There were many big state tax issues for 2023. This article looks at the following: Alternative apportinment PTET entities Remote workers PL 86-272 Unequal and non-uniform property tax assessments
Tax simplification would make life easier for some, but history paints an unlikely outlook for this sentiment. Temporary tax law changes passed at the end of 2017 as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) are no exception. Several temporary tax laws will expire on December 31, 2025, including all the individual changes and the estate tax exemption. But with an election year next year in 2024, their fate is anyone’s guess. We cannot predict what will happen with certainty, but a few bills out in the legislature that may provide hints about what Congress is focusing on in the near term.
As the New Year approaches, the CPA profession continues to serve a substantial leadership role in business, tax, and advisory services across the Commonwealth. The 2024 Legislative Session will focus on Kentucky’s next biennial budget with accompanied tax reform discussions. At a national level CPAs continue to discuss multiple pathways to the education, licensure, and experience needed to address the declining number of students entering the profession while balancing the ability of CPAs to practice across state lines. As federal issues like beneficial ownership information reporting and PCAOB oversight intensify, the profession will need to meet a variety of challenges.
KyCPA's 100-Year Anniversary Celebration has begun! At the Holiday Luncheon on December 8, 2023 we officially kicked off our celebration. Throughout the upcoming year, we invite you to join us on a journey through the rich history of CPAs in Kentucky and toward the promising future of your noble profession. Visit kycpa.org/100 and explore the many ways we are commemorating this milestone. On June 14, we'll be hosting a dazzling party with a Roaring 20s theme at the Olmsted, in Louisville starting at 6 p.m. Embrace the Roaring 20s theme and come dressed to impress! It promises to be an unforgettable evening featuring dinner, music and dancing. Tickets are $50 per person, you may reserve a table or be a Table Sponsor. For those looking to contribute more to this momentous occasion, we have additional sponsorship opportunities.
Louisville, Kentucky, is known for many landmarks and distinctions, namely the Kentucky Derby. Natives of the area are proud of the notoriety and the international spotlight; for two minutes in early May, practically the entire world has their eyes on Churchill Downs to witness which horse wins the Run for the Roses. Seventy miles east of Louisville in Lexington, you will find yourself in “The Horse Capital of the World.” In Lexington, Keeneland attracts the masses for several weeks during the spring and fall meet. There is no denying that the state of Kentucky holds its own in the horse industry. Kentucky CPAs have little choice when it comes to understanding tax laws that affect many of their equine-owning clients. Fall is here, and horses are running again, let’s visit a few federal tax laws common to clients who dabble in or make their living racing horses.
With hundreds of companies as customers since our founding in 2010 we have gained insight into various cyber-attacks. As a financial advisor/controller/CFO/CPA to your customers or company, the risk management duties tend to fall on your shoulders; cyber security is risk management.
2023 was another eventful year for the Kentucky General Assembly during the spring Legislative Session, with the passing of various policy reforms. Although state tax issues are typically not addressed during short 30-day Sessions, policymakers made significant modifications to Kentuckys tax code with major impacts on the states business community. From the onset of critical policy decisions, KyCPAs advocacy team remains present and active in the state Capitol. Currently, there are no Kentucky CPAs serving in elected positions either in Frankfort or Washington. Therefore, the Society serves as an objective resource by utilizing the collective expertise and professional guidance of Kentucky CPA practitioners. However, how do state policy reforms connect back to the KyCPA Political Action Committee (KyCPA-PAC)? It would be best to understand what the KyCPA-PAC is, what it does and how it plays an important role in the Kentucky policy process.
In March 2023, the IRS added aggressive promoters making offers for ERC claims that are too good to be true to the IRS’s “Dirty Dozen” list. Then the IRS put a moratorium, effective September 14, 2023, on processing new claims for Employee Retention Credit through the end of 2023 to give it time to add more safeguards to prevent future abuse and to protect businesses from predatory tactics. The IRS also announced that it is working with the Justice Department to pursue fraud fueled by aggressive marketing. Does this mean that companies should not submit ERC claims? No, but the company making the claim must assume that the IRS will examine it and prepare to prove their claim.
Jon Tennent, CPA, is a senior manager and shares advice for those working towards a career as a CPA.
Lauren Smart, CPA, is an assurance specialist and shares advice for those working towards a career as a CPA.