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The IRS released its proposed regulations on November 23 to include the increased basic exclusion amount (BEA) per the Tax Cuts and Job Acts (TCJA).

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As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in December 2017, the new law grants a tax credit for 2018 and 2019 for employers that voluntarily offer paid family and medical leave.

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Division of assets, possible child support, alimony, child custody, emotions - divorce can be a complicated, stressful and painful process. For 2018, now add taxes and timing into the mix.

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act greatly simplified the "kiddie tax". The original kiddie tax required children under the age of 18, or under age 24 if they are a full time student, to pay taxes on their unearned income (interest, dividends, capital gains, rents, etc.) over $2,100 at their parents' highest tax rate. It also required a separate form and some complicated computations, as well as requiring parents to share their tax information with their children.

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act brought many changes to the deductibility of meals and entertainment. These changes included the complete disallowance of entertainment related expenses and the reduction of the amount deductible related to employer operated eating facilities to 50 percent of the related expenses. Left unanswered was whether or not businesses could continue deducting 50 percent of the costs of business meals.

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If you have any foreign assets that have not been reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), it is imperative that you take action now!

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On September 15, the IRS announced that it is extending tax filing and payment deadlines for taxpayers and businesses in North Carolina counties that were affected by Hurricane Florence and have been designated to qualify for FEMA. Currently, this only applies to parts of North Carolina, but taxpayers in other states will automatically receive these same filing and payment benefits as those states are added to the disaster area.

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On Aug. 23, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations governing the availability of charitable contribution deductions when a taxpayer expects to receive a corresponding state or local tax credit.

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The Internal Revenue Service is encouraging taxpayers to use its Withholding Calculator to perform a "paycheck checkup". While they recommend reviewing your withholding amounts annually, changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 have made this a vital step for taxpayers. Taxpayers that do not verify that they are withholding the appropriate amount of tax from their paychecks risk an unexpected tax bill or penalty during tax time.

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On Aug. 8 the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations containing some clarification on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed last December. One of the areas of anticipated clarification was whether W-2 wages paid from third party payers, such as professional employer organizations (PEOs) or agents under section 3504, were included in the wages of the third party payer or the taxpayer for purposes of calculating the qualified business deduction for pass-through entities.

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