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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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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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Trump has not been happy with NAFTA since taking office, at times calling it the "worst trade deal ever signed by any country". After working for more than a year to finalize a deal, Trump called the new agreement "truly historic". The US, Canada and Mexico have reached a deal to update and rename NAFTA.

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Two hot areas of transfer pricing for consideration are intercompany loans and cash pooling. These two intercompany financing transactions are used by most multinational entities (MNEs) and are being targeted by the IRS and global tax authorities. Yet, most intercompany loans remain undocumented and have commercial terms that would not meet the required transfer pricing standards.

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Required minimum distributions (RMDs) are mandated withdrawals from qualified retirement plans and IRAs after you have reached the age of 70½. Miss one or don't take enough out of your account and a 50 percent penalty applies. While the IRS requires these distributions, that doesn't mean you can't plan to use it to your benefit.

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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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