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Sponsor:        Rep. Brady, Kevin [R-TX-8] (Introduced 11/02/2017)
Committees:        House - Ways and Means
Committee Reports:        H. Rept. 115-409; H. Rept. 115-466 (Conference Report)
Latest Action:        12/22/2017 Became Public Law No: 115-97.  (All Actions)
Roll Call Votes:        There have been 33 roll call votes
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Summary: H.R.1 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
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Public Law No: 115-97 (12/22/2017)
(This measure has not been amended since the House agreed to the Senate amendment
without amendment on December 20, 2017. The summary of that version is repeated here.)
This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) to reduce tax rates and modify policies,
credits, and deductions for individuals and businesses. It also establishes an oil and gas leasing
program for the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska.
(Unless otherwise specified, provisions referred to in this summary as temporary or as a
suspension of an existing provision apply for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017,
and before January 1, 2026.)
TITLE I
Subtitle A-- Individual Tax Reform
Part I--Tax Rate Reform
(Sec. 11001) This section temporarily replaces the existing tax brackets (10%, 15%, 25%, 28%,
33%, 35%, and 39.6%) with new brackets (10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35% , 37%) and specifies
the income levels that apply for each bracket.
The bill also: (1) modifies the taxation of the unearned income of children, and (2) requires the
Department of the Treasury to promulgate due diligence requirements for paid preparers in
determining eligibility for a taxpayer to file as a head of household.
(Sec. 11002) This section requires the chained Consumer Price Index to be used to index the
brackets for inflation.
Part II--Deduction For Qualified Business Income Of Pass-Thru Entities
(Sec. 11011) This section temporarily allows an individual taxpayer to deduct 20% of qualified
business income (i.e., business income of an individual from a partnership, S corporation, or sole
proprietorship which is currently taxed using individual income tax rates), including aggregate
qualified Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) dividends, qualified cooperative dividends, and
qualified publicly traded partnership income.
The bill specifies formulas for determining the taxpayer's deduction for qualified business income
and for determining the deduction for certain agricultural or horticultural cooperatives.
The deduction applies to taxable income, is not used to calculate adjusted gross income (AGI),
and is available to taxpayers who do not itemize deductions. Trusts and estates are eligible for
the deduction.
The bill phases in a limitation for the deduction when wages exceed $157,500 ($315,000 in the
case of a joint return). The bill also phases in a disallowance of the deduction when taxable
income with respect to specified service trades or businesses exceeds the limits. The limits are
fully phased in when taxable income exceeds the threshold amounts by $50,000 ($100,000 for
joint returns).
A "specified service trade or business" is any trade or business involving the performance of
services in the fields of health, law, consulting, athletics, financial services, brokerage services,
or any trade or business where the principal asset of such trade or business is the reputation or
skill of one or more of its employees or owners, or which involves the performance of services
that consist of investing and investment management trading, or dealing in securities,
partnership interests, or commodities. The term excludes engineering and architecture services.
(Sec. 11012) This section temporarily prohibits taxpayers other than corporations from claiming
excess business losses.
An excess business loss for the taxable year is the excess of aggregate deductions of the
taxpayer attributable to trades or businesses of the taxpayer (determined without regard to the
limitation of the provision), over the sum of aggregate gross income or gain of the taxpayer plus
$250,000 (200% of the amount in the case of a joint return). The threshold amount is indexed for
inflation after 2018.
In the case of a partnership or S corporation, the provision applies at the partner or shareholder
level. Each partner's distributive share and each S corporation shareholder's pro rata share of
items of income, gain, deduction, or loss of the partnership or S corporation are taken into
account in applying the limitation under the provision for the taxable year of the partner or S
corporation shareholder.
Losses prohibited under this section are carried forward and treated as part of the taxpayer's net
operating loss carryforward in subsequent taxable years.
Part III--Tax Benefits For Families And Individuals
(Sec. 11021) This section temporarily increases the standard deduction to $24,000 for married
individuals filing a joint return, to $18,000 for head-of-household filers, and to $12,000 for all
other taxpayers. The amount of the standard deduction is indexed for inflation after 2018 using
the chained CPI.
(Under current law, the standard deduction for 2017 is $6,350 for single individuals and married
individuals filing separate returns, $9,350 for heads of households, and $12,700 for married
individuals filing a joint return and surviving spouses.)
(Sec. 11022) This section modifies the child tax credit to temporarily: (1) increase the credit to
$2,000 ($1,000 under current law) per qualifying child under the age of 17, and (2) allow a $500
nonrefundable credit for each dependent of the taxpayer who is not a qualifying child under age
17.
The credit is phased out at AGI levels of $400,000 for married taxpayers filing joint returns and
$200,000 for individuals.
The refundable portion of the credit is limited to $1,400 per qualifying child. In order to receive
the credit, a taxpayer must include a Social Security number for each qualifying child for whom
the credit is claimed on the tax return. The requirement does not apply to a non-child dependent
for whom the $500 non-refundable credit is claimed.
(Sec. 11023) This section modifies the deduction for charitable contributions to temporarily
increase from 50% to 60% the income-based percentage limitation for contributions of cash to
public charities.
(Sec. 11024) This section temporarily increases contribution limitations for ABLE accounts with
respect to contributions made by the designated beneficiary of the account. (Tax-favored ABLE
[Achieving a Better Life Experience] accounts are designed to enable individuals with disabilities
to save for and pay for disability-related expenses.)
After the limit is reached, the designated beneficiary may contribute an additional amount up to
the lesser of: (1) the federal poverty line for a one-person household, or (2) the individual's
compensation for the taxable year.
The bill also allows the designated beneficiary of an ABLE account to claim the saver's credit for
contributions made to his or her account.
(Sec. 11025) This section allows funds from qualified tuition programs (known as 529 plans) to
be rolled over to an ABLE account without penalty if the ABLE account is owned by the
designated beneficiary of the 529 account or a member of the designated beneficiary's family.
(Sec. 11026) This section temporarily allows certain members of the Armed Forces in the Sinai
Peninsula of Egypt to receive combat zone tax benefits for performing services that qualify for
special pay for duty subject to hostile fire or imminent danger.
(Sec. 11027) For 2017 and 2018, this section reduces from 10% to 7.5% the AGI threshold that
must be exceeded before a taxpayer is allowed to claim an itemized deduction for medical
expenses.
(Sec. 11028) This section provides tax incentives for areas in which a major disaster was
declared by the President under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency
Assistance Act during calendar year 2016.
For individuals residing in the 2016 disaster areas, the bill allows: (1) exceptions to the 10%
penalty for up to $100,000 in early withdrawals from retirement plans, and (2) personal casualty
losses exceeding $500 per casualty to be deducted without regard to whether aggregate net
losses exceed 10% of a taxpayer's AGI.
Part IV--Education
(Sec. 11031) This section temporarily modifies the exclusion of student loan discharges from
gross income to exclude from gross income certain discharges on account of the death or total
and permanent disability of the student.
(Sec. 11032) This section allows funds from 529 accounts to be used for expenses for tuition in
connection with enrollment or attendance at an elementary or secondary public, private, or
religious school.
Part V--Deductions And Exclusions
(Sec. 11041) This section: (1) suspends the deduction for personal exemptions, (2) modifies the
wage withholding rules, (3) and modifies the requirements that determine who is required to file a
tax return.
(Sec. 11042) This section temporarily limits individual deductions for certain state and local taxes
to $10,000 per year ($5,000 for a married taxpayer filing a separate return). The limit does not
apply to taxes paid or accrued in carrying on a trade or business or for expenses for the
production of income.
(Sec. 11043) This section modifies the deduction for home mortgage interest to: (1) limit the
deduction to mortgages for a principal residence, (2) temporarily limit the deduction for debt
incurred on or before December 15, 2017, to mortgages of up to $750,000 (currently $1 million),
and (3) suspend the deduction for interest paid on home equity loans.
For taxable years beginning after 2025, the deduction applies to mortgages of up to $1 million
regardless of when the indebtedness was incurred.
(Sec. 11044) This section temporarily modifies the deduction for personal casualty and theft
losses. A taxpayer may only claim the deduction for a personal casualty loss if the loss is
attributable to a federally declared disaster. The bill includes an exception for certain personal
casualty losses that do not exceed personal casualty gains.
(Sec. 11045) This section suspends all miscellaneous itemized deductions that are subject to the
2% floor under present law.
(Sec. 11046) This section suspends the overall limitation on itemized deductions, which currently
applies when AGI exceeds a specified amount.
(Sec. 11047) This section suspends the exclusion for qualified bicycle commuting
reimbursements.
(Sec. 11048) This section suspends the exclusion for qualified moving expense reimbursements,
with an exception for members of the Armed Forces on active duty who move pursuant to a
military order and incident to a permanent change of station.
(Sec. 11049) This section suspends the deduction for moving expenses.
(Sec. 11050) This section temporarily modifies a provision that limits the deduction for wagering
losses to the extent of the gains from such transactions. The bill specifies that "losses from
wagering transactions" include otherwise deductible expenses incurred in carrying out a
wagering transaction (e.g., expenses for traveling to or from a casino).
(Sec. 11051) This section repeals the deduction for alimony or separate maintenance payments
from the payor spouse and the corresponding inclusion of the payments in the gross income of
the recipient spouse.
Part VI--Increase In Estate And Gift Tax Exemption
(Sec. 11061) This section doubles the estate and gift tax exemption amount for decedents dying
or gifts made after December 31, 2017, and before January 1, 2026, by increasing the basic
exclusion amount from $5 million to $10 million. (Under current law, the amount is indexed for
inflation occurring after 2011.)
Part VII--Extension Of Time Limit For Contesting IRS Levy
(Sec. 11071) This section extends from nine months to two years the time limit for contesting an
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) levy, including the time periods for: (1) returning the monetary
proceeds from the sale of property that has been wrongfully levied upon, and (2) bringing a civil
action for a wrongful levy.
Part VIII--Individual Mandate
(Sec. 11081) This section repeals the penalty for individuals who fail to maintain minimum
essential health coverage as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
(commonly referred to as the individual mandate).
Subtitle B--Alternative Minimum Tax
(Sec. 12001) This section repeals the corporate alternative minimum tax (AMT).
(Sec. 12002) This section modifies the AMT credit for corporations to: (1) allow the AMT credit to
offset regular tax liability for any taxable year, and (2) make the credit refundable for any taxable
year beginning after 2017 and before 2022 in an amount equal to 50% (100% beginning in
2021) of the excess of the minimum tax credit for the taxable year over the amount of the credit
allowable for the year against regular tax liability.
(Under current law a corporation subject to the AMT in any year is allowed an AMT credit in any
subsequent taxable year to the extent that the taxpayer's regular tax liability exceeds its tentative
minimum tax in the subsequent year.)
(Sec. 12003) This section temporarily increases both the exemption amount and the exemption
amount phaseout thresholds for the individual AMT. The exemption amount is increased to
$109,400 for married taxpayers filing a joint return (half this amount for married taxpayers filing a
separate return), and $70,300 for all other taxpayers (other than estates and trusts). The
phaseout thresholds are increased to $1 million for married taxpayers filing a joint return, and
$500,000 for all other taxpayers (other than estates and trusts). The amounts are indexed for
inflation after 2018.
Subtitle C--Business-related Provisions
Part I--Corporate Provisions
(Sec. 13001) This section reduces the corporate tax rate from a maximum of 35% under the
existing graduated rate structure to a flat 21% rate for tax years beginning after 2017. The bill
specifies requirements for taxpayers subject to the normalization method of accounting.
(Sec. 13002) With respect to the deduction for corporations that receive dividends from other
taxable corporations, the bill reduces the 70% dividends received deduction to 50% and the 80%
dividends received deduction to 65% to account for the lower corporate tax rate.
Part II--Small Business Reforms
(Sec. 13101) This section expands the expensing of certain depreciable business assets that is
currently permitted under section 179 of the IRC.
The bill modifies section 179 to:
•        increase the maximum amount a taxpayer may expense per year to $1 million (currently
$500,000);
•        increase the phaseout threshold for the cost of section 179 property placed in service
during the year to $2.5 million (currently $2 million);
•        index the amounts above and the existing $25,000 limit for sport utility vehicles for inflation;
•        revise the definition of qualified real property eligible for section 179 expensing to include
any qualified improvement property and certain improvements to nonresidential real property
placed in service after the date such property was first placed in service (roofs; heating,
ventilation, and air-conditioning property; fire protection and alarm systems; and security
systems); and
•        expand the definition of section 179 property to include certain depreciable tangible
personal property used predominantly to furnish lodging or in connection with furnishing lodging.
(Sec. 13102) This section modifies the accounting rules for small businesses to:
•        expand the group of taxpayers who qualify for the cash accounting method by increasing
the limit for the gross receipts test from $5 million to $25 million (adjusted for inflation after
2018),
•        allow any farming C corporation (or farming partnership with a C corporation partner) that
meets the gross receipts test to use the cash method of accounting,
•        exempt taxpayers that meet the gross receipts test from certain requirements to account
for inventories,
•        expand the exceptions for small businesses from the uniform capitalization rules to include
any producer or reseller that meets the gross receipts test, and
•        expand the exception for small construction contracts from the requirement to use the
percentage-of-completion method.
Part III--Cost Recovery And Accounting Methods
Subpart A--Cost Recovery
(Sec. 13201) This section temporarily allows increased expensing of the costs of certain
business property.
The bill allows 100% expensing for: (1) certain business property acquired and placed in service
after September 27, 2017, and before January 1, 2023 (January 1, 2024 for longer production
period property and certain aircraft); and (2) specified plants that bear fruits or nuts and are
planted or grafted after September 27, 2017, and before January 1, 2023.
The 100% allowance is phased down by 20% per year calendar year for property placed in
service, and specified plants planted or grafted, in taxable years beginning after 2022 (after
2023 for longer production period property and certain aircraft).
The bill also:
•        expands the definition of "qualified property" eligible for expensing to include certain film,
television, and live theatrical productions;
•        removes the requirement that the original use of qualified property must commence with
the taxpayer, subject to certain acquisition requirements and anti-abuse rules; and
•        excludes from the definition of "qualified property" the property of certain businesses that
are not subject to the limitation on interest expenses.
(Sec. 13202) This section increases the depreciation limits that apply to luxury automobiles. It
also removes computer or peripheral equipment from the definition of listed property that is
subject to additional restrictions and substantiation requirements regarding the expense and
business usage of the property.
(Sec. 13203) This section modifies the depreciation rules for certain farm property to: (1)
shorten the recovery period from seven to five years for any machinery or equipment (other than
any grain bin, cotton ginning asset, fence, or other land improvement) used in a farming
business, the original use of which commences with the taxpayer and is placed in service after
December 31, 2017; and (2) repeal the requirement to use the 150% declining balance method
for property used in a farming business.
(Sec. 13204) This section modifies the applicable recovery periods for depreciating certain real
property.
The bill eliminates the separate definitions of qualified leasehold improvement, qualified
restaurant, and qualified retail improvement property and applies the straight line method to
qualified improvement property. It also modifies the alternative depreciation system (ADS)
recovery period for such property.
(Under current law, "qualified improvement property" is any improvement to an interior portion of
a building which is nonresidential real property if such improvement is placed in service after the
date such building was first placed in service. It does not include any improvement for which the
expenditure is attributable to: the enlargement of the building, any elevator or escalator, or the
internal structural framework of the building.)
A real property trade or business electing out of the limitation on the deduction for interest must
use the ADS to depreciate nonresidential real property, residential rental property, and qualified
improvement property.
(Sec. 13205) This section requires a farming business electing out of the limitation on the
deduction for interest to use the ADS to depreciate any property with a recovery period of 10
years or more.
(Sec. 13206) This section adjusts the amortization rules and schedules for certain research and
experimentation expenditures.
(Sec. 13207) This section allows expensing of certain costs of replanting lost or damaged citrus
plants lost by reason of casualty.
Subpart B--Accounting Methods
(Sec. 13221) This section revises the rules associated with the timing of the recognition of
income.
Part IV--Business-Related Exclusions And Deductions
(Sec. 13301) This section limits the deduction for business interest to the sum of: (1) business
interest income for the year, (2) 30% of the adjusted taxable income of the taxpayer for the
taxable year, and (3) the floor plan financing interest of the taxpayer for the taxable year.
The amount of any business interest not allowed as a deduction for any year may be carried
forward indefinitely, with the exception of partnerships which are subject to additional
carryforward rules specified in the bill.
"Business interest income" is the amount of interest includible in the gross income of the
taxpayer for the taxable year which is properly allocable to a trade or business. It does not
include investment income.
"Floor plan financing interest" is interest paid on debt used to finance the acquisition of motor
vehicles held for sale or lease and secured by the inventory so acquired.
The bill includes exceptions for:
•        small businesses that meet the gross receipts test,
•        the trade or business of performing services as an employee,
•        any electing farming business,
•        any electing real property trade or business, and
•        certain regulated public utilities.
(Sec. 13302) This section modifies the net operating loss deduction to: (1) limit the deduction to
80% of taxable income with an exception for property and casualty insurance companies, (2)
repeal the two-year and other specified carryback provisions, (3) allow an indefinite carryforward
of net operating losses, and (4) allow a two-year carryback for certain losses incurred in the
trade or business of farming.
(Sec. 13303) This section modifies the rule providing for the nonrecognition of gain in the case
of like-kind exchanges to limit the application of the rule to real property that is not held primarily
for sale.
(Sec. 13304) This section modifies the tax treatment of certain expenses for entertainment and
fringe benefits.
The bill denies deductions for amounts paid or incurred for:
•        an activity generally considered to be entertainment, amusement or recreation;
•        membership dues for any club organized for business, pleasure, recreation, or other social
purposes;
•        a facility or portion thereof used in connection with any of the above items;
•        providing any qualified transportation fringe to employees of the taxpayer; or
•        providing transportation for commuting between the employee's residence and place of
employment, except as necessary for ensuring the safety of the employee.
Under current law, taxpayers may deduct 50% of the food and beverage expenses associated
with operating their trade or business, subject to certain exceptions. The bill temporarily expands
the 50% limitation to include expenses of an employer associated with providing food and
beverages through an eating facility that meets the requirements for a de minimis fringe.
(Sec. 13305) This section repeals the deduction for income attributable to domestic production
activities.
(Sec. 13306) This section prohibits deductions for trade or business expenses for any amount
paid or incurred (whether by suit, agreement, or otherwise) to, or at the direction of, a
government or governmental entity in relation to the violation of any law or the investigation or
inquiry by such government or entity into the potential violation of any law.
The bill includes exceptions for amounts constituting restitution or paid to come into compliance
with law, amounts paid or incurred as a result of certain court orders, and taxes due.
The bill also establishes reporting requirements for government entities with respect to certain
fines, penalties, and other amounts.
(Sec. 13307) This section prohibits a tax deduction for trade or business expenses paid or
incurred for: (1) any settlement or payment related to sexual harassment or sexual abuse if such
settlement or payment is subject to a nondisclosure agreement, or (2) attorney's fees related to
such a settlement or payment.
(Sec. 13308) This section eliminates the deduction for lobbying expenditures to influence the
legislation of any local council or similar governing body, including an Indian tribal government.
(Sec. 13309) This section requires a three-year holding period (one year under current law) for
certain net long-term capital gains with respect to partnership interests held in connection with
the performance of investment services. If the holder of an applicable partnership interest is
allocated gain from the sale of property held for less than three years, that gain is treated as
short-term capital gain and is taxed as ordinary income.
(Sec. 13310) This section prohibits cash, gift cards, and other non-tangible personal property
from being considered tax deductible employee achievement awards.
(Under current law, tangible personal property may be considered a deductible employee
achievement award if other specified requirements are met.)
The bill specifies that "tangible personal property" does not include: (1) cash, cash equivalents,
gift cards, gift coupons, or gift certificates (other than arrangements conferring only the right to
select and receive tangible personal property from a limited array of such items pre-selected or
pre-approved by the employer); or (2) vacations, meals, lodging, tickets to theater or sporting
events, stocks, bonds, other securities, and other similar items.
(Sec. 13311) This section eliminates the deduction for living expenses incurred by Members of
Congress. (Under current law, the deduction is limited to $3,000 per year.)
(Sec. 13312) This section modifies the exclusion from gross income for contributions to the
capital of a corporation to specify that a contribution to capital does not include a contribution:
(1) in aid of construction or any other contribution as a customer or potential customer, or (2) by
any governmental entity or civic group (other than a contribution made by a shareholder as
such).
The bill includes an exception for certain contributions made by a governmental entity pursuant
to a master development plan.
(Sec. 13313) This section repeals a provision that permits the tax-free rollover of certain gains
from the sale of publicly traded securities into common stock or a partnership interest in a
specialized small business investment company.
(Sec. 13314) This section excludes certain patents, inventions, models, designs, secret
formulas, or processes created by the taxpayer from the definition of a ''capital asset.''
Part V--Business Credits
(Sec. 13401) This section modifies the tax credit for clinical testing expenses incurred in testing
certain drugs for rare diseases or conditions (commonly referred to as orphan drugs) to reduce
the credit rate to 25% (currently 50%) of qualified clinical testing expenses.
(Sec. 13402) This section modifies the tax credit for rehabilitation expenditures to repeal the
10% credit for rehabilitated buildings other than a certified historic structure.
The bill retains and modifies the 20% credit for rehabilitation expenditures for certified historic
structures. For the five-year period beginning in the year in which a qualified rehabilitated
building is placed in service, the credit is equal to the ratable share for each year, which is 20%
of the qualified rehabilitation expenditures with respect to the building, as allocated ratably to
each year during the period.
(Sec. 13403) This section allows employers to claim a general business credit equal to 12.5% of
wages paid to employees during any period in which such employees are on family and medical
leave if the rate of payment under the program is 50% of the wages normally paid to an
employee.
The credit is increased by 0.25% (but not above 25%) for each percentage point by which the
rate of payment exceeds 50%. The maximum amount of family and medical leave that may be
taken into account with respect to any employee for any taxable year is 12 weeks.
(Sec. 13404) This section repeals the authority to issue tax-credit bonds and direct-pay bonds.
Part VI--Provisions Related To Specific Entities And Industries
Subpart A--Partnership Provisions
(Sec. 13501) This section sets forth requirements for the tax treatment of gains or losses of
foreign persons from the sale or exchange of interests in partnerships engaged in trade or
business within the United States.
Under the bill, gain or loss from the sale or exchange of a partnership interest is effectively
connected with a U.S. trade or business to the extent that the transferor would have had
effectively connected gain or loss had the partnership sold all of its assets at fair market value as
of the date of the sale or exchange.
A partner's distributive share of gain or loss on the deemed sale must be determined in the same
manner as the partner's distributive share of the non-separately stated taxable income or loss of
the partnership.
The bill also sets forth withholding requirements with respect to amounts realized from the sale or
exchange of a partnership interest.
(Sec. 13502) This section modifies the definition of "substantial built-in loss" with respect to the
transfer of an interest in partnership. The bill specifies that "a substantial built-in loss" also exists
if the transferee partner would be allocated a loss of more than $250,000 if the partnership
assets were sold for cash equal to their fair market value immediately after such transfer.
(Sec. 13503) This section modifies the basis limitation on a partner's distributive share of a
partnership loss to require a partner's distributive share of partnership charitable contribution
and taxes paid or accrued to foreign countries and U.S. possessions to be taken into account in
determining the limitation.
(Sec. 13504) This section repeals the rule that provides for a technical termination of
partnerships if, within any 12-month period, there is a sale or exchange of 50% or more of the
total interest in partnership capital and profits.
Subpart B--Insurance Reforms
(Sec. 13511) This section repeals the operations loss deduction for life insurance companies
and allows the net operating loss deduction under section 172 of the IRC.
(Sec. 13512) This section repeals the small life insurance company deduction.
(Sec. 13513) This section revises the tax treatment of income or loss resulting from a change in
the method of computing life insurance company reserves. The bill eliminates the 10-year period
for taking into account the changes and requires the changes to be taken into account as
adjustments attributable to a change in the method of accounting.
(Sec. 13514) This section repeals the special rule for distributions to shareholders of a stock life
insurance company from a pre-1984 policyholders surplus account, which provides that amounts
in the account are not taxed unless the amounts are treated as distributed to shareholders or
subtracted from the account. The bill requires a life insurance company with such an account to
pay taxes on the balance of the account ratably over the first eight taxable years beginning after
December 31, 2017.
(Sec. 13515) This section modifies the proration rules for property and casualty insurance
companies to replace the 15% reduction with a reduction equal to 5.25% divided by the highest
corporate tax rate in effect. (Under the top corporate rate of 21% that takes effect in 2018, the
proration percentage is 25%.)
(Under the proration rules, in calculating the deductible amount of its reserve for losses incurred,
a property or casualty insurance company must reduce the amount of the losses incurred by a
specified percentage of: (1) the insurer's tax-exempt interest, (2) the deductible portion of
dividends received, and (3) the increase for the taxable year in the cash value of life insurance,
endowment, or annuity contracts the company owns.)
(Sec. 13516) This section repeals the special estimated tax payment rules for insurance
companies.
(Sec. 13517) This section modifies the rules for computing life insurance tax reserves that are
used in determining the taxable income of a life insurance company.
(Sec. 13518) This section modifies the life insurance company proration rule for reducing
dividends received deductions and reserve deductions with respect to untaxed income. For
purposes of the life insurance proration rule, the company's share is 70% and the policyholder's
share is 30%.
(Sec. 13519) This section modifies the requirements for the capitalization of policy acquisition
expenses of insurance companies to extend the amortization period from 120 months to 180
months.
Under current law, policy acquisition expenses are determined as that portion of the insurance
company's general deductions for the taxable year that does not exceed a specified percentage
of the net premiums for the year on each of three categories of insurance contracts.
The bill increases these percentages from 1.75% to 2.09% for annuity contracts, from 2.05% to
2.45% for group life insurance contracts, and from 7.7% to 9.2% for all other specified insurance
contracts.
(Sec. 13520) This section establishes reporting requirements for acquisitions of life insurance
contracts in a reportable policy sale. It also imposes reporting requirements on the payor in the
case of the payment of reportable death benefits.
A "reportable policy sale" is the acquisition of an interest in a life insurance contract, directly or
indirectly, if the acquirer has no substantial family, business, or financial relationship with the
insured apart from the acquirer's interest in such life insurance contract.
(Sec. 13521) This section sets forth requirements for the determining the basis of a life
insurance or annuity contract. The bill specifies that no basis adjustment shall be made for
mortality, expense, or other reasonable charges incurred under an annuity or life insurance
contract.
(Sec. 13522) This section exempts the transfer of a life insurance contract, or any interest
therein, in a reportable policy sale from the transfer for valuable consideration rule.
(Under current law, the transfer for valuable consideration rule provides that, if a life insurance
contract or an interest in a contract is transferred for a valuable consideration, the tax exclusion
for amounts received under a life insurance contract due to the death of the insured is limited to
the sum of the actual value of the consideration and the premiums and other amounts
subsequently paid by the transferee.)
(Sec. 13523) This section modifies the reserve discounting rules applicable to property and
casualty insurance companies to: (1) modify the interest rate used to discount unpaid losses, (2)
modify the computational rules for loss payment pattern, and (3) repeal the election to use a
taxpayer's historical loss payment pattern.
Subpart C--Banks and Financial Instruments
(Sec. 13531) This section limits the deduction for Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
premiums for certain financial institutions with consolidated assets that exceed $10 billion.
(Sec. 13532) This section repeals the exclusion from gross income for interest on a bond issued
to advance refund another bond.
Subpart D--S Corporations
(Sec. 13541) This section allows a nonresident alien individual to be a qualifying beneficiary of
an electing small business trust (ESBT), which is a type of trust that is permitted to hold shares in
an S corporation.
(Sec. 13542) This section specifies that the charitable contribution deduction of an ESBT is
determined by the rules applicable to individuals rather than the rules applicable to trusts, except
that the deductions for costs which are paid or incurred in connection with the administration of
the trust and which would not have been incurred if the property were not held in such trust shall
be treated as allowable in arriving at adjusted gross income.
(Sec. 13543) This section modifies the tax treatment of S corporation conversions to C
corporations.
Part VII--Employment
Subpart A--Compensation
(Sec. 13601) This section modifies a provision that limits the deduction for compensation of
covered employees of a publicly held corporation to salaries of no more than $1 million per year.
The bill: (1) repeals the performance-based compensation and commission exceptions, (2)
modifies the definition of "covered employee," and (3) expands the definition of "publicly held
corporation."
The bill includes an exception for compensation that is provided pursuant to a written binding
contract which was in effect on November 2, 2017, and which was not modified in any material
respect on or after such date.
(Sec. 13602) This section imposes an excise tax on excess tax-exempt organization executive
compensation. The tax is equal to the product of the corporate tax rate (21% under this bill) and
the sum of: (1) any remuneration (other than an excess parachute payment) in excess of $1
million paid to a covered employee by an applicable tax-exempt organization for a taxable year,
and (2) any excess parachute payment (separation pay), as specified in the bill.
(Sec. 13603) This section allows qualified employees to elect to defer, for income tax purposes,
income attributable to certain stock transferred to the employee by an employer.
Employees are excluded if they: (1) are a 1% owner, the chief executive officer, or the chief
financial officer of the corporation or have been at any time during the 10 preceding calendar
years; (2) are a family member of the specified individuals; or (3) is one of the four highest
compensated officers of the corporation or has been during any of the 10 preceding taxable
years.
(Sec. 13604) This section increases from 15% to 20% the excise tax imposed on the value of
stock compensation held by insiders of an expatriated corporation.
Subpart B--Retirement Plans
(Sec. 13611) This section repeals the rule that allows Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA)
contributions to one type of IRA (traditional or Roth) to be recharacterized as a contribution to
the other type of IRA.
(Sec. 13612) This section increases the limit on accruals that is required for length of service
award plans (LOSAPs) for bona fide volunteers to be exempt from treatment as a deferred
compensation plan.
(Under current law, plans paying solely length of service awards to bona fide volunteers or their
beneficiaries on the account of firefighting and prevention services, emergency medical services,
and ambulance services performed by the volunteers are not treated as deferred compensation
plans if they meet certain requirements. One of the requirements is a limit on the aggregate
amount of length of service awards that may accrue with respect to any year of service for any
bona fide volunteer.)
The bill modifies the limit on accruals to: (1) increase the limit from $3,000 to $6,000; and(2)
provide for a cost-of-living adjustment to the limit after 2017.
In the case of LOSAPs that are defined benefit plans, the limit applies to the actuarial present
value of the aggregate amount of length of service awards accruing with respect to any year of
service. Actuarial present value is to be calculated using reasonable actuarial assumptions and
methods, assuming payment will be made under the most valuable form of payment under the
plan with payment commencing at the later of the earliest age at which unreduced benefits are
payable under the plan or the participant's age at the time of the calculation.
(Sec. 13613) This section extends the period during which a qualified plan loan offset amount
may be contributed to an eligible retirement plan as a rollover contribution. A "qualified plan loan
offset amount" is a plan loan offset amount that is treated as distributed from a qualified
retirement plan, a section 403(b) plan or a governmental section 457(b) plan solely by reason of
the termination of the plan or the failure to meet the repayment terms of the loan because of the
severance from employment of the participant.
Part VIII--Exempt Organizations
(Sec. 13701) This section imposes a 1.4% excise tax on the net investment income of certain
private colleges and universities.
(Sec. 13702) This section requires tax-exempt organizations with more than one unrelated trade
or business to calculate unrelated business taxable income separately with respect to each trade
or business and without regard to a specified deduction that applies for certain unrelated
business taxable income.
(Sec. 13703) This section includes in unrelated business taxable income of a tax-exempt
organization any expenses paid or incurred by the organization for certain fringe benefits for
which a deduction is not allowed under section 274 of the IRC, including qualified transportation
fringe benefits, a parking facility used in connection with qualified parking, or any on-premises
athletic facility.
(Sec. 13704) This section modifies the deduction for charitable contributions to prohibit a
charitable deduction for college athletic event seating rights.
(Sec. 13705) This section modifies the deduction for charitable contributions to repeal the
exception to substantiation requirements for certain contributions reported by the donee
organization.
Part IX--Other Provisions
Subpart A--Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform
(Sec. 13801) This section excludes the aging periods for beer, wine, and distilled spirits from the
production period for purposes of the uniform interest capitalization rules, which allows the
producers to deduct interest expenses attributable to a shorter production period. This section
does not apply to interest costs paid or accrued after December 31, 2019.
(Sec. 13802) This section lowers the excise tax rate on beer to $16 per barrel on the first six
million barrels brewed by the brewer or imported by the importer.
For barrels of beer that have been brewed or produced outside of the United States and
imported into the United States, the reduced tax rate may be assigned by the brewer to the
importer, subject to specified requirements.
(Sec. 13803) This section allows the transfer of beer between bonded facilities without payment
of tax if specified requirements are met.
(Sec. 13804) This section modifies the credit against the excise tax on wine for small domestic
for 2018 and 2019 to:
•        make the credit available to all wine producers and importers by removing the 250,000
wine gallon domestic production limitation;
•        establish credit rates of: (1) $1.00 per wine gallon for the first 30,000 wine gallons of wine,
plus; (2) 90 cents per wine gallon on the next 100,000 wine gallons of wine, plus; (3) 53.5 cents
per wine gallon on the next 620,000 wine gallons of wine;
•        establish adjusted credit rates for hard cider; and
•        make sparkling wine producers and importers eligible for the credit.
The bill also allows importers of wine produced outside of the United States to assign the credit
to the foreign producer, subject to specified requirements.
(Sec. 13805) The section modifies the alcohol-by-volume levels of the first two tiers of the excise
tax on wine, by changing 14% to 16%. Under the provision, a wine producer or importer may
produce or import still wine that has an alcohol-by-volume level of up to 16% and remain subject
to the lowest rate of $1.07 per wine gallon.
(Sec. 13806) This section specifies definitions for "mead" and "low alcohol by volume wine" that
are eligible to be taxed at the lowest applicable rate for still wine.
(Sec. 13807) This section reduces the excise tax rate for certain distilled spirits in 2018 and
2019 to: $2.70 per proof gallon on the first 100,000 proof gallons, $13.34 for all proof gallons in
excess of that amount but below 22,130,000 proof gallons, and $13.50 for amounts thereafter.
Members of the same controlled group may not receive the lower rate on more than 100,000
proof gallons of distilled spirits. Importers of distilled spirits are eligible for the lower rates.
(Sec. 13808) This section allows distillers to transfer spirits in approved containers other than
bulk containers in bond without payment of tax. This provision applies to distilled spirits
transferred in bond after December 31, 2017, and before January 1, 2020.
Subpart B--Miscellaneous Provisions
(Sec. 13821) This section modifies the tax treatment of Alaska Native Settlement Trusts, to: (1)
allow an Alaska Native Corporation to assign certain payments referenced in the Alaska Native
Claims Settlement Act to a trust without including the payments in the gross income of the
corporation, (2) allow the corporation to elect annually to deduct contributions made to a trust,
(3) allow a trust to elect to defer the recognition of gains related to contributions of property
other than cash until the sale or exchange of the property, and (4) establish information
reporting requirements for deductible contributions to a trust.
(Sec. 13822) This section exempts certain payments related to the management of private
aircraft from the excise taxes imposed on taxable transportation by air.
(Sec. 13823) This section authorizes the designation of opportunity zones in low-income
communities and provides various tax incentives for investments in the zones. Taxpayers may
temporarily defer the recognition of capital gains that are invested in opportunity zones.
Investments in opportunity zones or opportunity funds that are held for at least five years are
eligible for capital gains tax reductions or exemptions, depending on how long the investment is
held.
Subtitle D--International Tax Provisions
Under current law, the earnings of foreign subsidiaries of U.S. multinational corporations are not
taxed until the income is repatriated (paid as dividends) into the United States. The corporations
are allowed a tax credit against U.S. taxes for taxes paid to foreign jurisdictions. This subtitle
establishes a territorial system in which foreign source income is not subject to regular U.S.
taxes.
Part I--Outbound Transactions
Subpart A--Establishment of Participation Exemption System for Taxation of Foreign Income
(Sec. 14101) This section establishes a participation exemption system for foreign income.
Under the system, the bill allows a 100% deduction for the foreign-source portion of dividends
received from specified 10% owned foreign corporations by domestic corporations that are U.S.
shareholders of those foreign corporations.
A "specified 10% owned foreign corporation" is any foreign corporation with respect to which any
domestic corporation is a U.S. shareholder. It does not include a passive foreign investment
company that is not a controlled foreign corporation (CFC).
No foreign tax credit or deduction is allowed for any taxes paid or accrued with respect to any
dividend for which a deduction is allowed under this section.
The bill establishes a one-year holding period requirement for dividends of a domestic
corporation to be eligible for a participation dividends received deduction.
(Sec. 14102) This section sets forth requirements for the tax treatment of sales or transfers
involving specified 10% owned foreign corporations, including (1) sales by U.S. persons of stock,
(2) required reductions in the basis of certain foreign stock, and (3) sales by a CFC of a lower-
tier CFC, (4) foreign branch loess transferred to specified 10% owned foreign corporations, and
(5) the repeal of the active trade or business exception.
(Sec. 14103) This section specifies rules for the tax treatment of deferred foreign income upon
transition to the participation exemption system of taxation.
For the last taxable year of a deferred foreign income corporation which begins before January
1, 2018, U.S. shareholders of deferred foreign income corporations must include as subpart F
income a pro rata share of the accumulated post-1986 deferred foreign income of the
corporation.
The bill allows a deduction for a portion of the pro rata share of foreign earnings. The bill also
disallows a corresponding portion of the credit for foreign taxes.
The total amount of deductions permitted is the amount necessary to result in tax rates of 15.5%
for accumulated post-1986 foreign earnings held in the form of cash or cash equivalents and 8%
rate for all other earnings.
The tax may be paid in installments over eight years.
The bill specifies rules for applying this provision to S corporations and real estate investment
trusts.
Subpart B--Rules Related to Passive and Mobile Income
Chapter 1--Taxation Of Foreign-Derived Intangible Income And Global Intangible Low-Taxed
Income
(Sec. 14201) This section requires a U.S. shareholder of any CFC for any taxable year to
include in gross income the shareholder's global intangible low-taxed income for the year. The
bill specifies a formula and requirements for calculating global intangible low-taxed income.
(Sec. 14202) This section allows deductions for domestic corporations for specified portions of
the corporation's foreign-derived intangible income and global intangible low-taxed income, using
specified formulas and definitions included in the bill.
Chapter 2--Other Modifications Of Subpart F Provisions
(Sec. 14211) This section repeals provisions that treat foreign base company oil related income
as category of subpart F income.
(Sec. 14212) This section repeals the requirement for a U.S. shareholder in a CFC that invested
previously excluded subpart F income in foreign base company shipping operations to include in
income a pro rata share of the previously excluded subpart F income when the CFC decreases
the investments
(Sec. 14213) This section modifies the stock attribution rules for determining status as a CFC.
Certain stock of a foreign corporation owned by a foreign person must be attributed to a related
U.S. person for purposes of determining whether the related U.S. person is a U.S. shareholder of
the foreign corporation.
(Sec. 14214) This section expands the definition of U.S. shareholder under subpart F to include
any U.S. person who owns 10% or more of the total value of shares of all classes of stock of a
foreign corporation.
(Sec. 14215) This section eliminates the requirement for a corporation to be controlled for an
uninterrupted period of 30 days before subpart F inclusions apply.
Chapter 3--Prevention Of Base Erosion
(Sec. 14221) This section modifies terms and valuation methods that apply to transfers of
intangible property. The bill modifies the definition of "intangible property" to include: (1) any
goodwill, going concern value, or workforce in place (including its composition and terms and
conditions [contractual or otherwise] of its employment); or (2) any other item the value or
potential value of which is not attributable to tangible property or the services of any individual.
The bill removes a requirement that the item have substantial value independent of the services
of an individual to be considered intangible property.
The bill specifies authorities and requirements for Treasury to specify the method to be used to
determine the valuation of transfers of intangible property.
(Sec. 14222) This section denies a deduction for any disqualified related party amount paid or
accrued pursuant to a hybrid transaction or by, or to, a hybrid entity.
A "disqualified related party amount" is any interest or royalty paid or accrued to a related party
to the extent that: (1) the amount is not included in the income of such related party under the
tax law of the country of which such related party is a resident for tax purposes or is subject to
tax, or (2) the related party is allowed a deduction with respect to such amount under the tax law
of such country. The term does include any payment to the extent such payment is included in
the gross income of a U.S. shareholder under this bill.
A "hybrid transaction" is any transaction, series of transactions, agreement, or instrument one or
more payments with respect to which are treated as interest or royalties under this bill and which
are not so treated for purposes the tax law of the foreign country of which the recipient of such
payment is resident for tax purposes or is subject to tax.
A "hybrid entity" is any entity which is either: (1) treated as fiscally transparent under this bill but
not for the purposes of the tax law of the foreign country of which the entity is a resident for tax
purposes or is subject to tax, or (2) treated as fiscally transparent for purposes of such tax law
but not so treated for purposes of this bill
(Sec. 14223) Shareholders who receive dividends from a foreign corporation that first becomes
a surrogate corporation after enactment of this bill are ineligible for the reduced rates for
qualified dividends.
Subpart C--Modifications Related to Foreign Tax Credit System
(Sec. 14301) This section repeals the deemed-paid credit with respect to dividends received by
a domestic corporation that owns 10% or more of the voting stock of a foreign corporation. The
bill allows a deemed-paid credit with respect to any income inclusion under subpart F. The credit
is limited to the amount of foreign income taxes properly attributable to the subpart F inclusion.
(Sec. 14302) This section requires foreign branch income to be allocated to a specific foreign tax
credit basket. Foreign branch income is the business profits of a U.S. person which are
attributable to one or more qualified business units in one or more foreign countries.
(Sec. 14303) This section requires gains, profits, and income from the sale or exchange of
inventory property produced partly in, and partly outside, the United States to be allocated and
apportioned between sources within and without the United States solely on the basis of the
production activities with respect to the property.
(Sec. 14304) This section allows an election to increase the percentage (but not greater than
100%) of domestic taxable income offset by any pre-2018 unused overall domestic loss and
recharacterized as foreign source.
A "Pre-2018 unused overall domestic loss'' is any overall domestic loss which: (1) arises in a
qualified taxable year beginning before January 1, 2018, and (2) has not been used under the
general rule for the recharacterization of overall domestic loss.
Part II--Inbound Transactions
(Sec. 14401) This section imposes on each applicable taxpayer for any taxable year a tax equal
to the base erosion minimum tax amount for the taxable year and specifies a formula for
calculating the tax.
An "applicable taxpayer" is a taxpayer who: (1) is a corporation other than a regulated
investment company, a real estate investment trust, or an S corporation; (2) has average annual
gross receipts of at least $500 million for the three-year period ending with the preceding year;
and (3) has a base erosion percentage, as determined using a specified formula, of at least 3%
(2% for certain banks and securities dealers).
Part III--Other Provisions
(Sec. 14501) This section modifies the exception from the passive foreign investment company
rules for insurance businesses. The bill replaces the test based on whether a corporation is
predominantly engaged in an insurance business with a test based on the corporation's
insurance liabilities.
(Sec. 14502) This section specifies that all allocations and apportionments of interest expense
must be determined using the adjusted bases of assets rather than on the basis of the fair
market value of the assets or gross income.
TITLE II
(Sec. 20001) The Department of the Interior must establish and administer a competitive oil and
gas program for the leasing, development, production, and transportation of oil and gas in and
from the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska.
The bill specifies that the provision in the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act that
prohibits the production of oil and gas from ANWR does not apply to the Coastal Plain.
Interior must conduct at least two lease sales within 10 years. Each lease sale must contain: (1)
at least 400,000 acres, and (2) areas that have the highest potential for the discovery of
hydrocarbons.
Interior must also: (1) issue any necessary rights-of-way or easements across the Coastal Plain
for the exploration, development, production, or transportation associated with the oil and gas
program; and (2) authorize up to 2,000 surface acres of federal land on the Coastal Plain to be
covered by production and support facilities during the term of the leases under the oil and gas
program.
(Sec. 20002) This section amends the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 to temporarily
increase the annual limitation on offshore revenue sharing for the states of Alabama, Louisiana,
Mississippi, and Texas from $500 million annually for FY2020 and FY2021, to $650 million
annually for those two years.
(Sec. 20003) The Department of Energy (DOE) must: (1) draw down and sell seven million
barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve during FY2026-FY2027, (2) deposit
the amounts received from the sale in the Treasury, and (3) stop the drawdown or sale of crude
oil after $600 million has been deposited in the Treasury.
DOE may not drawdown or sell oil under this section in quantity that would limit the authority to
direct a drawdown and sale of petroleum products to address a domestic or international energy
supply shortage.


Winners and losers in the Senate tax bill by Benjy Sarlin and Ben Popken  DEC 8, as per NBC,
minor Edits by B joe Rosa, CPA 12/10/17

A week ago, the Senate passed its tax bill, which featured large permanent cuts for corporations
along with temporary tax breaks for individuals and private businesses. But the bill also
contained significant last-minute changes, and experts are still working out its implications as the
House and Senate prepare to negotiate a final deal. We talked to tax experts and looked at the
latest independent analyses to game out some of the early winners and losers.

WINNERS The rich  (loser Sponsored)
Despite the president's repeated claims to the contrary, the biggest gains in the tax bill go to
wealthy individuals, heirs and business owners.
The Senate bill raises the threshold on the estate tax, which currently only applies to the top 0.2
percent of inheritances, and raises the income threshold on the top tax rate, which is also
lowered from 39.6 percent to 38.5 percent. The rich are more likely to benefit from changes to
pass-through income as well.

Senate passes Republican tax plan 2:19
Overall, 62.2 percent of the Senate's tax benefits would go to the top 20 percent of households
in 2019, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, with 15.3 percent going
to the top 1 percent. The share going to the top 1 percent would rise over time to 62.1 percent in
2027 as inflation reduces some middle-class benefits and temporary changes expire, although
supporters claim they would be renewed.

Corporations  The crown jewel of the Senate bill, just like the House bill, is a major reduction in
the top corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent. Senate Republican leaders faced
pressure to retreat from the 20 percent number in the run-up to final passage in order to
preserve or add tax benefits elsewhere. The White House has since signaled it might be open to
a higher 22 percent rate, but conservative anti-tax groups are pushing lawmakers hard to stick to
20 %.
There are also potentially big benefits for companies with international holdings. Many
corporations defer bringing profits from abroad back into the United States, since they avoid
paying taxes on them until they do. The bill switches to a new territorial tax system in which the
companies would have to pay taxes on foreign earnings, but at a much lower rate of 14.49
percent on liquid assets and 7.49 percent on revenue that's been reinvested.
That could be a boon for a company like Apple, which has major assets parked abroad. Richard
Harvey, a tax professor at Villanova University who has testified before the Senate on Apple's tax
affairs, estimates the tech giant would save $47 billion in taxes versus the cost of repatriating
profits under current law. The estimate was first published in the Financial Times.
Other multinational corporations that stand to gain from the foreign tax changes under Harvey's
calculations, which are based on company financial statements, include Pfizer, with $36 billion in
potential savings; Microsoft, with $28 billion; and Google, with $15 billion.
"There's also provisions to make it more difficult to shift income overseas…but the U.S.
multinationals are still excited about the reduced corporate tax rate coupled with a territorial
system," Harvey said in an interview. "The benefits significantly outweigh the others."
One potential downside for corporations in the Senate bill is that it both maintains the corporate
AMT… at the new corporate tax rate of 20 percent. The alternative minimum tax limits deductions
and credits, and could affect tech companies in particular, since they make extensive use of the
research and development credit. But the AMT provision appears to be an oversight caused by
the Senate's last-minute drafting process and it's likely to be changed in any final bill.

Pass-through businesses  The bill creates a new 23 percent deduction for pass-through income,
which affects many businesses ranging from small retail stores to large real estate companies
like those owned by President Donald Trump. The deduction was expanded at the last minute
under pressure from Republicans like Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., who initially withheld support
for the bill.

Biggest winners would be the wealthiest recipients. But the new deduction could also be a boon
for independent contractors, S corporations, and LLC's that pull in under $500,000 for joint filers
and $250,000 for single filers and would face looser restrictions on who can take the deduction.
This new pass-through deduction would also create a gigantic incentive for business and
employees to reclassify their income to qualify for the benefit, which could lead to major legal
battles over eligibility long into the future. That cuts against Republican promises to make filing
taxes simpler.
"It would be trench warfare, and with every taxpayer," said Daniel Hemel, a professor at the
University of Chicago. "If you can get into independent contractor status, then that's great. Your
tax life will become more complicated, but your bill will go down."

LOSERS    Middle and low-income households
Loser is a relative term here. Almost all households would see a tax cut immediately if the Senate
tax bill passed. Only 7 % see an increase in 2019 - Per the Tax Policy Center analysis.
But the gains would be muted for the lower half of the income ladder — the bottom 20 percent of
households would receive an average cut of just $40 in 2019. And they're dwarfed by the
benefits for the richest households and corporations.
The effective
tax rates would also increase over time if its benefits expire on schedule
and the bill's switch to less generous inflation measures eat into gains. By 2027, 47.5 percent of
all households would pay more in taxes than under current law, including 62.2 percent of
taxpayers in the middle 20 percent of earners.

"Overall the vast majority of taxpayers will get a tax cut for a period of time," Harvey said. "Then
the tax cut will disappear, the pass-through (cut) will disappear, and the corporate tax cuts will
remain permanent."

Many lower-income households don't pay income tax already, meaning they would only benefit
from tax breaks that are refundable against their payroll taxes. These are not a significant
feature of the Senate tax bill. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, pushed to cut
the corporate tax rate to 20.94 percent instead of 20 percent in order to make a greater portion
of the bill's child tax credits refundable, but their amendment failed.

Deficit hawks
The lone GOP defection on the tax bill, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., came over deficit concerns.
While the White House and top GOP leaders claim the bill will produce enough growth to pay for
itself, nonpartisan analyses inside and outside of government say it will add hundreds of billions
of dollars in debt.

Costs:
Congress' own Joint Committee on Taxation predicts it will add about $1 trillion to deficits over
the next decade, even factoring in economic effects. That number could be understating the
cost, since Republicans also say they plan to renew measures that expire under the bill,
reducing its cost on paper. Some Republican senators pushed to include measures that would
claw back some of the bill's benefits if the deficit grew more than expected, but discovered that
Senate rules prevented them from including them.

Blue States
Like the House bill, the Senate tax bill helps pay for its cuts by limiting the deduction for state and
local taxes to $10,000 of property taxes. Most Americans will take the standard deduction, which
is increased under the tax bill to $12,000 for single filers and $24,000 for joint filers, so they
won't notice the difference. But the most affected group are upper-middle class and high-income
professionals in places with higher taxes and higher cost of living, which disproportionately
includes residents in blue states like New York, New Jersey and California.

Unions and social services
Related to the state and local tax deduction change, public service unions could lose out as the
bill reduces incentives for state and local governments to spend. This could also affect lower-
income residents in high-tax states even if they don't pay more in taxes, since it could put
pressure on state governments to cut spending on social services.

Obamacare
The bill eliminates the individual mandate, which requires Americans who go without insurance to
pay a penalty. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the move would save $338
billion, which is used in the bill to finance its corporate and individual cuts. But that's because the
CBO also predicts 13 million fewer people would have insurance after 10 years, and many of
them would leave benefits from health care subsidies or Medicaid on the table. In addition, the
move would raise premiums by 10 percent on individual plans.

A key GOP vote, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, backed the measure under the condition that the
Senate also pass a bipartisan bill to help stabilize insurance markets. But the House & the White
House have so far shown no interest in the measure, putting her vote on a final bill in doubt, and
experts are skeptical it would counteract the disruption caused by the mandate changes.

Make these 5 moves now before new tax law kicks in
Big tax changes are coming your way in 2018, and this is your last chance to lower your tax bill
or boost your refund come April.
•        Here are five moves to consider now to make sure you're taking advantage of tax breaks
that may be changing or disappearing.
Published 8:44 AM ET Thu, 21 Dec 2017 Updated 54 Mins Ago CNBC.com
              
                      
                      
                      
                      

(Update: Since publication of this story, the IRS has released guidance related to the
prepayment of 2018 state and local property taxes. The agency said people can only deduct
prepaid property taxes that have already been assessed; prepayments of anticipated taxes will
not be deductible.)
Year-end tax moves may be even more vital this year.
Passage of the GOP tax overhaul will mean big changes for taxpayers in 2018.
About 49 million taxpayers, or 28 percent, itemize their expenses for deductions, according to the
Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. The tax legislation almost doubles the standard deduction.
That change and the disappearance of several key itemized deductions mean it's likely even
fewer taxpayers will itemize.
"There is some level of simplification. But the downside is that there are certain things you are
not going to be able to do anymore." -Tim Steffen, Baird Private Wealth Management
(Under the new legislation, an individual would need total itemized deductions to exceed
$12,000, the tax bill's new standard deduction for individual taxpayers, up from the current
$6,350. Married couples would need itemized deductions exceeding the new standard deduction
of $24,000, up from a current $12,700.)
For taxpayers taking the standard deduction, "there is some level of simplification," said Tim
Steffen, director of advanced planning at Baird Private Wealth Management. "But the downside
is that there are certain things you are not going to be able to do anymore."
To that end, here are five tax strategies to consider now, for the final days of 2017:
1) Get ahead on tax obligations
The break for state and local taxes is substantially curtailed under the tax legisation. Beginning
in 2018, taxpayers can claim a federal deduction of up to $10,000, total, for a combination of
state and local income taxes, sales taxes and property taxes.
"For those that live in states with high state income taxes, that's a big hit," said Jill Fopiano, CEO
of O'Brien Wealth Partners in Boston.

The final version of the tax overhaul specifically prohibits taxpayers from taking a deduction in
2017 for prepayment of 2018 state and local income taxes.
But if you pay quarterly estimated taxes, you can make your fourth-quarter payments by Dec. 31
(instead of the Jan. 16, 2018, deadline) and include those taxes paid as part of your 2017
deductions, said Howard Samuels, a certified public accountant at Samuels & Associates in
Florham Park, New Jersey.
You may also be able to prepay your property taxes for 2018. Check with your local property tax
collector's office to see what your municipality will allow. (The IRS released guidance on the issue
Wednesday, saying that people can only deduct prepaid state and local property taxes if they
were assessed in 2017. Prepayments of anticipated property taxes will not be deductible.)
"Some counties and municipalities will accept those tax payments earlier and others won't," said
Tax Foundation economist Nicole Kaeding.
2) Boost charitable donations
The deduction for charitable contributions is unchanged in the tax overhaul. But you'll still need
to itemize to claim it, and that's a much higher bar with the nearly doubled standard deduction.
Consider accelerating your donations to get the current tax benefit or using a donor-advised
fund, John Voltaggio, managing director at Northern Trust, told CNBC earlier this year. A donor-
advised fund allows you to make a charitable contribution and receive an immediate tax break for
the full donation, and then recommend grants from the fund to your favorite charities over time.
Retirees age 70½ or older might also consider transferring money from their IRA to a qualifying
charity. Such qualified charitable distributions can be a tax-efficient way of meeting your required
minimum distribution.
3) Grab disappearing deductions
The tax overhaul does away with a long list of deductions and credits that filersmay miss,
including tax breaks for tax prep, unreimbursed employee expenses and job hunting expenses.
(Under current tax law, the total of these expenses must exceed 2 percent of your adjusted gross
income to be deductible. And those expenses are not deductible for the alternative minimum tax.)
Some experts say a plan to eliminate the alternative minimum tax may be worse than just keeping
it.
You can't accelerate all deductions, but you can take advantage of the break by paying for as
many of those expenses as possible before the end of the year. For instance, prepay the
anticipated 2018 fees for your tax preparer, if possible, and renew professional memberships
that qualify as an unreimbursed employee expense.
4) Rethink a Roth conversion
If you converted funds in a pretax IRA to a post-tax Roth IRA sometime in 2017, now is the time
to make sure you're satisfied with that decision.
Existing tax rules give retirement savers who make such a transaction time to change their mind
and reverse course. (There are plenty of reasons you might, including a drop in the account's
value or an inability to pay the tax bill.)
Ordinarily, you'd have until Oct. 15 of the year following the IRA conversion to undo it. But under
the tax reform bill, there are no take-backs. Now, you only have until the end of this year to undo
that conversion.
5) Defer income
The final tax reform bill still calls for seven tax brackets, but there are changes to the rates are
well as the income levels associated with each bracket.
Taxpayers may find themselves in a lower bracket come next year. For example, a married
couple with a combined income of $80,000 will be in a 22 percent tax bracket next year,
compared with 25 percent (the 2018 bracket under current tax law, indexed for inflation).
Find your new tax brackets under the final GOP tax plan.
If you can control your income, particularly if you have commission-based earnings or are self-
employed, it may pay to defer those earnings to 2018. The same goes for business owners, who
also may have a lower impact on their business income next year, Steffen said.
"At multiple levels, the tax rate is going to fall," he said. "If you can, maybe defer income into next
year."
On the other hand, if you are expecting to make more income and land in a higher tax bracket
starting in 2018, accelerate your pay for this year. Ask for payments for work done in 2017 to be
paid by Dec. 31.
–CNBC's Personal Finance team contributed to this report.



                                                             
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