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Higher Education Savings And Planning: Tax And Nontax Considerations, F. Philip Manns Jr., Timothy M. Todd 2018 Liberty University

Higher Education Savings And Planning: Tax And Nontax Considerations, F. Philip Manns Jr., Timothy M. Todd

Texas A&M Law Review

Funding higher education is among the critical financial decisions made by individuals and families. There are myriad options. Yet, the conventional wisdom—namely using Section 529 Plans—may not be the optimal vehicle to effectuate this goal. Therefore, this Article discusses various strategies to plan, save, and pay for higher education. It compares various savings methods including gifts, UTMA accounts, Section 529 Plans, trusts, and other vehicles. The analysis explores both tax and non-tax considerations, including the effect of different strategies on financial aid, transaction costs, investor control, income taxes, gift and estate taxes, flexibility, and creditor protection. This Article ...


Was The Amt Effectively Repealed?, Reed Shuldiner 2018 University of Pennsylvania Law School

Was The Amt Effectively Repealed?, Reed Shuldiner

Faculty Scholarship

The individual alternative minimum tax (AMT) was a much disliked feature of the tax law prior to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Yet, despite repeated promises to repeal the AMT as part of tax reform, the TCJA dropped AMT repeal in favor of increasing the AMT exemption and its phaseout threshold. The question raised by this development is whether the AMT changes should be viewed as yet another stop-gap tweak of the AMT or whether the changes should be viewed as returning the AMT to its roots as a tax on high-income taxpayers using excessive loopholes. In this ...


Does The United States Still Care About Complying With Its Wto Obligations?, Reuven S. Avi-Yonah 2018 University of Michigan Law School

Does The United States Still Care About Complying With Its Wto Obligations?, Reuven S. Avi-Yonah

Articles

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“TCJA”) contains a provision that on its face appears to be a blatant violation of the WTO’s Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM) rules. New IRC section 250 applies a reduced 13.125% tax rate to “foreign derived intangible income” (FDII), which is defined as income derived in connection with (1) property that is sold by the taxpayer to any foreign person for a foreign use or (2) services to any foreign person or with respect to foreign property. In other words, this category comprises exports for property and services, including royalties ...


Accessible Reliable Tax Advice, Emily Cauble 2018 DePaul University College of Law

Accessible Reliable Tax Advice, Emily Cauble

University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform

Unsophisticated taxpayers who lack financial resources are disadvantaged by a shortage of adequate tax advice. The IRS does not have the resources to answer all questions asked, and the IRS’s informal advice comes with no guarantee as to its accuracy and offers the taxpayer no protection when it is mistaken. Furthermore, non-IRS sources of advice have not sufficiently filled the void left by a lack of satisfactory IRS guidance. These biases against unsophisticated taxpayers have been noted by existing literature. This Article contributes to existing literature by proposing several novel reform measures to assist unsophisticated taxpayers.

First, with respect ...


How Special Is The Special Timing Rule? Analyzing The Timing Of Fica Taxation In Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans, Alan J. Ponce 2018 Georgia State University College of Law

How Special Is The Special Timing Rule? Analyzing The Timing Of Fica Taxation In Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans, Alan J. Ponce

Georgia State University Law Review

Many employers offer nonqualified deferred compensation plans as a benefit to select employees, and those plans allow the employees to prepare for retirement in a tax-efficient manner. For employers,designing and administering such plans in compliance with federal law represents a paramount concern in order to achieve the tax advantages such plans entail. However, for these employers, there remains an inherent ambiguity in the tax code regarding how and when employers should withhold Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) taxes—that is, Social Security and Medicare taxes—on deferred compensation in nonqualified retirement plans.

Tax regulations provide two distinct methods for ...


Tax Compliance In A Decentralizing Economy, Manoj Viswanathan 2018 University of California Hastings College of Law

Tax Compliance In A Decentralizing Economy, Manoj Viswanathan

Georgia State University Law Review

Tax compliance in the United States has long relied on information from centralized intermediaries—the financial institutions,employers, and brokers that help ensure income is reported and taxes are paid. Yet while the IRS remains tied to these centralized entities,consumers and businesses are not. New technologies, such as sharing economy platforms (companies such as Airbnb, Uber, and Instacart)and the blockchain (the platform on which various cryptocurrencies are based) are providing new, decentralized options for exchanging goods and services.

Without legislative and agency intervention, these technologies pose a critical threat to the reporting system underlying domestic and international tax ...


Potential Penalties And Ethical Problems In Filing An Amended Return: The Case Of The Repentant Sports/Entertainment Figure's Legal Expenses Deduction, John R. Dorocak 2018 University of Maine School of Law

Potential Penalties And Ethical Problems In Filing An Amended Return: The Case Of The Repentant Sports/Entertainment Figure's Legal Expenses Deduction, John R. Dorocak

Maine Law Review

A prominent sports/entertainment figure walks into your office (all preparers should be so lucky). He is in a repentant mood--not because he escaped conviction for the murder of his former wife and her friend, but because he deducted his legal expenses in defending against the criminal prosecution and the civil wrongful death suit. This Article discusses the obligation of the taxpayer, even one as nefarious as the athlete posited, and the practitioner to file an amended return. As one pair of commentators has stated, “How should the amendment be made, and what are the possible consequences of amending a ...


What's A Government Good For? Fiscal Policy In An Age Of Inequalituy, Edward D. Kleinbard 2018 University of Southern California

What's A Government Good For? Fiscal Policy In An Age Of Inequalituy, Edward D. Kleinbard

University of Southern California Legal Studies Working Paper Series

The debate surrounding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act demonstrated the intellectual bankruptcy of U.S. fiscal policy debate. The TCJA has serious flaws as a matter of narrow tax policy, but it is more fundamentally flawed when viewed through the proper policy lens, which is overall fiscal policy – the net of government taxing and spending. The TCJA greatly exacerbates already untenable budget deficits. Its tax prescriptions are even more regressive when the spending cuts contemplated by the legislation itself are reflected. And the law’s regressivity is compounded further when plausible financing paths for these large deficits are included ...


Cybersecurity And Tax Information: A Vicious Cycle?, Diane Ring 2018 Boston College Law School

Cybersecurity And Tax Information: A Vicious Cycle?, Diane Ring

Diane M. Ring

A review of Michael Hatfield, Cybersecurity and Tax Reform, 93 Ind. L.J., scheduled to be published in Spring 2018.


Why Section 179(B)(3)(A)'S Business Income Limitation Does Not Apply To Partnerships And S Corporations, David Randall Jenkins Ph.D. 2018 San Jose State University

Why Section 179(B)(3)(A)'S Business Income Limitation Does Not Apply To Partnerships And S Corporations, David Randall Jenkins Ph.D.

The Contemporary Tax Journal

No abstract provided.


Analysis Of S.1352 - 115th Congress (2017-2018) Apprenticeship And Jobs Training Act Of 2017, Veena Hemachandran, Katrina Jodrey, George (Peixuan) Liu, Leigh Ann Moore 2018 San Jose State University

Analysis Of S.1352 - 115th Congress (2017-2018) Apprenticeship And Jobs Training Act Of 2017, Veena Hemachandran, Katrina Jodrey, George (Peixuan) Liu, Leigh Ann Moore

The Contemporary Tax Journal

No abstract provided.


Analysis Of H.R.2802 - 115th Congress (2017-2018) First-Time Homebuyer Savings Account Act Of 2017, Shimiao Gong, Xiaotong Stella Li, Ling Wei, Pingrong Xue 2018 San Jose State University

Analysis Of H.R.2802 - 115th Congress (2017-2018) First-Time Homebuyer Savings Account Act Of 2017, Shimiao Gong, Xiaotong Stella Li, Ling Wei, Pingrong Xue

The Contemporary Tax Journal

No abstract provided.


The Contemporary Tax Journal's Interview With Mr. Jim Fuller, Ophelia Ding 2018 San Jose State University

The Contemporary Tax Journal's Interview With Mr. Jim Fuller, Ophelia Ding

The Contemporary Tax Journal

No abstract provided.


Who Truly Benefits From The Mortgage Interest Deduction?, Stephen Wildt MBA 2018 San Jose State University

Who Truly Benefits From The Mortgage Interest Deduction?, Stephen Wildt Mba

The Contemporary Tax Journal

No abstract provided.


Analysis Of H.R.2551 - 115th Congress (2017-2018) - Student Loan Debt Relief Act, Soon-Young Apple, Debanjana Banerjee, Nilesh Lad, Anna Li 2018 San Jose State University

Analysis Of H.R.2551 - 115th Congress (2017-2018) - Student Loan Debt Relief Act, Soon-Young Apple, Debanjana Banerjee, Nilesh Lad, Anna Li

The Contemporary Tax Journal

No abstract provided.


Summaries For The 2017 Irs-Sjsu Small Business Tax Institute, Ruchi Chopra CPA, MBA, Ophelia Ding, Surbhi Doshi, Nilesh Lad CPA, Sara Yaqin Sun 2018 San Jose State University

Summaries For The 2017 Irs-Sjsu Small Business Tax Institute, Ruchi Chopra Cpa, Mba, Ophelia Ding, Surbhi Doshi, Nilesh Lad Cpa, Sara Yaqin Sun

The Contemporary Tax Journal

No abstract provided.


The Contemporary Tax Journal Volume 7, No. 1 - Winter 2018, 2018 San Jose State University

The Contemporary Tax Journal Volume 7, No. 1 - Winter 2018

The Contemporary Tax Journal

No abstract provided.


Latent Semantic Analysis: A Big Data Opportunity For Tax Research, Paul D. Hutchison Ph.D., C. Elizabeth Plummer Ph.D., CPA, Benjamin George Ph.D. 2018 University of North Texas

Latent Semantic Analysis: A Big Data Opportunity For Tax Research, Paul D. Hutchison Ph.D., C. Elizabeth Plummer Ph.D., Cpa, Benjamin George Ph.D.

The Contemporary Tax Journal

No abstract provided.


Tax Treatment Of High-Tech Start-Up Costs, June (Yun) Hostetter CPA 2018 San Jose State University

Tax Treatment Of High-Tech Start-Up Costs, June (Yun) Hostetter Cpa

The Contemporary Tax Journal

No abstract provided.


R&D Credit Against Payroll Tax Liabilities - The Payroll Tax Credit, Sarah Yaqin Sun 2018 San Jose State University

R&D Credit Against Payroll Tax Liabilities - The Payroll Tax Credit, Sarah Yaqin Sun

The Contemporary Tax Journal

No abstract provided.


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