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With the impending decrease of the corporate tax rate to 21 percent, is it time to change your entity structure to a C corporation? There is no quick answer to this question. Each taxpayer is in a unique situation that would have to be evaluated in order to make the determination of which taxing structure is proper for that taxpayer.

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With the tax bill almost complete, the estate and gift tax exemption will double to approximately $11,000,000 in 2018 for an individual or $22,000,000 if you are married.

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by the House and Senate this week widens current tax brackets and almost doubles the standard deduction, but also limits or repeals some itemized deductions. Beginning in 2018, the Act increases the standard deduction to $24,000 for married-filing joint filers, $18,000 for head-of-household filers and $12,000 for all others.

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act significantly limits the amount an individual can deduct as an itemized deduction for state and local taxes. The maximum amount a taxpayer may claim as an itemized deduction is $10,000 ($5,000 for a married taxpayer filing a separate return) for the aggregate of (i) state and local property taxes and (ii) state and local income taxes (or sales taxes in lieu of income taxes).

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which is expected to be signed into law this week offers some generous write offs for the purchase of qualified property. For qualified purchases placed in service after Sept. 27, 2017; 100% of the purchase price can be expensed. This total expense provision will continue until the year 2023 when it will be phased down as follows: 2023- 80%; 2024- 60%; 2025-40%; 2026- 20% and 2027 -0%. The new law would follow the phase down of bonus depreciation of 50% for assets purchased prior to Sept. 27, 2017 but placed in service after that date.

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The House and Senate conferees released their conference report after finalizing negotiations on the differences between the House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The conference report now goes to the House and Senate, which are expected to pass the legislation and present to President Trump for signature this week.

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Each year, the IRS sends millions of letters to taxpayers for many different reasons. Here some useful tips for taxpayers on how to handle receiving one of these letters.

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In a recent announcement, the IRS indicated that it will begin sending notices to employers that have failed to comply with the employer responsibilities related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For the 2015 calendar year, the IRS plans to issue Letter 226J informing applicable large employers of their potential liability for an employer shared responsibility payment (ESRP), if any, in late 2017.

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Last month, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2017-64, which provides the annual cost-of-living adjustments and contribution limits on 401(k) plans, pension plans, and other retirement accounts for 2018.

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On October 12, The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that there is a new cyber scam to be aware of. The scam is an intricate plan that has affected both tax pros and taxpayers alike, and is being used by cybercriminals to obtain access to annuity and life insurance accounts.

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