Corporations

Elective capitalization as a TCJA planning tool

Taxpayers whose overall tax position in a given year would benefit from accelerating gross income or from converting current deductions into capital expenditures should consider the elective capitalization provisions of Sec. 266.

Hedging transactions: Timing of gain or loss

While the U.S. federal income tax rules generally provide comprehensive instruction on tax hedging transactions, ambiguity remains regarding the timing for transactions intended to hedge anticipated, but unfulfilled, transactions.

AICPA challenging nondeductibility of PPP-related expenses

The IRS issued guidance clarifying that a deduction is disallowed for expenses for payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent, utilities, and other interest on debt obligations to the extent they are being reimbursed by loans forgiven under the Paycheck Protection Program.

Meal expenses still 50% deductible under proposed regs.

The IRS issued proposed rules clarifying that taxpayers may generally continue to deduct 50% of the food and beverage expenses associated with operating their trade or business, despite changes to the meal and entertainment expense deduction under Sec. 274.

IRS regulations update maximum vehicle values

The IRS finalized the rules for maximum vehicle values under the cents-per-mile valuation rule and the fleet-average valuation rule after the TCJA increased those values to $50,000, adjusted for inflation.

IRS provides guidance for April 15 filing delay

The IRS announced the postponement of the April 15 federal income tax filing deadline until July 15. Friday’s notice expands on earlier guidance that had only postponed tax payments but not the filing deadline.

Newsletter Articles

50th ANNIVERSARY

50 years of The Tax Adviser

The January 2020 issue marks the 50th anniversary of The Tax Adviser, which was first published in January 1970. Over the coming year, we will be looking back at early issues of the magazine, highlighting interesting tidbits.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

2019 tax software survey

This annual survey shows how CPAs rate the tax preparation software they used during last tax season and how it handled the recent tax law changes.