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Some additional thoughts regarding tax legislation mixing through congress

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Although the bill was approved by both the house and senate it still has a long way to go. Both parties must now reconcile the bill by agreed to the same version before it can go to the President to sign into law. Many changes were made to the bill in order to win over the Senators who opposed parts of it, including a provision to keep the current individual alternative minimum tax (AMT), but with a higher exemption threshold. (The corporate AMT would also be retained.) An earlier version of the bill repealed the AMT. 
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How the new tax bill will effect our clients: Victory.....or not?

 

The Senate passed the much anticipated tax overhaul bill this morning. If enacted into law, sweeping changes to both individuals and businesses are on the horizon. In reviewing aspects of the legislation, here are some quick, off the cuff observations:

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A key limitation under Trump's new tax plan

A fundamental tax planning strategy is to accelerate deductible expenses into the current year. This typically will defer (and in some cases permanently reduce) your taxes. But there are exceptions. One is if the additional deductions this year trigger the alternative minimum tax (AMT).  Complicating matters for 2017 is the fact that tax legislation might be signed into law between now and year end that could affect year-end tax planning. For example, as released by the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on November 2, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would repeal the AMT for 2018 and beyond. But the bill would also limit the benefit of some deductions and eliminate others.

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Tax planning critical when buying a business

 

If you acquire a company, your to-do list will be long, which means you can’t devote all of your time to the deal’s potential tax implications. However, if you neglect tax issues during the negotiation process, the negative consequences can be serious. To improve the odds of a successful acquisition, it’s important to devote resources to tax planning before your deal closes.

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