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A Qualified Opportunity Zone Trap for the Unwary

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When depreciable and real property (usually buildings and equipment) used in a trade or business and held for more than one year is sold, the result is typically something called “Section 1231 gain.” Absent recapture rules, this gain is treated as capital gain, but it must first be netted against any losses from other sales of 1231 property during the tax year.
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Tax Reform Update for Buy Here – Pay Here Dealers: What Has Changed and What Comes Next?

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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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Determining the Category of Filer for Form 5471 With Respect to Ownership of Foreign Corporations

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) that was passed at the end of 2017 was meant to simplify the tax code. However, in the international tax realm, the complexity has only increased. This is certainly true of the revised form and instructions for Form 5471, Information Return of U.S. Persons With Respect to Certain Foreign Corporations, as of December 12, 2018 for the 2018 tax filing season. These revisions significantly change the form, and the instructions expand the categories of filers for this form.
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IRS Sheds Brighter Light on Opportunity Zones

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The IRS has issued a much-anticipated second round of proposed regulations better outlining the framework of the Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) program. Operating businesses that have been waiting on the QOZ sidelines should now have enough clarity to begin to tap into the program’s benefits.
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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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How a Per Diem Program Can Help Drivers and Carriers Save in Taxes

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The Tax Reform and Jobs Act (TCJA) was the most comprehensive overhaul of the tax code in our lifetime, if not ever. We are just weeks away from the first tax filing deadline for returns that are fully impacted by these law changes. One change that could drastically impact truck drivers is the inability to deduct unreimbursed business expenses. As a result of this adjustment, many carriers have implemented per diem programs as a way to get tax free dollars to drivers. Conversely, companies that have not instituted per diem programs might have disappointed drivers as we get closer to the tax filing deadline, and drivers realize that this deduction is a thing of the past.
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Seizing the Opportunity: The Vision and Forecast for Opportunity Zones

Posted 2:38 PM by
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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Estridge to Present on Qualified Opportunity Zones at IU Real Estate Winter Luncheon

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Katz, Sapper & Miller’s John Estridge will speak at the IU Real Estate Winter Luncheon, hosted by the IU Center for Real Estate Studies and held at the Meridian Hills Country Club Feb. 15, 2019.
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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

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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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