House on the verge of voting on Tax Extenders including the R&D Tax Credit


Last week, congressional aides to Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Dave Camp (R-MI), were reportedly nearing a deal to address many of the tax provisions that expired at the end of 2013. The reported value of the deal was in excess of $400 billion. Many of these … Read More

How will the 2014 Midterm Elections Impact tax extenders?


Not since World War II have Republicans had this large of a majority in Congress. The results from the 2014 midterm election are a staggering blow to Democrats. Prior to the 2014 midterm election, the Democrats had control in the Senate (53 out of the 100 seats with 2 Independents that caucus with the Democrats), … Read More

Dispositions of Tangible Property – IRS Restricts use of Discount Value Approach


In August, the IRS issued final regulations on dispositions of tangible depreciable property under Sec. 168 (T.D. 9689) that are generally effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2014. Taxpayers can realize significant benefits from these regulations by identifying building components that have been replaced or demolished in current or prior years. … Read More

IRS Releases R.P. 2014-54; Extends Deadline To Claim Retirement Loss Deductions!


On September 18, the IRS released an advanced copy of Rev. Proc. 2014-54, which provides guidance on certain changes in method of accounting for dispositions of tangible depreciable property. One of the most notable changes in this 93-page document is that the time for making a late partial disposition election has been extended for one … Read More

Research Tax Credit Opportunities for Architects and Engineers


Although Architecture and Engineering (A&E) firms don’t often claim tax credits, many may be eligible for Federal and state research & development (R&D) tax credits without realizing it. Historically, the R&D tax credit was geared to only benefit large companies; mostly in the manufacturing, software, high-tech and pharmaceutical industries. However, significant changes to the tax regulations … Read More

R&D Tax Credit Now Allows ASC on Amended Returns


In a surprising, and long overdue modification to the Section 41 Research & Development tax credit, Treasury announced TD 9666 allowing taxpayer’s the opportunity to use the Alternative Simplified Credit (“ASC”) calculation methodology on amended returns in cases where the credit was not previously claimed on a return. Prior to this announcement, the taxpayer’s were … Read More

R&D Tax Credit Update


The federal tax credit for “increasing research activities” – commonly known as the R&D credit – is one of several “tax extenders” currently being discussed by lawmakers. The credit expired at the end of 2013, but the expectation is that it will be renewed, as it has done consistently since the credit was first enacted … Read More

Expire Act 2014: Tax Extenders for 2014-2015 Passed by Senate Finance Committee


Yesterday, on April 3, the Senate Finance Committee overwhelmingly approved the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act of 2014 with a strong bipartisan vote, setting the stage for Congress to address. The bill extends many long awaited business tax extenders that originally expired at the end of 2013 and modifies certain tax provisions. … Read More

California Competes Tax Credit Applications Closes April 14


Businesses may now apply for the first round of awards under the California Competes Tax Credit program. The last date to register for the current application window is April 14, 2014. The California Competes Tax Credit was part of Governor Brown’s three part successor program to the Enterprise Zone tax credit, which is currently being … Read More

Rev. Proc. 2014-16 – IRS releases procedural guidance to implement Final Repair Regulations


The IRS recently released Revenue Procedure 2014-16, providing the procedural rules taxpayers follow to make “automatic” accounting method changes under the Final Repair Regulations. This revenue procedure modifies Rev. Proc. 2011-14 and supersedes Rev. Proc. 2012-19 regarding certain changes for amounts paid to acquire, produce, or improve tangible property. IRS PROCEDURE 2014-16 The automatic accounting … Read More