Posts by Pedro Gonzalez, CPA


Last Minute Tax Changes

Last Minute Tax Changes


Posted By on Dec 31, 2019

While many people were busy with the holidays preparations, on December 20th President Trump signed into law the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1865), which included several bills. The 715 pages included two major tax bills – the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) and the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act (the “Disaster Act”, for short) of 2019. The Disaster Act Note that...

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The Florida legislature voted to again reduce the sales tax, which is imposed under section 212.031, Florida Statutes, that commercial real estate owners charge and receive from tenants to 5.5 percent in 2020 from its current rate of 5.7 percent. Real property rentals subject to the reduced rate include commercial office space, retail, warehouses and certain self-storage units, excluding storage for motor vehicles, boats and aircraft....

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We are all familiar with the annual tax filing ritual; around January, most people collect their tax documents to file their tax returns by the deadline. However, some people sometimes or always need an extension. All of the information is gathered after the tax deadline of April and filed before the extension deadline. There is another group of people, that don’t meet the extended deadline, and their tax return is late and unfiled....

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) tax reform added new tax code Section 199A, which created a 20 percent tax deduction possibility for you if your rental property: (a) has profits and (b) can qualify as a trade or business. The current tax law as now stands, with rentals that achieve trade or business status, you win. When you achieve the “business-status” rental property, it will create the following five possible tax benefits for...

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As commercial real property owners in Florida are likely aware, the Sunshine State imposes its sales tax on rental payments for the lease of real property. The general 6 percent state-level tax was reduced to 5.8 percent for 2018. The legislature passed a law to further reduce the state-level rate to 5.7 percent for occupancy periods beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2019. There is no reduction in the local option surtax that many Florida...

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