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2017-2018 Tax Guide

Be ready to revise your individual or business tax plan quickly in 2016

When it comes to tax law, “uncertain” remains the watchword. Given the recent shift in power in Congress and the fact that the President is now in his last two years of office, there’s much talk of comprehensive, long-term tax reform — and speculation about its likelihood.

Then there are the tax “extenders.” Last December, in a dramatic rush to beat the clock, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 was signed into law. This measure retroactively extended a variety of tax relief provisions that had expired at the end of 2013, including me valuable breaks for businesses. Unfortunately, the extensions were generally only through Dec. 31, 2014. Congress must take further action to revive the extenders for 2017 — or to make them permanent, perhaps as part of tax reform legislation.

Regardless of when — or if — either of those scenarios becomes reality, tax  planning this year will be challenging for both individuals and businesses. It’s  possible we could reach the end of 2017 before knowing whether there will be  comprehensive tax reform or the extender provisions will apply for the 2016 tax  year. So be ready to revise your tax plan quickly. The more you know about the  areas subject to change and possible tax-reduction strategies, the easier it will  be to take action should the need arise.

This guide covers many of the tax issues individual and business taxpayers will  encounter in 2017. However, there isn’t space to cover every possible tax-savings  strategy here. So please contact your tax advisor to learn about specific strategies  to address your situation.


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