Expenses & Deductions

Definitions of R&E Expenditures Are Amended Under Final Rules

The IRS issued final regulations on which amounts paid or incurred in connection with the development of tangible property, including pilot models, qualify for the Sec. 174 deduction (or amortization) for research and experimental expenditures.

Sec. 199 “Benefits and Burdens” Analysis: Key Guidance

The IRS's primary objective with respect to any contract manufacturing arrangement is ensuring that only one party to the contract can claim to have the benefits and burdens during any qualifying activity. This protects the IRS from being "whipsawed," i.e., being subject to claims by both parties to have the benefits and burdens during a qualifying activity.

IRS Issues Updated Guidance on the Examination of Milestone Payments

The IRS's Large Business and International exam division issued a directive instructing examiners not to challenge a taxpayer's application of the safe harbor to "eligible milestone payments" incurred during the course of a covered transaction if the directive's requirements are satisfied.

Retail Advertising: IRS Affirms Potential Application of Sec. 199

Retailers may be eligible to claim a Sec. 199 deduction for advertising revenue derived from producing and distributing printed fliers in cooperation with vendors. This item reviews recent IRS guidance and considers what it might mean for taxpayers that are engaged in cooperative advertising arrangements.

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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.