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Continued growth in the stock market, rising home equity, and declining underemployment and loan delinquencies helped ke...
Stock market surge boosts financial satisfaction

Continued growth in the stock market, rising home equity, and declining underemployment and loan delinquencies helped keep Americans’ personal financial satisfaction near its all-time high during the second quarter of 2019, according to the AICPA’s Personal Financial Satisfaction Index (PFSi), released on Thursday.

Stock market growth, among other factors, has kept Americans’ personal financial satisfaction positive in Q2 of 2019, according to the AICPA’s Personal Financial Satisfaction Index (PFSi).

More than a decade after the financial crisis, not-for-profit organizations remain constrained by tight funding and the ...
Liquidity, regulation among not-for-profits’ top challenges

More than a decade after the financial crisis, not-for-profit organizations remain constrained by tight funding and the challenge of complying with regulatory and legislative demands, according to BDO USA LLP’s third annual Nonprofit Standards benchmarking survey.

Not-for-profits are facing restrictions on funding that have lingered for more than a decade, growing requirements from regulations, and an increased demand for their services, according to a BDO USA LLP survey.

The IRS in Rev. Proc. 2019-25 announced the annual inflation-adjusted limits on deductions for contributions to a health...
2020 limits on HSA contributions are issued

The IRS in Rev. Proc. 2019-25 announced the annual inflation-adjusted limits on deductions for contributions to a health savings account (HSA) allowed for taxpayers with family coverage under a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) for the calendar year 2020.

The IRS issued its annual notice of the inflation-adjusted limits on contributions to health savings accounts. All of the limits increased from 2019 to 2020.


Regulations to be Issued on Controlled Foreign Corporations’ Previously Taxed Earnings and Profits!

The IRS and the Treasury intend to provide regulations that will address issues affecting foreign corporations with previously taxed earnings and profits (PTEP).

The regulations are in response to changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97), and are intended to include rules for:

- the maintenance of PTEP in annual accounts and within certain groups;
- the ordering of PTEP upon distribution and reclassification; and
- the adjustment required when an income inclusion exceeds a foreign corporation's earnings and profits.

The IRS and Treasury intend to withdraw 2006 proposed regulations relating to the exclusion from gross income of PTEP and associated basis adjustments ( NPRM REG-121509-00), and issue new proposed regulations under Code Sec. 959 and Code Sec. 961.


Trump Signs Legislation Expanding Religious Exemption for ACA Individual Mandate

Tax-Related Portion of the Substance Use–Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, Enrolled, as Signed by the President on October 24, 2018, P.L. 115-271

President Donald Trump has signed bipartisan legislation, which expands a religious exemption for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) ( P.L. 111-148) individual mandate. The exemption is effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2018.


Charles Rettig Confirmed as New IRS Commissioner!

Charles P. "Chuck" Rettig was confirmed as the new IRS Commissioner on September 12. The Senate confirmed the nomination by a 64-to-33 vote. Rettig received both Democratic and Republican support.

Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, praised Rettig, saying that he is both "qualified and ready" to lead the IRS. Although SFC ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., previously said that Rettig is a "qualified nominee," he urged colleagues to oppose Rettig’s nomination. Wyden previously said he would only support Rettig’s nomination if he promised to reverse recent IRS guidance which limits Schedule B donor reporting for certain tax-exempt organizations ( Rev. Proc. 2018-38).

Rettig will oversee the implementation of tax reform enacted last December under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97). His term as IRS Commissioner will expire on November 12, 2022.


Brady Expects “Phase Two” Tax Reform Outline by August!

- A "phase two" tax reform outline could be unveiled by House GOP tax writers by August. Republicans have started to increase their tax meetings related to the effort, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., told reporters on June 13.

Tax Reform "2.0" Timeline

- The precise timing of a "phase two" tax reform bill or discussion draft release remains "to-be-determined," a House Ways and Means Committee spokesperson told Wolters Kluwer on June 14. However, Brady told reporters he expects to see a legislative package outlined before the House’s August recess.

- Previously, White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short predicted a late-summer release of the House’s tax bill. Further, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has predicted that the House will approve the measure before midterm elections in November.

Individual Tax Cuts

- Brady reiterated to reporters that "phase two" will focus on the individual side of the tax code. Moreover, making permanent the individual tax cuts enacted under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97) will be the "centerpiece" of a " phase two" bill, Brady reportedly said. Additionally, Republican tax writers are considering proposals that would streamline the retirement savings process, a Ways and Means spokesperson previously told Wolters Kluwer.

Phase Two Fate Uncertain

- The next major tax bill’s fate in the Senate remains uncertain. At least nine Democratic votes will be needed to reach the Senate’s 60-vote threshold. Brady has said he is hopeful for Democratic support.

- However, Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate remain largely opposed to the TCJA. Democrats have criticized the TCJA for primarily benefiting corporations. However, House Republicans are hopeful for bipartisan support on a new measure that focuses primarily on individual tax cuts.


Section 199A Passthrough Guidance Expected in July, Kautter Says!

The IRS expects to issue guidance on the Code Sec. 199A passthrough deduction in July, Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter has said. Kautter outlined the timeline of various guidance proposals at the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Taxation May Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Proposed Guidance

More specifically, the proposed guidance on the pass-through deduction is expected to be released by the end of July, an IRS spokesperson told Wolters Kluwer on May 15. "The goal of the guidance is to get things out that are complete," the IRS spokesperson said, reiterating Kautter. "But, it will not cover every question that taxpayers have," the spokesperson added.

Passthrough Deduction

The new pass-through deduction was enacted under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97) last December. The new law provides a 20-percent deduction for income from pass-through entities. The deduction is limited by certain controversial factors including business activities, wages paid by the business, and property values.

Questions Expected

Generally, Kautter anticipates initial follow-up questions from taxpayers and practitioners after the proposed guidance is released, the IRS spokesperson told Wolters Kluwer. Kautter has said that it would be better to get the guidance out in "fairly good shape," to allow for public comment and input, rather than taking more time to draft the guidance internally, according to several reports. Kautter has reportedly said that not everyone may agree with that approach, but that a "better product" will likely be created because of it.

A new accounting standard issued Thursday amends accounting rules for recognition of U.S. federal agencies’ inter-entity...
Inter-entity cost accounting rules amended for federal agencies

A new accounting standard issued Thursday amends accounting rules for recognition of U.S. federal agencies’ inter-entity costs.

The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) issued Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standards (SFFAS) 55, Amending Inter-Entity Cost Provisions. The new standard provides for the continued recognition of significant inter-entity costs by business-type activities.

Read on to learn more!

The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board issued amended accounting rules for recognition of inter-entity costs by federal agencies.

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Dish Network Profit Boosted By New Accounting Rules


New revenue accounting standards buoyed Dish Network Corp.’s net income by around 7% during its latest quarter, the company's finance chief said Tuesday.


Trump Signs Government Funding Bill; Tax Provisions Included!

Just hours before government funding was set to expire, President Trump on March 23 signed the bipartisan Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, averting a government shutdown. The $1.3 trillion fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending package, which provides funding for the government and federal agencies through September 30, contains several tax provisions and increased IRS funding.

The House approved the spending bill by a 256-to-167 vote on March 22. The Senate cleared the measure by a 65-to-32 vote.

Grain Glitch

The so-called "grain glitch" addressed within the omnibus package aims to fix an unintended consequence in the "pass-through" income deduction. The deduction is provided in new Code Sec. 199A, which was enacted last December as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97).

Before the fix, grain and other agricultural products sold to cooperatives received a tax advantage because those sales were deductible from a farmer’s gross sales. Sales to companies other than cooperatives were deductible only from net business income. The inadvertent advantage had been given to cooperatives as part of a drafting error, according to several Republican lawmakers.

The appropriations bill repeals the provision in Code Sec. 199A that allowed farmers to deduct 20 percent of their gross sales to cooperatives. As modified, the deduction is now limited to 20 percent of farmers’ net income, excluding capital gains. "This legislation restores the competitive balance in the agricultural marketplace by leveling the tax burden on independent and cooperative farming businesses," Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said in a March 22 statement. The bill also modifies the deduction that is allowed to agricultural or horticultural cooperatives.

Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

Although Democrats have previously expressed an unwillingness to help Republicans correct issues within the new tax law, the parties agreed to the grain glitch fix in exchange for an expansion of the low-income house tax credit. The expansion is also included in the spending bill.

"This is the first increase in over a decade," Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wa., said on March 22. "Nearly $3 billion is a good start towards tackling the housing crisis in our cities and rural communities," she added. Cantwell spearheaded the efforts among Democrats for the credit’s expansion.

Technical Corrections

Numerous other technical corrections to previous tax bills spanning from 2004-2016 were included in the spending bill, none of which specifically address the TCJA. Included among the fixes are technical corrections to the partnership audit rules.

IRS Funding

The legislation provides the IRS with $11.43 billion in funding, close to $196 million more than currently enacted levels. $320 million is allocated specifically for implementation of the TCJA. The Trump administration had requested $397 million for implementation of the new tax law. According to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the increased resources would provide an update to antiquated telephone systems and technology.

White House

President Trump rattled Capitol Hill on March 23 when he announced just hours before government funding was set to expire that he may not sign the government spending bill. Although Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said on March 22 that the President would sign the omnibus package, President Trump took to Twitter on March 23 to suggest otherwise. "I am considering a veto of the omnibus spending bill…," Trump said in a tweet.

While Trump did, in fact, wind up signing the spending bill, which tops 2,200 pages, he told reporters at the White House that he was "unhappy" to do so. Trump criticized the $1.3 trillion omnibus package for being the second largest in history. "I say to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again. I’m not going to do it again. Nobody read it. It’s only hours old," Trump said.

Owings & Company PLLC

Owings & Company PLLC

Owings & Company PLLC

Owings & Company PLLC

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