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IRS Announces it Will Waive Tax Penalties for Under-Withholding and Underpayment for Some

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Jan 17, 2019 11:46:44 AM

The IRS announced this week in IRS Notice 2019-11 that it would not penalize taxpayers whose tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short last year due to failing to change their withholding under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

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Topics: IRS, income tax, tax, withholding, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

IRS Increases Mileage Rates for 2019

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Dec 20, 2018 12:17:57 PM

The IRS has announced the 2019 standard mileage rates used for calculating deductible costs for operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. 

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Topics: IRS, deductions, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, business travel expense

IRS Issues Guidance on Parking Expenses for Non-Profits

Posted by Zinner & Co. Non-Profit Team on Dec 12, 2018 8:37:43 AM

IRS Issues Guidance on Parking Expenses for Non-Profit Organizations

In Notice 2018-99, the IRS issued interim guidance on an issue that has vexed not-for-profit organizations since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in December of 2017. Under the TCJA, the payment of Qualified Transportation Fringes (QTFs) by not-for-profit organizations falls under unrelated business taxable income (UBTI) and is subject to a tax of 21%.

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Topics: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, not-for-profit, non-profit reporting

Changes to the Estate and Gift Tax Exemption under TCJA

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Nov 29, 2018 6:30:00 AM

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) has brought about the largest change to the U.S. tax code in

over 30 years. One of the areas of the code that has been significantly impacted by these sweeping changes deals with estates.

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Topics: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

Changes to 2018 Tax Code for Individuals - At a Glance

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Nov 19, 2018 1:24:08 PM

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is the largest change to the tax code in over 30 years. To help you understand the changes to the tax code and how they may affect your individual federal return, we've created a helpful chart (below.) 

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Topics: taxes, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

10 Things You Should Be Doing NOW to Prepare for Tax Season

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Oct 23, 2018 6:07:00 AM

10 Things You Should Be Doing NOW to Prepare for Tax Season

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) has brought about the largest change in the tax code in over 30 years. The changes will have a much greater impact on the coming tax season than most realize, so we recommend you take a proactive approach to tax preparation this year.

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Topics: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, taxes, planning

Dinner’s On You!

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Oct 19, 2018 5:41:00 AM

Under the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) there has been some confusion about whether business meals would continue to be deductible as a business-related expense. The law, as worded, created some ambiguity about whether the TCJA would change how business meals would be treated. 

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Topics: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, expenses

ALERT: Be Wary of States Circumventing the $10,000 SALT deduction limitation

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Sep 20, 2018 10:19:00 AM

Current Law:

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 limits individual taxpayer's state and local tax (SALT), itemized deduction to $10,000 (including real estate taxes). The previous law allowed an unlimited deduction. This change may be detrimental to many individual taxpayers who relied heavily on these deductions in the past.

State Work-Arounds:

Some states have considered "work-arounds" to combat this limitation. Select states (California, Connecticut, Illinois, New York and New Jersey, thus far) have created state

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Topics: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, deductions, tax avoidance, taxes, IRS, Taxes - Planning, Rules and Returns, Taxes - Individual

Tax planning – Why is this year any different?

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Sep 17, 2018 9:26:00 AM

Every year at this time, you start to hear more about the importance of year-end income tax planning in radio and television commentary. For many people with more complex businesses or investments, the beginning of the 4th quarter of the year signals the time to start to organize their tax documents and to set-up an appointment with their advisors to review results.

This year is different! This year, tax planning should be important to everyone, not just for those that have complex tax situations. The implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has impacted every taxpayer. While we have all heard about it, not everyone has an applied working knowledge of what the impact will be in the first annual income tax filing season, which begins in about three months.

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Topics: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, deductions, income tax, health care, payroll, Taxes - Corporate & Business, Taxes - Individual

Use of Section 529 plans now available for elementary and high school tuition

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Aug 30, 2018 9:36:05 AM

High school and elementary school tuition can now be paid through a 529 savings plan.

For many families, use of Section 529 plans or “Qualified Tuition Programs” for college tuition planning has provided a great way to exempt the growth of a dedicated asset account when used for qualified education expenses. 

The 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act made changes to this tool to allow for up to $10,000 in annual expenses for tuition with enrollment or attendance at a qualified elementary or secondary public, private or religious school.

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Topics: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, 529 plan, education

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