News and Analysis
From OMA Connections Partner Clark Schaefer Hackett: “A surprising number of Ohio taxpayers are missing a golden opportunity to reduce their tax liability using a relatively straightforward deduction.
“The Ohio Business Income Deduction allows taxpayers to deduct from their federal adjusted gross income the first $250,000 of business income earned by single taxpayers or married taxpayers who file jointly. For married taxpayers who file separately, the deduction applies to the first $125,000 of business income.”
Read more about this opportunity. 4/1/2019
From OMA Connections Partner: “The RSM US Middle Market Business Index tumbled in the first quarter to 124.1 from 132. The decline in both current conditions and the expected outlook for the economy and capital expenditures should be interpreted by policymakers as a signal that the “uncertainty tax” generated by the direction of U.S. trade policy and recent volatility in financial markets has spilled over into the real economy.
“While we are not suggesting that an end to the current business cycle—which is approaching the longest-running economic expansion in post-World War II U.S. history—is imminent, but the probability of one has increased due to the uncertainty that lingers in the economy.
“Despite the souring economic outlook and modest deterioration in revenues and profits during the current quarter, middle market businesses expect improvement in the next six months with 62 percent expecting revenues to increase and 60 percent anticipating a rise in net earnings.”
Read more and download the report here. 4/1/2019
From OMA Connections Partner, GBQ Partners: “Shakespeare’s words don’t apply just to Julius Caesar; they also apply to calendar-year partnerships, S corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs) treated as partnerships or S corporations for tax purposes. Why? The Ides of March, more commonly known as March 15, is the federal income tax filing deadline for these “pass-through” entities.”
Read more from GBQ. 3/5/2019
From OMA Connections Partner GBQ: “While we all have been distracted discussing the implementation of the new accounting standards for leases and revenue recognition, there is another Accounting Standards Update (ASU) sneaking in that is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018. The update impacts private companies including not-for-profits and employee benefit plans that hold financial assets or owe financial liabilities.”
Read more from GBQ here. 2/20/2019
From OMA Connections Partner Clark Schaefer Hackett: “In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued new lease accounting standards. These standards change the way leased real estate and equipment are reported by both public and private companies.
“It’s estimated that the total impact of this change will result in more than $2 trillion of operating lease commitments reflected as a liability on corporate balance sheets.”
Learn more here. 2/12/2019
Here is a recent one-hour recorded webinar from OMA Connections Partner RSM that explains the potential tax challenges and opportunities in 2019, articulates key tax and business issues facing businesses today, and discusses the latest updates to federal, state and local tax. 2/4/2019
This week the 10th District Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the municipal tax reform provisions of House Bill 49 and House Bill 5 are constitutional. The provisions had been challenged by more than 100 municipalities.
The legislation streamlined municipal income tax reporting and collections for businesses across the state. The OMA participated in a coalition that supported the changes.
It has yet to be determined if the municipalities will appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Ohio. 1/31/2019
From OMA Connections Partner Clark Schaefer Hackett: “When President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in December 2017, much was made of the dramatic cut in corporate tax rates. But the TCJA also includes a generous deduction for smaller businesses that operate as pass-through entities, with income that is “passed-through” to owners and taxed as individual income.
“The IRS issued proposed regulations for the qualified business income (QBI), or Section 199A, deduction in August 2018. Now, it has released final regulations and additional guidance, just before the first tax season in which taxpayers can claim the deduction. Among other things, the guidance provides clarity on who qualifies for the QBI deduction and how to calculate the deduction amount.”
Read more here. 1/30/2019
From OMA Connections Partner GBQ: “As many middle market businesses are forced to adapt to the increasing globalization of the marketplace, they are not always properly equipped to deal with the variety of regulatory and compliance-related issues they will face as their business crosses borders. One prevalent issue is the withholding tax requirement imposed by the U.S. on payments to foreign persons. Two common payment types are payments to foreign individuals for personal services, which include:
- Payments to foreign individuals as independent contractors
- Wages paid to nonresident aliens as employees
“The company making these payments is considered the “withholding agent” and is required to withhold taxes on these amounts and remit the tax to the IRS, similar to the way that taxes are withheld on a U.S. employee’s W-2 wages.”
More from GBQ here. 1/22/2019
Just after the new year, Governor-elect Mike DeWine appointed former State Representative Jeff McClain as the next Ohio Department of Taxation Commissioner.
Most recently, McClain had been serving as director of tax and economic policy for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. He served in the state legislature for nearly eight years and was the long-serving Wyandot County auditor for 26 years.
While in the legislature McClain chaired the powerful House Ways and Means Committee which oversaw tax policy and legislation in that chamber.
The OMA has worked closely with McClain both as a state representative and in his most current role. We are excited to continue our working relationship as he takes over the Department of Taxation. Congratulations to Jeff and best of luck. 1/10/2019