Congress Resolves Many Tax Issues During Lame-Duck Session

Congress adjourned its year-end lame-duck session on December 22 after passing legislative fixes for several pending tax issues, including the estate tax, the expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, an alternative minimum tax (AMT) patch, and extensions of many expired provisions. However, it failed to repeal the expanded Form 1099 reporting requirements that were enacted as part of this spring’s health care reform legislation.

Small Business Jobs and Tax Bill Enacted

The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 expands loan programs through the Small Business Administration, strengthens small business preference programs for federal government projects, provides incentives for exporters, offers a variety of small business tax breaks, and includes some revenue raisers.

The HIRE Act of 2010

In March 2010, Congress enacted the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act, which includes provisions to encourage employers to hire new employees and to make new capital investments. This article discusses these new incentives, as well as the revenue-raising provisions included in the act to offset their cost.

Congress Votes to Limit Use of Foreign Tax Credits

P.L. 111-226 makes changes to how corporations can use the foreign tax credit and also terminates the advance refundability of the earned income credit (under Sec. 3507), effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2010.

Small Business Stimulus Passes Congress

The House on Thursday passed the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (HR 5297) by a vote of 237–187, and sent it to the President, who is expected to sign the bill into law.

Senate Passes Small Business Tax Relief

The Senate passed the Creating Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (part of the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act, H.R. 5297) by a vote of 61–38, and sent it back to the House of Representatives.

Legislation Extends Aviation Taxes

The Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2009. This act extends the taxes that fund the Airport and Airway Trust Fund through the end of September.

The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008

The tax benefits the Economic Stimulus Act provides affect both individuals and businesses. The legislation’s purpose is to increase consumer and business spending in an effort to stimulate the economy.

Newsletter Articles


50 years of The Tax Adviser

The January 2020 issue marks the 50th anniversary of The Tax Adviser, which was first published in January 1970. Over the coming year, we will be looking back at early issues of the magazine, highlighting interesting tidbits.


2019 tax software survey

This annual survey shows how CPAs rate the tax preparation software they used during last tax season and how it handled the recent tax law changes.