by Gregory S. Dowell
August 17, 2018
As tax practitioners, CPAs and attorneys have been frustrated because of the number of provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the tax act that was pushed through Congress late in 2017) are so poorly written, making it nearly impossible to advise our clients in many cases. We’re glad to know it’s not just us.
- Expensing Qualified Improvement Property – The intent was that qualified improvement property should be 15-year property subject to MACRS and a 20-year ADS recovery period.
- Net Operating Losses – Legislative intent was to provide that the NOL carryforward and carryback modifications are effective for NOLs arising in taxable years beginning after 12-31-17.
- Sexual harassment – The TCJA states that a deduction is denied for any settlement or payment related to sexual harassment or sexual abuse if a settlement or payment is subject to a nondisclosure agreement, and denies a deduction for attorney’s fees related to the settlement or payment. As written, the Senators note that the recipient of a payment may be prohibited from deducting their legal fees; the intent was that these attorney fees would not be subject to this provision.