Expenses & Deductions

Proposed Regs. Clarify Research Expenditure Eligibility Under Sec. 174

The IRS in September issued proposed regulations clarifying the application of Sec. 174 to the costs to create “pilot models” or prototypes. The proposed rules state that the reason a taxpayer creates a prototype or other product, and not its subsequent sale or use, determines whether it qualifies under Sec. 174.

Repair Regulations Are Finally Issued

The IRS issued long-awaited final and proposed regulations regarding the treatment of expenditures incurred in acquiring, producing, or improving tangible assets.

The Challenge of Contributing Off-Spec Food to Charity

Donations of “off-spec” food may not result in a charitable contribution deduction greater than the tax basis of the food inventory  because of the difficulty of determining the proper tax basis and FMV for the food.

Nonrefundable Milestone Fees Do Not Qualify as Success-Based

A business can expense 70% of “success-based fees,” meaning amounts that are contingent on the successful closing of a covered transaction. It is important to remember this safe-harbor election can apply to both sides of the transaction.

Prop. Regs. Provide Guidance on Meals and Entertainment Expenditures

Proposed regulations clarify the definition of a reimbursement or other expense allowance arrangement and provide guidance on the applicability of the Sec. 274(e)(3) exception under various circumstances including employer/employee, two-party, and multiparty arrangements.

Deductibility of LEED Certification Costs

Tax professionals may be in the best position to support their clients or company in identifying LEED certification costs and determining the appropriate tax treatment as either a current-period expense or a capital expenditure.

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Tax software survey

Our annual survey offers a look at how CPAs judged their tax preparation software in a wide range of types of practices.

NEWS

Congress enacts tax reform

Here are many of the most important provisions in the new law that affect both individual taxpayers and businesses. All changes were effective Jan. 1, 2018, except as noted.