Deductions

Capitalized improvements vs. deductible repairs

The distinctions among betterments, improvements, routine maintenance, and the effects of normal wear and tear are key to determining whether building expenditures are currently deductible or must be capitalized.

Business meal deductions after the TCJA

This article discusses the history of the deduction of business meal expenses and the new rules under the TCJA and the regulations and provides a framework for documenting and substantiating the deduction.

Generic drug manufacturer can deduct patent infringement suit expenses

Legal expenses for notice letters required as part of an application to the FDA for permission to produce and market generic drugs are capitalizable, but legal expenses for patent litigation as a result of certain certifications made during the approval process are deductible.

Safe harbor allows 2020 PPP expenses to be deducted in 2021

The IRS issued guidance on a safe harbor permitting qualifying taxpayers who have PPP loans, who did not deduct expenses related to those loans paid or incurred in 2020 on their 2020 returns, to deduct the expenses on their returns for 2021.

Expenses paid with 2020 PPP loans can be deducted on 2021 tax returns

The IRS issued guidance on a safe harbor permitting qualifying taxpayers who have PPP loans, who did not deduct expenses related to those loans paid or incurred in 2020 on their 2020 returns, to deduct the expenses on their returns for the immediately subsequent tax year, instead of on an amended return or administrative adjustment request for the 2020 tax year.

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DEDUCTIONS

Business meal deductions after the TCJA

This article discusses the history of the deduction of business meal expenses and the new rules under the TCJA and the regulations and provides a framework for documenting and substantiating the deduction.

TAX RELIEF

Quirks spurred by COVID-19 tax relief

This article discusses some procedural and administrative quirks that have emerged with the new tax legislative, regulatory, and procedural guidance related to COVID-19.