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Month: October 2018

New York Optional Employer Tax

As part of its most recent budget, New York State created an optional employer compensation expense tax.  The aim of the new optional tax is to work around the new federal limitations on the deduction for state and local income taxes that were enacted as part of the December 22, 2018 federal tax law.  However, its usefulness is very questionable. Under the optional system, an employer can pa...

Business Meals Expense

There is good news regarding business meals expense.  On October 3, 2018, the IRS issued Notice 2018-76, which provides interim guidance for business meals expense. The notice separates the cost of meals from the cost of entertainment, and permits 50% of the cost of business meals to continue to be deducted by a trade or business. The new tax law that was effective on January 1, 2018 speci...