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Post Wayfair Tax Compliance Issues

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September 26, 2018

Post Wayfair Tax Compliance Issues

The Wayfair jingle is a catchy one: “Wayfair, you got just what I need.” States are starting to hum this tune, too. And “just what they need” is more revenue in their coffers. In this viewpoint, GTM’s Jim Ford explains compliance issues companies may face post-Wayfair and the technology that could help them meet their new sales and use tax registration and filing obligations. Read this article to learn more.

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State Tax Notes: Navigating the Post-Wayfair World

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September 17, 2018

State Tax Notes: Navigating the Post-Wayfair World

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court released its ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair. The ruling did away with physical presence test for determining when an online retailer must collect and remit sales tax in the state of its customers. In this podcast, Paige Jones of Tax Notes talks to GTM’s James Ford, Managing Director, SALT Sales & Use Tax Compliance, about how next steps all businesses, not just retailers should be thinking about. He covers reporting requirements, registrations, tax calculations, tax compliance and more.

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New Depreciation Rules Affect Mergers and Acquisitions

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July 19, 2018

New Depreciation Rules Affect Mergers and Acquisitions

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act modifies rules related to depreciating tangible property, net operating losses (NOLs), interest expense limitations, and the taxation of foreign income. One area that remains mostly untouched are the rules related to taxable and nontaxable reorganizations, spin-offs, incorporations, and liquidations. Having said that, future mergers and acquisitions (M&A) will be affected in one way or another as buyers and sellers adjust to the new tax regime. This article touches on one aspect of tax reform that will transform M&A: the modification of depreciation rules. Read this article to learn more.

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Expensing of Fixed Assets: Don’t Miss an Opportunity Today to Save Real Cash

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April 06, 2018

Expensing of Fixed Assets: Don’t Miss an Opportunity Today to Save Real Cash

In this article, published in the NJBiz Tax Reform 2018 Supplement, an add on to our U.S. tax reform update series, learn how 100% bonus depreciation for post-September 27, 2017 fixed asset expenditures can immediately save your company real cash. Authored by GTM’s John Diamond, Managing Director of our NY/NJ Office, the article explains that before any corporate tax return is filed for 2017, companies need to consider the changes in the expensing of fixed assets. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) modified the rules related to bonus depreciation as well as Section 179.

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GILTI, FDII, and BEAT: Thinking Ahead to First-Quarter Provision

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March 15, 2018

GILTI, FDII, and BEAT: Thinking Ahead to First-Quarter Provision

Read this article, published in Tax Notes to learn more about GILTI, FDII, and BEAT, and how you should be preparing for first-quarter corporate provision. We cover the current state of accounting under ASC 740, and identify issues to consider when developing estimates of your annual effective tax rate for 2018.

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IRC 355: Understanding the Basics of a Tax-Free Spin-off

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January 22, 2018

IRC 355: Understanding the Basics of a Tax-Free Spin-off

One exception where a corporation is permitted to distribute appreciated property to its shareholders in a tax-free manner is via qualified spin-off under IRC 355. Provided a series of requirements are met, Section 355 can be an excellent option for corporations and their shareholders who are looking to restructure by providing a vehicle to do so tax-free in a type of transaction that otherwise would have created a taxable event. Read this article to learn more.

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Talking Toll Tax: Calculation and Provision Considerations for the New Year

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January 19, 2018

Talking Toll Tax: Calculation and Provision Considerations for the New Year

Since our last blog post about the deemed repatriation “toll tax,” tax reform was enacted into law on Dec 22, 2017. The SEC has also issued guidance on tax accounting for the deemed repatriation (“SAB 118”), and the IRS has issued preliminary guidance on proposed regulations concerning calculation of the transition tax. Read this article to learn toll tax calculation and provision considerations, and for a handy visual audit checklist.

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IRC Section 163j: Another Cost of Leveraging an Acquisition

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September 06, 2017

IRC Section 163j: Another Cost of Leveraging an Acquisition

Without the luxury of having excess cash reserves, corporations typically opt to leverage their acquisitions by taking on some form of debt. This allows for more manageable and projectable cash flows, and the interest payments are tax-deductible – as long as you do not get caught up by an earnings stripping limitation such as IRC Section 163j.

Section 163j was enacted in 1989 as a means of limiting the interest expense deduction of a taxable corporation that pays to a tax-exempt, or partially tax-exempt, entity whose economic interests coincide with those of the payer. Most commonly, but not solely, this becomes an issue when a foreign parent issues debt through a U.S. subsidiary. This is relevant today as corporations look to reduce their IRS bill by restructuring using controversial tax inversions. Section 163(j) serves as a barrier to corporations who otherwise would have a rather straightforward and otherwise legal means of significantly eroding its U.S. tax base through excessive interest deductions.

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From the Desktop to the Cloud: Transforming Tax — Best Practices on Tax Collaboration from PPG

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January 19, 2017

From the Desktop to the Cloud: Transforming Tax — Best Practices on Tax Collaboration from PPG

Part one of this Tax Notes article revealed that advanced collaboration solutions connect the tax department to provide far-reaching benefits. The result is a strategic tax management department that contributes to the achievement of business goals instead of functioning as just a team of isolated number crunchers. In this second article of a two-part series, learn best practices for implementing tax collaboration software, using an example of a project at PPG, a Fortune 200 industrial products company, and commentary from their International Tax Manager, Ken Moran.

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