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Spain: New limits to the tax deductibility of interest

The Spanish Government has asked an experts committee to prepare a report with proposals for the tax reform that the Spanish Government is currently drafting. One of the proposals of the committee is to establish a new...more

Missouri Legislature Overrides Governor Nixon To Pass Tax Cut Bill

In this issue, we address important new Missouri tax changes that were passed on May 6, 2014 after the Missouri Legislature overruled Governor Jay Nixon's veto. The legislation modifies the individual income tax rate table by...more

Rental Cottages And Limits On Federal Income Tax Deductions

It’s a dilemma that many cottage owners face: you want to earn extra money while away from your cottage but you are worried about the hassles that come with owning a rental property. It is well known that renting out a...more

Camp Goes All-In with Comprehensive Tax Plan: Highlights, Tax Reform Status and Impact on Taxpayers

On February 26, Representative Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, released his much-awaited comprehensive tax reform plan (the “Camp Proposal”). That proposal seeks to cut marginal tax rates...more

The Camp US tax reform proposal: what’s inside?

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Michigan) this week introduced a draft of the most comprehensive reform of the Internal Revenue Code in decades. The key principles in the draft are: (1) a...more

IRS Signals a Potential End to Its Administrative Pursuit of the Separate Account DRD

On February 4, the IRS issued a new revenue ruling – Rev. Rul. 2014-7 – that indicates that the IRS no longer plans to issue formal guidance concerning the treatment of the dividends-received deduction (DRD) with respect to...more

Temporary vs. Indefinite – Lodging Expenses Away From Home

A taxpayer who travels away from his tax home overnight on business can deduct 50% of meals and 100% of lodging costs. A taxpayer’s “tax home” is located at (1) his regular or principal (if more than one regular) place of...more

Tax Tip: Don't Lose Your Charitable Deduction for Lack of Paperwork - A message from tax attorney Paul Topolka, former District...

Charitable contributions are only deductible if you itemize and have the proper substantiation. For cash contributions of less than $250, you must have either a cancelled check/credit card receipt or a written...more

Equal Tax Treatment for Same-Sex Couples in the Wake of Recent Supreme Court Ruling and IRS Guidance

Same-sex marriages now are being recognized under federal tax law for the first time. In June 2013, the Supreme Court released its decision in United States v. Windsor, 530 U.S. 12 (2013), declaring Section 3 of the federal...more

Direct Sellers, Be Prepared for Tax Season! Understand Network Marketing and Taxes for 2013!

Tax season is right around the corner for direct sellers. Are you prepared? Consultants, have you kept track of your IRS tax deductions? Did you know that you can deduct such expenditures as meals, entertainment, home...more

New IRS Guidance on Same-Sex Spouses and Cafeteria Plans

Action by December 31st Required for Safe Harbor - Yesterday, the IRS issued specific guidance on how employers can address issues arising from the change in tax treatment for same-sex spouses under cafeteria plans. ...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 8. No. 4 -- December 2013

IRS Explains Federal Tax Consequences of Windsor Case Regarding Same-Sex Marriages - In our last report (Vol. 8, No. 3, September 2013), we told you about the recent Windsor case, in which the Supreme Court held...more

eTrends - Reminder: New Withholding Allowance Certificate is Required for Wage Payments Made On or After January 1, 2014

As a result of changes in North Carolina’s state income tax law, employees must complete a new Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, Form NC-4 or Form NC-4EZ, so that employers can withhold the correct amount of North...more

The “Relocation Costs” Reimbursement Arrangement: A Section 409A Trap for the Unwary.

When an employer requires an employee to move his or her primary residence to work, or continue working, for the employer, oftentimes the employer, as an inducement for the employee to accept the offer employment or continue...more

2014 Annual Inflation Adjustments for Tax Provisions

The inflation adjustments for tax items for tax year 2014 of greatest interest to most taxpayers include the following dollar amounts....more

Timely Year-End Tax Planning Can Reduce Taxes

Year-end tax planning could be especially productive this year because timely action could nail down tax breaks that won’t be around next year unless Congress acts to extend them, which at the present time, looks doubtful....more

Fully Appreciating Year-End Charitable Gifts

As year-end approaches, many of you are finalizing your charitable gifts for the year. For tax deductibility purposes, charitable contributions are governed by several rules. One of the best strategies to reduce your...more

IRS Issues Updated Guidance for Vehicle Donations

We’ve all heard and read the radio and newspaper ads that encourage donors to contribute their vehicles to charity. The advertisements attempt to convince donors to donate their old “jalopies” (whether they run or not) and...more

Recent Taxpayer-Friendly Section 199 Guidance On Benefits And Burdens Of Ownership

Section 199 allows a deduction equal to a percentage of a taxpayer’s income attributable to domestic production activities. For taxable years beginning in 2010 and thereafter, the deduction is generally equal to 9 percent of...more

Do You Operate Out of a Home Office? The IRS Wants to Simplify Your Life - But Don't Celebrate Too Quickly!

If you use part of your home for business, you may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. The home office deduction is available for homeowners and renters, and applies to all types of homes. A...more

New Law Requires Oregon Nonprofits to Satisfy Program Expenditure Test to Receive Deductible Charitable Contributions

Many Oregon nonprofit organizations will soon face an additional hurdle to receiving contributions that are deductible as charitable contributions for purposes of Oregon’s income or corporate excise tax....more

Personal Planning Strategies - July 2013

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued its decisions in Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth, et. al. v. Perry et. al., thus ending a four year "fast-track" judicial expedition of the validity of the...more

Federal Court Of Appeal Strikes Out A Pleading Alleging That Expenses Are Non-Deductible In Light Of “Egregious And Repulsive”...

In a ruling handed down May 6, 2013, the Federal Court of Appeal ordered that portions of a Crown pleading be struck out for suggesting that a deduction may be disallowed on the basis that the conduct of the taxpayer in...more

Dodgeball - The Tax Version

Since the passage of The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and the submission of the President's federal budget proposal for 2014, it is clear that high net worth and high income taxpayers continue to be under attack....more

Are Unallocated Support Payments in a Divorce Action Tax Deductible?

A couple going through a divorce action should understand whether a support payment, not specifically allocated as child support or alimony, is a taxable event where the payor may deduct it and the payee report it as income...more

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