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Deductions: Estates and Trusts

  • September 22nd, 2020

2020 – 09/22 Final guidance is available for decedent’s estates and non-grantor trusts on the treatment of certain deductions. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act prohibits individuals, estates and non-grantor trusts from claiming miscellaneous itemized deductions for tax years after 2017 and before 2026. The final regulations clarify deductions that don’t fall under that heading,…

Business website costs: How to handle them for tax purposes

  • September 21st, 2020

2020 – 09/21 The business use of websites is widespread. But surprisingly, the IRS hasn’t yet issued formal guidance on when Internet website costs can be deducted. Fortunately, established rules that generally apply to the deductibility of business costs, and IRS guidance that applies to software costs, provide business taxpayers launching a website with some…

Who is a Dependent?

  • September 17th, 2020

2020 – 09/17 How does the tax code define “dependent” for tax purposes? The IRS has finalized the definition based on changes brought by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) for tax years 2018 through 2025. The definition of dependent includes a qualifying relative who meets two tests. The “income test” is met if…

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