Tax Changes

2019 Standard Mileage Rates

 
2019MileageRate.JPG
 

On December 14, 2018, the IRS announced 2019 Standard Mileages Rates. More details are available in IRS Notice 2019-02.

  • 58 cents per mile for business use (up from 54.5 cents in 2018)

  • 14 cents per mile for charitable purposes (no change from 2018)

  • 20 cents per mile for medical purposes (up from 18 cents in 2018)

Here are two points to remember. (See section 4.05 of IRS Rev. Proc. 2010-51 for more information.)

  1. You may generally only use the business standard mileage rate if you did not depreciate the vehicle the first year of its useful life.

  2. A business may not use the standard mileage rate if it owns or leases five or more vehicles. Actual costs must then be used.

Redesigned 2018 Form 1040

The IRS released the redesigned 2018 Form 1040. Curious where you will report your self-employment income for 2018? Here’s a brief overview.

New2018Form1040.jpg

Want to view the actual redesigned forms? Here are links to the forms.

Entrepreneur Tax Deduction

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) offers a new tax deduction to the Entrepreneur.

  • TCJA was enacted on December 22, 2017.
  • TCJA is effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, and before January 1, 2026.
  • TCJA added a new provision of QBI as Internal Revenue Code Section 199A.
QBI.jpg

 

What is the Deduction for Qualified Business Income (QBI)?

  • It applies to qualifying entities: Partnerships, S-corporations, and sole proprietorships.
  • It provides owners of qualifying entities of a potential deduction to taxable income on his or her personal tax return (not on the business’s tax return).
  • It offers up to a 20% deduction of QBI depending on the owner’s total taxable income.
  • It will not reduce the owner’s adjusted gross income (AGI).
  • It is allowed for determining alternative minimum tax (AMT).

 

What type of income qualifies?

  • Income must be earned in a “qualified trade or business.”
  • The deduction is determined separately for each qualified business, and then each deduction amount is added together.
  • A qualified trade or business does not include service businesses (i.e., consultants, accountants, performing artists, etc.). But there is an exception: If the owner’s total taxable income is below certain thresholds, then the owner’s “specified service trade or business” will qualify for a QBI deduction.
  • These items are excluded from QBI:
    • Investment income and losses not allocated to a trade or business
    • Reasonable compensation payments (S-Corps)
    • Guaranteed payments (Partnerships)

Is the deduction limited?

Well… that depends… on the owner’s total taxable income that is reported on his or her individual tax return.

1.      Lower Income… It’s Straightforward if you have total taxable income of less than $157,500 ($315,000 if married filing jointly). It is likely you will qualify for the whole deduction.

2.      Higher Income… It’s Complicated if you have total taxable income of $207,500 ($415,000 if married filing jointly) or more. Then you must determine one of two limitations.

  • Limitation #1: If the business qualifies as a “specified service trade or business,” then not one penny qualifies for the QBI deduction.
  • Limitation #2: If you’re not a “specified service trade or business,” then you are automatically subject to a W-2 wage and business asset limitation, which is a two-step process. To find your deduction for QBI, determine the lower of two calculations:
    • Calculation 1 – Determine 20% of QBI
    • Calculation 2 – Determine the greater of the following two calculations.
      • 50% of the qualified trade or business’s W-2 wages, or
      • 25% of the qualified trade or business’s W-2 wages + 2.5% of the unadjusted basis immediately after the purchase of all qualified property.

3.      "Middler" Income… It’s Complicated… with a Twist… if you have total taxable income of $157,500 but less than $207,500 (or $315,000 and $415,000 if married filing jointly). Sorry, but you’re stuck calculating the limitations as outlined above for having “high” taxable income, plus needing to determine a “reduction ratio” multiplied by an “excess amount” of the limitations. In addition, if it is a specified service business, an “applicable percentage” will need to be determined. While these calculations will reduce your deduction, you’ll still be allowed a partial deduction. See? Twisted complications.

Sometimes, parts of new tax laws can be clear as mud… which happens to be the case with parts of the QBI deduction. Over the coming months, the IRS will likely (and hopefully!) be providing clarifications to troublesome areas to help you and your accountant. Stay tuned, and be patient!