The Task Force on Tax Expenditures, a bipartisan group of legislators charged with examining the commonwealth’s tax expenditures, released its report on December 13. Kentucky statute defines a “tax expenditure” as the estimated amount of revenue loss resulting from an exemption, exclusion, or deduction from the base of a tax, a credit against the tax, a deferral of a tax, or a preferential tax rate. The group’s 38-page report mainly consists of the minutes of each of its four meetings, along with six recommendations.
2018 has seen quite a few significant tax developments. Following are the ten biggest.
Expect calmer waters next year in Frankfort. The upcoming 2019 session, a 30-day or “short” session, kicks off on January 8, when the General Assembly will meet for four days to file legislation, formally elect leaders and assign committee chairs before breaking until February 5. The session is slated to end on March 29. Throughout the session, KyCPA will advocate for our members on tax, license and general business issues, and any other issue that affects the CPA profession. Below is a preview of some of the key issues we’ll be closely watching next year.
Becky Phillips, CPA shares how the Society and you can help usher in new CPAs into the profession and impress upon your fellow CPAs the importance of keeping the CPA license once they have earned it.
Perfect score on Audit. Passed all sections on the first try with an average score of 96.5. Eligible for the Elijah Watt Sells Award. When I started studying in January 2018, I didn’t expect these statements to describe me. I planned to give it my best effort, but also planned on needing to retake a section or two. I’ve had a few people ask me about my strategy so I wanted to write this to share with anyone interested. There are many good strategies to pass the CPA exam. This is what worked for me. Find what works for you, stick with it, and you can pass this exam.
It’s beginning to look a lot like….tax time! Looking back at all of the tax law changes, interpretations and developments each month, this has been quite an interesting and eventful year. Between changes to the Federal tax code, Kentucky income and sales taxes, and the Wayfair case, accountants have had their hands full for some time. With all of the changes in mind, what can taxpayers do before year-end to be better prepared and maximize their federal tax savings?
Before the Government Contract Review Committee in Frankfort on Tuesday, KyCPA representatives testified in favor of updating the maximum rate schedule for government auditing services, which hasn’t been changed since 1999. The legislative committee comprised of House and Senate members reviews personal service contracts by state agencies and establishes rate schedule policies.
n the end, it wasn’t a November to remember for Kentucky Democrats. The party had high hopes of pouncing on the public pension controversy and making a significant dent in the GOP’s supermajorities in both chambers of the General Assembly. However, Election Day on November 6 ended with results similar to the so-called red wave two years ago – Republicans only lost one net seat in the House and gained one seat in the Senate.
The computation of the QBI deduction may actually be made easy by our software programs. However, putting in the proper information into the system, the definitions of each item in computing the deduction, the determination of which trades or businesses qualify for the deduction, and planning to maximize the deduction will make the computation more complex than our clients may believe it should be.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has reformed business taxation with many changes to depreciation and the expensing rules for business assets. Little attention has been drawn to depreciation changes, but the new rules offer new opportunities for additional tax savings especially when applied with cost segregation.