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Dispelling Myths About Sales Tax Obligations After the Wayfair Decision

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It’s rare for a Supreme Court tax case to make headlines in the mainstream media, but that’s just what happened last year when the court announced its decision in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair (Wayfair). What most folks “learned” from the coverage was actually full of half-truths and myths, the biggest one being that Internet retailers like Amazon would have to start “charging customers” state sales tax on their purchases. As with most news reports about taxes, reporters did their best to summarize a complex issue, but many taxpayers were left confused about how the change affects them. This confusion is now playing out in the day-to-day operations of businesses across the country, leaving many out of compliance when they otherwise thought they were.
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Replicating Success: How Opportunity Zones Are Reshaping the Investment Landscape

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The economic divide in large cities continues to expand. Despite a financial resurgence following the recession that occurred between 2007 and 2009, the system wasn’t fixing itself. Enter the Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) program, a creation of policy think tank Economic Innovation Group (EIG) designed to boost development in economically distressed communities. On March 13 at the Conrad Hotel in Indianapolis, Katz, Sapper & Miller and Ice Miller LLP hosted a seminar that took a closer look at the program, “Seizing the Opportunity: The Vision and Forecast for Opportunity Zones.”
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Seizing the Opportunity: The Vision and Forecast for Opportunity Zones

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In an effort to boost development in economically distressed communities, many federal incentive programs have been created over the years, such as the New Markets Tax Credit, Empowerment Zones, and more. But the newest investment incentive may have the most significant tax benefits yet: Qualified Opportunity Zones.
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IRS Releases Final Regulations on the 20 Percent Pass-Through Deduction

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Just in time for the tax filing season, the IRS has released nearly 250 pages of final regulations regarding the §199A pass-through deduction. The IRS issued previous guidance on the §199A pass-through deduction in August 2018, however, even this final guidance has not answered all questions related to the new deduction. Even so, there are many significant updates in the IRS’s final regulations, which are explained below.
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The Increased Importance of Income Sourcing in a Post-Tax Reform World

Posted 8:00 PM by
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA), signed into law in late 2017, included significant changes to the tax environment in the United States. One of the largest changes was the addition of the qualified business income (QBI) deduction. The QBI deduction allows for a deduction of up to 20 percent of the qualified business income from partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs), S corporations, trusts, estates, and sole proprietorships. Learn more about the QBI deduction.
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New Jersey Corporate Tax Overhaul: 2019 Planning Considerations

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In 2018, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill No. 4202 into law. The bill included tax provisions that respond to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Most significantly, changes were made to the Corporation Business Tax. Later that year, Gov. Murphy signed Assembly Bill No. 4495, which then made technical corrections to Assembly Bill No. 4202 and clarified effective dates. In 2018, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill No. 4202 into law. The bill included tax provisions that respond to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Most significantly, changes were made to the Corporation Business Tax. Later that year, Gov. Murphy signed Assembly Bill No. 4495, which then made technical corrections to Assembly Bill No. 4202 and clarified effective dates. As your business begins to plan for 2019, the following information will be important.
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Tax Reform: Nondeductible Parking Expenses and Their Impact on Your Business

Posted 12:53 PM by
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) provides that expenses for qualified transportation fringe benefits are nondeductible. The IRS recently released interim guidance via Notice 2018-99 clarifying that a portion of taxpayers’ “parking expenses” is considered nondeductible as qualified transportation fringes. Thus, Notice 2018-99 has significantly expanded the number of taxpayers that will need to calculate the nondeductible portion of their parking expenses. Now, all employers that own or lease a parking lot where their employees park will need to consider if an add-back to taxable income is required. This provision impacts the preparation of 2018 tax returns as it applies to expenses incurred or paid after Dec. 31, 2017.
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Unique Tax Deferral Opportunity With an ESOP Sale

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Under a specific set of facts, a C corporation sale to an ESOP may be able to utilize the tax provision benefits of combining Section 1202 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) and Code Section 1042. If those facts are present, a seller of stock in a leveraged ESOP transaction may be able to receive some proceeds tax-free while deferring the remaining tax on the sale.
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Indiana Implements Heavy Equipment Excise Tax

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Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Indiana implemented a new excise tax on the rental of heavy equipment from a location in Indiana. The rental excise tax is 2.25 percent of the gross retail rental income. The renter is liable for the tax, and it will be collected by the retail merchant and sourced to the location from which the equipment is rented. The tax may be reported in the same manner used to report the retail merchant’s Indiana sales and use tax (INTax).
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New Jersey Amnesty Program Ends Jan. 15

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New Jersey is currently running an amnesty program that allows taxpayers an opportunity to become compliant with certain state tax liabilities and unfiled tax returns. The state has identified certain companies and individuals with outstanding liabilities on account and contacted them regarding this program; however, companies and individuals that were not contacted by the state are also eligible to participate.
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