Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: What’s New and How Will It Affect Your 2018 Tax Return?

We recently had the pleasure of presenting a seminar on the effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts on businesses and individuals. This is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting the information covered.

While we were all focused on the changes that were coming courtesy of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a number of additional tax law revisions took effect. The following is a brief recap.

Partnership Audit Regime Laws – Federal Law

Starting January 1, 2018, this Federal Law allows tax to now be accessed at the partnership level. While this is an administrative win, it comes with hidden ramifications to the taxpayer:

  • Assessed at the highest individual rate of tax – which is currently 37%
  • The 20% 199A (flow-through) deduction is no longer applicable
  • Current partners can be assessed for deficiencies from the year prior.

As a result, we recommend that all partnerships evaluate your partnership agreements.

1099 Withholding and Filing Requirements – State (Pennsylvania) Law

These requirements also went into effect on January 1, 2018.

The 1099 Withholding Requirement means you must engage in withholding on Pennsylvania-sourced non-employee compensation to non-residents. This includes business income and leases of real estate. This withholding is currently on a volunteer basis if the entity receiving payment is receiving $5,000 or less per year.

The new filing requirements state that starting in 2018, 1099s and W2s are required to be filed electronically if you are filing 10 or more forms. However, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is granting a waiver for the 2018 filing period. Learn more about this requirement in one of our previous blog posts.

Wayfair Decision Affecting Revenue from Online Sources

The Wayfair Decision brings economic nexus to online transactions. “Physical nexus” is when the consumer is making a purchase from a store or transacting with a business with a physical location. With the growth of online shopping, many B2C and B2B transactions take place with companies who do not have a physical presence in Pennsylvania, but their product is coming into Pennsylvania. With the Wayfair Decision, if you are a Pennsylvania-based business conducting online sales with people or companies outside of Pennsylvania, you may have multi-state filing requirements. Most states have differing thresholds, so if you are selling one or two items in a year and do not reach their particular threshold, you would not be required to file.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding these changes, please call us at 215-723-4881. You may also consult our free online 2018-19 Tax Planning, which can be found here.

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Computer Recycling Program

In an effort to support our environment, provide our customers with a cost-effective, easy way to dispose of their unused computer equipment and comply with local equipment disposal laws, we are announcing a new computer equipment recycling program. Here’s how it works:

At your request, we will recycle your used computer equipment for you. Computers will have their hard drives rendered inoperable (so that there is no possibility of anyone extracting data from them). We will then transport your equipment to a certified computer equipment recycling center for proper disposal.

To encourage as much participation in this program as possible, we are keeping the fee for this service to a minimum. To have your computers recycled, simply:

  1. Complete the form below, indicating the quantity of each item to be recycled
  2. Drop your equipment off at our office (along with this form), or give your equipment to one of our staff persons when they are at your office for another engagement
  3. We will send you an invoice for the service fee

Computer Equipment Recycling Program (PDF)

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Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Issues News Electronic Filing Requirement

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue recently changed the electronic filing requirement threshold for W-2 forms. Employers who file 10 or more W-2 forms with the department are now required to file those forms electronically.

This change is in effect for Tax Year 2018 filings. Employers should visit e-TIDES, the department’s online system for business taxes to file the Annual Withholding Reconciliation Statement (REV-1667), which had a deadline of January 31, 2019. Copies of the individual wage withholding statement (W-2) must also be filed electronically with the form REV-1667. The department will grant a waiver for the 2018 tax-filing season with regard to the electronic filing requirement, but it is encouraging employers to take advantage of this option, which is quick, easy and secure.

This change is part of a larger effort to embrace technology to serve taxpayers better and update departmental operations. The department gains many efficiencies in processing by shifting from paper to electronic records.

To this point, the department continues to receive a large number of W-2 records via fax and on compact discs. It takes significant information technology resources to transfer these records into the department’s computer systems manually. Also, if an employer submits paper W-2s, the department must use an entirely manual process to key the taxpayer’s information into its systems, slowing processing times and increasing the potential for error.

The move toward more electronic filing also helps the department increase the security of taxpayer data and safeguard against tax refund fraud. The change is also in line with other electronic filing requirements the department has implemented for other returns and informational statements.

If you have any questions regarding the electronic filing, please visit the Department’s Business Taxes e-Services Center or call 717-787-7635.

If you have additional questions where we might be of service, please call 215-723-4881 or contact us online.

New W-4 Form for 2019

The IRS has issued the new W-4 form for 2019. This is an ideal time to do a Paycheck Check-up, to ensure you’re having the right amount of funds withheld each pay period.

If you have any questions about your specific situation, please consult with your tax advisor. If you do not currently have a tax advisor, we welcome the opportunity to serve you. Please call 215-723-4881 or contact us online.

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Becky joined Canon Capital in 2002.  Prior to Canon Capital, she worked for an auto dealership and computer software company.  She attended Montgomery County Community College for business.  Becky is active in church and teaches Sunday school.  She resides in Tylersport with her husband and has three children and eight grandchildren.  Becky also enjoys making crafts and baking.

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