Expenses & Deductions

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.

LB&I Guidance on Benefits-and-Burdens-of-Ownership Analysis Under Sec. 199

The IRS LB&I Division issued guidance to field examiners in determining whether a taxpayer conducting production activities under a contract manufacturing arrangement with an unrelated third party meets the benefits-and-burdens-of-ownership requirement outlined in the domestic production activities deduction rules under Sec. 199.

Guidance on Characterizing Gross Receipts from Telecommunications Services

In Rev. Rul. 2011-24, the IRS provided guidance for determining whether a taxpayer that provides telecommunications services derives gross receipts from services, leasing or renting property, or a combination of the two, for purposes of the domestic production activities deduction under Sec. 199.

Bank Allowed to Deduct Lawsuit Settlement Payments

In a private letter ruling, the IRS allowed a private bank catering to high-wealth individuals to deduct payments it made to settle lawsuits arising from criminally fraudulent activities by one of the bank’s fund managers.

Ordinary Worthless Stock Deductions: Characterizing Subsidiary Receipts

An ordinary loss deduction for worthless stock of an affiliated operating subsidiary generally is permitted as long as more than 90% of the subsidiary’s gross receipts are from active operating income. This item discusses the difficulty of determining whether a subsidiary’s gross receipts qualify as active operating income for this purpose under various circumstances.

Newsletter Articles

SPONSORED REPORT

States look to unclaimed property for revenue

State audits of abandoned and unclaimed property (AUP) have exploded in recent years. This report outlines the escheat process, common types of AUP, how different states are handling it and how companies can plan for potential audits and liabilities.

DEDUCTIONS

Understanding the new Sec. 199A business income deduction

The new deduction allows certain business owners to keep pace with the significant corporate tax cut provided by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.