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When clients ask if the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) means tax simplification, I remind them of the three fundamental paradigms of taxation: only two things are certain in life – death and taxes; the correct answer to every tax question is “it depends”; and there is no such thing as tax simplification. This holds true in the new tax landscape, the tax reform will not result in simplification of tax law. The new law has brought meaningful changes to the tax code, but with that comes the following added complexities.

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The Albany Business Review hosted six experts to discuss changes to tax laws and their impact on individuals and businesses. Partner Patrick Diggin participated in this discussion on tax reform.

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With the government shutdown over and the IRS reopened, what can be expected? Currently, the IRS has an estimated five million unanswered inquires that took place during the shutdown. Additionally, it is estimated that they have already received several million tax returns since the filing season started on January 28.

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The centralized partnership audit regime rules are now in effect and change the way partnerships are audited by the IRS. These new rules require the actual partnership to pay any deficiencies resulting from any audit adjustments. This means that the IRS will apply the top tax rates to any audit adjustments to calculate deficiencies, without regard to any partner level attribute that may have otherwise reduced the tax due from an audit adjustment.

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With much of the rhetoric in Washington D.C. during the past couple of weeks over funding of the border wall and the current government shut down, employers still may have reporting requirements for 2018 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Act requires insurers, self-insuring employers, and those employers with 50 or more full-time equivalents (FTEs) to report certain information to the IRS and Social Security Administration using forms 1095-B, 1095-C and 1094.

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The IRS issued Notice 2019-2, updating optional standard mileage rates for business use of a vehicle.

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to make sure all of their tax and accounting reporting is telling a consistent story with their transfer pricing. Otherwise, inconsistency could flag an IRS or foreign tax authority audit.

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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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Amazon.com Inc. could qualify for additional tax breaks beyond the $1.5 billion included in a deal with New York for putting part of its second headquarters there.

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The Supreme Court's decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair will impact the way all companies will handle sales and use tax. In case you missed it, UHY Advisors hosted a webinar on how the Supreme Court's decision has significantly altered the standard to determine whether a company is required to collect and remit sales and use tax.

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