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Louis DiSarno, CPA

Louis DiSarno, CPA
Lou joined MRPR in 2018 as a senior accountant after nearly five years at a major regional public accounting firm in Buffalo, New York. Lou specializes in tax compliance, including work with individuals, partnerships, and trusts and estates, specializing in real estate clients and high-net-worth individuals.
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New Regulations Help Clarify Qualified Opportunity Zones

Posted by Louis DiSarno, CPA on Jul 23, 2019 9:00:00 AM

The IRS released new proposed regulations for Qualified Opportunity Zones on April 17, 2019. The new regulations seek to clarify the vague statutory language of Internal Revenue Code Section 1400Z-1 and 1400Z-2, outlining the tax benefits of Qualified Opportunity Zones.

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Topics: Tax Topics

IRS Establishes Safe Harbor for Rental Enterprises Under 199A

Posted by Louis DiSarno, CPA on Apr 2, 2019 8:10:00 AM

Tax practitioners and industry leaders alike have been offering comments and posing questions to the IRS after the proposed regulations were released for the new Section 199A Qualified Business Income deduction. The IRS has worked diligently to analyze and clarify the new law, and issued final regulations on January 18, 2019.

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Topics: Tax Topics

Section 199A Confusion: Specified Service Trade or Business

Posted by Louis DiSarno, CPA on Feb 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM

We’ve written before about the Section 199A deduction of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The new law allows individuals and trusts to take a deduction of up to 20% of qualified business income, or QBI, from a domestic qualified trade or business.

However, there is a limitation placed on the deduction if your taxable income is over a certain threshold - $157,500 for a single filer, $315,000 for married filers – relating to qualified business income that is earned from a “specified service trade or business” (SSTB).

If you're confused already, here's what you need to know to understand how Section 199A impacts your taxable income.

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Topics: Tax Topics, Accounting Hot Topics

The New Business Income Deduction

Posted by Louis DiSarno, CPA on Feb 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is one of the most consequential changes to U.S. tax law in decades. It features changes to individual rates, sweeping reforms to corporate taxation, and much more. One of the most important provisions of the new law is the new Section 199A deduction for Qualified Business Income (QBI). Any taxpayer receiving income from a domestic “trade or business” can potentially take a tax deduction for up to 20% of that income. Eligible taxpayers will be able to take the deduction for the first time on their 2018 personal income tax returns - Form 1040.

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Topics: Tax Topics

New Interest Expense Limitations

Posted by Louis DiSarno, CPA on Dec 5, 2018 8:03:00 AM

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has something for everyone. For example, corporate tax rates were cut from a top marginal rate of 35% to a flat rate of 21%.  And owners of most pass-through entities, such as S Corporations and partnerships, will realize a tax rate decrease of up to 10% as result of the new Section 199A deduction. However, it's not all good news. 

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