SUMMARY OF THE TAX EXTENDERS AGREEMENT
DIVISION D – REVENUE MEASURES
TITLE I – EXTENSION OF EXPIRING PROVISIONS
Subtitle A – Tax Relief for Families and Individuals
Section 40201. Extension and modification of exclusion from gross income of discharge of
qualified principal residence indebtedness. The provision extends through 2017 the exclusion
from gross income of a discharge of qualified principal residence indebtedness.
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2017 TCJA Summary and Analysis
**With the recent changes in tax law, we are posting the below as a summary and analysis that we hope will aid in understanding some of the changes in the new tax law that was passed on December 22, 2017. Please note that while efforts were made to assure the accuracy of the below article,
IRS Warns of Tax Scam with Fake W-2 Forms http://bit.ly/2n3aVeR
The 2018 tax filing season will begin on Jan. 29, the IRS announced. That’s the date the IRS will begin accepting electronic and paper returns (though many tax professionals and software companies will accept returns earlier). Processing returns will begin in mid-Feb. The earliest that refunds claiming the earned income credit or additional child tax credit will be available will be Feb. 27. The IRS expects over 90% of refunds to be issued within 21 days.
A couple must pay tax on a lump sum Social Security benefit. The U.S. Tax Court upheld an IRS decision that a married couple should have included in their gross income a lump sum, which the husband had received in the year at issue. It included past-due benefits that had accrued during years while the husband was awaiting a decision on his disability claim. The taxpayers argued that if they’d received the payments over a three-year period as they accrued,
ATTENTION!!! On November 27, 2017 the SSA announced that the 2018 social security wage limit would be set at $128,400. This is $300 lower than the previously announced limit of $128,700.
We would like to suggest you consider the great tax credit benefits offered through the State of Arizona. The first four (4) credits are non-refundable and provide a dollar-for-dollar credit towards your Arizona income tax liability. If your total tax credit contributions exceed your tax liability, the unused portion can be carried forward for up to five years. Of course, even if you are not able to claim the Arizona tax credit for a donation,
Charitable giving allows you to help an organization you care about and, in most cases, enjoy a valuable income tax deduction. If you’re considering a large gift, a noncash donation such as appreciated real estate can provide additional benefits. For example, if you’ve held the property for more than one year, you generally will be able to deduct its full fair market value and avoid any capital gains tax you’d owe if you sold the property.
Converting a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA can provide tax-free growth and the ability to withdraw funds tax-free in retirement. But what if you convert a traditional IRA — subject to income taxes on all earnings and deductible contributions — and then discover that you would have been better off if you hadn’t converted it? Fortunately, it’s possible to undo a Roth IRA conversion, using a “recharacterization.”
Reasons to recharacterize
There are several possible reasons to undo a Roth IRA conversion.
If your business is a limited liability company (LLC) or a limited liability partnership (LLP), you know that these structures offer liability protection and flexibility as well as tax advantages. But they once also had a significant tax disadvantage: The IRS used to treat all LLC and LLP owners as limited partners for purposes of the passive activity loss (PAL) rules, which can result in negative tax consequences. Fortunately, these days LLC and LLP owners can be treated as general partners,