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Tax Update: How Do I Write Off Baseball Season Tickets to My Business?

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J. Michael Grinnan, CPA.CITP
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Tax Update: How Do I Write Off Baseball Season Tickets to My Business?

Code Sec. 162 permits a business to deduct its ordinary and necessary expenses for carrying on the business. However, Code Sec. 274 restricts the deduction of entertainment expenses incurred for business by disallowing expenses of entertainment activities and entertainment facilities. Many expenses are totally disallowed; other amounts, if allowed under Code Sec. 274, are limited to 50 percent of the expense.

The income tax regulations define entertainment as any activity of a type generally considered to be entertainment, amusement, or recreation, such as entertaining at night clubs, lounges, theaters, country clubs, golf and athletic clubs, and sports events, as well as hunting, fishing, vacation and similar trips. There are special rules for the costs of…
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Tax Update: Business Meals and Entertainment – How to Maximize Tax Deductions

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J. Michael Grinnan, CPA.CITP
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Tax Update: Business Meals and Entertainment – How to Maximize Tax Deductions

Many businesses consider the occasional wining and dining of customers and clients just to stay in touch with them to be a necessary cost of doing business. The same goes for taking business associates or even employees out to lunch once in a while after an especially tough assignment has been completed successfully. It’s easy to think of these entertainment costs as deductible business expenses, but they may not be. As a general rule, meals and entertainment are deductible as a business expense only if …
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Tax Update: Debate Over Health Care and Taxes Moves to Senate

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J. Michael Grinnan, CPA.CITP
Certified Public Accountant
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Louisville, KY 40223
Office 502-657-6333

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Tax Update: Debate Over Health Care and Taxes Moves to Senate

The future of the Affordable Care Act and its associated taxes has moved to the Senate following passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the House in April. Traditionally, legislation moves more slowly in the Senate than in the House, which means that any ACA repeal and replacement bill may be weeks if not months away. 

Note. At the time this article was prepared, few details have emerged about discussions in the Senate on the ACA’s taxes. Some senators have predicted that the Senate will write its own ACA repeal and replacement bill. A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, issued in late May, scored the House-passed AHCA as eventually causing 23 million…
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Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Outlines Tax Reform Proposals

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J. Michael Grinnan, CPA.CITP
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Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Outlines Tax Reform Proposals

Since taking office in January, President Trump has called for comprehensive tax reform. The President’s recently released fiscal year (FY) 2018 outlines some of his key tax reform principles. At the same time, White House officials said that more tax reform details will be released in coming weeks. These details are expected to describe rate cuts for individuals and businesses, new incentives for child and elder care, elimination of certain deductions and credits, and more. 

Note. The President’s budget is a blueprint for Congressional action. “This is the message from the President to the Congress and says, look, here are my priorities in terms of where I want to spend more; here’s what I think should be spent; here’s where the big-ticket items are,” White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters in Washington, D.C. at a news conference unveiling the FY 2018 budget proposals.

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The President’s FY 2018 budget highlights a number of tax reform proposals,…
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Major Tax Changes Expected Under Trump Administration

Major tax changes expected under Trump Administration

One month after the presidential election, taxpayers are learning more about President-elect Donald Trump’s tax proposals for his administration. Although exact details, including legislative language, are likely months away, taxpayers have a snapshot of the president-elect’s tax proposals for individuals and businesses.

Note. At the time this article was prepared, the primary descriptions of President-elect Trump’s tax proposals are on his campaign and transition websites. The materials on these websites are not the same as legislation, which would amend the Tax Code. Rather, they discuss the President-elect’s tax proposals in very general and broad language.

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EXCLUSIVE: Ben Carson will accept HUD secretary role

The speculation is finally over. Former GOP presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson will soon make his final announcement accepting the role of HUD secretary, sources close to the situation confirm. The build up from the week brought much speculation as rumors swirled and Carson hinted at an upcoming announcement.

Congress Returns for Year-End Tax Legislation Push

Congress Returns for Year-End Tax Legislation Push

Year-end 2016 is expected to bring a rush of tax-related legislation in Congress. Lawmakers will be up against a December 31 deadline to renew some expiring tax incentives and possibly pass new tax breaks for individuals and businesses. The year may end with what is often called a “Christmas Tree bill,” a bill that includes a variety of tax and other provisions.

Note: At the time this article was posted, the results of the November 8 presidential election was not yet known. That outcome will shape tax legislation in 2017 and beyond. 

Tax breaks for individuals

In December 2015, many popular but temporary tax incentives for individuals were scheduled to expire at year-end. Congress renewed or made permanent most of these tax breaks in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (PATH Act). However, some incentives were not included in the PATH Act and these are up for renewal, or possibly being made permanent, this December. They include the Code Sec. 25C residential energy credit (for energy-efficient improvements to homes) and the popular above-the-line deduction for higher education tuition and fees.

Tax breaks for businesses

The PATH Act also extended, and in some cases made permanent, many tax incentives for businesses. Some incentives, however, were not included in the PATH Act and are expected to come up for renewal this December. They include targeted incentives for film and television productions, Native American employment, the mining industry, railroads, and motorsports complexes. Along with these, some special tax breaks for alternative fuels are scheduled to expire at year-end. 

More proposals

Along with the incentives already described, some stand-alone tax bills are expected to come to votes in Congress before year-end. The bills, if passed, impact individuals, small businesses, farmers, and tax administration. They include:

  • The Support Small Business R&D Bill, which would expand knowledge resources available to startups and small businesses in connection with their using the research and development (R&D) tax credit.
  • The Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property through Exploitation of Civil Asset Forfeiture Tools (RESPECT) Bill, which would limit the IRS’s civil asset forfeiture authority (a companion bill has already passed the House).
  • The Middle-Income Housing Tax Credit (MIHTC) Bill of 2016, which would provide tax credits to encourage development of affordable housing
  • The Retirement Enhancement and Savings Bill of 2016, which expands tax incentives for small employers to create retirement savings plans and repeals the maximum age for contributions to traditional IRAs.
  • The Louisiana Flood and Storm Victims Devastation Act, which provides emergency tax relief for persons affected by severe storms and flooding in Louisiana.
  • The Farm Risk Abatement and Mitigation Election (FRAME) Act, which authorizes agricultural producers to establish and contribute to tax-exempt farm risk management accounts.

Any or all of these bills, and others, could be part of a year-end tax package. Our office will keep you posted of developments.

 

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J. Michael Grinnan, CPA.CITP
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9900 Corporate Campus Drive, Suite 3000
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