In the world of tax law, words have statutorily set definitions or are interpreted by judges using precedent and reason. Annette Nellen, Esq., CPA, CGMA, walks us through four recent decisions by the U.S. Tax Court to show how the precise application of a word or phrase can make a world of difference.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made tax accounting easier for many businesses with average annual gross receipts of $25 million or less (inflation-adjusted to $26 million for 2019). The benefits include the cash method of accounting, exemption from UNICAP rules, exemption from some inventory accounting requirements, and more. But an “exception to the exceptions” denies these advantages to tax shelters, including “syndicates.” Chris Hesse, chair of the AICPA’s Tax Executive Committee, reveals where the traps lie.
With mergers-and-acquisitions activity on the upswing and Baby Boomers retiring in large numbers, many owners are now looking to exit their businesses. Fentress Seagroves, deals partner for the U.S. with PwC, outlines the steps business owners can take to ensure a successful transition and discusses the many ways CPAs can support them during this process.