International Tax

IRS offers expatriate tax relief

The IRS announced procedures to allow certain individuals who have renounced their US citizenship to get into compliance with their U.S. tax obligations and obtain relief for back taxes.

Foreign-derived intangible income guidance addresses many open questions

Sec. 250 allows domestic corporations a deduction for their “foreign-derived intangible income.” Proposed regulations that were issued earlier this year answer many outstanding questions regarding the calculation of this new deduction but also include documentation requirements that may prove onerous for some taxpayers.

Virtual currency not FBAR reportable (at least for now)

The AICPA Virtual Currency Task Force reached out to Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to help practitioners answer the question of whether virtual currency (or cryptocurrency) must be reported on FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR).

New CFC group election: Possible benefits

The TCJA substantially modified Sec. 163(j) so that the business interest expense in a tax year is limited to the sum of the taxpayer’s business interest income, 30% of the taxpayer’s adjusted taxable income, and the taxpayer’s floor plan financing interest.

Newsletter Articles

TAX REFORM

Traps for the unwary: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changes

By now many of us are familiar with the various provisions of the law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), P.L. 115-97. Here is a list of changes together with (perhaps) unexpected nuances.

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.