By: Sharon Kreider

IRS Releases Draft of 2019 Form W-4

IRS Releases Draft of 2019 Form W-4

The IRS has released a redesigned Form W-4 for 2019. The draft Form W-4 is only two pages (the 2018 Form W-4 is four pages.) The "Personal Allowances Worksheet," the "Deductions, Adjustments and Additional Income Worksheet," and the "Two-Earners/Multiple Jobs
Worksheet" have all been eliminated.

There is no place on the form to report the number of allowances claimed. Instead, the form has added lines for the optional reporting of non-wage income that isn't subject to withholding, expected bonuses, itemized deductions and expected credits, and the wages of other members of
the taxpayer's household.

      Query. Will employees want to provide this information to their employers?

The 2019 draft Form W-4 has 11 pages of instructions (the current W-4 includes its instructions in the four page form.) The expansive instructions result in a "projected 1040." While this method may result in more accurate withholding, gathering the information and completing the
calculation will be a burden on many taxpayers.

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By: Sharon Kreider

2018 Tax Postcard

2018 Tax Postcard

The IRS is about to officially release a draft of a postcard Form 1040. The smaller size is meant to convey that taxes are simpler after the enactment of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

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By: Western CPE

Instructor Spotlight: Karen Brosi

Instructor Spotlight: Karen Brosi

“Practical” is a word often associated with Karen Brosi. As we sat down for an interview in our snowy Bozeman, Montana office, Karen talked about her background as a tax professional and the upcoming challenges for CPAs in the New Year.

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By: Vern Hoven

Tax Reform Highlights

On December 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, an 1,101 page document into law. Here is a chart that briefly summarizes the major provisions affecting our business clients, including corporations, partnerships and sole proprietorships.

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By: Sharon Kreider

Tax Reform: The 2018 Tax Bill

Although some have criticized the process and the policy decisions in the formulation of this major tax system overhaul, we in the tax and accounting industry wanted action and less talk about "maybe this will change and maybe that will stay." We are about to get our wish for something—anything—in concrete so we can get tax plans in place before year end and have answers to the many questions our clients are asking about what tax reform does to their 2018 tax bill.

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By: Mark Mirsky

Proposed Tax Reform Provisions by the House and Senate

There are differences between the tax reform provisions proposed by the House and Senate. More changes are likely to occur as the Senate votes on its version in the next several days. Then, there must be a reconciliation of differences before we finally see the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act head to the President's desk for signature.

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By: Sharon Kreider

Tax Reform Bill Introduced Nov 9, 2017

There will be many changes before we see final tax reform legislation making its way to the President’s desk as donors, lobbyists, and constituents weigh in. Here is a comparison chart that briefly summarizes the major proposals affecting our individual client.

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By: Sharon Kreider

House Ways and Means Committee Releases Its TCJA in First Effort Toward Tax Reform

On Thursday, the House Ways and Means Committee released a 429-page bill aimed at tax reform. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has winners and losers. The losers are already lining up to lobby for changes to reinstate and protect their precious “sacred cows” Thus, as you would expect, this legislation has a long way to go before it is on the President’s desk. Here is a brief summary of this first try at tax reform1.

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