Individual Income Taxation

IRS changes maximum-vehicle-value rule

The IRS revised its maximum-vehicle-value rule for personal use of an employer-provided vehicle for 2019 for both the cents-per-mile rule and the fleet-average-valuation rule.

Simplifying the Rube Goldberg tax code

Similar to a Rube Goldberg contraption, the Internal Revenue Code is needlessly complex. Here are a few ideas for simplification and a request for readers to suggest others.

New limitation on excess business losses

The TCJA amended Sec. 461 to include a subsection (l), which disallows excess business losses of noncorporate taxpayers if the amount of the loss is in excess of $250,000 ($500,000 in the case of a joint return).

Opportunities beckon in new qualified opportunity zones

With their prospects for deferral or even exclusion of gains from certain investments in them, the newly created qualified opportunity zones offer an intriguing tax planning option for investors and a potential boon for distressed communities.

Involuntary conversion of a principal residence

Every year, many taxpayers’ principal residences are destroyed or taken through condemnation by the government. This article discusses the application of Secs. 121 and 1033 when a taxpayer suffers an involuntary conversion of a principal residence.

New proposed regulations on Sec. 199A

The IRS released new proposed regulations on the treatment under Sec. 199A of previously suspended losses, “Sec. 199A dividends” paid by a RIC, and the treatment of amounts received from split-interest trusts and CRTs.

Final regulations on Sec. 199A issued

The IRS issued final regulations on the QBI deduction under Sec. 199A and an anti-avoidance rule under Sec. 643 that will require multiple trusts to be treated as a single trust in certain cases.

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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.