Tax Warrior Chronicles

Your Kids in the Family Business Post-Trump Tax Reform

Posted on Mon, Aug 12, 2019

By: Melissa Boyce, CPA

 

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) changed many areas of the tax code, including when family business hires their child(ren). While there was a similar pre-TCJA benefit to hiring one’s child(ren), the new law increased several tax savings and warrants another look at hiring children into the family business.

 

Income Shifting

The largest benefit of hiring a child into a family-owned business is the ability to convert the parents’ high-taxed income into tax-free or low-taxed income. There are rules that must be followed; specifically, the children’s work must be legitimate, and the amount the enterprise pays them must be reasonable for the wages to be

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Tax Considerations for Pass-Through Entities: §§ 199A and 163(j)

Posted on Tue, Jul 30, 2019

By: Jeremy Ferman, CPA, MA

 

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) added several complicated tax laws to the books, adding a level of complexity for even the smallest pass-through entity returns.  As we enter the home-stretch of the extended filing season, we will examine arguably the two most difficult areas for pass-throughs to navigate: §§ 199A and 163(j). 

Section 199A: The 20% Pass-Through Deduction

Written to help lessen the gap between the corporate tax rate and the individual tax rates for pass-through income, § 199A allows a deduction of up to 20% of qualified business income reported by a pass-through entity.  While simple at face-value, the application of § 199A is far from it. 

 

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New 20% Qualified Business Income Deduction: An Intro to §199A

Posted on Wed, Feb 21, 2018

As part of the Tax Cuts & Job Act, passed on December 22, 2017, a new provision with significant planning opportunities was added to the tax law.  At its simplest level, the Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction allows individuals a §199A deduction of up to 20% against income from passthrough businesses (partnerships, S corporations, and sole proprietorships) for tax years between 2018 and 2025. The deduction can have significant benefits, potentially decreasing the effective tax rate on business income from 37% to 29.6% for those in the top bracket.

 

Implementing strategies to optimize this deduction will be a critical aspect of tax planning going forward.  Two initial considerations

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