Case Study: Retirement of Building Components


The Final Repair Regulations clarified the rules related to whether a building expenditure is a capital improvement or can be a repair expense. However, one of the most significant rules that has changed under these Regs is in regards to the disposition of structural components of buildings. In the past, when a taxpayer renovated an … Read More

IRS issues Final Revised Tangible Property Repair Regulations


On Friday (9/13/2013), the IRS issued the final, revised Tangible Property Repair Regulations for Sections 162(a) and 263(a) which modify and supersede the Temporary Regulations that were issued on December 23, 2011. While this is the fourth iteration of the Repair Regulations the IRS has released, it is the first time they have issued them … Read More

New Legislation Replaces California Enterprise Zones


URGENT ACTION REQUIRED! 2013 will be the last tax year for which businesses may engage in qualified Enterprise Zone hiring or purchasing. Business should document as much Enterprise Zone tax credit as possible now to preserve credits for the eleven year carry forward period. » Contact us and MAXIMIZE your Enterprise Zone credits! Governor Brown … Read More

Texas Governor Signs R&D Credit Legislation


On June 14, 2013, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law HB 800 reinstating the research and development (R&D) tax credit for Texas companies. Although not permanent, both the sales tax exemption and research credit are extended through 2026 and are expected to be a boost to Texas manufacturing and high-technology industries. Details regarding the … Read More

Texas Research and Development Tax Credit Legislation on Governor’s Desk


On May 25, the Texas state senate approved HB 800 and sent it to Governor Rick Perry for his signature. The bill reinstates franchise tax credits for companies conducting qualified research and development (R&D) activities within the state. The Texas R&D credit was repealed in 2006, but proponents of the bill claim the tax incentives … Read More

Maryland’s Research and Development Tax Credit Extended and Annual Limits Increased


On April 9, 2013, Maryland’s Governor, Martin O’Malley, approved HB 386 extending and expanding Maryland’s research and development (R&D) tax credit. Maryland’s current R&D tax credit law provides a credit against regular Maryland tax for companies incurring qualified research expenses (QREs) within the state. Maryland currently caps its R&D credits at $6 million per calendar … Read More

Taxpayer Negligence Penalty for Poor Cost Segregation Study


Summary: In the recently released Chief Counsel Memo #20125201F, the IRS makes it clear that even if you engage a third party to perform a cost segregation analysis, taxpayers cannot avoid penalties for aggressive positions taken in the cost segregation report. The taxpayer attended a presentation that addressed open-air parking structures in which the presentation … Read More

Florida Research & Development Tax Credits are Available for 2012


For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, the State of Florida allows a qualified “business enterprise” to claim a state R&D credit of 10% for qualified research expenses (“QREs”) incurred in Florida (2012 Florida Statute §220.196). Is there an application process? Yes. An application process must be completed in order to be … Read More

R&D Tax Credit Receives Retroactive Two Year Extension through 2013


Congress passed a two-year extension for the R&D Tax Credit as part of the Fiscal Cliff Relief bill. The “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” (the Act), which the President signed into law on Jan 2, 2013, extends the credit retroactively and is now set to expire at the end of 2013. This is the … Read More