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San Jose business tax attorney, tax reform bill, net operating losses, US tax law, carrybacksIn December 2017, Congress passed a tax bill that represented the most significant reform to the U.S. tax code in the last 30 years. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 made a large number of sweeping changes to tax law in the United States, affecting nearly everyone in the country, from individual taxpayers to large corporations. While many of the effects of this new law are still being worked out, one change that businesses should be aware of is how net operating losses (NOLs) will be handled going forward.

NOLs, Carryback, and Carryforward

In the past, businesses that reported a net operating loss (that is, the business’s expenses were greater than its revenues) in a tax year were able to use this amount to offset taxable income in other tax years. They would be able to carry the amount back to the two preceding years and receive an immediate refund for taxes paid or carry the amount forward up to 20 years to reduce the amount of taxable income in those years. This allowed businesses to help avoid some of the consequences of taxing their income on an annual basis and effectively pay taxes on an average income over multiple years.

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sharing economy, tax requirements, self-employment taxes, estimated tax payments, San Jose tax attorneyWith the prevalence of smartphones and personal computers in modern American society, people have more opportunities than ever to earn an extra income. In the sharing economy (also known as the gig economy), money can be made by driving individuals in cars, renting out homes or rooms for short periods, making and selling products, or performing tasks for people.

While there are great benefits from supplementing one’s income in this manner, these individuals may not be aware of how this additional income affects the taxes they pay. Consider the following aspects of tax law of which people in the sharing economy should be aware:

1. Taxable income - All income is generally taxable, whether it is paid by an employer, earned in a “side business,” or received as a cash payment. Since sharing economy companies often treat workers as independent contractors rather than employees, the worker is usually responsible for paying taxes on his or her earnings.

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San Jose tax lawyer, foreign income, foreign asset, Paradise Papers, offshore accountsIn 2016, the release of the “Panama Papers” sent shockwaves through the financial world, exposing the methods that many wealthy individuals and corporations use to avoid paying taxes. This issue has received additional scrutiny recently due to the release of new documents, known as the “Paradise Papers,” which have revealed more details about how trillions of dollars are transferred through offshore tax havens.

The Paradise Papers include more than 13 million documents, most of them related to Appleby, a company with headquarters in Bermuda that helps its clients pay less taxes by moving money into offshore accounts. The financial dealings of a number of prominent people and entities were brought to light by this release, including companies like Apple and Facebook, celebrities like Madonna and Bono, and public figures like Queen Elizabeth II and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

The release of the Paradise Papers has brought a great deal of scrutiny to offshore accounts held by U.S. taxpayers, and the IRS will be investigating foreign income and investments, especially in locations such as the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Jersey, Guernsey, Switzerland, and Hong Kong.

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S corporation, San Jose tax attorney, tax credits, Tax Compliance Campaign, collecting taxesFor anyone who earns an income, operates a business, or makes a financial transaction in the United States and the state of California, taxes are an unfortunate reality. Nobody likes paying taxes, but they are a necessary part of modern life and allow our government to continue operating.

Collecting taxes is a complicated matter, especially when it involves large companies and organizations with complex financial assets. In recent years, the governmental departments that collect taxes have begun working to operate more efficiently by focusing their efforts on identifying and addressing specific tax issues. These tax compliance campaigns have been conducted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the California Board of Equalization, and the California Employment Development Department.

IRS Federal Tax Compliance Campaigns

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San Jose tax attorney, tax issues, avoiding tax liability, purchasing a business, tax clearancePurchasing a business can be an exciting venture, allowing a person or company to expand his or her assets and add additional sources of income. However, business owners should be aware of the tax issues that can arise when buying a business, including whether they will be responsible for the business’s tax liability.

Successor Liability

If a business owes taxes, interest, or penalties at the time of its sale, the purchaser of the business may be held liable for these amounts. This is known as successor liability, and the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) may enforce this liability through a state sales tax audit within three years of the purchase of the business. A state sales tax refund claim may also trigger the enforcement of a tax liability.

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