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Showing 12 posts by Michael C. Zahrt.

IRS Finalizes 199A Safe Harbor for Rental Property

House on PaperThe IRS recently issued Revenue Procedure 2019-38, which finalizes the safe harbor for rental property under Code Section 199A that was originally provided in IRS Notice 2019-07. The safe harbor treats a rental real estate enterprise as being eligible for the qualified business income deduction under Section 199A, even if it does not meet the definition of a “trade or business” as provided in Treas. Reg. 1.199-1(b)(14).  Read More ›

Categories: Property Tax, Tax

S Elections for ESOP Companies

Many mature, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)-owned companies consider making an S-election, and for good reason.  An S Corporation owned 100% by an ESOP generally pays no federal income taxes.  An S Election instantly boosts cash flow, which the company can use to fund growth opportunities or fund its annual ESOP repurchase obligations.  Read More ›

Categories: Tax

Year-End Tax Planning Considerations

Christmas music is back on the radio. If you’re a pointy-headed tax lawyer like me, that’s your reminder to start thinking about year-end tax planning considerations. Even if you’re not, you will want to start planning earlier than in years past to address all the changes brought by tax reform. We will hit the highlights here. Read More ›

Categories: Collections, Income Tax, Tax

How Does the New Pass-Through Deduction Work?

By now, you’ve probably read a variety of summaries about the new tax reform legislation. If you own a pass-through entity, you’ve probably wondered whether you should convert to a C Corporation (if you’re still wondering about that, check out Should You Convert Your Business to a C Corporation?).  You may also be wondering how the new pass through deduction you keep hearing about works. That’s what we’re going to try to explain here. Read More ›

Categories: Tax

IRS to Announce Proposed Regulations on Full Expensing

Bloomberg BNA reports that the IRS is expected to announce proposed regulations for the full expensing provision under Code Section 168(k) sometime late-June or early-July. Read More ›

Categories: Personal Property Tax, Property Tax, Tax

Should You Convert Your Business to a C Corporation?

One of the biggest questions after the passage of tax reform is whether business owners should convert their pass-through entities to C Corporations to take advantage of the lower 21% tax rate.  The answer to this question depends on your business goals. If your goal is to pass as much profit to yourself as possible, you should generally stick with the pass-through entity. Read More ›

Categories: Did you Know?, Tax

Tax Reform is Coming

The Senate is anticipated to vote on its own tax reform bill in the near future.  Read More ›

Categories: Tax

Projected Increase of Annual Gift Tax Exclusion

Each year a variety of items in the Internal Revenue Code are updated based on inflation, specifically the consumer price index. Read More ›

Categories: Income Tax, Tax

Reevaluating Valuation: IRS and Treasury Propose Rules Restricting Valuation Discounts

On August 2, 2016, the IRS and U.S. Department of Treasury issued highly anticipated proposed regulations concerning the valuation of interests in certain family-controlled businesses for estate, gift and generation skipping transfer tax purposes. The proposed rules would curb the use of most discounts that are applied when valuing intra-family transfers.  Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, News & Events, Tax

Tax Planning for Family Businesses

Was your tax bill higher than what you had wanted it to be this year? It may be time to consider either changing your business structure or your business operations to be more tax efficient. Learn some quick tips from Attorney Mike Zahrt in the short video below.

Categories: Compliance, Tax