Continuing an Annual Trend, Comptroller Opens Tax Season by Suspending Tax Preparers

On February 2, 2018, the Comptroller issued a press release announcing that he has suspended the processing of electronic tax returns for nine additional tax preparers.  A copy of the press release can be found here.)  The Comptroller acknowledged that these preparers were suspended based upon technology designed to spot instances of fraud used by…

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Gov. Hogan Seeks Legislation to Protect Maryland From State Tax Increases

One of the expected consequences of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted by the Federal government at the end of 2017 is that residents of higher-tax states, including Maryland, may see higher state tax bills. Maryland’s governor and legislature are examining ways to shield Maryland taxpayers from tax bill increases. The Maryland tax attorneys…

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Tax Changes for Nondisclosure Agreements Relating to Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse Lawsuits May Have Consequences for All Parties Involved

For those litigating cases involving alleged sexual harassment or sexual abuse, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“the Act”) made an important change that might easily be overlooked.  In pertinent part, Section 13307 of the Act amends Section 162 of the Internal Revenue Code (relating to the deductibility of trade or business expenses)…

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Brewing Interest: How Tax Changes Will Help to Grow the Craft Brew, Winery, and Distillery Industries

While the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“the Act”) affects many small businesses, alcohol producers are among the few industries that have been specifically targeted for relief.  In addition to rate changes and additional deductions that are available many businesses, the Act benefits craft breweries, wine producers, and distilleries by temporarily reducing the…

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Tax Planning 101 with 529 Plans: How Marylanders Can Reduce Annual Private School Costs by $895 Per Child*

As a result of the tax reform of 2017, the application of qualified tuition programs (“529 Plans” has been broadened dramatically.  By coupling the federal tax benefits of 529 Plans with existing Maryland tax provisions, Marylanders may be able to use these plans to reduce the cost of private secondary education by roughly $895 per…

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Will the New Tax Plan Result in More Divorces in 2018? Eliminating Deductibility of Alimony Payments May Fast-Forward Some Divorces

One of the many changes contained within the Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017 (“the Act”) may prove to be a boon for divorce (and tax) attorneys in 2018.  As explained in more detail below, section 11051 of the Act does away with the long-standing provision that allowed for the deductibility of alimony payments. …

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How the New Tax Bill Will Affect Maryland

The recently-enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will impact taxpayers throughout the United States, but it will have unique local effects that will vary across the country. The tax attorneys at Rosenberg Martin Greenberg in Baltimore have watched the progress of the bill, and are now studying how it will alter tax filings and payments…

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For Those Solicited for Tax Saving Schemes, Heed Your Parents’ Advice: If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is!

With the end of the year approaching and tax changes on the horizon for 2018, many business owners and investors are seeking creative ways to minimize their current and future tax burdens.  While some plans are legally sound and others may appear aboveboard, at least on their face, taxpayers should remember the age-old adage: “If…

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Estimated Tax Payments: What You Need to Know

If you receive income during the year which does not have tax withheld from it, you may be required to pay estimated taxes. This type of income includes funds from your own business, a job that does not withhold taxes, capital gains, dividends, alimony and more. You may also pay estimated taxes if you have…

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