US Tax Reform – The New GILTI Tax Regime

In the last several months much has been written about the implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). For owners of flowthrough entities (including sole proprietorships, partnerships, and S corporations) and indivduals, most of the commentary has focused on the new 20% deduction available for qualified business income (Sec. 199A). Of course, theRead more about US Tax Reform – The New GILTI Tax Regime[…]

IRS Okays Home Equity Deductions

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 affected the tax deduction for interest paid on home equity debt as of 2018. Under prior law, you could deduct interest on up to $100,000 of home equity debt, no matter how you used the money. The old rule is scheduled to return in 2026.

The bad news is that you now cannot deduct interest on home equity loans or home equity lines of credit if you use the money for college bills, medical expenses, paying down credit card debt, and so on. The good news is that the IRS has announced “Interest on Home Equity Loans Often Still Deductible Under New Law.” (See IRS Information Release IR-2018-32.)

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New Tax Law Will Change Divorce Tactics

When couples divorce, financial negotiations often involve alimony. The tax rules regarding alimony were dramatically changed by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017, but existing agreements have been grandfathered. In addition, the old rules remain in effect for divorce and separation agreements executed during 2018. Beginning next year, the rules will change, and the roles will be reversed.

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