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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Do Insurance and Real Estate Brokers Benefit?

Due to the double taxation of C-Corporations and their shareholders, most small business usually prefer flow-through entities such as S-Corporations, LLC’s and Partnerships for the operation of their businesses. Section 199A of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides that owner(s) of these flow-through entities may be entitled to take a deduction equal to 20% of the entity’s "qualified business income" (“QBI”) earned from the business. Qualified business income can best be described as the ordinary, non-investment income of the business, less any business expenses. QBI excludes passive income like interest, dividends or capital gains. (Read More)

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Offshore Insurance Subsidiaries Dance to a Different BEAT

Congress has come up with yet another good acronym – BEAT (Base Erosion Anti-abuse Tax). As is typically the case, when Congress uses an acronym in legislation, it is inevitably accompanied by complexity. BEAT, as referenced in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) is no exception. (Read More)

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What Investors Need to Know

Once upon a time investors had fairly straightforward choices when it came to investing in business. There were C corporations, (“C Corps”) as well as S corporations (“S Corps”), limited liability companies (“LLCs”), partnerships and sole proprietorships. Of course, all of these business organizations still exist, but in the wake of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”), the decision as to which type of entity to use as an investment vehicle has become much more complex. (Read More)

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Is a C-Corp. Conversion Right for Your Business?

With the steep reduction in the federal corporate tax rate under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) recently signed into law, many businesses that operate as tax pass-throughs, such as partnerships, LLCs or S-Corporations (“S-Corp.”), may be considering converting to C-Corporation (“C-Corp.”) status instead.

Under the Act:

  • The top federal rate for individuals is reduced from 39.6% to 37% tax on ordinary income such as wages, dividends that are not qualified dividends and short-term capital gains (gains on investment assets held for less than one year). This tax rate will return to 39.6% after 2025 unless the reduced rate is extended or made permanent by subsequent legislation.

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Brexit: The Knowns and The Known Unknowns

On June, 23, 2016, the UK population voted by 51.9% to 48.1% to leave the European Union (EU). Turnout was 72%, with a record 46.5 million people eligible to vote. Then Prime Minister David Cameron led the “Remain” campaign and immediately after the “Leave” result it was announced he would resign.

In voting to leave the EU, the UK has made probably its most profound economic and political decision in 60 years. In doing so, the UK electorate has registered its dissatisfaction with the EU economic and legal model, rejected European integration and globalization, and, perhaps most significantly of all, has registered its dissatisfaction with the “establishment.” But what happens next? (Read More)