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Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts Moves Forward in House and Senate

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Published: November 20th, 2017

By: Kyle C. Griffin Matthew J. Ahearn

On November 16, 2017, the House of Representative passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on a party-line vote (227-205), with several GOP representatives from California, New Jersey, and New York voting against the bill in part because it would reduce the deduction for state and local taxes. Later that same day, the Senate Finance Committee […]

Senate Releases Chairman’s Mark to Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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Published: November 10th, 2017

By: Kyle C. Griffin Matthew J. Ahearn

On November 9, 2017, the Joint Committee on Taxation released the Description of the Chairman’s Mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Chairman’s Mark”) that is scheduled for markup by the Senate Finance Committee on November 13, 2017. The Chairman’s Mark shows that the Senate’s concepts for tax legislation contain significant differences from the […]

House Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Contains Significant Tax Changes Impacting Estate Planning

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Published: November 3rd, 2017

By: Matthew J. Ahearn Brian M. Malec

On November 2, 2017, the House introduced the highly anticipated Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”).  If enacted in its current form, the TCJA would be the largest tax overhaul since 1986.  This Article will address certain provisions of the proposed legislation that impact estate planning. The TCJA generally maintains the current transfer tax regime […]

Part III: Passive Activity Loss Limitation and Real Estate Professional Tax Rules

Published: June 21st, 2017

By: Stephen R. Looney

In Part III of the series, we continue to look at the passive activity loss limitation rules to clarify what constitutes a real estate professional for the purpose of rental property losses. In Part I and Part II of this series, the court found the taxpayers did not qualify as real estate professionals. However, Zarrinnegar […]

Part II: Passive Activity Loss Limitation and Real Estate Professional Tax Rules

Published: June 7th, 2017

By: Stephen R. Looney

In Part I, we discussed the passive activity and loss limitation rules and how they can affect real estate losses. In Jones vs. Comm’r, the taxpayer failed to provide logs from their insurance job, which resulted in a non-qualification as a real estate professional. This week, we look at the Makhlouf v. Comm’r case, which […]

Part I: Passive Activity Loss Limitation and Real Estate Professional Tax Rules

Published: May 18th, 2017

By: Stephen R. Looney

Taxpayers who engage in rental real estate activities will generally seek to have rental property losses from such activities characterized as non-passive. In several recent decisions, the Tax Court once again emphasized the importance of taxpayers being able to substantiate the time they claim to spend performing rental real estate services in order to qualify […]

Tax Court Holds Income was Improperly Attributed to S Corporation

Published: March 28th, 2017

By: Stephen R. Looney

In a recent case, the Tax Court addressed the issue of whether income should be reported by a Taxpayer providing services or an S corporation established by the Taxpayer. Taxpayers often seek to report income generated from services provided through an S corporation on such S corporation’s tax return, but as the case below demonstrates, […]

Widow Allowed to Expense Previously Expensed Farming Inputs

Published: January 17th, 2017

By: Brad Gould

In the case of Estate of Backemeyer v. Commissioner, 147 TC 17 (2016), the Tax Court held that the widow of a Nebraska farmer was entitled to expense farming inputs she inherited from her husband, who had expensed the same inputs during his life. Mr. Backemeyer, a corn and soybean farmer, purchased farming inputs consisting of seed, […]