CBIZ & MHM Executive Education Series™
2014 Second Quarter Accounting Update
Presented by: James Comito, Mike Loritz,
Mark...
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 This webinar is eligible
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The information in this Executive Education Series
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the ...
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Today’s Presenters
James Comito, CPA
Shareholder, MHM
858.795.2029 | jcomito@cbiz.com
A member of MHM’s P...
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Today’s Presenters
Mark Winiarski, CPA
Senior Manager, CBIZ MHM
913.234.1656 | mwiniarski@cbiz.com
Mark h...
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Today’s Agenda
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Financial Accounting Standards Board
Update
Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
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FASB UPDATE
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 Revenue Recognition – The future is here!
 Lease Accounting – Continue to deliberate and expect a
fina...
10#CBIZMHMwebinar
Basic Observations
 The new guidance utilizes a contract-based approach that
places the focus on the as...
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 An entity shall apply the guidance in Topic (606) to a contract only if the
counterparty to the contra...
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Core principle:
The core principle of the guidance is that an entity should recognize
revenue to depict ...
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Basic Observations
 On the surface, the five-step process does not seem overly
complex and arguably, it...
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Disclosures
 The objective of the disclosure requirements (Topic 606) is for
an entity to disclose suff...
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Effective Date of Adoption (Public Entity)
 For a public entity, annual reporting periods beginning aft...
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ASU 2014-07 – Accounting Alternative for VIEs
 A qualifying private company may elect to not apply the ...
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An adopting company must apply other U.S. GAAP to a
qualifying lessor entity.
 Other consolidation guid...
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 Effective for periods beginning after December 15, 2014 but
may be elected early
 Must apply the retr...
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Implementation Challenges
 Evaluating the impact of the adoption on financial
covenants, contracts and ...
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Implementation Challenges:
The SEC staff concluded common control exists when:
 An individual or enterp...
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Discontinued Operations
ASU 2014-08 – Discontinued Operations
 Expands the scope, but increases thresho...
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Discontinued Operations
 Expands disclosure requirements and cash flow
information regarding discontinu...
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ASU 2014-10 - Development stage entities
 Development stage entities:
 Devote substantially all effort...
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Effective dates
 Development stage entities and disclosure changes are
effective for annual periods beg...
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 ASU 2014-11, Transfers and Servicing (Topic 860):
Repurchases-to-Maturity Transactions, Repurchase
Fin...
PCAOB UPDATE
27#CBIZMHMwebinar
New PCAOB Auditing Standard:
 Auditing Standard 18: Related Parties
 Requires specific audit procedure...
28#CBIZMHMwebinar
Other Projects:
 Audits of Brokers and Dealers
 Proposal of Auditor’s Reporting Model and Auditor’s
Re...
FEDERAL TAX UPDATE
30#CBIZMHMwebinar
 Form 114 (Previously Form 90-22.1)
 US persons with a financial interest in or signature
authority ov...
31#CBIZMHMwebinar
 Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)
 Became law in March 2010
 Targets income earned offshore...
32#CBIZMHMwebinar
 The nature and extent of any reporting obligations will be
determined based on:
 The classification o...
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 Most operating businesses classified as a NFFE (a foreign entity that is not a
financial institution)
...
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 Establish a scalable compliance program including the appointment of a
responsible person
 Identify s...
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 Effective July 1, 2014, FATCA imposes a 30% withholding
tax on “withholdable payments” made to non-com...
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 New regulations allow taxpayers to use the ASC on
amended returns
 In cases where the taxpayer had no...
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 Under prior rules, if a taxpayer disposed of a portion of
an asset (e.g., a roof that had been replace...
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 The partial disposition provision is an annual election,
i.e. generally only available in the year the...
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 Client acquired a building on 3/1/03, depreciable over 39 years
 Client spent $781,000 to replace som...
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 Review additions of real property (including land
improvements) for additions in current and prior yea...
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 “Tax extenders” refer to legislation to extend the package of
expiring tax provisions that typically g...
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“Tax Extenders” – Expired Business Provisions
 Business tax provisions that expired 12/31/13 include:
...
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Extender Legislation
 Senate Finance Committee approved the “Expiring
Provisions Improvement Reform and...
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Extender Legislation, continued:
 Senate Bill, EXPIRE, stalled in Senate on May 15; Sen. Harry Reid
ind...
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Bonus Plans
 IRS released guidance warning that many bonus plans may not
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  1. 1. CBIZ & MHM Executive Education Series™ 2014 Second Quarter Accounting Update Presented by: James Comito, Mike Loritz, Mark Winiarski and Steve Henley June 26, 2014 July 24, 2014
  2. 2. 2#CBIZMHMwebinar  To view this webinar in full screen mode, click on view options in the upper right hand corner.  Click the Support tab for technical assistance.  If you have a question during the presentation, please use the Q&A feature at the bottom of your screen. Before We Get Started…
  3. 3. 3#CBIZMHMwebinar  This webinar is eligible for CPE credit. To receive credit, you will need to answer periodic participation markers throughout the webinar.  External participants will receive their CPE certificate via email immediately following the webinar. CPE Credit
  4. 4. 4#CBIZMHMwebinar The information in this Executive Education Series course is a brief summary and may not include all the details relevant to your situation. Please contact your service provider to further discuss the impact on your business. Disclaimer
  5. 5. 5#CBIZMHMwebinar Today’s Presenters James Comito, CPA Shareholder, MHM 858.795.2029 | jcomito@cbiz.com A member of MHM’s Professional Standards Group, James has expertise in all aspects of revenue recognition, business combinations, impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets, accounting for stock-based compensation, accounting for equity and debt instruments and other accounting issues. Additionally, he has significant experience with a variety of other regulatory and corporate governance issues pertaining to publicly traded companies, including all aspects of internal control. In addition, James frequently speaks on accounting and auditing matters at various events for MHM. Mike Loritz, CPA Shareholder, MHM 913.234.1226 | mloritz@cbiz.com Mike has 18 years of experience in public accounting with diversified financial companies and other service based companies, including banking, broker/dealer, investment companies, and other diversified companies ranging from audits of public entities in the Fortune 100 to small private entities. He is a member of MHM's Professional Standards Group, providing accounting knowledge leadership in the areas of derivative financial instruments, investment securities, share-based compensation, fair value, revenue recognition and others.
  6. 6. 6#CBIZMHMwebinar Today’s Presenters Mark Winiarski, CPA Senior Manager, CBIZ MHM 913.234.1656 | mwiniarski@cbiz.com Mark has 12 years of experience in an audit and advisory function and is located in our Kansas City office. In addition to serving his clients which are primarily in the manufacturing, retail and distribution industries, Mark supports our Professional Standards Group by consulting with clients and engagement teams across the country on accounting and auditing issues in areas including revenue recognition, consolidations and business combinations. Steve Henley, CPA National Tax Practice Leader, CBIZ 770.858.4443 | shenley@cbiz.com Steve Henley is the National Tax Practice Leader for CBIZ. Steve's responsibilities include developing and implementing strategies for the successful operation of the tax practice, including national support for the CBIZ MHM's local tax practices through the National Tax Office.
  7. 7. 7#CBIZMHMwebinar Today’s Agenda 1 2 Financial Accounting Standards Board Update Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Update 3 Federal Tax Update: • Foreign Reporting & Compliance • Alternative Simplified Research Credit • Capitalization v. Repair Regs: Partial Dispositions • Tax Extenders: Expired Business Provisions • Bonus Plans: IRS Focus
  8. 8. FASB UPDATE
  9. 9. 9#CBIZMHMwebinar  Revenue Recognition – The future is here!  Lease Accounting – Continue to deliberate and expect a final standard in 2015  Retain balance sheet presentation  Discussing income statement approach  Financing vs Straight line  Lessor model is not expected to change significantly  Financial Instruments – No longer convergence and final standard expected in 2014  Classification and Measurement – significant changes not expected  Fair Value Option – Expected to be retained  Impairment – Continue discussions/deliberations  Insurance – Targeted improvements FASB - Convergence Projects
  10. 10. 10#CBIZMHMwebinar Basic Observations  The new guidance utilizes a contract-based approach that places the focus on the assets and liabilities that are created when an entity enters into and performs under a contract.  While some of the concepts and principles in the new guidance are similar to existing guidance, others may change existing practice leading to changes in the amount and timing of revenue recognized.  While not overly complicated, the scope of the standard will require significant investment in time to understand and become comfortable with both the underlying principles and terminology. Revenue Recognition – The Future has Arrived
  11. 11. 11#CBIZMHMwebinar  An entity shall apply the guidance in Topic (606) to a contract only if the counterparty to the contract is a customer.  A customer is a party that has contracted with an entity to obtain goods and/or services that are the output of the entity’s ordinary activities.  Excluded activities:  Lease contracts within the scope of Topic 840  Insurance contracts within the scope of Topic 944  Certain financial instruments and other contractual rights or obligations within the scope of other topics, examples include: Topic 323, Investments – Equity Method and Joint Ventures and Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging  Guarantees  Nonmonetary exchanges between entities in the same line to business to facilitate sales to customers or potential customers Revenue Recognition – Scope
  12. 12. 12#CBIZMHMwebinar Core principle: The core principle of the guidance is that an entity should recognize revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods, or services, to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled, in exchange for those goods or services. Five steps to apply the core principle: 1. Identify the contract(s) with a customer. 2. Identify the performance obligations in the contract. 3. Determine the transaction price. 4. Allocate the transaction price to the performance obligations in the contract. 5. Recognize revenue when (or as) the entity satisfied a performance obligation. Revenue Recognition
  13. 13. 13#CBIZMHMwebinar Basic Observations  On the surface, the five-step process does not seem overly complex and arguably, it appears to include much of what is currently done to determine revenue recognition.  However, each of the five steps will require significant judgments by management and auditor in applying the underlying principles included in the new guidance.  The transfer of “control” to the customer becomes the driving issue in evaluating the appropriateness of revenue recognition under the new guidance.  Currently, the evaluation of “risk and reward” often drives the determination of revenue recognition. While it remains an important consideration, it is no longer determinant under the new guidance. Revenue Recognition
  14. 14. 14#CBIZMHMwebinar Disclosures  The objective of the disclosure requirements (Topic 606) is for an entity to disclose sufficient information to enable users of financial statements to understand the nature, amount, timing, and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from contracts with customers.  The disclosure requirements found in the new revenue recognition guidance are significantly in excess of what is currently required under U.S. GAAP. Revenue Recognition One of the most controversial disclosure requirements is for the disaggregation of revenue.
  15. 15. 15#CBIZMHMwebinar Effective Date of Adoption (Public Entity)  For a public entity, annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016, including interim periods within that reporting period.  Early application is not permitted.  For all other entities (nonpublic entities), annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017, and interim periods within annual periods beginning after December 15, 2018.  Early application is permitted for periods beginning after December 15, 2016. Revenue Recognition
  16. 16. 16#CBIZMHMwebinar ASU 2014-07 – Accounting Alternative for VIEs  A qualifying private company may elect to not apply the VIE model to leasing entities when:  The lessor entity and the private company are under common control  The private company has a lease arrangement with the lessor entity  Substantially all the activity between the two entities is related to the leasing activities between the two entities, and  The value of the asset leased by the private company must be greater than any obligations, secured by the asset, that are guaranteed or collateralized by the private company Commonly Controlled Leasing Entity Election applies to all qualifying leasing arrangements
  17. 17. 17#CBIZMHMwebinar An adopting company must apply other U.S. GAAP to a qualifying lessor entity.  Other consolidation guidance  Lease accounting  Accounting for guarantees  Accounting for joint and several obligations  Accounting for investments  Related party disclosures Commonly Controlled Leasing Entity 17
  18. 18. 18#CBIZMHMwebinar  Effective for periods beginning after December 15, 2014 but may be elected early  Must apply the retrospective approach  Deconsolidation, if required, for all periods presented  Apply the impact of deconsolidation and other applicable GAAP to beginning equity Commonly Controlled Leasing Entity 18
  19. 19. 19#CBIZMHMwebinar Implementation Challenges  Evaluating the impact of the adoption on financial covenants, contracts and expectations of users of the financial statements  Evaluating whether the value of the collateral property is greater than the principal of a debt obligation of the lessor guaranteed by the reporting entity  Computing the impact of other applicable US GAAP over multiple periods Commonly Controlled Leasing Entity 19
  20. 20. 20#CBIZMHMwebinar Implementation Challenges: The SEC staff concluded common control exists when:  An individual or enterprise holds more than 50 percent of the voting ownership of each entity  A group of shareholders holds more than 50 percent of the voting ownership of each entity and have contemporaneous written evidence of an agreement to vote a majority of the entities’ shares in concert exists  Immediate family members (i.e. married couples and their children, but not their grandchildren) hold more than 50 percent of the voting ownership interest of each entity…and there is no evidence those family members will not vote their shares in concert. Commonly Controlled Leasing Entity 20 The FASB and PCC have said that the definition of common control is broader then the SEC interpretation
  21. 21. 21#CBIZMHMwebinar Discontinued Operations ASU 2014-08 – Discontinued Operations  Expands the scope, but increases threshold to meet criteria for discontinued operations  Eliminates scope exceptions except for oil and gas properties accounted for under the full cost method  To be discontinued operations a “strategic shift that has or will have a major effect on an entity’s operations and financial results” must have occurred  Will require more judgment!!
  22. 22. 22#CBIZMHMwebinar Discontinued Operations  Expands disclosure requirements and cash flow information regarding discontinued operations  Adds required disclosures for individually significant components that do not qualify as discontinued operations Effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2014, (and interim periods therein for public business entities), but can be early adopted for new disposals.
  23. 23. 23#CBIZMHMwebinar ASU 2014-10 - Development stage entities  Development stage entities:  Devote substantially all efforts to establishing a new business, and  Have not commenced planned principal operations or have begun operations but have not had significant revenues  Eliminates inception to date presentation requirements and disclosures  Added additional risk disclosures for entities that have not begun operations  Removed guidance for development stage entities from the VIE model Development Stage Entities
  24. 24. 24#CBIZMHMwebinar Effective dates  Development stage entities and disclosure changes are effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2014 (and interim periods therein for public business entities)  Variable interest entity modification is effective for periods beginning after December 15, 2015 for public business entities and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016 for all others. Development Stage Entities
  25. 25. 25#CBIZMHMwebinar  ASU 2014-11, Transfers and Servicing (Topic 860): Repurchases-to-Maturity Transactions, Repurchase Financings, and Disclosures  ASU No. 2014-12, Compensation – Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Accounting for Share-Based Payments When the Terms of an Award Provide That a Performance Target Could Be Achieved after the Requisite Service Period.  Exposure Draft: Business Combinations (Topic 805): Pushdown Accounting  Comments Due July 31, 2014 FASB – Other Activities
  26. 26. PCAOB UPDATE
  27. 27. 27#CBIZMHMwebinar New PCAOB Auditing Standard:  Auditing Standard 18: Related Parties  Requires specific audit procedures for:  Related party transactions  Significant unusual transactions  Financial relationships and transactions with executive officers  Effective for years beginning on or after December 15, 2014 PCAOB Update
  28. 28. 28#CBIZMHMwebinar Other Projects:  Audits of Brokers and Dealers  Proposal of Auditor’s Reporting Model and Auditor’s Responsibilities Regarding Other Information  Audit Transparency Project  Proposed Reorganization of PCAOB Auditing Standards  Staff Audit Practice Alert No. 11 PCAOB Update
  29. 29. FEDERAL TAX UPDATE
  30. 30. 30#CBIZMHMwebinar  Form 114 (Previously Form 90-22.1)  US persons with a financial interest in or signature authority over offshore foreign accounts > $10,000 at any time during the year  Must be received by June 30, 2014, for 2013  Electronic filing requirement  Significant penalties apply for non-compliance Foreign Reporting:
  31. 31. 31#CBIZMHMwebinar  Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)  Became law in March 2010  Targets income earned offshore by specified US persons and enforces tax compliance  Imposes reporting, documentation and withholding obligations  Requires 30% withholding tax on “withholdable payments”  Withholdable payment – Any payment of U.S.-source FDAP (fixed or determinable, annual or periodic) income  To non-compliant foreign entities  Certain exceptions and exclusions apply Foreign Reporting, continued: FATCA is not just an issue for financial institutions!
  32. 32. 32#CBIZMHMwebinar  The nature and extent of any reporting obligations will be determined based on:  The classification of the payor (US or non‐US) and its FATCA status  The documentation available with respect to the payee  The nature of the payment  Whether an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) exists  Many nonfinancial companies have complex international organizations that can include entities that are subject to information reporting.  Many operating units within a company’s organization may make or receive payments that are subject to information reporting and withholding. FATCA: Impact on US-based Companies
  33. 33. 33#CBIZMHMwebinar  Most operating businesses classified as a NFFE (a foreign entity that is not a financial institution)  Unless payee exception applies, NFFE  Must attest to information “under penalties of perjury”  On a completed W-8BEN-E  30% withholding applies to any NFFE failing to provide info  Payor/Withholding Agent (WA) responsible for collecting proper documentation and determining withholding requirements  Exemptions for low-risk payments:  Publicly traded foreign corporations and affiliates  Non-financial holding companies  Intercompany treasury and hedging centers  Payments made in the ordinary course of the WA’s business (e.g., non-financial goods/services; outstanding AP from acquisition of non-financial goods/services/use of property)  Active NFFEs  Less than 50% gross income for preceding tax year is passive, and  Less than 50% weighted average % of assets produce, or held for production of, passive income  Grandfathered obligations unless materially modified FATCA: Non-Financial Foreign Entities (NFFE)
  34. 34. 34#CBIZMHMwebinar  Establish a scalable compliance program including the appointment of a responsible person  Identify sources of withholdable payments  Implement new vendor onboarding procedures  Design and implement a vendor due diligence strategy that includes existing foreign vendors  Develop a withholding solution or functionality  Evaluate reporting infrastructure and anticipated needs  Practically, the WA’s reliance on the exceptions will vary  Collecting all W-8BEN-E forms may prove easier than determining various exemptions FATCA: Action Steps FATCA compliance is important to Financial Statement Impact from a Due Diligence and FAS 5/Contingent Liability perspective!
  35. 35. 35#CBIZMHMwebinar  Effective July 1, 2014, FATCA imposes a 30% withholding tax on “withholdable payments” made to non-compliant entities  Unless the WA can reliably associate the payment with documentation for exemption  IRS Notice 2014-33:  2014 and 2015 will be regarded as a “transition period” to extent rules were modified by temporary coordination regs  For purposes of IRS enforcement and administration of the due diligence, reporting, and withholding provisions  IRS will consider whether FFIs, NFFEs or WAs have made good faith efforts to comply FATCA: Reporting deadlines
  36. 36. 36#CBIZMHMwebinar  New regulations allow taxpayers to use the ASC on amended returns  In cases where the taxpayer had not claimed the R&D credit for those years  Eliminates need to substantiate expenditures and costs for the base period  Revenue might have been too high to meet traditional threshold requirements in the past  ASC Calculation:  14% of qualified research expenses (QRE) that exceed 50% of the average QRE for the 3 preceding years  If no QRE for last 3 years, then credit is 6% of the current year QRE Alternative Simplified Research Credit (ASC) on Amended Returns
  37. 37. 37#CBIZMHMwebinar  Under prior rules, if a taxpayer disposed of a portion of an asset (e.g., a roof that had been replaced), it had to continue to depreciate the old roof as well as the new one.  Under the proposed regulations, a taxpayer can elect to dispose of a portion of an asset.  Common examples – roof, elevators, HVAC, engine of an airplane  May need a Cost Segregation study to determine cost basis of disposed property but proposed regulations provide some simplified methods (CPI Rollback) to reasonably calculate  Write-offs should generate an ordinary deduction. Partial Disposition Election 37
  38. 38. 38#CBIZMHMwebinar  The partial disposition provision is an annual election, i.e. generally only available in the year the asset is partially disposed of  Taxpayers have a limited opportunity to file an automatic accounting method change to make a late partial disposition election for assets partially disposed of in prior years.  Only available on 2012–2014 tax returns Late Partial Disposition Election 38
  39. 39. 39#CBIZMHMwebinar  Client acquired a building on 3/1/03, depreciable over 39 years  Client spent $781,000 to replace some elevators in 2012/2013 Partial Dispositions - Examples 39 Facts  Client is making a late partial disposition election to write off approx. $460,000 of undepreciated basis allocable to the original elevators  Should result in nearly $200,000 tax benefit (fed & state) Results
  40. 40. 40#CBIZMHMwebinar  Review additions of real property (including land improvements) for additions in current and prior years.  Determine if these additions were improvements or replacements of already existing capitalized real property or land improvements.  If so, there may be a loss available under a partial disposition election. Partial Dispositions – Action Steps 40
  41. 41. 41#CBIZMHMwebinar  “Tax extenders” refer to legislation to extend the package of expiring tax provisions that typically get temporarily extended by Congress. The extensions tend to be for short periods of time (e.g., one – two years).  Many feel that the extension of many of these provisions is being “tied” up by Congress as they await a more comprehensive tax reform.  Regarding tax reform:  SFC Chair Wyden and Ranking Member Hatch reinforced their commitment to overhauling the nation’s broken tax code through comprehensive tax reform.  Will hold a series of hearings beginning with education tax incentives, privacy issues and corporate taxation “Tax Extenders” – Expiring Tax Provisions
  42. 42. 42#CBIZMHMwebinar “Tax Extenders” – Expired Business Provisions  Business tax provisions that expired 12/31/13 include:  Research and experimentation credit  Work opportunity tax credit  Increase in expensing to $500,000/$2,000,000 and expanded definition of §179 property  Bonus depreciation  Exceptions under Subpart F for active financing income  Look-through treatment of payments between controlled foreign corporations (CFC)  Special rules for qualified small business stock  Reduction in S corporation recognition period for built-in gains tax  15-year straight line cost recovery for qualified leasehold, restaurant, and retail improvements
  43. 43. 43#CBIZMHMwebinar Extender Legislation  Senate Finance Committee approved the “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act”  Extends nearly all of the incentives through 2015 at a cost of $85 billion  Numerous extenders, including expanded WOTC, enhanced employer credit for activated military reservists, exception under Subpart F for active financing income, look-through treatment of payments between controlled foreign corporations, extended 50% bonus depreciation to qualified property purchased and placed in service before 1/1/16, expansion of R&D tax credit, increase Sec. 179 expensing to 2013 levels ($500,000)  Also, modifies energy efficient commercial building deduction and extends several alternative and biodiesel incentives
  44. 44. 44#CBIZMHMwebinar Extender Legislation, continued:  Senate Bill, EXPIRE, stalled in Senate on May 15; Sen. Harry Reid indicated that further action would likely wait until after the mid-term November elections.  But, Wyden proposed yesterday, June 25, to add these extenders to the Highway Bill; scheduled for markup today.  House approved the American Research and Competitiveness Bill of 2014: Permanently extends the R&D tax credit  House approved two bills to make permanent certain expired tax extenders:  HR 4453, “America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014”:  Sec. 179 expensing: $500,000 allowance and $2 million investment ceiling  Expensing of computer software  Expensing of qualified real property (L/I, restaurant and retail improvement prop)  HR 4457, “Permanent S Corporation Built-in Gains Recognition Act of 2014”:  The S Corp built-in-gain (BIG) holding period: Permanently reduces from 10 to 5 years the period during which the BIG is subject to tax  Basis adjustment rule for charitable contributions by S Corps; basis reduction limited to pro-rata share of adjusted basis of contributed property
  45. 45. 45#CBIZMHMwebinar Bonus Plans  IRS released guidance warning that many bonus plans may not be structured properly to allow deductibility of the bonus amounts in the year of accrual  Many bonus plans, while formula driven, do not meet the “fixed liability” test, and are subject to some action after year-end that disallows accrual.  Examples:  Reservation of right to modify or cancel bonuses  Required approval of bonus by comp committee after year-end  Bonuses based on performance appraisals completed after year-end  Employers should review their bonus plans to determine if they meet the tests for tax accrual as of year-end.
  46. 46. 46#CBIZMHMwebinar Questions?
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