Tax Extenders Deal Renewing Expired Tax Breaks Through 2020 Approved

Tax Extenders Deal Renewing Expired Tax Breaks Through 2020 Approved

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By John T. Murray, CPA, Tax Partner

Congress Approves Year-End Tax Deal Renewing Expired Tax Breaks Through 2020

A tax package that renews expired incentives for individuals, businesses, health care, and other policies was passed by the House and Senate in an attempt to avoid a partial government shutdown. Congress approved a year-end tax deal which includes extensions of a group of tax provisions, known as tax extenders, through 2020 and the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019 (the “Disaster Act”).

The deal allows an extension of many expired tax provisions. Among the extended provisions through 2020 are:

1. alternative fuel refueling property credit

The new legislation would retroactively renew the alternative fuel refueling property credit for all property placed in service after December 31, 2017 and run through December 31, 2020. It also retroactively extends and clarifies excise tax credits relating to alternative fuels sold or used after December 31, 2017.

2. Biodiesel and renewable diesel credits

Biodiesel and renewable diesel credits will be extended through December 31, 2022 for all fuel used or sold after December 31, 2017.

3. Increase in unrelated business taxable income by disallowed fringe benefits

The tax bill would also repeal the increase in unrelated business taxable income for certain fringe benefit expenses by eliminating paragraph (7) of Section 512(a).

4. Medical Expense Deduction

The medical expense adjusted gross income deduction floor of 7.5% would be extended for taxable years beginning before January 1, 2021.


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John is a member of the Firm’s Financial Services and Emerging Business and Technology industry teams with over ten years of experience in both the private and public accounting practice areas. He applies his experience to provide insights and identify opportunities for closely-held businesses in the real estate, healthcare, private equity, and government contracting industries. He provides ongoing budgeting, forecasting, cash management, and compensation planning for many of his clients. John also applies his expertise and knowledge in structuring transactions and reviewing proposed acquisitions in order to minimize the tax consequences for his clients.

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