Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Did the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Kill My Boat Deduction?

Did the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Kill My Boat Deduction?

The deductions you may take for interest on your boat loan has changed somewhat since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), but the deductions have not been eliminated. Below is a brief discussion from Maryland tax attorney, Steve Thienel, of some changes in the tax reform bill that impacts interest deductions for a boat. If you follow the current rules in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, you may still benefit from certain deductions.

Income Tax Planning for Musicians

Income Tax Planning for Musicians

As a musician, you have expenses that are unique to your industry. Utilizing the tax deductions available for musicians is essential to reducing your tax liability. This is especially true since some of the deductions musicians may have used in past tax years were eliminated with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

In this article, we discuss several of the unique income tax planning issues for musicians and how musicians can take advantage of tax laws to reduce income tax liability.

Maryland and DC Reduce Estate Tax Exemptions

Maryland and DC Reduce Estate Tax Exemptions

In the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Congress greatly increased the federal estate tax exemption. The tax bill doubled the federal estate tax exemption to $11.18 million for 2018. At the time of passing the tax bill, Maryland and DC intended to match the federal estate tax exemption amount. DC was set to match the federal estate tax exemption in 2018 and Maryland would match the federal exemption amount in 2019. 

Estate Planning Strategies Under the New Federal Tax Law

Estate Planning Strategies Under the New Federal Tax Law

Several events should trigger a review of your estate plan, such as the birth of a child, a divorce, or the death of an heir. Another reason to review your estate plan is a change in the tax code. When Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), I received numerous calls from clients with questions about how the changes to the federal tax code impacted their estate plans.

Do You Know About the TCJA Reform Attack on IRA Recharacterizations?

Do You Know About the TCJA Reform Attack on IRA Recharacterizations?

A tax and retirement planning tool used by some individuals has been eliminated with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). However, even though we may be losing an effective tax planning opportunity, all is not lost. There are still some ways to use IRA recharacterizations that comply with the TCJA. 

1099 or W-2 - Which Worker Does the TCJA Favor?

1099 or W-2 - Which Worker Does the TCJA Favor?

If you accumulate a lot of business expenses to earn a living, your filing status can make the difference between getting to deduct those costs on your tax return or not. If you cannot offset your earnings by the costs required to generate that income, you will have to pay higher income taxes. The dust is just beginning to settle on the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ("TCJA"), and taxpayers are trying to wrap their heads around how the tax changes will affect their bottom line.

Top 4 Tax Mistakes Your Company is Probably Making

Top 4 Tax Mistakes Your Company is Probably Making

The signing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act the end of the year ushered in several changes to the US Tax Code. Even though tax day comes at around the same time each year, many companies still scramble to get everything in at the deadline since going through receipts, bank statements, and other documents can be a time-consuming and tedious affair. Proactive tax compliance can often make tax preparation a less-stressful affair. In addition, avoiding these four tax mistakes can save you time, money, and stress over the next few years.

The Pros And Cons of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Pros And Cons of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) expected to save taxpayers over $1.5 trillion in the next decade, the massive overhaul will likely reduce the tax burden for most American and businesses. However, in any sweeping overhaul, there are certain aspects of the tax code that will be changed to either reduce a tax burden or increase tax revenue. Maryland taxation attorney, Steve Thienel talks about the pros and cons of the new tax bill and how it may affect you and your family.

8 Ways The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act May Affect Your Business

8  Ways The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act May Affect Your Business

Now that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has passed Congress and signed by the President, many business owners are wondering what the sweeping overhaul of the tax code could mean for their business. The new tax bill represents the largest overhaul of the tax code in decades. In general, the news for businesses is good. From large corporations to small business owners, TCJA could significantly reduce taxes for all businesses.