update

California’s Documentary Transfer Tax Act (Rev. & Tax. Code §§ 11901, et seq.) is based upon the former federal Documentary Stamp Tax Act first enacted by Congress to raise revenues for the Spanish-American War.  The federal law was repealed, effective Jan. 1, 1968, and simultaneously California, like many other states, picked up the tax with … Continue Reading

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Disallows Deductions for Many Payments Due to Violation of Civil and Criminal Law

A provision in the new tax law greatly expands the scope of the disallowance of deductions for fines and penalties paid to government agencies. The new law disallows a tax deduction for any payment made to a government entity where the payment was made in relation to a violation of law or the investigation of … Continue Reading

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) Changes to Tax-Advantaged Bonds

The president signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the 2017 Tax Legislation) into law on Dec. 22, 2017.  The 2017 Tax Legislation made direct changes to the tax rules for tax-advantaged bonds, including eliminating advance refunding bonds and tax-credit bonds, and made other changes that will indirectly effect tax-advantage bonds, including reducing corporate tax … Continue Reading

IRS Announces February 2018 Applicable Federal Rates and 7520 Rates

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes a monthly update to the applicable federal rates (AFRs) and 7520 rates. Planning professionals and their clients should take note of fluctuations in these rates and be mindful of planning opportunities that come with rate changes. The AFR is calculated by the IRS under Section 1274(d) of the Internal … Continue Reading

Maryland Reduces Evidentiary Requirements to Exempt Primary Residence of Domestic Partners from Inheritance Tax

On May 4, 2017, Maryland’s Governor signed into law H.B. No. 1104, effective July 1, 2017, reducing the evidentiary documentation required from domestic partners to evidence the qualification of their joint primary residence for the Maryland inheritance tax exemption. Maryland law provides that, in a domestic partnership, the inheritance tax will not apply to the … Continue Reading

IRS Temporarily Halts PLRs on Certain GST Tax Issues

On March 3, 2017, Melissa C. Liquerman, a branch chief for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, announced at the Federal Bar Association Tax Law Conference that, due to “budget cuts and prolonged strain on agency resources,” the IRS is temporarily suspending the issuance of private letter rulings (PLRs) relating to certain generation-skipping transfer (GST) … Continue Reading

California Court of Appeal Holds Passive LLC Interest Does Not Create Nexus

A non-California corporation’s only connection with California was its passive minority interest in a limited liability company (LLC) that was doing business in California. The California Court of Appeal held that this limited connection was not sufficient to subject the out of state corporation to California’s Corporation Franchise Tax. All taxpayers that have filed and … Continue Reading
LexBlog