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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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IRS Issues Interim Guidance on Parking Expenses for Not-for-Profit Organizations

Posted 12:30 PM by
When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) made qualified transportation fringe benefits (QTFs) nondeductible, it changed how parking expenses are treated. Recently, the IRS released interim guidance (Notice 2018-99) on how not-for-profit organizations can determine the amount of these expenses that must be treated as an increase in unrelated business taxable income (UBTI) as of Jan. 1, 2018.
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Additional Ways Tax Reform Will Impact the Transportation Industry

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When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017, companies in all industries braced themselves for impending changes. The key take away of the TCJA is lower tax rates for both businesses and individuals. However, the impacts of this new tax law are extensive and have left many taxpayers wondering how they will be affected. For the transportation industry, guidelines are continuing to emerge. In addition to the key provisions that were highlighted in our earlier analysis, Top Three Things to Know About How Tax Reform Impacts Your Trucking Company, the following changes will likely affect most trucking companies.
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IRS Updates Transportation Industry Per Diem Rates

Posted 12:00 PM by
The Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2018-77, updating the special per diem rates under tax code Section 274(d), which is used to substantiate the amount of ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred while traveling away from home.
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Despite Challenges, Trucking Industry Outlook Remains Strong

Posted 4:13 PM by
Nearly 71 percent of all U.S. freight is moved by trucks, making the transportation industry an integral part of the nation’s economy. In fact, changing dynamics in trucking could have a ripple effect to many other industries. To discuss the state of the transportation industry, Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Transportation Services Group along with King & Ballow Law Offices and KSM Transport Advisors, hosted its annual Trucking Owners Business Roundtable in Nashville, TN. Experts offered presentations on benchmarking trends, strategic acquisitions, the current market environment, tax law updates, legislative updates, and other key industry topics. Though the transportation industry still faces some of the same challenges as in recent years, particularly related to driver shortage, the overall outlook for the remainder of the year is positive.
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The 20 Percent Pass-Through Deduction: Proposed Guidance and Its Impact on Trucking

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When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) became law on Dec. 22, 2017 there was interpretation of the law, but little guidance on how taxpayers would implement the qualified business income (QBI) 20 percent pass-through deduction. After more than eight months, the IRS has finally issued proposed regulations. Initial commentary that Section 199A would be taxpayer favorable has been confirmed by the recently issued proposed regulations.
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IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Charitable Contributions and State and Local Tax Credits

Posted 5:58 PM by
Prior to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), signed into law in December 2017, taxpayers were allowed an itemized deduction for state and local taxes paid without any limit on the amount of such deduction. The TCJA limited the state and local tax deduction, for individuals, to a maximum of $10,000. As a result, some states contemplated the creation of new state charitable funds, the donations to which would qualify for a state tax credit. Since charitable contributions are only limited by a taxpayer’s adjusted gross income, taxpayers that contributed to the state charitable funds, in lieu of paying state income tax, would generally receive a greater federal itemized tax deduction.
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Culp Named to Inaugural Class of Hoosier Women Forward Leadership Program

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Katie Culp, president of KSM Location Advisors, part of the Katz, Sapper & Miller Network, has been selected as a member of Hoosier Women Forward’s inaugural class.
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IRS Issues Guidance on 20 Percent Pass-Through Deduction

Posted 6:55 PM by
It took a little over eight months, but the IRS has issued much-anticipated proposed regulations regarding the 20 percent pass-through deduction provided under Section 199A. The 184 pages of proposed regulations provide answers to some, but not all, of the questions considered since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017. Since TCJA was enacted, tax advisors have counseled clients to 'stand your ground' and refrain from any radical structure modifications in response to the new provision. Those that heeded this advice will likely be thankful they did.
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