One of the most significant additions to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) was the addition of the Deduction for Qualified Business Income. TCJA substantially lowered the corporate tax rate from 35% to just 21%. Many members of Congress, however, realized businesses run by smaller companies including sole-proprietors, independent contractors and pass-through businesses (such as LLCs and partnerships) should also receive lower taxes.
Thus, Congress implemented the Qualified Business Income Deduction. Initially, this deduction was limited to “non-personal” service business. Ostensibly, this made ineligible certain industries such as law, accounting, health, brokerage services, financial services and real estate agents and brokers, to name a few.
To address this issue, Congress at the last minute, allowed these "personal" service businesses to take advantage of the Deduction for Qualified Business Income subject to phase outs at certain income levels.
Under TCJA, the exception provides that if the business owners’ taxable income is less than $157,500 for single filers and $315,000 for married filers, then the taxpayer is eligible for the full 20% deduction. Above this level, the deduction is phased out over the next $50,000 in taxable income for single persons and $100,000 for married filers. Even then, a second exception may be available subject to 50% of W2 wages paid by the business or 25% of the W2 wages paid by the business plus 2.5% of the depreciation costs basis of tangible property at end of year.
Please contact Painter & Associates to review and set-up your business so that you can take advantage of the TCJA.