Harless Tax Blog

Harless Tax Blog

Tax Reform 2.0 Features Tax Incentives for New Retirement Savings Vehicles

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Source from fa-mag.com
New retirement and savings vehicles figure prominently in the Tax Reform 2.0 framework that House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) released on Tuesday, just in time to give Republican lawmakers a strong pro-growth, pro-savings message to take home to constituents over August recess.

While the overall package, especially the section to make individual and corporate tax cuts permanent, is unlikely to garner enough support in the Senate to pass, chances for enacting potentially meaningful retirement and savings vehicles look much more promising.  See More

GOP Tax Reform and its effects on the taxation of foreign students and other non-resident aliens

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Source from blog.sprintax.com
At the end of 2017, the U.S. Congress passed the largest tax reform act in history. The act itself contains nearly 500 pages. Even the most experienced American tax accountants are needing to keep up with the constantly changes instructions to advise to clients. My suggestion for clients is: When you read articles about the U.S. tax reform, pay special attention to their sources, and confirm the content with your U.S. accountants/taxation attorneys, so that you can avoid economic loss caused by wrong information. This article will mainly include the effect of the new tax reform act as we know it today to U.S. tax residents and Non-residents. If you have additional questions, please contact me through wechat: harlessmin or mhuang@harlessandassociates.com. Thanks!  See More

Coping with the new entertainment expense and transportation fringe benefit rules

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Source: thetaxadviser.com
Now that new tax rules are in place, employers and their advisers are coping with the difficulties faced in implementing the changes, adjusting to a new normal. New tax laws are always a product of give-and-take, with many constituencies fighting to retain favorable rules and congressional staff putting the pieces together so there are enough votes to pass the legislation. The changes brought about by P.L. 115-97, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), are no exception.

The goal of lowering tax rates, primarily for businesses, needed to be tempered by eliminating certain business deductions or individual income tax exclusions so that federal revenues didn't decline too much. The elimination of employer deductions or individual income tax exclusions causes taxpayers to consider behavior adjustments to account for the increased cost of the formerly deductible or excludable expense. Never has this adjustment had to occur so quickly, with the TCJA legislation enacted on Dec. 22, 2017, and many effective dates occurring only 10 days later, on Jan. 1, 2018.  See More

July 2018 Tax Deadline Reminders

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

July 16
Employers. For Social Security, Medicare, withheld income tax, and nonpayroll withholding, deposit the tax for payments in June if the monthly rule applies.

July 31
Employers. For Social Security, Medicare, and withheld income tax, file Form 941 for the second quarter of 2018. Deposit any undeposited tax. If your tax liability is less than $2,500, you can pay it in full with a timely filed return. If you deposited the tax for the quarter in full and on time, you have until August 10 to file the return.  See More