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Tax Reform Update for Buy Here – Pay Here Dealers: What Has Changed and What Comes Next?

Posted 7:05 PM by
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed by Congress in December 2017 may seem like old news, but many buy here – pay here (BHPH) operators are just now feeling the impact of the changes on their tax returns. So, what looks different on your tax return this year, and what can you do to prepare for next year? The following is a summary of key provisions for BHPH operators and some practical takeaways:
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Sullivan to Present at National Independent Automobile Dealers Association's 2019 Convention

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Kevin Sullivan, partner in Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Buy Here – Pay Here Services Group, will present at the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association’s (NIADA) 2019 Convention. Taking place June 17-20 in Las Vegas, NV, the event brings together car dealers from across the country to discuss the latest industry trends and network with other industry professionals.
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North to Present at 2019 National Vehicle Leasing Association Conference

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Mike North, partner in Katz, Sapper & Miller’s (KSM) Buy Here – Pay Here and Dealership Services Groups will speak at the 2019 National Vehicle Leasing Association (NVLA) Conference, “Drive the Future.” Taking place March 27-29 at One Ocean Resort in Atlantic Beach FL, the event will focus on issues that will shape the future of the vehicle leasing industry.
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Indiana Changes Policy on Taxability of Documentation Fees

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Indiana has recently issued an updated version of Sales Tax Information Bulletin #28S, changing its policy on the taxability of documentation fees, effective April 2, 2019. Historically, the Indiana Department of Revenue (IDOR) has treated these fees as if they were separate from the sale of the vehicle. It treated them as fees for helping a customer title and register a vehicle with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). This is a nontaxable service in Indiana, so the documentation fees were not subject to sales tax. However, effective April 2, 2019, the IDOR will assume documentation fees are subject to sales tax if they are not “convenience fees,” a specific term that is defined in statute.
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How Revenue Recognition Is Impacting Buy Here – Pay Here Dealers

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When the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, it represented perhaps the most extensive changes to accounting standards for revenue recognition ever. Experiencing a number of revisions and amendments since its issuance, the new guidance is effective for calendar years ending Dec. 31, 2018 for public companies and Dec. 31, 2019 for nonpublic companies; however, many have delayed analyzing how significantly the updated standards will impact their business.
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Shifting Lanes: How Updated Lease Accounting Standards Are Affecting Dealerships

Posted 7:26 PM by
Most auto dealers participate in leasing in some way, whether they are leasing a building or equipment, operating as a lease here – pay here (LHPH), or are lessors of real estate. That means nearly all auto dealers will be impacted by the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) update to the accounting standard for leases under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The updated standard, which will take effect for private companies for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2019, will affect both lessors and lessees in different ways.
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2018 NIADA/NABD Convention Recap

Posted 6:00 PM by
This past June, a record number of attendees descended upon Orlando’s Rosen Shingle Creek Resort for the combined National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) / National Alliance of Buy Here, Pay Here Dealers (NABD) Convention & Expo. Consistent with prior conventions, the NIADA set out to fuse best practice counseling with emerging topic coverage for the used car industry, including the BHPH sector. Below are some key takeaways from the event.
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Indiana Sales Tax Reminders for Buy Here – Pay Here Dealers

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There are some unique Indiana sales tax rules and regulations that apply to Buy Here – Pay Here (BHPH) dealers. It is important that dealers understand the difference between a vehicle return and a vehicle repossession, as well as the impact a related finance company (RFC) can have on the dealer’s ability to recover sales tax related to bad debt charge-off.
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Tax Reform’s Impact on the Buy Here - Pay Here World

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Like it or not, tax reform is here, and its impact is far-reaching. President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) into law on Dec. 22, 2017. The Act includes various provisions that Buy Here - Pay Here (BHPH) dealers should know. As we study and digest these changes, there are numerous questions and situations that the law itself does not clearly address. Technical corrections will likely be made by Congress as well as regulations issued by the IRS throughout 2018.
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Year-End Planning for Buy Here – Pay Here Operators

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As the calendar turns to December, it is time to consider year-end planning opportunities and issues. While this article primarily addresses tax planning, there are other items to consider as well.
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