Legislation

President’s Jobs Bill Contains Many Tax Proposals

The president submitted his American Jobs Act to Congress on September 12, and among its provisions are several tax items, including a temporary payroll tax cut, a limit on itemized deductions for certain high-income taxpayers, and a proposal to tax carried interests as ordinary income rather than capital gains.

Congress Passes Tax Patent Reform; Sends Bill to President

The Senate passed the America Invents Act which now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The act reforms the U.S. patent system, and among its provisions is one intended to stop the granting of patents for tax strategies.

Expanded 1099 Reporting Requirements Repealed

The Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act of 2011 repeals both the expanded Form 1099 information reporting requirements mandated by last year’s health care legislation and also the 1099 reporting requirements imposed on taxpayers who receive rental income enacted as part of last year’s Small Business Jobs Act.

President Signs Repeal of Expanded 1099 Requirements

The president signed into law repeal of both the expanded Form 1099 information reporting requirements mandated by last year’s health care legislation and also the 1099 reporting requirements imposed on taxpayers who receive rental income enacted as part of last year’s Small Business Jobs Act.

Federal Budget Deal Avoids Tax Season Disruptions

White House and congressional negotiators reached an agreement on funding the federal government ahead of a midnight April 8 deadline and averted a shutdown of all nonessential government functions.

Senate Approves 1099 Repeal, Sends Bill to President

The Senate April 5 passed legislation to repeal both the expanded Form 1099 information-reporting requirements mandated by last year’s health care legislation and also new 1099 reporting requirements imposed on taxpayers who receive rental income.

House Passes 1099 Repeal

On March 3, the House passed a bill to repeal the expanded Form 1099 information reporting requirements mandated by last year’s health care legislation and the new 1099 reporting requirements imposed on taxpayers who receive rental income.

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.

Provisions in the Senate’s Tax Cut Extension Bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., introduced legislation on December 9 that would postpone the sunset of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, reduce the estate tax, and extend a number of expired provisions, as well as extending unemployment benefits.

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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.