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- Avoiding Double Taxation from Selling a C-Corp – Not Easy but PossibleOctober 15, 2018
When the owner of a C-Corporation sells their business for a profit, the profits will be taxed twice: once at the corporate level and again when money is distributed to the owner/shareholders as a dividend. However, in some circumstances there may be a way to avoid the double taxation. It’s a difficult strategy to pull off but could be possible under the right conditions.
- Finally Some Digestible Meal and Entertainment GuidanceOctober 3, 2018
On October 3rd, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2018-76 providing transitional guidance on how the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act changes to the deductibility of Entertainment expense affects the 50% deductibility of business Meals that taxpayers and professionals had been hungering for. While the guidance is transitional, it provides clarity on some of the issues we had previously provided comments on:
- 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership AgreementsAugust 28, 2018
A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Partner Russell Shinsky.
- Is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) Eating Law Firms Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners?July 11, 2018
The TCJA made significant changes to the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) regarding business deductions involving not just entertainment but, in many aspects, employee benefits and traditional meals as well. These changes affect law firms and their clients regardless of entity type however, significant guidance is still needed from the IRS.
- Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Substantially Limits Meals and Entertainment DeductionFebruary 14, 2018
The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act introduced some significant limitations to the meals and entertainment deduction. The new law makes two major changes to the meals and entertainment rules, which can impact your business.
- Tax Bill Impacts Service FirmsDecember 28, 2017
On December 22, President Trump signed into law the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” (TCJA). The bill contains many provisions effective in 2018 that will significantly impact professional and non-professional firms.
- Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Offers Favorable Tax Breaks for BusinessesDecember 28, 2017
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which was signed into law on December 22, contains a treasure trove of tax breaks for businesses. Overall, most companies and business owners will come out ahead under the new tax law, but there are a number of tax breaks that were eliminated or reduced to make room for other beneficial revisions. Here are the most important changes in the new law that will affect businesses and their owners.
- Congress passes biggest tax bill since 1986December 21, 2017
On December 20, the House passed the reconciled tax reform bill, commonly called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” (TCJA), which the Senate had passed the previous day. It’s the most sweeping tax legislation since the Tax Reform Act of 1986. The bill makes small reductions to income tax rates for most individual tax brackets, significantly reduces the income tax rate for corporations and eliminates the corporate alternative minimum tax (AMT).
- Compare and Contrast the House and Senate Tax BillsNovember 14, 2017
Many of the House and Senate provisions are similar. For example, both plans would repeal the alternative minimum tax and retain the charitable contribution deduction. However, there are a number of key differences. Here’s a look at some of the most significant.
- Senate GOP Releases Tax Reform PlanNovember 14, 2017
The Senate released its long awaited tax reform proposal. While many similarities exist with the House bill many differences also exist. Here are a few observations.
- Year-End Tax Planning for Businesses: Looming Tax Reform Creates Planning ChallengesOctober 30, 2017
As the end of 2017 approaches, the prospect of dramatic tax reform makes year-end tax planning especially challenging. In late September, the Trump administration and Republican congressional leaders unveiled their Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code. The framework proposes reduced tax rates for businesses as well as changes to a variety of business tax benefits. But there’s a great deal of uncertainty over when — and if — tax reform will be implemented and which proposals could make their way into possible new tax legislation.
- Large Equifax Cybersecurity Breach Could Affect 143 Million People – Are You One Of Them?September 11, 2017
Last week, Equifax announced a large cybersecurity breach that compromised personal information of up to 143 million Americans. The breach, which occurred between mid-May and July was discovered in late July.
- Important Changes for the 2017 Tax Filing Season for all Calendar Year Law FirmsJanuary 5, 2017
The Highway Act legislation gave rise to sweeping changes for the 2017 tax season due dates for filing both original tax returns and extensions.
- From BigLaw To Your Own Firm: 4 Tips For Legal StartupsAugust 23, 2016
Russell Shinsky, Chair of Anchin's Law Firms Industry Group, shares advice about starting a law firm.
- ALA - The State of State and Local Taxation and How it Impacts Your Law FirmFebruary 20, 2014
PowerPoint Presentation to the Association of Legal Administrators
- Senate Considering Proposal to Eliminate the Cash Basis of Accounting for Many Professional Service FirmsJanuary 27, 2014
The United States Senate is considering a proposal to eliminate the cash basis of accounting rules that currently exist for many professional service firms, potentially requiring these firms to change their tax method to the accrual basis. This change would greatly impact cash flow, and potentially hinder growth potential in professional service firms.
- Law Firms: Why Entity Type MattersAugust 1, 2013
Structure matters when attorneys think about setting up a new practice, merging into or acquiring another firm, or making a lateral move. The tax and financial ramifications are significantly different for each of these entities and must be evaluated as early as possible to avoid costly mistakes.
- How Does Tax Reform Impact You?
Finally Some Digestible Meal and Entertainment Guidance10/3/2018 Philanthropy and Tax Reform: Is it Advantageous to Accelerate Contributions?9/27/2018 529 Plans and Tax Changes8/29/2018 Proposed “Pass Through” Deduction Regulations -
- Anchin Webinar: Tax Reform Discussion - How will the Bill Affect You? Get the Answers; Not Just the FactsJanuary 12, 2018
In this recorded webinar, Anchin assembled a panel of top professionals from varying viewpoints, including Real Estate, Financial Services, Professional Services, Technology, and Private Client to have a Q&A session on the effects of the new tax reform.
- What You Need to Know About Partnership Agreements: Law Firms July 27, 2016
Anchin, Block & Anchin Partner Russell Shinsky discusses common issues facing law firms and provisions within partnership agreements that aim to protect the firm.