November 30, 2016
The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States could result in major tax law changes in 2017. Proposed changes spelled out in Trump’s tax reform plan released earlier this year that would affect businesses include:
President-elect Trump’s tax plan is somewhat different from the House Republicans’ plan. With Republicans retaining control of both chambers of Congress, some sort of overhaul of the U.S. tax code is likely. That said, Republicans didn’t reach the 60 Senate members necessary to become filibuster-proof, which means they may need to compromise on some issues in order to get their legislation through the Senate.
So there’s still uncertainty as to which specific tax changes will ultimately make it into legislation and be signed into law.
It may make sense to accelerate deductible expenses into 2016 that might not be deductible in 2017 and to defer income to 2017, when it might be subject to a lower tax rate. But there is some risk to these strategies, given the uncertainty as to exactly what tax law changes will be enacted. Plus no single strategy is right for every business. Please contact us to develop the best year-end strategy for your business.
There had been some concern that tax reform would include the elimination of tax-deferred like-kind exchanges. The good news is that the TCJA still generally allows them for real estate. But there are limits you need to be aware of.
Should you become incapacitated, a financial power of attorney authorizes your representative to manage your financial affairs. But without proper safeguards in place, it’s at risk for abuse.
If your business made building or equipment repairs last year, the cost might be fully deductible on your 2017 tax return. But it might not be…