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New GILTI Rules Target U.S. Shareholders of Controlled Foreign Corporations

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As a general rule, the earnings of a foreign corporation are not subject to U.S. taxation until such earnings are distributed as dividends. The Subpart F rules have long been in place to subject the earnings of a controlled foreign corporation (CFC) to U.S. taxation whether or not such earnings are actually distributed. The tax reform legislation passed in Dec. 2017 imposed an additional anti-deferral rule referred to as GILTI (Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income). The new GILTI inclusion rules function in a manner similar to the existing Subpart F regime.
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Estridge to Present on Qualified Opportunity Zones at Indiana Real Estate Exchangors (IREX) Fall Conference

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Katz, Sapper & Miller’s John Estridge will speak at the 40th Annual Mid-America Marketing Session, sponsored by Indiana Real Estate Exchangors (IREX). The conference, which hosts national investors, brokers, and real estate industry affiliates, will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis South/Greenwood Oct. 25-26, 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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Despite Challenges, Trucking Industry Outlook Remains Strong

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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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Hogan and Royster to Discuss Tax Law and the Wayfair Impact at McLeod Software’s 2018 User Conference

Posted 5:10 PM by
Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Troy Hogan and Stephen Royster, members of the firms Transportation Services Group, will present at McLeod Software’s 2018 User Conference. Taking place Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in Birmingham, AL, the conference will bring together over 1,000 transportation industry professionals to learn about new tools to improve efficiency, discuss timely topics in the transportation industry, and network with peers.
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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

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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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IRS Issues Guidance on 20 Percent Pass-Through Deduction

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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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New Investment Vehicle Created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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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 Market Tax Credit, Empowerment Zones, Renewal Communities, and more. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 has created yet another incentive to invest in these areas, and the potential tax benefits are significant.
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Healthcare and Tax Reform: What We Know Now

Posted 6:45 PM by
Since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was signed into law seven months ago, many healthcare professionals have been wondering how the new law will impact the industry and what steps they should take now to prepare. Though the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is still issuing guidance on the new law, this article summarizes the key provisions and the implications for those practicing in the healthcare industry.
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