As with capital investment, businesses cannot immediately deduct the full cost of inventory purchases against taxable income. Instead, the cost of inventories is deducted when sold. The deduction amount depends on the inventory valuation method. Today’s map shows which of the three inventory valuation methods European OECD countries require their businesses to use for tax
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Some Americans may still be recovering from the disappointment they felt after receiving stimulus checks for less than anticipated. One particular cohort that may have received reduced checks: those who were due $500 payments for children under age 17. The U.S. government rushed out $1,200 stimulus checks to Americans this spring after Congress passed the
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Yesterday, Scott Pulsipher and Michael B. Horn wrote on RealClearPolicy.com, “An obstacle to employers investing more in their employees’ education is that Section 127 of the tax code has been frozen in time since 1986.” Section 127 allows employers to provide up to $5,250 annually for worker education costs that can be tax-deductible and excludable
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On July 30 and July 31, 2020, the IRS published proposed regulations addressing small-business accounting method changes, and carried interest, respectively. Certain aspects of the two sets of regs are troubling, according to Tom Wheelwright, CPA, founder and CEO of the WealthAbility Accounting Network. “Both sets have provisions that run contrary to the clear intent
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Now that the presumptive Democratic presidential ticket will be former Vice President Joe Biden and California Senator Kamala Harris, many will remember the two squaring off in the primary run-up on such issues as healthcare, taxes, and criminal justice reform. What tax policy ideas did Harris propose along the campaign trail, and how do they
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Payroll-processing companies are eagerly anticipating guidelines from the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department on how to handle the payroll tax deferral that President Trump included in his executive orders over the weekend in an effort to spur the economy during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Payroll services need the rules, which are expected to
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Nima Ghamsari, co-founder and chief executive officer of Blend, speaks during the Sooner Than You Think conference in Brooklyn, New York, Oct. 16, 2018. Alex Flynn | Bloomberg | Getty Images Digital lending start-up Blend raised $75 million in fresh funding amid surging demand for streamlined mortgage applications during the coronavirus pandemic. The move values the
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RichLegg | E+ | Getty Images Racial and economic inequities have long existed in America’s school systems, and it’s about to get worse, experts warn. With coronavirus cases still high around the country, half of U.S. elementary and high school students will attend school only virtually this fall, according to a study by Burbio, which
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In May, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its annual data showing the differences in purchasing power across American metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in 2018. This data compares how much $100 can buy in different regions and metropolitan areas across the country, which can have a significant effect on the relative impact of different
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A new report from the IRS Small Business/Self Employed Division reveals that in Fiscal Year 2019 the division devoted attention to the agency-wide issue of non-filers and fraud. The report, a 28-page overview billed as annual from now on, focuses on program highlights, priorities and accomplishments of the SB/SE organization and its employees. SB/SE services
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Key Findings The fiscal responses to the COVID-19 pandemic will require policymakers to consider what revenue resources should be used to fill budget gaps. Tax policy experts have proposed wealth taxes, (global) corporate minimum taxes, excess profits taxes, and digital taxes as opportunities for governments to raise new revenues. Instead of designing novel taxes, however,
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