Credits

ARRA Expands Hope Scholarship Credit

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes an expansion of the Hope scholarship credit that will provide additional support to many American families that have members attending post-secondary educational institutions. The expanded credit, called the American opportunity tax credit, modifies the existing Hope credit for tax years 2009 and 2010.

Individual Taxation Report

This article covers recent significant developments affecting taxation of individuals, including cases, IRS guidance, and legislative changes.

Housing Act Contains Tax Provisions

On July 30, 2008, the president signed into law the Housing Assistance Tax Act of 2008, containing tax provisions affecting homeowners and first-time homebuyers, as well as changes to the rules governing the low-income housing credit, tax-exempt bonds, and the alternative minimum tax (AMT).

Individual Taxation Report

This article covers recent developments affecting taxation of individuals, including legislation, regulations, and IRS guidance.

Final Regs. on Dependent Care Expenses

The Service has issued final regulations on the Sec. 21 credit for child and dependent expenses (TD 9354). The final regulations adopt, with changes, proposed regulations that were released in May 2006 (REG-139059-02). The final regulations apply to tax years ending after August 14, 2007. Sec. 21 allows a credit

The WOTC Expanded

Editor: Kevin F. Reilly, J.D., CPA The work opportunity tax credit (WOTC) has been in existence for years; however, the Small Business and Work Oppor-tunity Tax Act of 2007, P.L. 110-28 (SBWOTA), expanded the definition of some of the target groups, creating tax incentives that will affect more clients than

Some Prior-Year MTCs Will Be Refundable Beginning in 2007

Editor: Joel E. Ackerman, CPA, MST A growing number of individual taxpayers have been subject to tax under the alternative minimum tax (AMT). Sec. 53(a) provides a minimum tax credit (MTC) for AMT paid in prior years that was attributable to deferral adjustments. The MTC is carried forward to offset

Claiming Passive Activity Credits

Credits arising from passive activities are allowable only to the extent a shareholder’s regular tax liability is attributable to passive activities for the year. The tax attributable to passive activities is the difference between the: Shareholder’s regular tax liability under Sec. 26(b) based on all income (disregarding credits), and Regular

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TECHNOLOGY

2018 tax software survey

Among CPA tax preparers, tax return preparation software generates often extensive and ardent discussion. To get through the rigors of tax season, they depend on their tax preparation software. Here’s how they rate the leading professional products.

DEDUCTIONS

Qualified business income deduction regs. and other guidance issued

The package includes final regulations, guidance on how to calculate W-2 wages, a safe-harbor rule for rental real estate businesses, and new proposed rules on the treatment of previously suspended losses.