On November 2, the House released the long-awaited Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Act is broad and covers multiple aspects of individual and corporate taxation. The Act, which is not yet law, will likely see some changes before it is finalized.
We will be releasing summaries of specific areas of the act over the next couple of weeks as we continue our in-depth analysis of the lengthy Act.
The summary below reflects some of the major tax law changes contained in the Act.
Pass-through income treated as business income will be subject to a reduced 25% tax rate. Individual tax rates and self-employment tax rates apply to the remainder of pass-through income. The business income is determined by the taxpayer’s “capital percentage” which is generally 30%. Certain industries may be eligible for an increased rate. Business income from certain service businesses is not eligible for the 25% rate on business income.
While there is still a long way to go before The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act becomes law, the bill has the potential to dramatically change our current tax system. Businesses and individuals alike will need to consider the potential impact on some decisions they have made or are considering including their choice of business entity, their decision to utilize debt for the financing of certain investments, and also the groupings of certain business interests. We will continue to provide additional updates as the bill moves through Congress.
If you have any questions regarding how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may impact you or your business, please contact Redpath and Company tax partners John Kammerer and Gloria McDonnell:
John Kammerer, CPA, Partner
Gloria McDonnell, CPA, Partner
Gloria McDonnell is the tax operations director and serves on the leadership team at Redpath and Company. She specializes in corporate and individual tax planning and compliance, multi-state taxation, international tax, and tax research. Gloria works with closely-held businesses in a variety of industries, and has provided business tax accounting services since 1989, and has been at Redpath and Company since 1991.More posts by Gloria McDonnell
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