Consolidated Appropriations Act Ensures Deductibility of PPP Expenses

Introduction The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) authorized approximately $350 billion to fund the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). The PPP was designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll via potentially forgivable loans (“PPP Loans”), assuming certain criteria were met. The Consolidated Appropriations…
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Pulling Back the Curtain with the Corporate Transparency Act

After experiencing an inability to pass as a standalone bill, the Corporate Transparency Act (“Act”) now finds itself tacked to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, being passed by both the House and Senate with veto-proof majorities, 335-78 in the House and 84-14 in the Senate.[1] Following presidential veto, the Senate voted…
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Is that Side Hustle a Business or Hobby?

Hobby loss tax rules of IRC § 183 are nothing new. However, there are a couple of recent developments that make the application of those rules especially relevant: Starting in 2018, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) went into effect. Under the TCJA, taxpayers lost the ability to take miscellaneous itemized deductions. Previously, taxpayers…
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Tax Considerations – Initiative 65 and Medical Marijuana in Mississippi

In recent elections, Mississippians overwhelmingly voted to pass Initiative 65 legalizing medical marijuana. This paves the way for an entire new business industry to operate in Mississippi, creating opportunities for business owners, investors, and those who serve them. With businesses possibly being allowed to open sometime in the summer of 2021, it will be important…
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President Joe Biden’s Proposed Tax Policy for Individuals

INTRODUCTION In a prior article, Charles J. Allen previously discussed the tax plans of the democratic presidential candidates, while Josh Sage discussed some of Biden’s potential changes here. With the Associated Press calling the presidential race for former vice president Joe Biden on November 7th, time is running short for many taxpayers to take advantage…
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State Income Tax of Trusts and Estates – Late 2020 Update

Introduction A couple of years ago, I wrote about the state income taxation of trusts.[1] Since that time, there have been some significant developments relating to the issues raised in that writing. Primary among those developments include the United States Supreme Court decision in the Kaestner[2] case and the United States Supreme Court’s decision to…
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Ninth Circuit says Nice Try on Passive Rental Activities

Introduction The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a District Court’s ruling against a married couple who claimed their losses related to three vacation properties were not limited under the passive activity loss rules of IRC § 469.[1] The couple argued that the management company responsible for renting the property to…
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