CPA Bulletin


How the New Tax Law Affects 529 Plans

For many years, 529 college savings plans have offered a tax-favored way to save for higher education. These plans, officially qualified tuition programs, are named for the IRC section that provides their advantages. In brief, 529 plans are funded with after-tax dollars. In college savings plans, account owners choose from […]


Now the G.I. Bill is Forever

When you think of the G.I. Bill, you probably recall reading about a program designed to help military veterans receive college educations after they left the armed forces following World War II. Somewhat less known is that the G.I. Bill has endured, in various forms, until present times. Last year, […]


Education as a Small-Business Fringe Benefit

As reported in previous issues of the Tax Bulletin this year, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 dramatically reduced taxpayers’ ability to itemize deductions. Among the tax deduction opportunities that have vanished, from 2018–2025, are miscellaneous itemized deductions that exceed 2% of the taxpayer’s gross income. Such deductions […]


More Give in the Gift Tax

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 increased the federal estate tax exemption to $11.18 million for 2018. That’s per person, so the combined exemption for a married couple can be as much as $22,360,000 worth of assets this year. The same ceilings apply to the federal gift tax, […]


Don’t Neglect Estate Planning

The article, “More give in the gift tax,” in this issue mentions that the federal estate tax exemption now exceeds $11 million per person. Accordingly, few individuals or married couples will owe this tax. Nevertheless, there is more to successful wealth transfer than reducing or eliminating estate tax. Ideally, you’ll […]


Tax Calendar: July and August 2018

JULY 2018 July 16 Employers. For Social Security, Medicare, withheld income tax, and nonpayroll withholding, deposit the tax for payments in June, if the monthly rule applies.   July 31 Employers. For Social Security, Medicare, and withheld income tax, file Form 941 for the second quarter of 2018. Deposit any […]


IRS Okays Home Equity Deductions

As previously reported in the April 2018 edition of the CPA Client Bulletin, 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, […]