|A draft tax reform bill was released by Congress on November 2 titled The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. Key provisions of the draft bill are:
· Corporate tax rate: the top corporate tax rate would be reduced from 35% to 20% (25% for personal service corporations) beginning in 2018.
· Sole proprietor and pass-through tax rate: the top tax rate for business income of individuals would be reduced from 39.6% to 25%. The 25% tax rate would apply to passive business income and 30% of active business income. The remaining 70% of active business income would be taxed at regular individual tax rates. Personal service businesses would not be eligible for the 25% rate, and instead taxed at regular individual tax rates. These provisions would go into effect for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017.
· Business property expensing: businesses would be able to fully expense qualified business property acquired and placed in service after September 27, 2017 and before January 1, 2023.
· Interest deductions: businesses with average gross receipts greater than $25 million would see their interest deduction limited to 30% of adjusted taxable income for tax years beginning after 2017.
· Net operating losses: net operating loss carryforwards would be limited to offsetting 90% of business taxable income. Net operating loss carrybacks would be eliminated in most cases. Effective for losses arising in tax years beginning after 2017.
· Cash method of accounting: the availability of the cash method of accounting would be expanded to include businesses with average gross receipts of $25 million or less, even if the business has inventories.
· Entertainment expenses: no deduction would be allowed for entertainment, amusement or recreation activities for amounts paid or incurred after 2017.
· Like-kind exchanges: deferral of gain on like-kind exchanges would be limited to exchanges of real property for transfers after 2017.
· Manufacturing deduction: the special deduction for income attributable to domestic production activities would be eliminated after 2017.
· Business credits: several business credits would be eliminated for tax years beginning after 2017.
· Individual tax rates: the current seven individual income tax brackets would be reduced to four at 12%, 25%, 35% and 39.6% for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017.
· Standard deduction: the standard deduction would be increased to $24,400 for married couples and $12,200 for singles, which are almost double the current amounts. Would apply to tax years beginning after December 31, 2017.
· Personal exemptions: the personal exemption deduction of $4,150 would be eliminated for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017.
· Child tax credit: the child tax credit would increase from $1,000 to $1,600 for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017.
· Mortgage interest deduction: the deduction for mortgage interest would be limited to interest paid on mortgages of $500,000 or less for homes purchased after November 2, 2017. The mortgage interest deduction would be limited to one qualified residence.”
· Property tax deduction: the deduction for state and local property taxes would be limited to $10,000 for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017.
· State and local income tax deduction: the deduction for state and local income taxes would be eliminated for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017.
· Other deductions: various other deductions would be eliminated, including: alimony payments, moving expenses, tax preparation expenses, medical expenses, and student loan interest for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017.
· Alternative minimum tax: the alternative minimum tax would be repealed for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017.
· Adoption credit: the credit for adoption expenses would be repealed for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017.
· Estate tax: the estate tax exemption would double for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, with full repeal after six years.
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